Here's the follow up with the 'finished' ACW figures. Apologies for the rough and ready photos.
At this stage it's been blue and greys wash, flesh faces and hands, rifles brown and barrels metal, a couple of more substantial beards brown wash, and a black wash on some hats and cap peaks. I also painted the officers' sashes and trim on the drums and added flags and loose flock. Not painted were straps, belts, packs, boots or the metal bands on the muskets.
Here are two shots with figures just over 2 foot from the edge of the table. The camera is at my normal eye level when sitting, so these are roughly the 3 foot test.
For the second shot I dropped down a bit, as we sometimes do, but still about 2 to 3 foot away.
Now I've come to about 1 foot or 12 inches away.
And lastly, about 6 inches away.
Certainly good enough for the games table. And a good test of what's actually needed to get something on the table.
Will I continue to paint more ACW this way or sell up? Therein lies the question. I've not decided as so may other projects are bubbling under.