I've managed to complete another four of these splendid miniatures form 'Empress Miniatures' and what a joy they were to paint. There is something about Paul Hicks' work, particulalry his recent work, that really does eleviate him into the top bracket of historical miniature sculptors - in my humble opinion anyway.
Tried a couple of new things out on these, the first a slightly different palette for the trousers, in this case Vallejo Dark Sea Blue, followed by Dark Prussian Blue and finally Prussian Blue for the highlights. The second being a little distressing on the black leather ammunition pouch. There were some reenactors at Euro Militaire the other day and I noticed that where the black leather was worn and cracked it appeared to have a light brown tinge to it - yes I know this is sad, but I couldn't help but wonder if this could be achieved in paint. The pouch was given a liberal coating with the wonderful Vallejo Black Brown, then I just highlighted the edges first with Foundry Spearshaft Shade then Spearshaft Light. Not sure it is completely there yet, but it might be worth persevering with.
Finally a group shot, showing progress to date; I might even have to think about rules soon!