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Officers, NCOs, and Musicians in Progress. . .

 

The number of small details to attend to with musicians, officers, and NCO's is always surprising even though they do not carry muskets or kit.


Somewhat more sporadic painting this last week due to the start of the fall semester/term, but the long Labor Day holiday weekend here in the U.S. has permitted a number of 30 to 60-minute sessions in the painting chair thus far.  So, we're getting nearer to the glossing and permanent basing stage.  I need to check what I have in the way of bases and put in an order to Litko if necessary.

A few tiny touch-ups to make here and there, but I'm relatively pleased with the way the drummers are shaping up.  For the red, white, and blue drum hoops and white cords I reached for a very, very tiny sable brush that has not seen use in at least 20 years.  Consisting of just a few hairs (12?  24?), it certainly helped although I don't think the results will win any painting awards.  But they look about right at arm's length and give a reasonable impression in passing.  

According to Armies of the Seven Years War (2012) by Digby Smith, the drummers for the Schaumburg-Lippe-Bückeburg Infantry had five white lace chevrons on each sleeve.  I'm not that talented, so I'll leave the three drummers above well enough alone.  I have, however, painted in white piping along cuff edges and the visible coat pockets on the rear of the figures using that same very tiny sable brush, and I am toying with the idea of additional white piping along the lapel edges of my three musicians just to make 'em a bit more showy.

Last, I used dabs of pure silver to highlight the halberds carried by the three NCOs pictured above just to make those stand out a bit more from the bayonets and musket barrels of the enlisted men, which were left in straight gun metal gray.  Less visible here are the sword hilts and sword knots (light gray, highlied sparingly with tiny dabs of white) for the 13 figures shown.

Buttons for everyone along with officers' sashes a gorgets next, I think, followed by silver hat lace, white highlights for five pairs of officers' gloves, the horse furniture and detailing of the animal itself.  Then, I'll look closely to see what I've no doubt missed and start to finish things off.

-- Stokes

Comments

meadows boy said…
Looking great.
Thank you! I must admit that the swallows wings on the drummers have given me fits, and I've redone them since snapping this photograph. They look marginally better now, but I think I'll move on.

Best Regards,

Stokes
David said…
Coming along very nicely; I really do like the look of those drummers! :-)

All the best,

David.
Thank you, David!

Best Regards,

Stokes

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