After some intense brushwork during the weekend, I can report happily that we are approaching the end of work on my version of Austria's Wied Infantry, which has been in progress, albeit haltingly, since, oh. . . Last August? In short, I can see light at the end of the painting tunnel with these 60+ figures.
After fumbling my way through the regiment's three drummers (shoulder wings, drum cords, hops, etc.) on Saturday, and retouching poor ol' Drummer#3 yesterday afternoon, I moved onto touching up the dark brown musket stocks on all musketeers across the three companies. I organize my units more or less according to the guidelines laid out by Young and Lawford in Charge! Or How to Play War Games (1967) for those who might be scratching their heads.
I next moved onto the officers' and NCOs' swords and/or scabbards yesterday evening after the Young Master's bedtime. 45 minutes, or so, later and the unit began to sparkle. All of this is simply a long-winded, bloated, and even self-important way of saying that we are now at the fine detailing stage for the entire unit.
Officers' gloves, hundreds of brass buttons, a few mustaches, and a few small touch-ups here and there before glossing. Once I overpaint and gloss the beautifully striped flags, the better to help them fit in with my general painting style, it will be time for permanent basing. They might, just might be ready to go for the Christmas Week game between the Young Master and myself.
Afterwards, I am torn between jumping right into another 60-figure Reichsarmee infantry unit, a 30-figure cavalry regiment, or perhaps the Russian dragoon squadron of 14-15 figures, which was a gift to my son for Christmas 2021. He has been very patient with 'Bad Dad' (his nickname for me), and my conscience hurts for not getting to them sooner, so I suppose these should be my first hobby priority in the new year.
You could let your conscience be your guide - I've gone back to some figures my daughter bought me for Christmas at least 2 years ago!
Alternatively, you could let the roll of a dice make the decision for you!