So this past weekend, I set myself a "Waterloo Anniversary Painting Challenge" to try and have a small French vs. British game using One-Hour Wargames on the 18th to commemorate the event in my own small way.
This was a tricky proposition since:
1) I decided I wanted to have units twice the size of those I used previously so I'd have to paint some more French than I already have; and
2) I had no painted British troops at all.
Fortuntately, the simple painting method I used before made this doable.
French: 48 Infantry to round out what I already have;
British: 128 Infantry, 12 Cavalry, 2 Guns and 4 crew.
Here's how my "forced march" has broken down time-wise to this point, with only the final basing to go:
June 13 (four hours spread across multiple sessions): Early morning, stuck 194 unpainted 6mm minis (mostly in four-man strips) on tongue depressors with blu-tack, then primed them black. Afternoon, a first coat of color on all the jackets, then in the evening a second coat, and finally the British got a third coat (red always seems to need that extra layer) that night. I also painted the wooden bases they'll eventually get glued to.
June 14 (four hours spread across multiple sessions): Painted trousers, horses, artillery pieces, and the ground on each model/strip. Then touched up a number of sloppy bits with black.
June 15 (four hours spread across multiple sessions): Painted backpacks, weapons, and flesh.
June 16 (two hours in two sessions): Morning, touched up any little spots where I "went outside the lines." Afternoon, sprayed them with a protective clearcoat.
All that remains is to glue them to their wooden bases, which I'll do this evening or tomorrow morning, once the spray clear coat is completely dry. I expect that to take about one hour.
All told, I will have completed 194 miniatures start to finish in roughly 15 hours over four days. Looks like I'm good to go for June 18 with a day to spare. With any other size miniature cranking out this many models in so few days would have been impossible. I love 6mm.