We're getting very close to the two wrapping things up with the pontoniers. Right on schedule. It's rare when that happens. And I'll bet you didn't know that actor David Soul (of Starsky and Hutch fame) had an ancestor who fought for the Grand Duchy of Stollen, did you? Can you spot him?
Another nice painting session this evening after the Young Master's bedtime, and I finished up a few remaining tiny details, including brass buttons, wigs, and hair in a few different colors as well as retouching the brass buckles on some of the figures where these are not covered by gaiters.
Except for the pontoons, which I'll finish tomorrow, I'm satisfied, and will call the two companies of pontoniers done except for retouching a few of the green bases. I might even be able to apply my usual two coats of acrylic gloss varnish tomorrow too. And then on Sunday, it's time to turn my attention to General von Bauchschmerzen and his uhlan escorts luring in the background.
I must admit, it is a very nice feeling when painting goes so quickly and easily, but then I think that's due more to the high quality of the Minden figures, which are easy to paint to a good standard, than it is to any great skill on my part. Who knows? But I do like the way things have turned out.
Here's another vintage Scandinavian Christmas greeting card (it reads 'Happy Christmas Wishes') that I suspect is Norwegian given the farm wife's sweater and the mountains in the background. Along with her farm's nisse and the cat of course. The tradition goes that you set out a bowl of warm, rich cream porridge in the barn for the nisse on Christmas Eve to keep him happy and content, ensuring continued good fortune for the coming year.