Once the sand and brown wash were thoroughly dry, and nostalgia for my relatively carefree youth on my grandparents' place aside, grass scatter material by Woodland Scenics was added using the matte medium once again -- Highly useful stuff for terrain purposes by the way. I learned about this reading a book on model railway and diorama scenery back in the 90s. -- and then some larger undergrowth material (Woodland Scenics again) was stuck on top of that with a few dots of super glue. The way I arranged the figures and terrain on these multiple bases is meant to suggest relatively undisciplined, irregular troops in ragged, open order as they move and fight over broken ground at the edge of a wood or copse. Seems to have worked pretty well by the time everything was finished, so now it's time to put up my painting feet for a little while and take a breather.
In any case, it will be neat to have a small corps of brightly colored pandours in my collection. But in the meantime, there are a pair of those nifty new Fife and Drum Valliere 4 pdr. cannon plus Minden figures of Alte Fritz himself and an aide on horseback to think about. No doubt, the more eagle-eyed among you will have spied these two lurking in a few of today's photographs.
Against the neutral green of the gaming table, these figures really come to life. Here they are, descending from the wooded ridge and advancing rapidly on some unseen foe.
Here are the panduren advancing into the morning sun. The terrained bases show up really well here.
Finally, here is the combined pandour battalion in an Orson Welles-like aerial shot, inspired by the opening scene of his film A Touch of Evil. As Foghorn Leghorn might say, "That's a little cinematic humor, son!" Kidding aside, these final three photos are notable not only for their better lighting and staging, but they also provide a much better idea of my "mini-vignette" basing scheme.