I am back to painting for myself, and it feels good. I grabbed the nearest primed figures from my workbench, a set of nine French skirmishers in 28mm that I primed four years ago for Jon's Maida game and never got around to painting.
After concentrating on quality for nine months, I opted for speed for this batch. I painted these nine figures in just under 90 minutes, which is a pretty good pace. Some of the finer painting is a little sloppy, but these will look great on the table.
All figures are Front Rank.
Delta Ceramcoat occasionally stops production of some of my favorite colors. For years I have used "Manganese Blue" as my shade tone for French and ACW Union uniforms, but Delta stopped making it. I switched to "Prussian Blue" for this batch, and I think it works well.
I tried out a new flesh shade tone, Delta's "Ginger Spice," and I like it. Their "Dark Flesh" is still my go-to color for flesh shade, but it doesn't give quite enough contrast with "Medium Flesh" all by itself. I end up applying a straight "Fleshtone" highlight to increase the contrast, but I did not want to use three different flesh colors on these figures. "Ginger Spice" and "Medium Flesh" work very well together.