Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Greek Gift

Yesterday, when I returned home from work, I discovered that there was a parcel waiting for me.  Now this was something of a surprise since I wasn't expecting anything.  It was still more of a surprise when I saw that the package had come from Slovenia.

Now, I only know one person who is in Slovenia and that's Mathyoo, a fellow blogger who runs the Necroleadicon .  We share an interest in zombie wargaming and recently we've been discussing Jason and the Argonauts after my post on the subject (here).  It turns out that the Slovenian version of this tale differs in some details from the tale that I know, but it is equally fascinating.

A few weeks ago, I sent Mathyoo some spare parts from one of Wargames Factory "Apocalypse Survivors" kit.  Mostly these were assault rifles of various sorts; I have little use for these as I prefer my civilians/survivors not to be armed with military-grade weapons.  However, Mathyoo is modelling an insurgent force who all need such guns.  It cost me almost nothing to post these parts so I put them in the mail and thought no more about it.

So, what was in the parcel I received?

This is the figure of Jason that was given away at Salute 2013.  For anyone who is new to this, "Salute" is possibly the largest wargames show on earth and the organisers have a tradition of giving away a free figure to all who attend.  Last year, the theme was "Jason and the Argonauts", which I didn't know until very recently.

Not only has Mathyoo sent me a Greek hero, but he's even painted the miniature for me (because of a chance remark that I had too many projects already, I think).  How cool is that?!

It gets even better.  I'm a collector of dice (see here) and Mathyoo included a die as well.  The 6-spot is replaced with the Slovenian "mountain, river and sea" symbol, thus making it fairly unusual.

So, to Mathyoo, a very big Thanks.  Definitely one of the good guys!

18 comments:

  1. Brilliant gift love the dice as well.

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    1. Yup, I'm loving this too :-) .

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  2. What a great guy that Mathyoo is!

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  3. Mathyoo is one of the good guys.

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  4. Cool figure; I like my ancients. And to receive it painted to boot. Collecting dice is a cool idea, but I have too many collections going as is.

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    1. Well, dice don't cost much to buy, they don't take much space to store and they don't need much maintenance. Makes them ideal for collecting :-) .

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  5. You're right about Mathyoo, Hugh - he is one of the good guys! What great gifts for you.

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  6. I'm glad you like it! It was as far as I got with my Argonatus so now that it was on my pile doing nothing for a year, I figured it would be more useful with you :). I almost went mental painting it and it doesn't even show on the photos :D. I was just thinking today that it should've reached you by now and it got me worried a bit as the packing was a bit so-so. It didn't break, did it? :D

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    1. Many thanks for this gift; I'm now in your debt. The packaging was just fine and nothing was broken :-) .

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    2. No problem ;).
      Ah yes, I did go a bit overboard with the packing this time, I felt the miniature was a bit fiddly.

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  7. What a great story and gift.

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    1. Indeed, Michael. It's acts like this that really stand out.

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  8. Always nice to get an unexpected pressy and what a corker that is.
    You have to feel a bit sorry for "Jason" though, having to carry that around in every game he appears in.

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    1. It was certainly very nice...and very unexpected!

      I think that Jason probably carries the monster's head with pride. It must be better than to be frozen for all time in the poses I've seen for some other miniatures :-) .

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    2. In my defence, it was this head or a shield...and as he "did" kill a dragon in the swamps at Emona, it seemed like the best choice :P. He is quite large anyways, isn't he?

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