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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.
Hi members...I have taken a break from working on my farmers market & Renaissance Fair vignette work. As a change of pace, I have been doing research work on what would be common to a (small gypsy camp)...that I am going to build as an off-shoot of my market & fair project...or...as a stand alone separate project. I have listed what I have found to be most common below...Being that it will be a small gypsy camp (I have not decided what all I will incorporate from the below list)... If you have additional ideas and/or suggestions (please reply). 1. Brightly colored tents... 2. Brightly colored wagon(s)... 3. Water or Beer wagon (plain)... 4. Supply wagon (plain)... 5. Gypsy clothing (bright colors)... 6. Rugs & tapestry... 7. Brightly colored incense... 8. Odd & ornate items... 9. Crystal balls... 10. Tarot cards... 11. Gypsy art & paintings (heavy w/nudes)...and...(horses)... 12. Long strand decor items... 13. Fortune teller tent... 14. Tarot card reader tent... 15. Massage and/or pleasure tent... 16. Open fire with meat on spit... 17. Potions, oils, herbs, candles...