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July Painting Challenge: Day #16. . .

 Painting more carefully now to avoid getting new paint on figures parts already completed.  Just a few more white shoulder belts to go!

Some time in the painting chair yesterday evening following an afternoon of dental games with the periodontist preparing for an implant later in the month.  Fun, fun, fun.

Back home, after the usual early evening activities around dinner, cleaning up, and bedtime for The Young Master, plus my evening walk around the neighborhood, I got back down to business and returned to the painting table.  This short session saw me applying white to the shoulder belts that support the black cartridge pouches on the right hip of most figures pictured.  

My two decade old 000 sable served me well, and just over an hour later, most of the figures were done with this particular step.  After a haircut this morning, I'll return to finish these, do the white waist belts, and add some sparing highlights for the brown  shoulder belts.  This evening, musket straps, which should go pretty quickly, and some other items on the list, which I've included below.

One thing about these Minden figures.  There is considerable detail to paint!  Lots of gear sculpted onto the castings in other words.  Others, like many in the RSM95 range, are more forgiving and ready to go sooner given the relative lack of extra items there, very little except for a musket, cartridge pouch, and shoulder belts for example.  

However, my view is that the finished product is well worth the extra time, effort, and, yes, occasional frustration.  There is no doubt that Minden miniatures, along with those by Fife & Drum and Crann Tara, provide delightful gaming and even conversation pieces once completed.  So much of the historical miniatures wargaming hobby is, after all, wrapped up in the visual side of things.  Shouldn't we, as hobbyists, do our utmost to produce the most attractively painted figures possible?

Come on.  You know the answer already.

-- Stokes

The rather sobering  'To List' of the many items yet to paint.  Admittedly, some are quite small. but there is still a lot to address!


Well you are making progress Stokes. I particularly like the yellow facing unit. Blue and yellow always look good. I notice you leave the faces and hands until last which is contrary to convention. I settled for a compromise and give the skin a wash and then finish the skin off last. I feel I have completed the figure then.Best of luck with the units.

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