02 December 2011
Luebecker Musketeers in Progress. . .
I've jut celebrated the last day of classes this semester by spending about 90 minutes at the painting desk while Young Master Paul naps. In these two photographs, you can see how I am working through the first company of 16 RSM Prussian musketeers, being painted here in uniforms worn by Luebecker infantry during the mid-18th Century. Working in batches of four seems to speed things along nicely. I'm averaging about two days per four figures from start to finish. Should wrap up the middle four on Saturday and get some little way on the four figures in bare metal without killing myself. . . and maybe even finish those by Sunday evening.
My scarlet is actually Cadmium red alkyd oil over Humbrol orange enamel, which yields a much nicer, deeper red than a white undercoat does. Thoroughly enjoying the somewhat experimental painting process with these. The experience reminds me, in a way, of the first time I applied color to some Jacobite 15mm British Napoleonics during the winter of 1984. The same sense of discovery and wonder as something that you aren't quite sure of works out the way you had hoped. A pleasant feeling to be sure, and maybe there is an argument somewhere there for shaking up one's usual painting routine now and then just to keep things interesting and fresh.