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60 Days of Hobby 2021 to 2022, into 100 Days of Hobby for 2022!
« on: December 04, 2021, 03:10:19 PM »
So going to cross between the two years in style this time.

From today, Dec 4th 2021, until Ground Hog Day, Feb 2nd 2022 ...

... It's the 60 Days of Hobby Celebration Challenge!

I will do something hobby related for 60 days in a row.  It might be painting, building, gaming, reading, organizing ... anything hobby related.

Have a friend of mine who has his 60th birthday today, and he started me in on this, so off I go.  We have two others interested as well, and although none of those guys does the fantasy and sci-fi route in the hobby, I decided to join in on their fun anyway, and start up a thread here as well for rallying those others who might be interested in joining in with me.

Cheers!  And lets get going!  :icon_biggrin: :icon_mrgreen: :::cheers:::

Starting off with some painting today. :icon_cool:
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Re: 60 Days of Hobby Celebration 2021 to 2022!
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2021, 12:18:50 PM »
Day 1:

Did a ton of organizing of French, British, and Russian Napoleonic figures, plus did a bit of painting on some French Chasseurs a Cheval.

A good start! :icon_biggrin: :::cheers:::
"Not all who wander are lost ... " Tolkien

"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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Re: 60 Days of Hobby Celebration 2021 to 2022!
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2021, 08:27:43 AM »
You're at 1/60th of the way. Remember, even the greatest journey starts with a single step.
Now go! Ride towards the sun atop these noble steeds
You're our spandex heroes, now fullfil your destinies
And so we turned and rode beyond the castle walls
with shiny codpiece armour that doth cradle our chivalrous balls

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2021, 10:42:55 AM »
Day 2:

Yesterday it was putting paint on more French Chasseurs, and doing some reading on Russian infantry uniforms during the Napoleonic era.

58 more to go! :icon_lol:
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2021, 12:38:44 PM »
Day 3: Piping on two French Chasseurs a cheval, and researching 1812 Russian Campaign.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2021, 09:55:38 AM »
Day 4: Researching a French Light infantry unit, and Russian Jagers, both of the Napoleonic era and to determine how I want some painted.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

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Re: 60 Days of Hobby Celebration 2021 to 2022!
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2021, 01:15:38 PM »
Does this have anything to do with The Silver Bayonet? :D
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And so we turned and rode beyond the castle walls
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2021, 01:06:57 AM »
 :icon_lol:  No, historicialy based gaming. :icon_wink: :::cheers:::
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2021, 02:13:18 PM »
Day 5:

Did some more research on French Light Infantry units, and more reading on the northern flank of the 1812 Russian Campaign.

As a side note, found a sculptor that I might request some specific sculpts for some French, and Russian Napoleonic figures. :icon_mrgreen: 
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"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2021, 06:04:54 AM »
Day 6:  Started learning the computer moderated rules called Carnage & Glory, and set up initial French and Russian lists for a skirmish between a Rear-guard Russian units and Vanguard French units that occurred about 4 miles west of the town of Wilkomir on June 28th, 1812.  Plan to use this scenario as a way to learn how to use the system for future games.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2021, 03:31:53 PM »
Day 7:

Cleaned and organized more in the hobby room.  Including the game table cleared off, yes!.  Then set up the terrain for a historical scenario for the opening phase of the French's left flank invasion of northern Russia in 1812.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2021, 12:38:06 PM »
Day 8:

Set up  bases and a few units of infantry to begin playtesting the Napoleonic scenario above and begin using the Carnage and Glory computer moderated rules.  Also cleaned and dumped in soapy water for over night a unit of 16 figures for French Light Infantry, and two artillery pieces with crews and 2 trains of 2 horses each for pulling the cannon.  Continued reading for the 1812 Russia Campaign, too.

Also, sent inquiry into having 2 sets of 4 to 6 figures sculpted for a use as a Napoleonic era unit.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2021, 06:40:36 AM »
Day 9 & 10:

On Sunday and Monday read game scenarios read from the Perfidious Albion.  This is a brand new publication for the Napoleonic era and focuses on warfare conducted in South Africa, Italy, South America, Pomerania, Denmark, Portugal and Spain by the British or their allies from 1806 to 1809.  The history of situations is more fascinating than I expected, and provide interesting opportunities for gaming.
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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2021, 12:27:45 PM »
Day 11:

Glued two 8lb French Napoleonic cannons together.  No, not life sized ones, 28mm. :icon_wink: :icon_lol:

Also, was eyeing my cleaned, washed, and primed Persian cavalry, and so read some history on the Persian military for colors of clothing.
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"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2021, 04:50:49 PM »
Day 12 ...

