Really beginning to come together at this point through more careful (ok, tedious) painting. You know. To remain within the lines.
I've spent about three hours during the last couple of days plugging away at these 19 RSM95 Prussian musketeers. We're getting into that less than exciting multitudinous tiny detail painting territory now. Sigh. This means lots of straight lines: shoulder belts, bayonet scabbard, hair queues, musket stocks, musket straps, gun barrels, etc., etc., etc. You get the idea.
It's funny what goes through your mind as you zone out during the zen of painting, and why it has never occurred to me before now is anyone's guess. But these items all require the careful painting of dashes and lines of various lengths and thicknesses. Not the most exciting part of figure painting in any scale. Still, things are coming together, and I've managed to accomplish quite a bit in short spurts of activity between cooking tasks yesterday and time, more or less, to myself today although the Young Master and I did have an extremely pleasant father-son walk around the neighborhood late this afternoon for an hour or so before supper.
Still lots of other minute details to take care of, but my version of the Sachsen-Hildburghausen contingent that was part of the larger Ernestine Sachsen Regiment is beginning to come alive. Visually speaking that is!
Came across this new image of the Sachsen-Hildburghausen Regiment, ca. 1753, this afternoon during a break in painting. He looks rather different from the figure shown below on which I have based my painting.
And here, again, is the illustration I have used as a guide in the painting of my figures.