I've decided to tackle the Confederates first, mostly because they're the hardest to paint. Glenn included 160 Confederate infantry, the largest piece of the commission. If I can complete these 160 figures in four weeks, I figure I'll have a good chance to meet my goal of finishing the entire commission in 3-4 months.
I spent the past two days cutting all imperfections off the figures, washing them in hot water and dish soap to remove the mold release agent, gluing them to tongue depressors, spray priming them with flat black enamel paint, and giving them an all-over layer of thin black acrylic paint to hide any remaining metal. Now, at last, I'm ready to paint.
Tomorrow I'll start on the hair. That's the way these large commissions go. You have to break the work into small enough parts to complete one part each day. So tomorrow I'll spend all day painting hair on 160 men. Sunday I'll drybrush highlights on the hair.