Here is a progress photo, showing the second batch of Huzzah figures on the painting bench. So far, just the larger areas and flesh have been painted along with the hatlace, yellow/black pompoms, and musket slings. If there is any time this weekend (doubtful since we have dinner guests this evening and I've got student projects to review and grade tomorrow), I'll start the red facings and turnbacks.
Bad alliteration notwithstanding, here are a couple of promised photos, showing where I stand with the second batch of Huzzah musketeers. Lately, I've been painting in 30-60 minute bursts (I usually prefer a couple of hours between breaks or other activities) when the baby is asleep during the afternoons, or in the evenings after bedtime. The trouble is that I must then read and plan the lesson for the next day of my May Term film course. So, sadly, there has not been as much painting time as I would like. Still, the Grand Duchy of Stollen project is moving ahead even if at half steam, so I suppose I shouldn't grumble too much.
Once the third batch, er, company, and indeed the whole unit, has been completed in early June, it's on to another two-gun battery of artillery and crew, which I'll paint in either Bavarian uniforms or those of Shaumburg-Lippe. What can I say? I like light blue! And then, it's time to get cracking on that 30-figure unit of Holger Eriksson dragoons, purchased last summer and sent to our apartment in Berlin. I've always admired Phil Olley's units of these, used in the Partizan 2006 Sittangbad refight, so I'm excited by the prospect of painting some myself and further reducing the pile of metal here in Zum Stollenkeller.
Now, some of you might remember that, although I've been sorely tempted of late to add some RSM Austrian pandours to the painting queue, plus replace my plastic Revell artillery crews with RSM figures, I'm holding off on any more purchases until I make a more substantial dent in said pile of unpainted miniatures. Chaaaaaarge!!!