I have just reread my similar post for last January much of which still stands. I think it's worthwhile taking some time to look at what happened in my life & hobby life, celebrate some good times and set out some plans for this year, so why not do so right here? I don't keep a diary as such so this is as good a place as any to put down some reflections and New Year Resolutions.
|Russian & Prussian infantry advance in an 1813 game - stirring stuff indeed.|
|New for 2015, these Neopolitan Guards are fine & dandy fancy pants soldiers!|
|Napoleon and chums - another newbie for 2015.|
|These Scots joined the Peninsular collection in 2015 - apparently controversial on the TMP.|
|Prettiest addition in 2015? Very possibly so!|
|A new Austrian command base from Chris's army - just needs the base dry brushing old chap.|
|My fave edition of Warhammer - "Herohammer".|
In 2015 I painted NO soldiers at all. This is a good thing.
Newly painted toys joining my collection were as follows,
3x36 Westphalians, 3x36 Nassauers, 4x36 Poles, 2x32 Middle Guard, 1x36 Portuguese Legion, 1x40 Brits plus 10 lights, 1x12 Austrian Uhlans, 1x36 Austrian Hussars, 1x12 French lancers, 1x36 Neopolitans, 1x36 Corsicans, 1x36 Piedmontese Legion, 3x36 Italians, 1 Polish battery, 1x10 French Cuirassiers, 1x48 Hungarian infantry, 2x36 Austrian Jaeger. Some generals too. Also the aforementioned 15mm Ancient armies and Fleets. I think that's it, maybe some others here and there. Many of these you haven't seen but will do in time. Rich's departure left some holes in the joint collection but that's being addressed rather well I think.
The lead pile was reduced considerably in 2015 but somewhat replenished over Christmas as Elite Miniatures had their annual sale. I now need to get this lot painted, 120 more Brits, 3x32 Spanish, 3x36 Poles, 1x Spanish battery, 1x24 Portuguese cavalry, 2x24 Polish cavalry, 2x40 Old Guard, 2x32 Middle Guard, 1x36 Westphalian Guard and 1x24 Westphalian cavalry, and 1 RHA battery. Lastly I found 36 more Foundry Bavarians which Nigel Cox had been hiding along with 24 Foundry Bavarian cavalry. This is a good thing.
Actually there are also four battalions of Prussian Reservists but they can wait till 2017.
|8 more battalions plus bits from Elite Miniatures arrive to replenish the almost finished lead pile.|
I want to complete a small Peninsular collection and then call it a day for the most part on the Napoleonics. I know there will always be something to add but surely the bulk of this is done now, surely? I need some young Guard thinking about it, and some more Spanish and some......
|Peninsular action - I miss the sunshine!|
|Portuguese infantry make up the majority of my Peninsular allies so far.|
I went to Brussels in the early Summer with my father-in-law and two brothers-in-law, a boys trip. It was amazing.Naturally we went to see the new Waterloo centre which was also amazing. We avoided the bicentennial celebrations as I hate crowds and would have picked holes in the whole thing anyway, I am also suspicious of re-enactors. Here are some random shots,
|The very important farmhouse seen from the Lion Mound.|
|It seems that Carabinier armour is a "red" brass colour not a goldy brass, I know, how did so many wargamers |
and illustrators get this so wrong?
|This little chap is a popular tourist attraction. He is available in chocolate too, also as cheap bottle openers, mine didn't open a single bottle, it broke on contact, proper tourist tat.|
|We also visited some wargraves which was deeply humbling.|
|It seems it wasn't just white western soldiers who died at Ypres. Note the recurring names.|
These were recorded on the Menin gate.
|This cropped up in a museum.|
So in this pc world is it patriotic, nationalistic, jingoistic or just quaint?
|One of the stranger exhibits at the Waterloo visitor centre. |
This is an excellent venue and essential for anyone who gets the opportunity.
Charles de Gaulle
Personally I had a great year in 2015. Professionally it was tough ie hard work but so what? No one ever said it would be easy did they? We made some good sales and are proud of that. The massive Lottery Roll Over this weekend might ease the passage through life though! On the home front we had much to celebrate especially as we finally got a new dog - a Welsh Collie from the Welsh mountains. We traveled up to meet the owners, a shepherd and his wife who is a vet, good omens. Birdie is a great dog, way too clever really, quick to learn, very obedient with bags of energy and a few odd traits like biting trees, a strange one - she fits right in.
|Birdie the wonder dog!|
|Nearing completion at the end of last summer|
|The Rugby World Cup came to Great Britain in 2015. I managed to watch Wales win at the Millennium Stadium. |
Stirring stuff in the land of my Fathers. In fairness I am half Welsh half Danish, but the Danes don't do rugby.
|Brother Kilmister has passed.|
Don't forget to sign the petition to name the newly discovered heavy metal element "Lemium", yes really, google it now.
Happy new year, I really hope 2016 is exactly what you want it to be, it's there for the taking - enjoy.