I have finished the first two stands of British line infantry. Both stands are the centre company troops. The first question I had was which unit to start first? As I hail from the Ancient Kingdom of Essex, it was an easy choice. While I'm from the West of Essex, the 56th did not fight in the 100 day campaign, so I will instead start with the 2nd Battalion of the 44th Regiment of Foot (East Essex).
These lads, where in Pictons 5th Division, 9th Brigade. By Waterloo (1815), this was an experienced infantry regiment having been deployed in the pennisular campaign, and then engaged during the the Battle of Quatre Bras. They where equiped at this point with Belgic Shakos and a facing colour of bright yellow.
The paints are Foundry, valerjo and GW colours. There are 2-3 layers for each colour. Currently the troops are glossed varnished (Brushed) by I will dulcote them when i have more finished.
I've been finding it very hot to paint at the moment. These were finished a week ago, but had to wait to get the picture taken in good natural light.
Things I'm happy with:
- I've finished 2 bases of troops
- I'm happy with both the speed and the overall standard I have achieved. Its certainly better than I was expecting for a first go at this scale.
Things to improve:
- The faces, need to try to get better highlighting.
- Missed painting the canvas knapsack.
I may go back and sort these out later, but this is not a deal breaker to me as they look good from 2-3 foot away.
My next job is a command stand, and a flank company.