The freshly glossed standard bearers and standards that I have been nattering on about for months. They'll join their waiting regiments tomorrow evening, and then dragoons, dragoons, dragoons!
At long last, the infantry standards and ensigns are finished save for three small touch-ups, which I could probably ignore, and no one would know the difference. But, you know how that goes.
Most of us want our figures to be "just so" by the time we finish them at the painting desk. Whether that comes from perfectionist tendencies, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or simply a desire to produce the best brushwork we can given available time and ability, most figure painters and games, I think, fall into this camp. Otherwise, we'd play classic Avalon Hill board games with small card counters, right? Waterloo anyone?
Smart-assed kidding aside, I seem to remember reading something by Terry Wise, Stuart Asquith, or one of the other Old Guard of the hobby, long ago in Military Modelling, that you should try to paint your figures as well as you can, developing and improving your brush skills and methods over time. Like so much else I read as a callow youth in the early 1980s about preparing tabletop armies, that piece of wisdom has stayed with me.
In any case, these various flags are not quite as masterfully executed as recent examples by Der Alte Fritz, but he has perfected the method since I began these last winter, and I'd like to think my next batch of flags will look even better. These will do nicely at arm's length however.
Ok, time to hit the sack. It has been a long day. A good day, but a long one. The Young Master began his summer vacation last Wednesday, and keeping an active eight-year-old occupied, busy, and out of trouble takes it out of us guys on the wrong side of 50. Whew!