I was going to call this post "Start, middle & end" since it represents the end of the start of one project, the progress towards the middle of another and the start of the end of a third. Confusing though so I scrapped that idea.
The end of the start?
Flats for want of another name. My first company is complete and here they are marching through the gardens of those buildings that were part of the inspiration for the project. The figures I've kept deliberately shiny with a good quality yacht varnish. I've decided I don't like painting flags though. Really difficult to get the folds and creases right and I need more practice - I redid the undercoat with a strong white and then layered red, then shade then highlight. the white cross was then painted back in and some shading applied. Funny but it comes out right in some light but not under artificial.
The Great Northern War is (Tony please note) my LAST big project. And by big I mean anything over 200 figures. So far for the Great northern War I think I'm approaching 1,500 figures of which approximately 500 are painted but only 200 are based.
Here are the first of the Russians fully finished and waiting to go. They have actually been based for a while but I was never happy with the finish of the texturing or the fact that they had no flags.
Flags are courtesy of "The League of Augsberg" (http://www.leagueofaugsburg.com/shop/products-subcat-20.html) and are superb. Printed on high quality heavyweight paper they look terrific. I though that they might have been too big but once mounted I'm very very happy with them. Cords and finials from Front Rank.
Much happier now and not quite so spartan.