Crusader French painted & based on 26 hours
Well due to Christmas/preparations and a few other sidetracking occurrences I finally go to work on them Tuesday night around 10pm. I had trouble getting tired tueday night so I was up until 6, painting on and off. I Woke up around 9, went out on errands until 2 and then painted off and on again until 10, when i finished all 32 french. they were all based by midnight. Total turn around time stat-to-finish , 26 hours(actual time probably around 8-9 hours).
You May have noticed that that gun isn't Crusader(but the crew are). In fact I have no clue what manufacturer it is. Dave Hoyt gave the gun to me, as he had cannibalized the crew for something else. The 2 kneeling crew members are the 2 remaining VB grenadiers I had(sans rifle), with an Irate officer(he is pointing his pistol at one of their heads!).
You may have also noticed the quality of the pictures has suddenly gone up. I got a new 12.2 megapixel camera(with super-macro!) for Christmas. I also got the Black Powder Rules, along with 2 Hourtouille Napoleonic books (Wagram and Borodino). I've been interested in trying black powder for a while, so this is a great gift, especially since I never seem to spend much money on rules.
As seems to tradition with Miniatures blogger, i feel the need to sum up the year. DEspite being unemployed for jsut over a year now, I've managed to stay pretty busy. I built a heck of a lot of terrain this year, which along with painting commissions was the main reason I have been able to start into my World war 2 project. I built a lot of fields, rock outcroppings, the Indian village, 6 2x4 terrain boards, and numerous hedges, walls, and fences. I also finished a lot of pre-made terrain, including 10 Pegasus Russian houses, 1 Pasticville log cabin, 30 Lionel telephone posts, and several small pieces from Acheson Designs.
For WW2 I finished off my 204 infantry(including crews) 18 crewed weapons(just the weapons), 15 tanks, and scratch built 70% of a French truck(waiting until I can afford to have the wheels rapid prototyped to finish) in almost exactly 3.5 months. Before that I painted nearly my entire collection of French and Indian wars figures(200 figures in it's own right). In between I painted all sorts of things, including some Napoleonic Dragoons, ECW dragoons, ECW infantry, Renaissance Polish, and lots of 40k(mostly on commission).
Fore the new year, it looks like i might be starting into an 18th century Imagination project with Dave Hoyt and a few others we will be likely using out preferred Horse & musket skirmish rules, Sharp Practice. I'll be doing the Electorate of Lustigzollern - Großgesaß. Which of course is ruled by Kurfurst Friedhelm Ivo Großgesaß. I have done up an initial concept for the uniforms of the Kurfurst Regiment. I think I may change the pants to the yellow. the Kurprinz regiment will be yellow with baby blue facings.
Anyway, I hope everyone had a merry Christmas(or a happy whatever-you-celebrate), and I hope everyone has a happy New Year!