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Honor Harrington's Medal Case

Medal Case for Honor Harrington ca. 1904 PD (I think.)

No ribbon rack because the medals took long enough. :p

Medal concept design by Scott Bell. Honor Harrington portrait by Jenny Dolfen, AKA =Gold-Seven.

Done for Ad Astra Games. More information about these and other medals will be featured in their upcoming Saganami Island Tactical Simulator Shipbook 3.
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thaynenova's avatar
i love this, honor harrington is my favorite series character. i will miss reading more of her exploits. the last book was a pleasure to read. the only real heart break i have is with emily's death. it never occurred to me that her health was so bad. 
I will add my compliments on the artwork. 

Major off-topic: 
In "House of Steel," the picture of Honor's uniform as RMN Fleet Admiral has 7 command stars. I can find 5 documented hyper capable RMN commands, (Hawkwing, Fearless (CL-56), Fearless (CA-286), Nike, and Wayfarer), not counting Unconquered (in the first duel, Summervale decides that the three command stars on Honor's uniform will make a good aim point. The background chatter states that stars are awarded for successful completion of a hyper-capable command tour.) Is one of them for command of ENS Farnese? Has she given up command of Unconquered? But then she wouldn't be able to wear a white beret.  
Love the case, but you should do one that has all her medals as of 1922PD (the most current book).
Pokermind's avatar
Some discussion on the medals here [link] and thus errors. Art also appeared here:[link] posted by David Weber.
thomasthecat's avatar
This selection of medals is from before Honor earned the Star of Grayson, so there isn't an error, just an omission of chronology. :) It's from that time period because I made this art for Saganami Island Tactical Simulator Ship Book 3, and we were writing most of our in-universe material to be current around 1904 PD, before the events of Honor of the Queen.

I'm a member of BuNine and a major contributor to the art in "House of Steel." Unfortunately, these medals won't appear as illustrations in it, but ribbons based on them will.
Pokermind's avatar
Shared your answer on Baen's Bar, you have to be logged on to the bar to follow the link, [link] :) Also over on David Weber's web site [link] .

When I combined two Deviant's fan art to make [link] for David Weber's site I got criticism for uniform color and had to change to [link] . When I wrote David Mattingly that he had the wrong number of fingers (4) rather than three he wrote back I was the first to comment on his 'cats, but the least error on the uniform gets several. So now I know how criticism feels too ;)
starfleet's avatar
One of these days tomas your going to have to do the plaque you realise with the burn mark from nimitz's near miss in OBS ;) like always great work even if i'm still playing catch up a year later.
CanRay's avatar
She's going to need a bigger case.
tansyuduri's avatar
how did you make this?
thomasthecat's avatar
Thanks for the question!

I used Adobe Illustrator, a piece of vector illustration software, to make the shapes of the medals and the metal engravings in separate layers. Then I took those files and brought them in to Adobe Photoshop to add all the bevel and surface effects. I also made the medal case itself in Photoshop.
hmsnike's avatar
How many Monarch's Thanks does this make for you, Honor? Six? :giggle:
thomasthecat's avatar
Heh! Honor needs a separate case just for those.
hmsnike's avatar
That's why she took a commission in the GSN - she needed a whole 'nother uniform to fit all her medals!
Kant-Lavar's avatar
Very nice, as always. And also, SITS Ship Book 3! Glee! And this probably means a new Jayne's guide is soon to follow! More glee!
xveers's avatar
Well, kinda. Jaynes 3 covers the wild and wonderful world of Silesia (who knew you could buy your own destroyer for only 10% down!) 4 IIRC is supposed to cover Grayson/Masada... but don't hold me to that.
Kant-Lavar's avatar
I'd heard that same thing from the guys at Ad Astra a couple of times, actually. Which makes sense - with Ship Book 2 covering the Sillies and the Andies, either of those would logically be candidates for a Jayne's guide sooner rather than later.
xveers's avatar
And frankly, the Sillies are a perfect place to run a few RPG sessions....
NeoSilverThorn's avatar
Don't know when the Saganami Simulator is meant to be set, but you're missing the Star of Greyson.
thomasthecat's avatar
This selection is before Honor of the Queen, so she doesn't have it yet.
Saphroneth's avatar
Ah, that really brings it home. This is before book TWO, and yet already that veritable ironmongery of medals - in peacetime, no less!

By now, it would take a small planet to showcase her rewards - literally, Harrington steading needs to be put on there...
NeoSilverThorn's avatar
Ah. Okay. Didn't know.
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