The plague doctor is in!
* * *Family matters are taking a lot of my time right now, so progress on the wargaming and modelling front will be sporadic for a couple of weeks, maybe more. As of today, I have succeeded in painting up the third section of British infantry for the Barsetshires. Their bases are half-finished, just needing a lick or two of paint and some groundwork. I'll post some pictures when I can.
Now the figures are mounted on fender washers, I can get more of a comparison size-wise with my existing figures. The Essex Miniatures fall between the diminutive Foundry and large Eureka sculpts in size. I like them both in terms of size and poses. One of these days I might just sell off the Eureka figures and replace them with Essex, since Eureka are a bit too large for my taste.
My Flatiron gunboat's porthole puzzle has been solved. I think I'll use a length of plastic pipe as a cookie-cutter and stamp the portholes out of Sculpey or Miliput. Once painted I can simply glue them in place along the hull.
The poll (see left) is drawing to a close, with an interesting slant of opinion. I'll post the final result tomorrow.