Few months gone now of my military service. Two hundred seventy something days left. Was chosen to and started NCO/corporal training two weeks ago.
I'm training to become a scout/reconnaissance NCO, which has been pretty interesting these few weeks. (Not counting laying in snow for one and a half hours during a cold night, in wet clothes and hungry, after a day of skiing, having slept about 2 hours on the last night, staring at a forest and trying to see signs of movement.. That kind of sucked.)
Our training consists of reconnaissance missions, so finding out information about the enemy and area. Doing this while remaining invisible for the enemy, way ahead of our own lines. Very much like guerrilla training, with less shooting and more of staying hidden. Although we are trained to use snipers, mines, rocket launchers and all that also, as those can be needed aswell.
The other side is moving to the locations then, and living and surviving in the wild. We're carrying rucksacks, with all the food, water, clothes, tent and tools that we are going to need on the mission, that last normally few days at least. So it gets pretty heavy. That, and our combat gear of course (and skis on winter).
This week we had a "relocation training", which was a ski march, lasting for 32 hours minus food breaks. We left at morning, skied the day, through the night, and the next day. I think it was about 50 km trip in the end, through forests, lakes, and fields, crossing many ditches and going over hills.
After which we found out that there was this tradition of having a skiing competition around this pond after the march (still with the rucksacks of course). So few kilometers more, pffft. Our group won in the end though!
About what has happened in the art side then? Not much to be honest. On the first weeks we didn't have any free time pretty much, and now we're having few hours on most evenings, which I usually use just for chilling. Also trying to go to the gym lately, as there's some time for it now. Too tired or unimaginative to draw anything really. I've done some sketches and such, but they aren't really worth showing.
I'm thinking of investing into a tablet, that I could use for some light painting, browsing internet, watching movies and such. Saw a review of Nexus 10 on ImagineFx, which seems good but also quite expensive.
Do you guys have any recommendations for good tablets? Main thing I'd need it for is painting, so if there comes a stylus with it, and it can run Skecthbook Pro well, it's a plus. Also what experiences do you have of painting with tablets like that?
Thanks a lot for all the watches, comments and favs,