Today we have some of the Carolingians I have under way for Lion Rampant. I got the first archers undercoated and started this morning so they join the spearmen and command I have been working on for several weeks. Dark Ages figures take ages due to the lack of uniform but having a big group like this is is better as you can take one colour and do the tunic of one, the trousers of another and the cloth banding on the calves of a third. The trick with Dark Ages is to restrict your palette and basically stick to greens, greys and browns with the occasional flash of brighter colour on the command to break it up. They'll take a good few weeks yet, especially as I have been distracted by a couple of female figures I did some work on yesterday evening. Behind them is my second set of Lucid Eye Neanderthals for the Lost World project. Another five British for the North West Frontier are moving along too. I won't have much time to paint again this weekend as Guy has a big rowing race tomorrow (if the weather holds which looks fifty fifty at present).
In the background you can see my recent post about cassoulet on my Food and wine blog.