Honved Guns: Hungarian Candy Stripes and Imperial Yellow
Following up from the previous work in progress, this last week, and the bulk of this weekend, was expended on assembling and painting up the hardware (ie guns) for my Hungarian artillery. I decided to do all the models I had on hand, which is more than I need. I thought that I would just tuck in and get them all done with an eye towards having them out of the way should I ever need to expand my collection (we all know that never happens...). By keeping two of them in Imperial yellow, these could also work for my Austrian contingent as well. As far as the grindingly slow progress, let's just say that my aversion to painting equipment was not ameliorated by the experience of getting these together.
Any geometric pattern is a challenge given how the eye picks up on irregularities. I wound up tracing the diagonals in pencil and then painting between the lines in order to get these to come out right--not a deliberate process that I came up with in advance but rather a solution that grew out of trial and error. There is still a bit of touching up to do, but this is where these stand at this point--the grey is my take on what the "plain wood" of the Hungarian carriages (those that weren't Imperial yellow) would look like once weathered. Once these are plopped on proper stands with some green underneath, I'm hoping that the Hungarian colors will stand out a bit more.
I had thought that I would have been able to knock out the entire project by now, but as you can see, the gunners are only just begun. So, dear readers, work continues.