Doing a 16 figure unit of Dutch in French service.  Got out my Victrix French, popped off 11 bodies so far for an officer, drummer, standard bearer (not sure yet which body to use for a sapper), 4 bodies for regulars, and 4 bodies for lights.  Eventually 4 more for grenadiers.  Took a bare head, and cut off the top to glue a hat on it for the sapper.  Glued some arms for the voltigeurs.  More creating and construction seems to be on tap for Day 13.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2021, 01:52:58 PM »
Day 13 ... More gluing of arms to bodies, and doing some figure cleanup along the way.
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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2021, 12:05:27 PM »
Day 14: Finished reading my material on the north flank of Russian Campaign.

Did that situation deteriorate rapidly or what?  From the reading it seems as if there were signs early on that the situation wasn't healthy, but wow.  In November, if the cold or disease didn't get too many of them, then the Cossacks eventually did.  There's a couple of battles that were still northern flank oriented around the middle of the month, and two of Napoleon's  Marshals can't agree on a plan from there, but then in two weeks time, there's not much left to be counted.  A complete disaster, and that's only from the point of reading about this northern flank of the campaign.  History knows this one didn't end well for the French and their allies with the rest of it either.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

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Re: 60 Days of Hobby Celebration 2021 to 2022!
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2021, 08:14:31 AM »
If you are interested in the Napoleonic wars but enjoy fantasy too, I think you should read Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. Book 8 is about Napoleon's Russian campaign, for instance.
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2021, 11:59:05 AM »
Ok, will look it up, thanks for the recommendation! :::cheers:::

Day 15: More work on the Victrix French figures in making a unit of Dutch.  They've needed more flash cleaning than I recall from the last time I made some of these.  5 figures complete, 4 only need heads, while drummer, standard bearer, and sapper need an arm and head, and the 4 grenadiers need the most with their bodies picked, and one with an 2 arms and another with an arm.  So progress has been made, and hopefully today will see them complete for shipping tomorrow.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2021, 11:34:25 PM »
Day 16:

Got the rest of the gluing, flash and mold line cleaning done on the 16 Dutch made from French Victrix figures.

Will box them up and ship them out for painting on Monday.
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"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2021, 11:03:41 AM »
Day 17:

Found I had to glue some swords and bayonets on to the Dutch unit so delayed shipping to let those set over night.

Did some reading of a book called "Fields of Battle: Retracing Ancient Battlefields" by Richard Evans.  It reviews various ancient fights by considering things like the logistics, terrain, weather, and walking the ground with what little has been recorded and written about them.  These get merged into a collective narrative with explanations of how he arises at his conclusions.  So it is a bit speculative in places, except getting deeper at the reason for why things were written as they were causes one to have a different view and understanding of what could have been happening when placed in more of a context than just the limited written record.

I also opened up Michael Hopper's scenario book on the 1805 Napoleonic campaign, this one culminated in the battle of Austerlitz.  An interesting read so far, one where napoleon let his Marshal and lesser general's do much of the smaller battles, while he focused on the larger picture, and was able to get his army in a spot where he defeated a much larger combined army of Austrians and Russians in a situation that one might not have imagined would be possible.

Austerlitz was my first reading about a Napoleonic battle when I was much younger, and it helped set me on the road of learning the history of those times.  There always seems to be more, for it has massive amounts of detail that can be studied on and on, and about warfare that was waged over a good bit of time from the French Revolution to it's end in 1815.
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"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2021, 09:39:45 AM »
Day 18:

Finally got gluing those 4 sets of swords and bayonets to the 4 Dutch grenadiers.  Also continued reading the scenario book on the 1805 campaign.
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2021, 09:27:57 AM »
Day 19:

Wrapped lots of Christmas presents.  Wait ... that's not not hobby, although some of them were hobby related.

Hmmm. :icon_mrgreen: :engel:

Well, ok, onward ... finished the remainder of the scenario book on the 1805 campaign.  Going to bring the rest of those along on my trip to Wisconsin for the holidays top keep this string going, and so plenty of interesting and fun reading.  However, I will also be gaming and painting. :icon_cool: :::cheers:::
« Last Edit: January 01, 2022, 11:12:09 PM by GamesPoet »
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« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2021, 02:17:34 PM »
Day 20:

Went back to reading Perfidious Albion, interesting reading on what happened in Buenos Aires.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2022, 11:12:46 PM by GamesPoet »
"Not all who wander are lost ... " Tolkien

"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2021, 01:12:42 PM »
What did happen? When did it happen? Why was Argentina involved?
Now go! Ride towards the sun atop these noble steeds
You're our spandex heroes, now fullfil your destinies
And so we turned and rode beyond the castle walls
with shiny codpiece armour that doth cradle our chivalrous balls