Concentrating on preparing figures at the moment, but doing things backwards (hence the title)! I think it’s also the title of a Red Dwarf episode!
For the next few weeks/months I’m concentrating on getting some Franco-Prussian War figures done (shown above) to finish off the bulk of both my French and Prussian armies, but I’ve got priorities on which are the most important units to finish. I want to get all of the figures shown based, primed and in their shade colours before I start finishing them off, the intention being that the last unit to get prepared goes straight on to getting finished!
So, the most important figures to finish are the French line infantry (the eight blue plastic figures on the mid-right) which is why they’ve made the least progress so far. This is because I don’t actually have any standard French line infantry for the early period of the war, so I need to get a move on! Next most important is a Prussian gun, limber and crew, and they’re ready for final highlights with faces and hands already painted. I want an extra gun battery to give my Prussians an artillery advantage when they need it! Following them I want an extra Prussian infantry battalion (the two rows of grey figures smack in the middle of the picture) for weight of numbers, and they’re now ready for final highlights, with flesh painted as well.
The units listed above are “must haves” so the next batch of units are “also nice to haves”! I’d like more French cavalry, since the French used them bravely, if somewhat recklessly, to cover their retreating infantry. So, on the right are six French dragoons in the process of getting their shade colours painted on. To even things up a bit, I’ve got some Prussian hussars, but they’re only primed at the moment (over on the left of the picture)!
Lastly, I want a French Mitrailleuse and crew (the Mitrailleuse can best be though of as an early machine gun, although it is more akin to a breech-loading volley gun) and a French command unit. Despite their lower priority, they were easy to prepare, so the men already have their flesh painted and the gun is partially finished. I don’t need a limber for the Mitrailleuse, since it will replace a normal artillery piece if I use it and I have enough artillery limbers already.
It might sound an odd approach, but I think it’s kept me focused and, hopefully, by the time the French infantry are finished, the rest will all be half-finished as well! I’ve never been so keen to get stuff half-finished!