|3rd, Ferdinand Hussars in progress--much to complete and then touch up.|
|Alexander and Attila Hussars in Campaign Dress|
|I loves my cavalry, but lordy how I hates painting horses!|
|From the Gyozo Somogyi book The Honved Army 1848-49|
The headgear in particular is extremely involved (tassles, loops, more loops, cords...). Getting the yellow to stand out from the white has also presented a challenge (hence the black lining--I also used light gray as a base for the shako as opposed to straight white in order to bring just a tad more contrast--I then did some light brushes of flat white to add a bit of texture and to brighten it up). I'm now at an impasse on next steps. Having finally gotten all the yellow lace done (in rough form), I'm debating just how far I should go in representing the lace as black and yellow. I'm probably going to go whole hog on one test figure to see what it looks like. My instinct tells me that complete accuracy isn't probably going to render the best result in this case. I think the shako cords will be okay, as will the stripes and ornaments on the pants. I'm concerned that adding black to the lace on the pelisse and dolman will wind up giving the impression of uncorrected gaps in the paintjob. I'm sure that were I to leave this bit of lace yellow, nobody but me would know. However, I'll give it a shot just to see how it goes. It could also turn out well. Either way, there is a good amount of detail work still to be done.
|The painting desk, mid-project: entropy in action.|