No question about it. You just cannot beat oil-based metallics for their glittery brilliance. Silver, gold, and brass (a nice bright mix of the first two colors) where appropriate. The finial and cords received a heavy dry brushing of gold.
Two more, slightly better, in-progress worktable shots of the first squadron of Wurttemberg-inspired horse grenadiers with all of the metallic bits done. All very small to miniscule, but they impart a nice glitter to the unit that was absent before this step. The trumpet banners still need so work, but for now these 16 figures have been put in their Allen Edmonds shoebox while the remaining 14 men and horses get some TLC. First up this evening, undercoating the horses with yellow, tan, light gray, and off-white before the subsequent oil glaze of Paynes Gray or Ivory Black. I haven't decided which yet. Probably best to try a single test figure before spending the time to do all of them, eh?