Three and a half months ago my Austrians looked like the picture below - now they are all painted (except six metal casualty figures)! Some sort of personal record for me. Thanks to the painting Challenge for the extra spur to motivation! Looking at my own blog, I see my my first grumbling post on assembling these was on October 29th 2014. :)
Of course this is not nearly enough, and more Austrians I purchased after this lot are already in production - they can be seen lurking in the background of the first pics in this post! Paint paint paint...
Awesome work Mark! These 'last' two battalions are brilliant (as always, love the helmets) and will be great additions to your fine collection. (I like that Lasalle has rules for Sappers so you can make use of the figures.)
That last pic you provided is off the hook. I'm always delighted when I see the Challenge coming through as it was designed - a blast furnace of industry!