This is a side shot of the artillery. Crusader did a good job in making the wheels at the miniatures chest-height. These miniatures are Austrians as Crusader does not make a Bavarian line yet, hence no lapels on the uniforms. I may paint them in later but probably will not. Any critiques on the painting, uniforms etc. is appreciated.
In order to save a little money I ordered two 24-man regiment packs which would give me 48 miniatures in order to fill up the ranks economically I decided to order a pack of eight (8) grenadiers to up my number to 54. The grenadiers are proportional to the actual scale and they are fun to paint and will make the unit a little more interesting. As mentioned in an earlier post I went with the blue breeches and I added the detail of the stockings showing just below them.
This is the rear of the Grenadier showing the hat-cloth with yellow trim. I am not sure what color straps the bag on the left hip should have, anyone?
This is one of the better faces I have done recently. Just a close-up of the eyes. Biles list the artillery uniform as having light straw facings, these may be too yellow. The cuffs are listed as dark blue. This is the blue I have been using for the fusilier and grenadier uniforms. I thought it would make the artillerymen appear as part of the unit but they may need to be darker. Comments appreciated.
Here is the first grand division in progress. The less painted miniatures are in the back. I think this photo gives an impression of what the unit will look like when completed. I noticed the fusilier second from the left has a misshapen nose, he will be relegated to the back ranks for his uncomly appearance in the future.
To the far left is a Crusader general I purchased a while ago to represent Prinz Geoffrey. Bavarian generals had no ser uniforms at the beginning of the Seven Years War but slowly were directed to outfit themselves as the Austrian generals (let me know if I am incorrect on this), therefore I am going to paint this miniature in Austrian white coat and red lapels cuffs etc. similar to my Field Marshall Duan picture I use as the Prinz Geoffrey Avatar. Let me know your thoughts on these.
The next set of Cavenderian diplomats arrived from Eureka Miniatures yesterday and I will start painting and dispatching them soon. I have a list of where they are headed but will post that when they are painted up. As always, you can click on any of the pictures above to make them very large and close up.