Thursday, February 11, 2016

49th Jaegers

The 49th Regiment was part of the 27th Division at Leipzig a tiny tiny division far under 50%
At just over 3000, The division was smaller then a full strength brigade.
It also only had 7 battalions instead of 12, With only one jaeger regiment that could claim to field two battalions.

Poor little division....

The battalion is 32 figures, which would be  640 soldiers. A lot bigger then the avrage of 440 soldiers that the division would have had. So all other battalions in the division will be the smaller 24 figure style.

 Figures are Perry plastic. Not that great really nothing like the perry made Foundry russians. 
But with a planed new car and wedding rings needing to be bought. This will be low cost.
I only need one more box to finish the jaegers. as One box and the 8 I have left from this box will let me make 2 24 figure battalions.
As jaegers don't have standard barers I added a perry metal mounted officer.
The green is foundry russian green A-C with highlights of foundry Forest Green A.
I painted one of the sharpshooters as a NCO and also one of the musketeers in there is one too.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

White russia and Ahtyrka Hussars

So I've finnaly gotten a bit longer on my grand plan of lots and lots of Hussars.

Finished the White Russia Hussars. I also rebased my Ahtyrka to fit my new style of basing.

Unlike Ahtyrka  the Whie russia is in campaign dress. 

24 hussars do look much better then 12!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2nd battalion 4th Marine artillery regiment

Well it's been exactly 1 months since I posted.
But I've not been idle. Since last post I have painted 6 more Swedish cav, 9 russian hussars, 12 french infantry and 2 guns and 6 prussian Napoleonic gunners. I hope to finish the last 3 hussars today and post pictures sometime next week perhaps.

On to the 2nd battalion 4th Marine Artillery Regiment.

I thnik this unit looks great, I had painted 12 of them allready but I felt I needed to rebase them to my current basing system, so those 12 where rebased and i painted the last 12.
While they look very good, man am I bored of painting them. so much blue..... Iike to paint blue, I got good blue colors that look great. But the sea of blue gets very boring.

24 figure unit, The biggest battalion in the 1st brigade of 21st divsion 

Flag is from Mavrick 

I feel the new basing style dosn't suit small bases, I think I will order some 50x50mm for Napoleonic infantry. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

End of Year Report/Next Years plans.

So this year has been one of the best painting years in a long time. While the volume might be slighly lower. It was still a great year.

I found a nice spot in the yard to take picutres, that really help to make my figures look good in pictures.  I've actually finished almosy all units I've started on.

A few of the units also looked quite good, I've painted the lovely Calpe miniatures, I'm not sure how he does it, but somehow I never paint as well as when I paint calpe. I can never get my perry and others to look that good. Even sevral years ago when I was a much lesser painter, my calpe did look alot better then my other figures. Sure now when I paint perry they have far surpase my older Calpe.
But new painted calpe looks much better then new painted perry. Now some of that might be because the calpe I'm painting now are mostly dark blue and gray. And I have great colors for dark blue and gray. So the right colors help alot.

I also finished a unit of Ashigaru and have ALOT of perry sengoku figures bought this year. And I'll get back to them.

I also did more figures for my unspecified ancient project, two units of Carthagenians and one unit of hastati.  My part 2 of ancient project is now about 80 figure strong, Plus the over 250 ones I have from way back. It means my ancient project(s) are the biggest 28mm I've done except for Napoleoincs.

But the highpoint must be the last part of the year. Where i painted 4 "units" in just a few weeks, that is a higher volume then I've painted in years and years. I don't know if it was the periods, the figures them self, or the new basing style. Probebly a mix of them all.
I did try and paint some Front Rank Napoleonic british after I used up my Warfare Swedes and "Dutch"  These are the new reenforcment packs from FR so very very nice. But they where marching poses. I did find them boring. And I couldn't finish a single batch of 6 figures.

I feel that painting goes faster, yet figures look better. Painting 4-6 figures steem to go faster. Might be that GNW/NYW figures are somewhat simpler then say Napoleonics, But it feels more like I've just found the grove.

So whats Next for 2016?

Well I'm in the prossess of rebasing my Minden prussians and austrians. This is a project form early 2014. I did small units of 16 infantry and 6 cavalry. I'm now rebasing and I want to expand the unit to atleast 24 infantry and 12 cav. So I need more minden figures. I'm also using the new basing system 4.5 on these.

The new basing system drasticly diffrent from my old style/philosphy. When I had my gaming table, I was very obsessed with getting as many figures as possible on my 4x7 table. The idea was if the bases and unit widths are small more units and figures could fit the table with out it beeing to full.

Now my table is gone for the forseable future. I might in a few years get it up again, and mabye even get room for a 5x9 or 6x8 table. But even if I don't have room for sutch a big table. I'm, really only a wargamer in theory, I'm really only a miniature painter that makes units and dreams about having big armies. So if my unit takes 25cm frontage insead of 18. Then who cares.

