Ok, so we are back from Scotland. First of all let me say we really enjoyed the holidays (except for one hotel in Oban). The people were great as was the land, too. We even had luck with the weather. Only rain for about 25% to 30% of the time and temperatures around 15°C. One day we even had strong winds on the Isle of Skye that drove the Midges away, which was a good thing since the Skye variety did not seem deterred by any of the five insect repellents we had taken along. Plus I was able to learn even more about Single Malt than I already did (yeah… you live, you learn). We even managed to climb Ben Lomond and Cruach Tairbeirt on the other side of the Loch (the later leaving our trekking boots with more water inside than outside). All in all I have to say that this holiday became more of a scouting mission than anything else. 1 1/2 weeks was just too little to see even the parts of Scotland we went to, but it gave us a good idea which areas to emphasise on our next trip. I will try to sort through the photos and post a few nice ones in the near future.
But back to the minis now. While I was still waiting for the ferry to Newcastle a very knowledgable member of the German Sweetwater Forum pointed out that there were a few mistakes when it came to the two extras from the last post. For one the Carabinier general would still be wearing the dark blue coat of a general, since that would take precedence over a Carabinier coat. So upon my return I changed that, which also makes the mini look nicer as part of the base as well, since I makes him stand out less. What he also pointed out was that as generals they would need coloured stripes woven into their gold sashes. Now the medals on the normal general would mean he had to be a Divisional General and have red stripes woven in. The Carabinier helmet and Cuirass on the other hand meant that the second general could be no higher than a Brigadier, meaning light blue. So those were added, too. I also painted the spurs which I had forgotten on both minis. And this is how they look now:
Once the glue had dried I put filler around those two minis as well and painted the rest of the soil a dark brown. Everything was drybrushed a lighter brown and the road given a medium tan wash and drybrushed in beige to give it a slightly pebbled look. Also also painted the lenses of Napoleons and the Generals telescopes with high gloss varnish to make them pop. While you can not see it on the next photo I also repainted the edges of the base. I had painted all of the sides in the green I usually use for the edges of my bases, but did not like that. I only kept the green on the lower edge, to the hight of the original base and painted the rest in a soil brown or the dark green of the water to minic the terrain above. Really like that better now!
This is where things will stand for some time now. I have decided that I do not want just normal grass tuffs for the field Napoleon and Soult are standing on. My favourite dealer for these things tells me, that he should get the ones I want within the next two weeks. So fingers crossed they should be here before the deadline, if not I will have to go for the normal tuffs after all.