Well, not much painting the last few days here at Stollen Central. Real life, looking after Young Master Paul, a new translation project that rolled in the other day, and our annual Abba Fest (to celebrate the coming summer solstice and Midsommar. . . I must keep the Grand Duchess in touch with her Swedish roots) last night precluded productive painting. Sadly, there are just so many hours in the day!
But, today is Fathers' Day here in the United States, and I have requested some painting time this afternoon and evening, which the Grand Duchess, in her infinite wisdom, has granted. So, after the three of us enjoy coffee and maybe something sweet in a local cafe, it's back to Zum Stollenkeller for some basecoating and other work to get those final 16 Huzzah musketeers started and prepare those Holger Eriksson dragoons for eventual basecoating.
Finally, thanks to those of you who expressed and interest in and purchased my surplus of Revell SYW Prussians and Austrians. All of the figures in questions have found new homes, and I know they will be painted, used, and enjoyed in your own army projects. "Charge!" say I. Now get thee to the painting table and get cracking.
And to any visitors who feel that the Grand Duchy of Stollen project has lost what set it apart at the outset now that I am making the transition to metal figures -- I actually received a somewhat strident message the other day, taking me to task for this -- all I can say is that I still have the misguided Irwin-Amadeus II, his loyal and long-suffering manservant Hives, the nefarious General Phillipe de Latte, and the stalwart Oberfeldwebel Klatschen among others in my bag of tricks. And you can continue to read about their (mis-) adventures occasionally in future posts along with my musings about figure painting, tabletop battles (coming very soon), hussar uniforms, and the like. The Grand Duchy of Stollen project is alive and well, moving full steam ahead, and the completion of the initial Sittangbad-sized order of battle before too long is at last within sight. Stay tuned!
The Next Day. . .
Managed to get two coats of black acrylic paint onto the figures as a basecoat and cut out the bases for those 30 Holger Eriksson dragoons, using heavy cardboard scavanged from the back of an old, long gone pad of graph paper. Not much of a start, but a start nonetheless. If all goes well today, I'll begin applying green to the bases and flesh to the faces of the Huzzah musketeers this evening.