01 March 2007

Dragoons and Oberfeldwebel Klatschen FINISHED!



Yes, you saw right. The regiment of cavalry the 4th (Trakehnen) Dragoons -- 30 figures strong -- and Oberfeldwebel Lebrecht Klatschen of the Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja's Own) Grenadier Regiment are finished. And it only took slightly more than a month for the former. The clear coat of Future floor polish will follow on Saturday.

My poor Grand Duchess must catch up with her grading of midterms and so forth all weekend, so I'll have some extra time to slop on the Future and apply a basecoat plus black undercoat for that first batch of RSM grenadiers that I've nattered on about for two months or so. If everything goes well Saturday, I might even start applying flesh tone and other colors to the figures on Sunday. We'll see.

If you look closely at the Oberfeldwebel Klatschen, you'll notice that I've performed a few minor "touch ups" -- cleaning up where his right shoe meets the accompanying gaiter (there was previous a bit of white paint og the shoe). And though you can't see it in this photo, the inside of his right thigh needed another coat of red as there was an odd looking dark spot that I noticed previously in one of the earlier photographs posted here.

Finally, I also painted the pom-pom on his mitre cap, dividing it into two red quarters and two white. Won't trouble myself doing this for the rest of the rankers or NCOs of the grenadiers, but since Klatshen is a special "personality" figure, I wanted to make sure that he is relatively easy to find on the table top among all of the other similarly uniformed men of his regiment. And as the Regimental Sergeant Major, it also made sense to give him slightly fancier headgear.

Now, when I work on the RSM figures over the next 5-6 weeks, I'll make sure to keep careful track of how many hours I work on them. This will provide a solid idea of the hours required to paint a 60+ figure unit to a reasonable standard. I took extensive notes during the work on the dragoons, but neglected to note total hours worked. Just an interesting aside that many besides me surely must have thought of but never discussed. At least not that I've seen. Enjoy the evening!

P.S.

Hell and damnation!!! I've just spotted one cuff that needs yellow paint on one of the dragoon figures! Can you find him?

5 comments:

Snickering Corpses said...

2nd from the left, first row :>

I really love the drum, especially, on this group. Very nicely done. And at least you spotted the cuff before you got the Future on.

That pompom must have been a fun venture to paint.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Funny, I was ready to describe it as the second from the right in the first full row.

The difference is "POV" or "point of view". Jonathan referred to the figure from his POV looking at the photo.

I've directed several stage shows -- where we give directions (stage right, stage left, etc.) given the actors' POV while looking at the audience.

Therefor I saw it from the unit's POV. Of course, neither of us is wrong . . . the trooper is at fault for neglecting his uniform.

And, of course, a certain notorious Colonel is at fault for neglecting his troops.


-- Jeff

Grimsby Mariner said...

First squadron Officer's wingman.

great work again - I really do like the way you finish our horses.

Grand Duchy of Stollen 1768 said...

Ah, you've all got sharp eyes men! You know, I had noticed the unpainted cuff before and made a mental note several times to fix the painting omission -- and of course ALWAYS promptly forgot it. So, last night after I typed in the latest blog update, guess who pulled up a chair to the painting desk to fix things?

Enjoy your weekends!

Giles said...

Those look fantastic Stokes - I think massed cavalry is the best advertisement for "old school" style wargaming. Well done!

Giles

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