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Hello, compatriots! I am a college student in desperate need of useful sources of information! I have taken upon the task of writing my final project in my composition class on the history of wargaming and tabletop miniatures. Painting miniatures is potentially my biggest hobby, and it seemed like an excellent topic for a paper. I need to do a 12-minute elevator pitch of my paper next Friday, and the paper itself must be 2,500 words and is due at the end of the semester (May 5th). The issue is, I'm having difficulty finding sources that I can cite. I'd go hunting for books, but I don't have a whole ton of time to wait for shipping. So, I've come to you folks. If there are any sources that you are aware of that will help me in my journey, please post them here. If there are important people I could potentially email and ask questions of, that would be cool, too. I already have some info with W. Britain beginning production of hollow lead toy soldiers and the publication of H.G. Welles' "Little Wars". I'd like to know more about when and how painting miniatures for wargames became a hobby of its own, major changes in the miniature manufacturing industry, key players, where we are today, etc.
So, in my eldest son's school they started a special program for kids high on the spectrum. In this program they have one class that they attend that helps them learn things like socialization. So, during class if they have positive attitudes and respect each other for the whole period they get 10 points a day. They must get 100 points to earn a reward day. For example, they earned their reward day last week on Thursday but it took them nearly six weeks to do. They chose free time and popcorn which they got Thursday. For their next reward they chose D&D. Now, playing a session of D&D in 45 minutes is nigh impossible, and so I started an email conversation with the teacher and offered to help. Including teaching the kids to paint minis of their characters. I suggested pregenerating the characters and having an adventure where they protect a village from zombies or goblins (sorry Buglips) or something. So looking for ideas and suggestions how to successfully pull this off.