So, what're the odds for a revolution in China within the next ten years? O.K., twenty at most. Pollution is at unbelievable levels, the wealth is centred around a minority, urban life is deteriorating and rural life is collapsing into anarchy. Added to which, the peasants (and they're still peasants by just about any definition) continually cop out in the name of progress. Need a hydro dam? Why, just flood another valley!
There are also going to be good wargaming opportunities in Africa as the whole place deteriorates into a free for all while the Chinese and Russians (but mainly the Chinese) plunder the continent for raw materials. There could be central African civil wars, north African scuffles between Muslim extremists, tribal gangs and failing governments and southern African revolutions sparked by the collapse of Zimbabwe, followed by instability in South Africa. The UN is now a laughing stock and NATO will more than likely pull back and watch from the sidelines, not wanting to become embroiled in another Iraq. The British, French and Belgians will sell arms to everybody and make a tidy profit and the CIA will be doing overtime trying to back both horses and falling off both. In any case, they'll have their work cut out with Central and South America . . . .
Probably in trouble with my mate in London who's been incommunicado for ages cos I never go down there, but he's always popping up here. I agree with him absolutely, but it's easier to make excuses not to go than to actually get on with it. I'm in the same boat in other areas, which is why I don't keep in touch with anybody other than by email or the occasional phone call. It's a shitty way of conducting oneself, but demotivation is the name of the game round here. I'll make more of an effort when the holiday season's over (it hasn't actually started yet) and spend the autumn catching up.
Ever seen that bloke Pat Condell on YouTube? He's always banging on about something or other, but from the safety of the internet. He's a sort of middle class, middle aged anarchist pontificating from his centrally heated, double glazed broadband linked garret. He's worth a watch as he's articulate and not too bad an orator, but sometimes he tries to be too clever. I give him a viddy now and again, but I'm suspicious he represents the establishment he rails against. Nothing wrong with being a champagne soclialist I suppose (we put up with Blair for long enough).
Oh enough with this pontification and on with the real world. I'm messing around with an old Foundry figure of Davout at the moment, painting him up to what i think I'd have looked like in his day - and with his rank, more or less. he's turning out quite well and fills in the odd occasion when there's not enough time to have a session with a proper unit. I'll post a piccie when he's done, provided I don't forget or lose enthusiasm before then. In the meantime, today's toy:
He's a Vietnam period Yank from a pretty poor range of figures and he'll probably end up on eBay when I can be bothered, or maybe donated to a mate in the States. I've had to stretch the image a little to make it look half human.