Strange isn't it how we can go from wanting nothing to do with the painting table one week and, then not being able to stay away from it the next?
I've now finished all three of the Spanish battalions from Ebor and they will be making their debut tabletop appearance next week.
Right now I have more Ebor figures on the workbench. This is the first twelve of one hundred and eight I have to make most of the Alsaace Regiment (three battalions of the four that were in the centre of the first line at Ramillies). They were a lot easier to paint than the Spanish - white coats are a pain.
Paul Hicks must have used the same figure dolly for these, but somehow these are just a little crisper and cleaner. The detail is clear and there is no wondering where the belts and straps are as there was on one or two of the Spanish. The Grenadier figure is also better defined and you don't wonder whether it's a belt over his left shoulder or creases in the coat.
The officer figure is quite lovely. Just enough lace to stand out but not too much that he looks overpaid for his role.
We've all spent a lot of time trying to work out what colour the French line wore. I've also spent time trying different shades of blue for the German contingents too. In the end I went with a dark blue, lighter than that I used for the Guardes Francais. It's GW Regal Blue with some black added, all over a midnight blue basecoat I also didn't bother with trying to highlight the blue because I found that on the test figures I did they ended up looking too bright (I read somewhere that you shouldn't highlight blue on a wargames figure because of that effect or am I just imagining that?).
I do have one concern over the figures. Paul has sculpted a musket sling on them all. I was under the impression that only grenadiers had slings for when they were throwing grenades. The infantry had no such equipment. Anyone able to confirm that?