A steady, albeit slower, stream of troops continues marching off the painting table. With high summer temperatures leading to many packed, outdoor, weekend activities and increased cycling, painting has trailed off somewhat. Many units are in progress at the workbench but keeping the production line moving has proven challenging. Beyond a few boardgame sessions, the stream of gaming has almost run dry too. Summer seems a difficult time to coordinate schedules. By August, perhaps, gaming will become more regular once kids (and teachers) return to the classroom.
Today off the painting table are three battalions from the French 9th Line Demi-Brigade of 39 figures total. This lot marches out on campaign primarily in greatcoats. A few fusiliers muster out in full dress as do the officers and grenadiers.
The French are fine figures from AB Miniatures and ready themselves for service in Napoleon's early campaigns. As expected, excellent sculpting with first-rate facial features. Units mostly in greatcoats are a little faster to paint too! Maybe enough AB French figures remain in The Lead Pile to field another couple of battalions before a new recruitment is called up.
Also on the painting table for the 1799 project are another tranche of Austrian line in helmet and three French horse artillery stands. A dozen Prussian hussars for the 18mm SYW project and a bunch of 28mm Napoleonics are readying themselves too.