In my personal life, I got my first car(cargo van) still don't have a license to drive. I got married and I lost my grandmother. She died just a few weeks after the wedding, Looks like she held on until I got married. It was not a sad death, She was 96 years old and she died in her home of 60 years. She had a massive heart attack a couple of years back, at her age she could not get any surgery. But she lived another two years, eating what she wanted and drinking her delay cream. She died in her home happy with her gossip magazines and tv. I near had any other nanny than her, she lived 5 minutes from where I grew up. So not a sad death, a natural death after a long good life. But it's strange not having her around and missing her.
The Wedding was perfect, we were told by a fellow student of Anita that June 4th was going
to have wonderful weather, as her husband's birthday is on June 4th and he always had nice weather on his birthday. And she was right. It was probably one of just 4 good summer days this summer.
Wedding on the terrace of the inlaws summer home.
Anitas best friend is her maid of honour and my dad is my best man.
The day was perfect with good food and good people, After the wedding dad in law drove us with his boat to a resort where we stayed in the honeymoon suite
So we also had a new litter, Freke and Naisha went on a date. And we got a litter, We kept one we named Huldra.
After an intensive first 8 months the steam started to go empty. The last few months I've painted sevral things not having finished them, I have painted 12 French Legere, that was supposed to become a 30 figure unit, I painted 6 troopers and 9 horses for some Chasseur a Chaval, also not finished.
So I don't have much to show, But I have this.
Had some random British light infantry I painted up and ordered a movement base from warbases.
I did however, have a late year project. The theme of this year's Christmas gifts was homemade.
Antia made some wonderful embroidery with the names of our nephew on and we put them in some frames. It took a long time to make, She also embroidered some Christmas oven mitts for her and mine parents.
So I decided to make Anita's gift too.
And Here it is:
I made a little diorama of Anita and all of our ten dogs. The miniatures are Copplestone, with some wood glue and white flock, some random ebay trees, A picture found online and glued to a background. I tried to paint the dogs as the look, with their markings. Some of our dogs are quite similar, painting it so that Denali, Beriniga and Fjellbris look different is quite hard, Beringia at least got white spot on her neck. Some of the models got a slightly curly tail, So I gave those tails to our dogs I know got a little curl on them. Orca while black has that curly tail and his shoulder is very white, so it's easy differentiate him from the other black dogs, luckily our dogs are color coded. So I simply gave their harness their color. From bak to front. Orca and Stjerne, Gaia and Såga, Huldra and Naisha, Freke and Denali and finaly up front Fjellbris and Berninga.
So that's what I've done 2016, now looking forward.
I do plan on continuing my WSS/GNW project, as well as my SYW.
While I'm tempted to do more Napoleoincs I think I'll only have the attention span to do a few figures at a time. I also want to try yet again to do ACW, but we'll see.
I'm also concidering doing more Ancients and Italian wars.
But first up is a new project(new year new project)
This will be early 100 years war. This is something I've wanted to do for some time. Mostly because of the figures from Claymore. The style is just so cool, a mix of leather, gambison, mail and plate. I do find the full plate kinda boring...
Now there are sevral complications. First Claymore so far only have only have a few packs.
They have french foot knights, crowbowmen and pavisers. Naturaly not enough to do a proper force. So I much go hunting. I have orderd some Front Rank mounted MAA, they seem to be about the same period. I also orderd some Kingmaker knights. Now the kingmakers are probably a little to late for the first 20 years of the war. so my early 100 year war project will be slightly generic stretching from 1337 to about 1390. So some units will be post 1360(like kingmaker) While FR and Claymore will be more very early part. But I'm mostly staying away from the later Perry ranges ect.
Another problem is the style. Claymore is very animated and very detailed. Not that many other figures mix well. Black tree desgins make figures that look quite good and they are for the right period of the war, but they look stiffer, less natural in poses. And from the picutres they look slighter in style.
My first unit will be a big unit of knights and infantry. I'll have 2 ranks of knights in front so 24 knights and to ranks of infantry. So a big unit of 48 figures. So I'll repurpose the pavisers, by giving them none paviser shields and giving them a few other weapons then spears, they'll become infantry.
So that is the plan.
I hope to have something more intresting to show soon.
Belated Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year.