Even though painting has slowed over the summer, yearly painting tally has crossed 700 figures. That leaves only 200 more figures to reach my 2018 goal of 900. Making that goal should be a snap, right? I have also managed to stick to the goal of focusing on 15/18mm figures at the painting desk. That means good gains for the 1799, 1859, and SYW projects.
On the project front, after putting the 28mm Napoleonic game Foz d'Arouce to rest last Friday, recreating Zorndorf in 18mm is up next for August. Much planning remains but Jake's Russians have arrived in anticipation of their deployment upon the battlefield. Having cleared away the three month stand of Foz d'Arouce, a preliminary Zorndorf battlefield has been set up on the gaming table. The battle will likely consume the entire 12' x 6' table. Even at half-scale (one BMU = one Regiment), the table will hold a large number of troops. Should be an enjoyable sight once all are on the table. I anticipate fighting over the ground of Zorndorf a few times this autumn and fall.
When the calendar turns to winter, I expect the 1797 battle of Rivoli to take center stage. As noted above, troops continue to muster for the 1799 project with an eye towards Rivoli. I may change my mind and offer a battle featuring an Austro-Russian foe but an early Wars of Coalition scrap sounds good for the snowy, winter months.