While I'm getting a lot done, not all of it is miniature or art related. Although it's neat to see in progress work or a figure done step-by-step , finished work is nice to see also. So while the wheels of progress turn slowly, I thought to share a few things with you. We all have things that inspired or fostered passion in our hobbies. There were two distinct things that fueled my interests for American military history, especially uniforms. The first was the American Heritage book of the Civil war. In addition to having period photos and artwork, the maps drawn by David Greenspan more than captured my imagination. I'm sure many a boy remembers these fantastic "bird's eye" views of the Civil War's major battles. I would sit for hours looking at these maps populated with hundreds of little Union and Confederate soldiers fighting one another at places like Little Round Top or Antietam's Dunker Church. The maps also served as a great reference for recreating these battles with toy soldiers. Around 1973-74 my parent's bought me the Marx Toys Blue & Gray playset that was sold by Sears. This was the other thing that had me hooked for life. Long gone are the days where you will get a building made of tin, or cannons that actually fire little projectiles. A year or two later I was also the proud owner of Marx's Sons of Liberty playset. Needless to say the Civil War and American Revolution became my two most favorite periods of history. What I find amazing is the number of people that not only owned but were inspired by the very same things.