The painting desk saw a momentary return to work on the 1799 project with the completion of two, thirteen-figure battalions of Consular Guard. The mustering of these two battalions marks the emptying of the figure bins of all guard figures. These AB French guardsmen will see service in the early battles in Northern Italy and Switzerland. I recall their presence at Marengo but will need to investigate where else they saw service.While the project has not seen a significant spike in activity with the brush in 2019, a quick look at the Painting Log shows fourteen units have been completed, thus far. That is a surprise. Three more battalions of French infantry from 19th Century Miniatures' recently released line of FRW figures are in the painting queue. I am anxious to see how they look with a coat of paint. Within the same pack, to my eye, some of the sculpts are very good while others are just average. I wonder if the range has more than one sculptor? A more robust figure assessment can be made once I begin slapping on paint.
Finally, a chance to put the slight modifications to the ECW battle of Southam into practice materialized over the weekend. With the Saturday group game cancelled due to illness, I had time to push troops around on my table in a solo exercise. Having the three prior fights ending in decisive Royalist victories, I hoped the scenario tweaks would provide the Parliamentarian army a chance to approach the historical result. Next time, the battle replay will be up for scrutiny.