Summer is almost over. The kids will be back to school soon, the tourists have left and the fat lunches are over, praise be! I say 'fat' lunches because around here (in SW France) there are dozens of restaurants that serve a four-course lunch (wine included) for around 11 to 12 euros a head and when visitors arrive (of which there have been a few this year) it is quite the done thing to go out to lunch every day. The result of that - no painting in the afternoon a short siesta being required! So autumn, my favourite time of the year, is around the corner and there was quite a nip in the air this morning when I walked the Dalmatian in the forest.
This week (lunches having ended) I was able to return to the swing of things and painted these two French Guard battalions of the SYW period. Foundry figures, like the previous post on the Swiss Guard, and not bad figures to paint at all. That company seems to be making a serious attempt at halting it's declining sales and reputation but I can't help thing that this 'mea culpa' beating of the breast is slightly artificial but I guess only time will tell on that score.