Empty Days

Friday, February 13, 2004



Toy Soldiers

I must say - all this pseudo-geek stuff really did help. Not in any technical sense, though. But just getting busy with something totally foreign and shallow. You know - painting toy-soldiers, that kind of thing.

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Speaking of which. I am one of those sick people with persistent childhood fixations. I have no idea what it is with me but there was a time in my life when I seriously considered becoming a toy-soldier nut (or collector, whatever you prefer). In every town on earth I happened to travel to, I looked for those recondite figurine stores where portly middle-aged men gather to talk of casts, models, and tin alloys. There is a really good one on Madison Avenue in Manhattan - a museum of sorts. One less welcoming in Berlin. One I know in Toronto (a den). Can't remember where else.

Miniature metal casting is an art. So is figurine-painting. So is modelling of military attire in excrutiating detail. It doesn't come easy - and it's beautiful.





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