My wonderful, though accident prone wife, the Grand Duchess, has given me a couple of baby-free hours to paint this afternoon, so I was able to finish lots of small details on that third and final squadron of Anspach-Beyreuth Kuirassiere. And isn't it funny how so many things can come together relatively quickly if you just keep plugging away? No photo update just yet, since today's small touches are barely noticeable by themselves, but I've pasted in the painting process chart from the other day and made the necessary changes, which you can observe below:
1) Black basecoat -- Done
2) Black undercoat on horses. -- Done
3) Flesh, hair, figure bases. -- Done
4) Drybrush horses with dark blue. -- Done
5) Brown girths and stirrup leathers on horses. -- Done
6) Metal bits on horse halters, martingales, stirrups, and spurs. -- Done
7) White markings on horses. -- Done
8) Tan undercoat on officers' and troopers' coats. -- Done
9) White/Silver lace on saddlecloths. -- Done
10) White belts, straps, and cuirass lace trim. -- Done
11) Red facings and turnbacks. -- Done
12) Swords, sword baskets, scabbards. -- Done
13) Carbine stocks, barrels, firelocks. -- Done
14) Metal cuirass shoulder straps. -- Done
15) Fill in saddlecloths/valises/ breeches with red.
16) Fill in gauntlets and coats with white.
17) Touch-ups to fix inevitable paintbrush blunders.
18) Varnish with Future/Klear acrylic floor finish.
You can see that what remains are the white and red steps, which are fairly easy in and of themselves. In other words, they are mindless and rapidly done. Just painting in the white and red within already well-defined areas, taking care not to slop any color on previously completed areas. And I'll be frank with you. At this point, I just want to finish this darned unit and move onto something else for a while -- the painting fatigue troll and tedium demon are lurking around Zum Stollenkeller -- like that two-gun battery and crew of artillery, consisting of Holger Eriksson cannon and Garrison Prussian crew. Still, it's beginning to look like I might have all 30 cuirassiers finished before New Year's Eve. . . as long as there are no more surprise trips to the Emergency Room in the meantime! ;-)