Above, you will observe the first two squadrons plus regimental staff of Zichenau’s Grenadiere zu Pferd, led by Colonel Stein von Pilzenkopf, charging past the edge of Zollamtstadt where they are billeted for the winter. Rumor has it that the regiment was, in fact, not on maneuvers. Rather, they were racing to the other side of town to make the acquaintance of a gaggle of curious peasant girls from several nearby farms outside of town!
Whew! I just finished a marathon session, putting the finishing touches on the middle batch of eight Spencer Smith cavalry as well as going back over the first lot of 12 to add some of the same details which I left out for expediency’s sake last month. Today’s work included the metallic colors (silver and brass) on the swords, sword hilts, scabbards, horse snaffles, and martingales plus a light brown on the leather bits – the girths that hold the saddle on the horse and pass beneath the animal around its ribcage and the stirrup leathers. There were also, of course, the obligatory touch-ups with black to cover a few metallic mistakes due to a caffeinated painting hand. ;-)
In general I’m very pleased with the way these figures are coming along although I have spotted some areas on the horses that need some additional touching up with black before I can give them a couple of coats of Future acrylic floor polish. Since Spencer Smith figures are heavily stylized, it’s important to strive for overall impression rather than minute detail on each piece. While my work will certainly not win any painting competitions, the general effect of the massed regiment is rather nice I think. Just a final squadron of nine figures to go. . . and then I can get to those RSM French musketeers that I was nattering on about earlier today. Charge!