Having got all the base colours on the figure (see the first part of this article) , I then highlight the white straps and gaiters.
The cuffs and turn-backs I touch up with a brighter red and then the blue coat trying only to touch the tops of the arms and shoulders to accentuate the depth .
I then carefully paint on the drum ropes , the drum hoops are painted a lighter blue .
The lace is then painted onto the cuffs, coat breast and sleeves . These figures will be drummers for French Regiment Le Mark (German Regiment) and unfortunately I can't find any info on the colour scheme for them , but many French Regiments used the Royal livery for their drummers so I'm using this . The lace in reality is far more complicated than how I've painted it but it will do for me ! .
I then shade the faces , as there is hardly any detail on them I out line the features using a light brown and high-light the nose , cheeks and chin with a paler flesh colour.
I then paint the sword hilts and scabbard tip with gold , touch up the black on the hats etc and paint the bases .
Next day and the finished figures await their varnishing .
The figures finally done with a high gloss coat of varnish which seems to 'pull' the figure together , brightens them and covers up any mistakes ! I usually paint figures in batches of 2 cavalry and 3 or 4 infantry and once you 'know' the figure and where to put the paint you can you can get through them quite well . Off to paint up some SYW Uhlans next .