Last night I gave the skin areas of the figures a base coat which I left to dry overnight, with this the result in the morning.
Also note the undercoat on the Crusaders base to hold the gravel on when the base is handled during painting.
This morning I started on the Crusader's face, building up from the base colour. There is still detail to be done but it is getting there:
I think I will definately add some scenic snow to the base when the figure is completed, as you can see from the reference below the figure will be quite 'brown' overall, so the patches of white on the base will be a good contrast!