I am making good progress on the first dozen Russian horse grenadiers that I started at the beginning of this week. The riders are nearly finished, save for some minor shading of the flesh and um, oh, ah something called eyes - but who needs those.
Last evening I painted the horses: black undercoat, followed by Burnt Umber and highlighted with Ruddy Brown ( it has an orangish tint to it), both of which are Reaper paints. I then painted all of the leather work on the horses black and expect to finish them off this evening. The work in progress picture shown above depicts the figures before I started working on the horses. I should be able to update the pictures tonight.
I have decided that the next dozen horse grenadiers will have their swords attached to their right hand. It is a tedious task, but the figures probably look better with the swords.
With a three day holiday weekend coming up there is a decent chance that I can finish the whole 24-figure regiment by Memorial Day Monday.
Toy Soldier Stories
By the way, I really had fun writing yesterday's post about Toy Soldiers and I especially liked the comments and feedback from you, the readers. Please feel free to share any of your own stories and experiences about Toy Soldiers on that thread. Most of it was written as a stream of consciousness piece that I typed while on the commuter train to work yesterday. The story sort of wrote itself.
I will be sure to post some more threads about Toy Soldiers in the near future as I explore the world of Airfix HO WW2 figures, Rocco Mini Tanks, Texaco Tankers, and ( sad to say) gasoline.