Just a quick note, to update you on the third squadron of the Anspach-Bayreuth Kuirassiere. All of the red areas have been painted, leaving only the white areas, touch-ups, and varnishing left to do. Accordingly, I've updated the progress "chart" 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. -- Done
16) Fill in gauntlets and coats with white.
17) Touch-ups to fix inevitable paintbrush blunders.
18) Varnish with Future/Klear acrylic floor finish.
It's been a slow plod through the figurative mud, rather than a charge, the last week or so. Beside the painting fatigue troll and the tedium demon, both of whom I mentioned in my previous post, we've been helping Young Master Paul grow more accustomed to sleeping alone and putting himself back to sleep when he wakes in the night. . . under pediatrician's advice, of course. But it ain't exactly easy listening to your child cry hysterically for the better part of an hour before he finally drops off to sleep. Whew!
I'll be glad when this latest bit of training takes hold. The Grand Duchess and I feel like zombies at the moment. And I thought the first couple of weeks in November, just after we brought Paul home from the hospital, were hard. At any rate, it's on to the white coats and gauntlets tomorrow evening. We're getting there, slowly but surely.