I do have some minden stuff still, I've painted a few commanders. And a small battalion gun with crew.

 One of the new things A battalion gun. The "straw" in the breaches and vest is probebly to dark.
 This is how far I've gotten in the rebasing: III Guards and one base of Sers Fusiliers
 They are now based in the Next Genration basing (TNB)
I still kinda would have liked them even closer based, very shoulder to shoulder, but it would make it impossbile to do the bases.
 Franz Leopold von Nádasdy
Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz

I also got a lovely gift from my Fiance.

This has allready been sent to Barry as an order for Swedish cav and infantry. 
I wanted to continue my GNW and NYW projects, but Did not know where to find the money. 
in January I'll buy some minden, and so I did not know when I would get the money for my swedes given we got a wedding comming up in six months time. We need food for the wedding, clothes and ofcoruse the rings.

But now I'll get to do 18 more Cav and 23 more Inf.
I hope to have the time and money to finish the first half my my swedes(3 battalions and 9 aquadrons) Before summer.

Also planed but now idea when.

Continuation of my NYW, I still got 1 more dutch battalion, 3 Danish and 3 English battlions.
A brigade of Dutch dragoons and one danish and one english brigade of cav. Then ofcourse the French.

I also want to do Scanian war project. Also with Warfare figures. It will give me a chance to be patriotic and paint some Norwegians for once.

So I hope you enjoyed this blog post or atleast the Miniature pictures.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blog Name Change

This will be a personal story, no miniature pics ect, But those will come later with my end of year report/next years plan post.

I started this blog the first year I moved into my apartment in Oslo, I named it Apartment of war, an homage to Lord Ashrams House of war(the man singlehandedly guilty of making me a wargamer.)
But I don't live in an apertment any more.

In 2013 I met a Woman, she lived about 2 and a half hours from me.  We had many things in common and for our first date, we met and had a forset hike in the forests in Oslo, I was a great Date, I managed to loose one of her dogs, I got a sore on my heel. But we liked eachother. The first months where not ideal with her work, my work, long distance. But She drove into Oslo each weekend. She hung in there. From late may I stayed at her place more and more. And after summer Vacation I lived they most of the time, Only going back to Oslo because I had to. After less then a year togeather, I propossed on spur of the moment, no ring no nothing, but it was a nice monent.

We deceded I should move in propper in early 2015, Luckily the thing was forced as my rent got a hicke, and I simply could no afford to live there anymore, After what can only be described as the most epic moving operation since a couple of people buildt a few triangles in Egypt, We got me moved in in just a few days. It also included cleaning an apartment that was quite clearly a biohazard area.

We have now lived togather for over a year and it's been wonderfull, A big change from a City of 600 000+ people to a small lump of houses 10 minutes by car from the nearest grocery store. It's wonderful to have a propper house. A yard ect. Only fly in the ointment is the lack of a drivers licence on my part. But that will hopefully be remided.

So thats is why there is a name change, I've thought about changing it since I moved in.
I first wanted it to continue the theme of "Of war" But I could not call it house of war, One thing is doing a homage to Lord Ash, another is simply stealing his blog name.

So my Fiance gave me the new name. Gunsfreak's History of War. It's fitting since I at times do most periods of history. She also made the wonderfull new banner with her mad PS skills!
She has a great artistic and creative eye. I can take pictures of my figures I'm very happy with, yet she will see it's blurry. She can do amazing things with a camera and with photoshop.

So Now I will show you a little of this new life in the country.

When I met Fiance to be She had 4 dogs, She did quite a bit of dog shows and she had a cart and sled to use her huskies for that.

Since those 4 dogs, We have expanded the family. To 9!

These are the 4 dogs Antia had when I met her.

Denali, The main Bitch, The matriarch and Big boss. 
She Now has 3 daughters living with her. 
A strong, confident dog.(and clever)

A young Freke, A big show winner. Great guy, 
He loves to push you from behind. A very vocal dog, He will "sing" long opreas just because he loved to hear his own voice.
He has a daughter and son living with us.

 Fjellbris Denals eldest daughter She will turn 4 at the end of  Februry(29th to be exact, so really she will only be 1) A very soft and lovely dog, Very easy to deal with. She is a bit carefull, And took quite a while for her to totaly trust me, But I think I've won her over.
She made a few babies with Freke. All of them where sold. But we keep good track of all sold puppies. And one of them was bought by my sister. So we get to see her quite often, and we spent Christmas with her.
Gaia a late addtion. She came to Anita when she was 4 year old. 
She is now the oldest. We have about a year older then Denali, She loved to escape from pens and rooms. When she gets exited she will do a little dance at a stand still. She is a very small Husky at just 15-16kg and a the very start of minimum hight for a female Siberian Husky.
She too made a few babies with Freke.

As mentioned We have expended our familiy.

 In my 2014 We had puppy heaven, 10 puppies, 6 from Gaia/Freke and 4 from Fjellbris/Freke
Her we see newly made Orca at that time called mr big.

