On Monday I only got to spend about 10 minutes on these fine chaps, so I did not post an update yesterday. But yesterday, they advanced further. I blocked out the dark blue areas and did the highlights on those. Those were done by simply drybrushing the lighter shade on. Now this might look a bit over the top right now with strong contrasts and larger “blotches” of light or dark areas, but the later will be broken up a lot once all the tassels and gear are painted. Which is also why the strong contrast is need, for the smaller areas to still stand out. If this does not make too much sense, I hope it will do later.
Afterwards a did the black lamp wool saddle covers for the ADC. Mainly because they would be harder to do later on and since they have red fringes and dogsteeth and red was he next colour to paint. Which brings me to the red. The collar and cuffs of Uxbridge´s uniform are red, as well parts of the strap for the cartridge box straps, the belts, sashes and sabretaches (except for the 17th Hussars). I used the Andrea Red set for this which has real nice tones (and smell of vanilla for some strange reason), the only gripe being that the base colour does not cover 100%. I then did some shadows and highlights on these, always skipping one shade. I did this since all the red areas will be fairly small (in some cases only a 1mm or less line) or in case of the sabretaches covered by lots of gold. A soft transition between the reds would not stand out and this way it will still pop.
Once the was done I began with the base coat for the NMM (non metallic metal) technique gold which you can see on the soldier on the left. And this is it for now.
I hope to finish the rest of the gold today, but that might not happen, since there is lots to do. Since the minis for the ADC´s do not have the laces on the breast sculpted on, all of this will have to be done freehand, which will not speed things up. I just hope that it does not get too warm today, since this would make all this fine work so much harder (the small amounts of paint on the brush will have dried after just one stroke, making frequent cleaning and shaping of the brush necessary).