Greg Horne mentioned in his article on blogs and the wargaming hobby, which appeared in an early issue of Battlegames in 2006, that a blog will help keep you honest. And, indeed, it is true. You can see from these two photographs, taken before bed last night, that I have finished the mid-blue facings on "Von Flickenhoffer's Fusiliers (Die Blauen)", but much remains to be done before the second company is ready for its shiny coat of Future/Klear acrylic floor finish. Nevertheless, the figures have already taken on a pleasing appearance en masse, though I am sure that this is largely thanks to the lovely RSM figures themselves rather than my painting. Truthfully, these figures look good even in their natural metal state. Nope, you needn't worry about my state of metal health!
Now, here's a single figure from the batch up close and personal. A quick once over reveals that he and his fellows still need the following colors applied: brass sword handles and scabbard tips, brown musket stocks and bayonet sheaths, silver musket barrels and bayonets, dabs of white to simulate the strap from which short swords and bayonet sheaths hang, rows of black buttons on the outside of gaiters, and finally the inevitable touch-ups to fix those mistakes made by a caffeinated painting hand. ;-) So at least a few more evenings' work before moving onto the third company of the regiment, currently waiting patiently at the rear of the parade square. . . er, uh, um, I mean the painting table.
Last of all, David von Linienblatt posted his latest uniform template recently on his Not by Appointment blog (see link at right). This time, the uniform is one worn by the Sardinian Garde du Corps, circa 1750. I was so struck by this particular design, that I saved it onto my computer at once and set about coloring it according to David's concise description, which he supplied along with the template, before dinner with the Grand Duchess earlier this evening. Have to say that David does wonderful work and provides a unique (and FREE) service to all us who dabble in uniform design. What a guy!
You can see above that my work coloring in the template isn't quite done -- the saddle cloth needs to be colored dark blue as well -- but, I was terribly eager to add it to the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog ASAP. And yes, in case you might be wondering, I'll paint up a unit of cavalry for Stollen in these colors at some point during the remaineder of the Grand Duchy of Stollen project. The anticipated date of project completion is December 2010. I'm not sure that I will get to this unit in 2009 since I already have a pretty firm painting plan/queue all blocked out for this year. So, look for them sometime after January 1st, 2010. Promise! Now, let's get to those bayonets and musket barrels. . .