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