Afterward, there are some specialized troops I want to add (baggage wagons, pontoon troops and equipment, some Croats/Pandours, etc.), plus a unit of 30 RSM Prussian dragoons and another couple of 60-figures units of RSM Prussian musketeers that have been sitting around here for a couple of years. But we are probably looking ahead to 2012 and 2013 there. However, I'm content to bask in the glow of completing my dragoons this evening. . . A contented sigh!
Finally, here's the ol' painting progress chart, updated just a few minutes ago. Whoops! I see that my arithmetic is a wee bit off, but still not much left to do now, light at the end of the tunnel, and all that, what, what?
Anyway, I need to pick up some kind of foxy 'poxy to attach the officers and troopers to their mounts and then attach their sword arms. One of these figures will be converted into a guidon bearer, which shouldn't be too difficult (he said with naive enthusiasm). Not strictly accurate perhaps for a lot of hussar units (most?), but we are dealing with imaginary regiments and battalions here in the Grand Duchy after all. And I do like flags!
There are others, and these frequently exhibit conflicting information (of course) with regard to the precise shade of blue for the dolman and pelisse, the color of the breeches, etc., etc. The idea drifted across my mind that it might be fun to paint each of the three squadrons in a different color of breeches and/or saddle cloth since the minor principalities surrounding the Grand Duchy of Stollen and the Electorate of Zichenau have yet to supply any cavalry to the war effort.
Much like the various tiny German contingents that were part of Napoleon's Grand Armee that invaded Russia in 1812, one squadron of my hussars might come from Zeller-Schwarzkatze, a second from Pillau-Reuss, and a third from Pillau-Zerbst. Well, you get the idea, though it might change somewhat by the time I actually get to painting the figures. You know how it goes! But let's focus first on the horses as was the case with the Holger Eriksson dragoons.
Prior to that, I never even enjoyed a permanent painting area where I could leaves things in situ until the next painting session. That might be one more reason why the 15mm corps-level Waterloo project finally died on the vine after 21 years. Too many stops and starts (thanks to finishing my undergraduate degree and then two graduate programs) brought on by too much schoolwork, far too much studying, occasional residencies abroad, and packing up my life in boxes every few years to move yet again as one program concluded and another began, inevitably at a different university several hours (or an ocean) away. Jeeze Louise! The current care and upkeep of a 15-month old toddler seems much easier by comparison. The Young Master is napping right now incidentally, so all is quiet and still at the moment.