Okay, you dutchie Oranjes!
You belong to the Top-10 of the visitors on this blog and so you have deserved to get your '100+' figure!
And here it is:
No, it is not. This is a Marine of the Kingdom of Holland which I found in a collection of old Suhr pictures - and a simple and quick conversion of a French line infantry figure from HaT.
So thanks to the Dutch - if there hadn't been that Dutch guy who founded http://bennosfiguresforum.com/, I would certainly not be in that kind of hobby. At least not in that intensity. :-D
Which brings me to the next thing: plannings.
Everybody seems to be fond of analysing last years' performance an drawing plans for 2013 these days. At least I have read such things on several blogs now. Well... what about me...?
Reading such things, I reflected my own work of 2012:
I have completed 81 foot soldiers, 18 mounted figures. 25 foot figures and 18 mounted figures are in different stages of preparation. Not very impressive, when I compare that with the output of people like Paul (http://paulsbods.blogspot.de/) or Tamsin (http://wargaminggirl.blogspot.de/). But I'm fine with that . Although I sometimes wish to be a faster painter in order to finish my projects sooner as I currently can, I have learned that what counts most is to be happy with the results - and I am.
Well - the figure above will add to my long-run project 'pre-Bardin uniform variations' (http://zedsnappies.blogspot.de/2011/07/project-all-varieties-of-pre-1812.html). Looking at these Suhr pictures, I discovered that the Kingdom of Holland had a number of additional versions of the original pre-Bardin uniform version I had not known before. So I made an Excel sheet and studied all my reference material in order to find out how many figures I have already painted and how many are still to be painted for completing the whole task.
The answer is somewhat disturbing. I have currently 281 versions in my list of which I have painted 75. This leaves me with 218 figures to be painted. Ugh.
And what does that mean for my plans? At first, I decided to make at least two single figure vignettes for FIGZ and the ISSC in Heiden this year. I'm also working on a special display for the multi-figure contest in Heiden. Apart from that, I want to finish the groundwork for my little Spaniards' vignette and add some figures to my long-run-project-regiments list.
This includes finishing at least:
- all not yet painted Swiss regiments (3 are left, of which I have one on 75%)
- soldiers for the regiments Isle de Ré and Walcheren (currently at 50%)
- Baden foot guards (one at 90%)
- Wurzburg light infantry and regimental artillery
- 1st provisional Croatian infantry
- King Joseph Napleons' Spanish guard grenadiers
- Italian light infantry
So far so good. Let's get ready to rumbleeeeeeeee !!!
Oh - and Happy New Year to you all!