I've been expecting a package from Front Rank.
I tracked the package being picked up from Front Rank. I tracked it going to the Coventry Depot. I saw it move to the NW sorting office. I saw it go to Leeds. I saw it go to dispatch and be put on a van for delivery. I waited in certain expectation. The van turned up and the posty brought a small package to my door.
I said, immediately seeing that this package didn't weigh enough to have £2000+ of lead in it, "Where is the other package?"
"Other package?" said the posty.
"Yes." says I "The other package I am tracking and that should be on this van."
The posty went to his van and brought back a check list. He looked down the list and said "Ah, yes. Is it a heavy package with HEAVY written on it?"
"That would be the one. So you have it then?" I said hopefully.
"No." he said "I have such a busy run this morning, and I'm so pressed for time, that I decided to put it on the next van due out this afternoon."
Honestly, you can't make this kind of thing up. The words "But you're bloody here anyway!" went through my mind - thankfully, being British and used to disappointment, they didn't fall out of my mouth.
To top it all, the package didn't come on the next van because the driver took it back to the depot because, you've guessed it, he ran out of delivery time.
The package arrived safely today, late but better late than never. It was a heavy one. In fact, if you want to know how much £2000+ worth of figures weigh (I haven't counted the figures), they weigh 28 kg.
I've checked the order and, as far as I can see, everything is tickety boo. Well done Front Rank, not so for Parcel Force. I've contacted Front Rank to tell them to reclaim postage.
So, some pics.
The package. It was a hefty one.
The Peninsular British, first sort.
The Portuguese, first sort. Lonely looking chaps.
The Seven Years War finishing order - mostly Austrians - mostly cavalry.
The Peninsular French.
Well it's in. Now the hard part starts - painting it all.
SYW first, I think, otherwise it will not get done. A bit of backbone, stiff upper lip, British spunk, Olicana oil required (squeak).
SYW first, SYW first, SWY first........