The missing Essex bits arrived today. Four packs of musketeers, two 2-horse limbers, two packs of dragoon command and one pack of hussars. Here they are on my workbench.
I've started prepping the Seven Years War figures today, so you might see the first units rolling off my table shortly. As much of their uniform is red, I am planning to use red car primer for the infantry and artillery (white or grey primer for cavalry; perhaps red just to keep things simple) but before doing that I need to check how the other colours work with it. I also need to work out which are the best colours for the uniforms - green for infantry and commanders; cornflower blue for dragoons. I also need to work out suitable buff colours for belts and cavalry uniforms. I sprayed a sheet of card with red primer during my lunch break and will be doing test patches later this evening.
The other evening I added a "baize" to one of the 4Ground tables I'd put together. It actually looks quite good.
I also finished the hovel - brushing the teddy bear fur with 50% PVA to make it better resemble thatch and fixing the smoke hole hood in place.
I know what you're all wondering. "But, what are those white-primed figures in the first photo?" Well, they're some Mongol light foot bowmen that have been prepped for quite a while. I need to get back into the swing of painting, and they should be quite a fast unit to paint up.