Yes, the Grand Duchess Sonja has been hard at work in the palace kitchens today, supervising this year’s batch of authentic Dresdner Stollen, to be dispatched to troops near and far in the coming weeks. I can assure you that it’s as good as it looks, and I’ll need to do some extra bicycling to stay trim during the coming Christmas season.
On a different note, Zichenau’s 80-figure Ermland Garde zu Fuß regiment is almost finished. The two steps remaining are the silver musket barrels/bayonets and the brass/bronze hoops that hold the musket barrels to the wooden stocks. Hopefully, by this time tomorrow they’ll be all done. Photos will follow right here.
In the meantime, I finished undercoating, and painting the faces of the Zichenauer general staff. Gentlemen, meet Major Biscotti, General de Latté, and Colonel von Gherkin. The Major is on loan to Zichenau from the Venetian army, General de Latté is, as you know already, a mercenary-adventurer from
I'm taking a small breather by painting these three miniatures, so I don't lose my "painting mojo"! Besides, Zichenau's growing forces need a few commanding officers. I'll next embark on the 30-figure Spencer Smith cavalry regiment, waiting patiently over on the painting desk -- Zichenau's Garde zu Pferd. Please see previous postings for uniform particulars, and stay tuned right here for further painting developments.