Another quick update, this time showing how I have painted the huge bicorne and its decoration. The base colour was a very dark grey (I don't like using pure black) with mid grey highlights and dark washes. the detailing was layered-up - base, mid highlight, then highlight before taking these images.
I also took this opportunity to tidy-up the facial details (and add off-white eye detail) as well as basecoating the boots.
More to follow.