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We're In the Home Stretch. . .

Needless to say, the white piping along the edges of the red tunic collars was murder to get right.  I fear it's time to have the bifocal discussion with my ophthalmologist at the next exam later this spring, blast it.

Time in the painting chair earlier this Sunday afternoon finishing up the red tunic collars piped white, and then starting on the black horizontal stripes along the scarlet lances carried by 12 of the 14 Minden Bosniaks that comprise this large squadron.  

Once that step is done, just a few touch-ups, and then onto the two coats of acrylic gloss.  I am off to visit ol' Mom and dogs for a few days at the end of the week though -- Spring Break next week -- so, let's see how far I get before the 5:30am flight Friday morning.  

I did splurge for First and/or Business Class all the way this time though.  A bit more forgiving for the knobby, middle-aged knees you understand.  With any luck, I should be in Pinehurst, North Carolina before Noon on the 28th.

-- Stokes


tradgardmastare said…
Splendid looking figures,moving forward so well. I look forward to seeing them in battle. All the best for your forthcoming trip.
marinergrim said…
Excellent work Stokes. I bought a long rigger brush for doing thin lines and am very pleased that it is that much easier.
Marvin said…
Great to see your progress on these wonderfully exotic Bosniaks. All that careful painting is bringing out the very best in them.

I seem to be in a similar position as you when it comes to eyesight deterioration. Over the past year, I seem to have taken to painting figures by gazing underneath my glasses!
My Dear Heinz-Ulrich, Greetings!

The ophthalmic doctor I use recommended several solutions to your vision situation. The first would be a set of bifocals as you mentioned. The second might be a prescription specifically for painting and reading placed into a discrete set of glasses. The third - and least scientific but least expensive - would be what my housekeeper would refer to as "drug store glasses" which can give you a stronger lens but which would not be prescription.
I hope you had a pleasant trip to visit your mother.

With great respect and friendship,

Gerardus Magnus, Archbishop Emeritus
Wellington Man said…
These are really starting to look extraordinarily lovely, Stokes. I am in awe of your steady hand. These days wherever possible I tend to apply the piping first and then paint up to it!

Safe travels


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