I am still out faced with the last lot of Hat restocks I have managed to paint two boxes of Austrian Grenadiers A box of Nassau infantry & a box of Austrian Landwehr & I am currently on my second box of Austrian Grenzer witch are brilliant in my opinion.
I also have been painting another makers Prussian sets & strangely a box of Airfix Africa Korps as well, what's everybody else painting at the moment.
For about the last year I've been giving my eyes a break by painting 1/32 scale figures for my ongoing Alamo project. I guess I painted all the guys I had to paint in the fall (right now I've painted about 1,000 Mexicans - still need to hit the cavalry, but I'm taking a break from that - and about 200 or so defenders (more than I personally believe were there, but will be good for various shots when I finally set them up and take pics).
So I guess it was in August or so I got back in to 1/72 scale after a bit of a hiatus - new issues from all the different makers - including last but not least, HaT - "dragged" me back in to 1/72 scale. My wife, with a roll of her eyes, said, "I thought you were going to stop painting 1/72 scale figures because of your eyes?"
"Honey," I answered. "That's why the Good Lord gave us lighted magnifying glasses..."
So, I have been painting new figures and trying to catch up on the enormous backlog:
I started out painting a slew of newly issued British Infantry and Highland sets - in the process I had to retouch and re-organize my Highland "regiments" - I put some of the older figures in "retirement with honor" as they no longer fit in either style or poses with my new organization. I also added several boxes of HaT's British Command sets to these guys to round out the various command groups of the set with mounted officers and enough color bearers for both National and Regimental colors. I'm thinking that added up to about 400 or so figures completely painted with another 200 retouched. That was a couple of months...
Then I plunged in to a Zulu War scenario (an era I've been out of since my previously recounted tragic encounter with the poor plastic on ESCI's offerings thirty years ago - has it been THAT long?), that project got stalled while I was waiting some figures to come in so I began painting my long-delayed HaT Prussian Landwehr sets I got on the crowdfunding project. I think there ended up being something like over three hundred of them total so I am doing only the action poses right now (about 2/3 as I bought them at a 1 - 2 ratio). I'm about two-thirds done with the Action poses. Then if the other company's stuff comes out I hope to mix and match so...
But stuff has come up, like an old back injury and grandkids so I haven't touched a brush in almost two weeks and wonder if I'm out of steam right now. I'm thinking I might just get the Zulu War finished.
Also, I'm re-organizing the little room where I store my stuff. I have plastic containers stacked all over the house. I just got tired of not being able to find stuff I was looking for or having to tear out half the room to get to it if I knew where it was. Things just get so out of hand so fast if you're not careful and space is limited.
Bottom line is, I hope to put my room back in order, tie up the unfinished projects, and clear the dining room table off and take some pictures of what I've been up to the past couple years - it's been too long for me.
It was HaT 1815 marching French infantry until a couple of weeks ago, when I switched entirely to a new project - and I am now immersed in early 16th century Swiss and Landsknecht infantry and mounted gens d'armes, for the Italian Wars of the period. After a regime of painting the same uniform repeatedly, it's refreshing to be painting figures where there is very little uniformity!
The 'renaissance' is not a period covered by Hat, so other manufacturers are providing the figures.... and some very involved conversions are going on, but lots of fun. I'll get back to the Napoleonic masses later in the year, without a doubt; But for now it's all slashed sleeves, bright colours, feather plumes, silly hats and a bit of shiny armour here and there!
Nearly finished my British Napoleonic 28th Foot (using HaT's Brit Light Inf pack) but haven't quite figured how I'll do the skirmishers and musician.
HaT's long-awaited Nassau Infantry are still sleeping in their box until I can get more of my old mobs onto magnetised bases/sabots ready for General d'Armee and Sharp Practice. Mostly I've been filling out the skirmishers, six per regiment on individual bases which can be plopped into a sabot depending on the rules in use.
HaT's Brunswick Leib infantry are also in the queue, but the more I look at the figures the less I like them. The poses seem so wooden and clumsy, and I haven't yet figured a source for the ordinary Line and Light battalions. Suppose I could just shave down the Leib infantry's horsehair plumes... The Brunswick Avant Garde figures are not terribly appealing either. Also asleep peacefully in their box, all lined up on their virgin sprues. Ho hum.