Well, I just finished attaching the remainder of the RSM95 Grenadiers I’ve been nattering on about to their temporary 1” card squares. In the next evening or two, I’ll apply some acrylic gesso to Company B, followed by my usual black undercoat the next evening. Then, painting can begin as usual.
As I was working, my mind wandered ahead to what I’ll work on next after the entire 63-figure Leib Grenadiers are finished. Probably mid-May. A little slower than I had initially hoped, but life keeps throwing curveballs in the way, and the Grand Duchy of Stollen campaign is only a hobby after all.
Anyway, I will have the core force of three infantry units, a cavalry regiment, a two-gun battery, and three staff finished for Stollen. It will then be time to begin painting a core army for Stollen’s arch enemy, the Electorate of Zichenau. And I’m a bit torn concerning where to start.
So, I’ve decided to conduct a survey among you regular visitors to the Grand Duchy of Stollen. What do you think I should paint next once the RSM95 figures are finished? Consider the following options. . .
Do I take a break from painting these huge cavalry and infantry units that I’ve worked on since December? It might be nice to paint up three staff to command Zichenau’s small army first. Or do I paint a battery of artillery first? I’ve got a few great ideas for really colorful “dandyish” uniforms for these boys, which I developed using some neat illicit uniform templates from an anonymous source living somewhere on the west coast of
Or, do I start with another unit of Revell 1/72 plastic infantry? If the latter, should I paint some Austrian SYW fusiliers wearing bicornes? Or should I instead paint a unit of grenadiers wearing that neat looking Austrian bearskin with the red silk bag flopping over the side? Or might it be more prudent to begin with a unit of cavalry? I’d like to know what you think.
Take a few moments to consider the choices above carefully; keep in mind that once my semester finishes in mid-May, and the Grand Duchess Sonja leaves for her two-month long research trip in Berlin, Germany, I’ll have lots of spare time for important things like bicycling, figure painting, etc. Ah, summer. Anyway, send me your suggestions. The painting option with the most votes will be the unit I paint next. And I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated with plenty of photographs right here. Let the voting begin!