... and so 1 hour later.
A battalion of 720 French Line Infantry in line formation of 3 ranks. Note the yellow of the Voltigeurs on the right and the red of the Grenadiers on the left. Also deployed is an 8 pounder gun and foot artillery crew.
A close up of the front and back of the 3 rank French line infantry.
A close up of the foot artillery gun and crew deployed.
The French battalion on my new GW grass mat
So how did paint these?
I started with a white undercoat by brush. This was time consuming and I was worried the layer or undercoat would take away some of what little detail there was. I was surprised to see there was still enough to locate where I wanted to place what colour. So with the remainder of the 2mm order from the last post, I undercoated with my normal black spray.
I then basically painted from the bottom up beginning with green on the base, then pants, then shirt, then face, then backpack, then blanket roll and finally the hat. I then added a dab of yellow for the voltiguers and red for the grenadiers.
Speed was obtained mainly because all my strokes were from the bottom to the top so I began the face colour for example from where I want the bottom of the face to be and dragged my brush towards the top of the head. It did not matter if I went too far as the next colour would start slightly higher and be dragged further up anyhow. Worked well until I had 2 colours beginning at the same height side by side such as the white for the shirt and the blue for the arms and shoulders. Worked okay though.
Next time I try a thinner strip of white for the shirts.
I was tempted to paint brown for the musket which kind of sits out from the figure but was put off by yet another colour and 1 being quite fiddly when being so close to finishing, I just wanted to end it.
I think they look good. Especially for fighting massed battles with formations that actually do look like they are in columns and lines of 3 ranks or 2 ranks.
This whole exercise was a tester for investing in loads of this stuff for my own solo Empire V campaigns and battles and I think so far I am convinced to continue.
I will now complete the English battalion and the Prussian battalion and all the cavalry and then post the update and the conclusion on whether or not I will push forward.
Thanks for the comments so far and keep them coming.
... to be continued ...