Another couple of steps completed on the first five carts and wagons.
The Humbrol fumes seem to have abated somewhat here in Zum Stollenkeller. My friend the 6' rabbit pokes his large head less frequently through the wall to my left at least. The oil glazes have now been applied to the ox, horse teams, and mule as have the alkyd oil fleshtone and black to the hats, heavy riding boots, and a few pairs of shoes. Time to let everything dry out a bit before painting the human clothing, and picking out various other details.
As usual, I have tinkered a bit with my painting approach, this batch of figures being no different. For the black areas this time, I undercoated with an acrylic gray before applying Winsor and Newton Alkyd Oil black this morning, thinned liberally with Liquin Original. As Peter Gilder suggested many, many years ago in one of those Military Modelling guide booklets, it looks pretty darn good already. Highlighting and shadows accomplished in one fell swoop. Previously, I skipped the gray step, and the results look reasonably good, but I always have felt like those black areas were just a bit too washed out if you know what I mean. Add the gray undercoat before applying the runny black over it, and things look just right.
Little by little, it seems (I hope) the look of my figures is edging ever closer to the appearance of all of those scrumptious large units of Napoleonic figures in Mr. Gilder's collection at the original Wargames Holiday Centre, featured so often all those years ago in early issues of Miniature Wargames and later Wargames Illustrated. That has always been my painting touchstone and aim, but it has taken me this many years to come anywhere remotely close to it myself. Well, the fun comes in trying at any rate.
Time for another mug of coffee methinks!