Painting a Napoleonic Army

Chapter Two - Figure Prep and Painting the First Austrians
Baccus figures are generally very clean and need minimum of clean up. I use a large file to file off the flash and tabs on the base. I will clean up some of the bent muskets and bayonets at the same time, this usually only take about fifteen minutes or less as I said Baccus figures are very clean. After cleaning up, I attack the stands to ¾" wide craft sticks. These are similar to tongue depressors. I attach four stands using Zap super glue to the craft sticks. I make sure they all face the same direction and the same type on the sticks to facilitate painting later. After gluing up 10 sticks with 180 figures, I was ready to paint.

I prime all my figures with Armory Grey Primer. I use gray primer so I can see the details as I paint the figures. I look over the "sticks" to make sure I got good coverage and touch up with spray again those I didn't. After priming, I let the paint dry over night.

When I paint, I try to paint with one sharp edge per color. I try to paint a color where I only have to worry about being careful at only junction with a previously painted color, i.e. I paint face and hair in that order and then the primary uniform color. This means I only have to work on getting cleanly painted edges between the head and the body and not worry about the other edges.

For the Austrian figures, I used the following colors painting the figures in this order:
  1. Flesh – face
  2. Sorrel Brown – hair
  3. Linen White – uniform coat and pants
  4. Semi-gloss Black – boots and helmet
  5. Brown Leather – backpack
  6. Grey- blanket
  7. Semi-gloss Black – canteen
  8. Rifle Brown – rifle and flag poles
  9. Silver – bayonet – officer sword
  10. Flesh - hands
  11. Yellow - helmet crest and front plate
  12. Clover Green. – base
Additional colors used on the command stands:
  1. Navy Blue – officer coats
  2. Yellow – drum sides
  3. Aged canvas – drum tops
When painting I paint the color on all the figures before goes onto another color. I try to only do a color once. The exception in these figures is semi-gloss black and flesh, which I go back to again later in the painting process.

After painting all the figures I touch up the mistakes, paint the facings for the unit and clear coat with Krylon Matte clear coat.

Here is the timetable to paint the first 180 figures
March 3rd cleaned and primed figures – 45 minutes
March 7th painted one stick of figures – 2 hours 25 minutes
March 13th painted 164 figures – 4 hours 15 minutes
Total painting time for 180 figures is 6 hours 25 minutes: an average per figure 2.13 minutes

The 2 hours 25 minutes to paint the first 16 figures was taken up looking at how, what, where and the sequence to paint. It will probably go down to an average of 90 seconds or less per figure when I paint the rest of the Austrians.

Chapter Three: 360 More Austrians