 Out of the 10 puppies we kept Orca and Såga.  
Her at just afew months old, Some 1000meters above sealevel. 
Her are wonderfull but mischievous. They have inherited Gaia love of jail breaks.  and Frekes love of making noice. 
 Såga A wonderfull little girl, She is bearly bigger then her mother, she is totaly pulling mad, She will litteraly lay almost flat as she pulls, be it a cart, or us. When ever we go for a walk she will scream and pull, She will get annoyed if it goes to slow. 
 She can be a bit reserved when meeting people. 
 She Has done very well in shows, So far Only Exellents. As you see in the picture above. She likes to pretend to be a Kangaroo at times. But Anita is a skilled Handler. 

 When we have Orca, While I try not to have any favorites, Everybody els seem to agree he is my favorite.  He is a fun loving dog. And the main Jailbreaker(now that they seems that Gaia has gone into retirement from that activity) 
While his sister gets Excellents every time. Poor orca had 2 "goods" and verr good. and 2 excellents. 
But luck those two Excllents also gave him Certificates. So he has two of those. 
Orca trying to eat bird feed. While he did not get it this time. He did manage to get it a few days later.

Christmas 2014 started with drama, the 22nd Denali needed a cesarean, a big puppy has blocked the birth channel. Sadly it did not make it, But it's 4 siblibgs did. 
We kept Stjerne.

 Young Stjerne on a spring hike with big sister Fjellbris. 
Stjerne seems to be a little stupid at times. Yet recently we see she has the making of a good sleddog, She has learned the commands for left and right with out we really teaching them to her. She has just picked them up. She also looks to work verry well in the harness.

Stjerne playing with Sarek. 

Stjerne at 10 moths old. She has so far had a very good Show career, With a Best in Show Puppy under her belt. She also got an Excellent on her  first outing as a non puppy.

We also bought a dog. Sarek
 Sarek was bought to give new blood to the pack. Sadly he ended up with only one testicle. So no puppies in his future. He is a kind easy going dog. And he has gotten big
He is now atleat 58cm tall, so bigger then freke, and about the same Size of Orca, but Orca was well over a year before he reached that high. He also seems to have a good career as a sled dog.

August 1st this year, Beringia and 4 siblings was born. Denalis last litte, She is not retired from the breeding life and wil enjoy the rest of her life doing what she does best. Bossing others around.

It was hard for Anita to choose. As Beringia and her sister was so much a like and even now at close to 5 months old, when we see picutres of her sister they look so much alike.
 When her borthers and sister left her She needed a little hugging.
A beautiful puppy. She looks alot like her Older sister Fjellbris. 
Denali now has 3 of her daughters with her. 

And some random Dog life pictures.

 Denali after her dramatic night December 22nd 2014, 
She is a happy dog now. She understood they wher hers right away.

 Freke and me making pizza. 

 Christmas Eve run. No White Christmas for us. Muddy and brown.
We had 7 dogs that day a new record. 
Denali and Fjellbris leading. Denali is lazy and slows down the speed. While Fjellbris works hard and pulls the team along.

Poor freke stuck in the middle with the yongsters Stjerne and Sarek. 

Orca and Såga leading up the rear. No leaders here but they work hard and love to pull.

Some pictures of my beloved Anita and Me
 Here after the Christmas Eve run. 

 Our first Constitunion day(May 17th) Togeather. First time meating the Inlaws.
My and dad inlaw have to quite a lot of work on the "house" We buildt a new big dog pen, we tore down a old shack, where we will build a 3rd dog pen.
 Fundu at the inlaws.
 Pizza date.

Our first vacation togeather, spent over a week in Denmark and Sweden. I love science and animals, and she is a biologist and loves animals just as much. So those days where spent looking at and petting animals.

So this has been a peronal story. And why the blog has gotten a name change.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Friesland and Friesheim

So I've now used up all my Warfare miniature figures!! In the ned the total was  91 figures. Here are 50 of them.
Friesheim You've seen before, Now they are joined by Friesland, Which I think look better simply for the fact they aren't white, much easier to work with the blue and red.

So I had to diffrent sources for Friesland, one said dark blue and red, one said sky blue and red. I decided to do light blue but not quite sky blue. Mostly because I've had this blue triad a long while and never used it propperly. The color is actualy Napoleoinc Prussian Gun carrage blue. So these are painted in gun carrage blue.... Poor bastards, someone might try and fit a 12pdr on their heads.

I'm probebly taking a painting brake, partly as I'm out of figures I want to paint, and party as I'm out of primer and my main brush died.  AND I want to play some computergames ect, I've been is sutch a grove painting I didn't want to play that many games. So I'll Take a break.

 I really like how they turned out. Oh and out of this unit of 25 figures I think something like 22-23 of them are uniqe. Only a couple of repeates. Thats quite fantastic.

 And the two units togeather.