Monday, June 25, 2018

Austrian IR#10 in Helmet

Work at the painting desk continues to focus on 18mm units with a recent pattern of alternating between 1799 and SYW projects.  This stop in the cycle presents a three battalion regiment of Austrian IR#10.  These 39 figures comprise Battle Honours foot with mounted AB Miniatures' colonel.
While I often grumble (how else would a true grognard respond?) about tackling this number of figures at the painting desk in one tranche, I overcome that emotion and often line 'em up and paint an entire regiment anyway.  What seems a chore during the painting process turns to satisfaction once three battalions march off the desk in tandem.  
Work and frequent travel have reduced motivation to trudge down into the game room for an evening painting session lately.  Still, figures continue to march across the workbench.  Despite this bit of malaise and with mid-year fast approaching, my 2018 painting goal is well in hand.  By the end of June, 630 of my 900 figure goal will be garrisoned in the "finished" pile.    

Proving the lesson of painting moderation is a tough one to control, three battalions of French ligne will follow the two battalions of Prussian  fusiliers next off the painting desk.  C'est le guerre!

38 comments:

  1. Splendid effort there Jonathan- the detail you pick out on these figures is superb. Well done. Cheers. KEV.

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  2. You’re a machIne, Jonathan! Well done!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks, Aaron! Some days, the machine runs more smoothly than others.

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  3. Very nice looking Austrian infantry Jonathan. I too found the endless white uniforms of this nation a bit of a chore when I painted up about 14 battalions of 25mm figures by Sash and Sabre and Old Glory 5 years ago - but they do look good one they are finished and on the table!

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    1. Thank you! Mixing other units in to break up the work of large batches of predominantly white uniformed Austrians works for me.

      Nineteen Austrian battalions in 25mm is a commendable undertaking. Well done!

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  4. That is a lovely result and the hard work very obvious, I would keep these out on the painting table to motivate for the next batch.

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    1. Very kind of you, Norm! I appreciate your motivational tip too!

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  5. Helmet's the best! Wonderful figures Jonathan...

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    1. Austrians in helmet and casquet are weaknesses of mine.

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  6. Lovely looking Austrians,there is something satisfying finishing a large number of figures and what great figifig these are,I really like the Austrian classical helmet and these are fine examples!
    Best Iain

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    1. Iain, finishing off a large batch of figures is very satisfying. Almost makes the seeming futility at the start seem worthwhile.

      Thanks so much for your comment and support!

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  7. I think it’s good to sometimes take on a large painting project: though usually because the miniatures are needed in an upcoming game.
    600 hundred miniatures so far for the year is amazing!

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    1. I agree, Stew. Mixing up scales, period, and number of figures per chart helps keep motivation high.

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  8. They're looking excellent as always, Jon. You're going to outpace me this year for sure.

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    1. Very kind of you, Scott! Without more interruptions, I should able to hit my 2018 painting objective.

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  9. Excellent as always. I feel your pain on the mass production method, but sometimes it works best to help clear the backlog. (Or try to paint an entire Russian army in 8 months)

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    1. Thanks, Jake! You motored through your Russian army in record time. Well done!

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  10. Great stuff Jonathan. I like the first shot...it gives a wonderful depth to the unit column of battalions.

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  11. Excellent work ........my productivity has taken a hit as I have been getting out on my bike 🚲 in the unusually hot sunny weather in Northern england😀

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    1. Thanks, Matt! Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

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  12. Lovely toys Jonathan...

    All the best. Aly

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  13. A fine looking regiment, with nice green facings. I rather enjoy painting the relatively simple Austrian Line uniforms myself...

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