As mentioned before, I am raising the French forces for our convention game. "Raising" in this context is a particularly apt description, since I'm buying them, not painting them myself with one minor exception.
My method was to purchase a bunch of lead and farm it out to several painting services. I did this for two reasons:
1. I did not think one service could handle it all in a timely manner; and
2. I wanted to try some different services, with an eye to sending more figures to those I liked.
Reason number one has succeeded marvelously. In the last two months I have received:
9 French, 8 German, and 2 Italian battalions
2 French, 2 German, and 1 Italian cavalry regiments
3 French and 3 German artillery batteries.
That's about 550 figures! Together with the small forces that arrived before Christmas, I have therefore accumulated the bulk of my army. Over the next few days I will post a few pictures and describe what remains to be done.