14 April 2007

First Company and Staff Almost Finished!!!

What's that? Could it be? Are they just about there? Will he soon be able to get a move on with the second company? A resounding and emphatic “YES!” to all three questions! The first company and staff of Stollen’s household regiment, the Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja’s Own) Grenadiers, is all finished except for the black garters and buttons on the gaiters. So, tomorrow, I must use a small brush to paint 48 garters and about 300 tiny black buttons on the gaiters. Oh, and the girth and stirrup leathers on the mounted colonel’s horse.

After the silver oil paint has dried on the metal fronts of the mitre caps in a few days, then I’ll add the Future floor polish as a protective varnish followed a day or two later by the Hessian infantry standard. As I mentioned a few days ago, this will be carefully doctored, so it more closely resembles the standard carried by Brigadier Young’s Erbprinz Regiment although it won’t be an exact replica.

While I’m waiting for things to dry, I’ll begin basecoating Company B of the regiment with artists’ acrylic gesso, followed by the usual black undercoat with Liquitex acrylic paint. Then it’s time to get busy with the real colors. This time, I’ll paint the bases green first, followed by the faces and hands, then the white wigs. This seems to make the figures come “alive” sooner for me. Oddly, I find it easier to keep up the momentum if the flesh and hair are completed first. So much for my imagined flexibility! Wonder what an analyst would make of it? Ok, don’t answer!

Now, for even more exciting news, here are three photos of the Leib Grenadiers! The top two show the almost completed Company A along with the regimental staff.

Look closely, and you’ll notice that Oberfeldwebel Klatschen has been removed from his paint bottle and has rejoined his regiment at last. That’s him in the front row of the first two photos, just to left of the standard bearer (your right).

It’s a good thing Klatschen has returned, because the men were getting restless in his absence. He’s a popular fellow with the rank and file, something the regimental officers recognize and acknowledge! As some of you might know, a unit just can’t function as well without its sergeant major, and the Leib Grenadier officers were beginning to have a difficult time of it. So, it pays for the colonel to ask Klatschen’s opinion in all matters of drill, discipline, and tactical movement in the field.

The photo at the bottom shows the entire Leib Grenadiers all lined up on the painting table. Companies B can C await basecoating and undercoating. Some of them are listing a little. It must be too much of that Stollenian “fire water”. Just wait until Oberfeldwebel Klatschen gets a hold of ‘em and drills the men back into shape!


Bluebear Jeff said...

For your information, after priming, the first thing that I paint on my units is their flesh. Like you I find that having faces helps make the units seem more 'alive'.

By the way, it might be my old eyes, but it looks like a few of the figures in the front rank (and the colonel too) seem to have neglected to wear their red cuffs . . . now perhaps I am mistaken . . . or perhaps it is the style in the Grand Duchy for certain regimental members to have lace turnbacks.

Anyway, the unit is looking very sharp.

-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

Snickering Corpses said...

Jeff: I think what you're seeing is white gloves on the officers that extend back over the cuffs. Reminds me of my Napoleonic reading where groups of 4 Cuirassier regiments with the same facing colors were distinguished by the patterns on their cuffs. Which was all well and good except taht they all wore gloves that covered the cuffs. :>

Awesome, Stokes. They're looking great, and I'm looking forward to seeing more as you continue!


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