During a regular browse of the model horse-dom of the internet last weekend, I discovered Animal Artistry's retail therapy page at roughly 3 o'clock in the morning.
|Photo by Donna Chaney/Animal Artistry|
He's an earthenware Vintage Striking Arabian Stallion in gloss bay, one of 30 produced in china with the sculpture's original flowing mane and tail. The AA Striker and I have a history together - when I was first entering the "hobby" and wading through all of the different manufacturers that *weren't* Breyer, I distinctly remember coming across a photo of one of these guys and falling in love with his awesome presence and cranky attitude. I've dreamed of owning one for over half a decade since. Aaand, here we are.
I'm hoping he arrives sometime this week. I need this shiny pony to get into my hot little hands STAT.
The scariest part is not the fact that I bought a fairly expensive and really breakable model that's a far cry from my usual collecting norm - it's the fact that now I want more. My current calling? Having an AA Rearing Andy custom glazed in some funky appaloosa pattern as an historical Iberian horse. I do need to downsize the herd a bit, after all...
I christened this guy Mephistopheles not only because of his devilish attitude, but the fact that he's likely going to drag me into clinky hell as well. Ah, the irony of this post coming just after an essay on why I will always be focused on OF Breyers!