Friday was taken up with my usual day in the PO and then a torturous climb to the top of Arnside Knot on a beautiful summers evening, being shown up by the rest of the group some of whom were the other side of 80 and looked it! Nevertheless I managed to shrug off the idea I might try and do more exercise in order to get fitter. Saturday we entertained No.2 son and family and cooked a three course Vietnamese dinner, delicious. So Sunday in order to recuperate we did nothing so I took up the paint brushes and set to.
I managed to complete all the eight horses for the 4th Horse/7th Dragoon Guards and get the riders at least half way to completion. I used the Blood Angels Red on the Dragoons coats, the paint does what it says on the tin, and very nicely too, I was very pleased at the result.
The paint was rather on the thin side and it needs a good shake, I hate those pots by the way, I believe you could thicken it with some medium if you use such, I have some matt medium but the paint was fine for what I intended as it was. It will not cover a paint already on the model, so if you intend to splash it all over as I invariably do when doing a base coat then you will have to repair with white or use a normal colour for leather straps etc. If you are already a master painter you will not need to have recourse to brushing up stuff, but I am not.
Am I impressed, yes, they work for what I want and although I have white and red covered I shall be getting a blue and green as well for my SYW figures. I have seen horses done with the brown shades and they looked absolutely fine, so I may give this a try at some point although I am more than happy with my black undercoat and drybrushing technique. A welcome addition to the hobby paintbox.
What about Waterloo you ask, well I booked a tour with the Cultural Experience this morning for next June for myself and good mate Billy Stephen, it was now or never. We cover Brussels, Quatre Bras, Ligny and Waterloo itself, the tour guide is Major General Ashley Truluck, the last time I was at Waterloo it was horizontal rain and I was not in a good humour, marching out of one of the restaurants in high dudgeon and nearly killing myself climbing the Lion Mound in the storm. This time it will be different.