I was away for about a week so painting took a break but am back and was able to get the marching confederates done and ready for basing.
I have the next batch, the figures advancing, ready to go. I will use some advice from the Pendraken forum and use a color system with these. I hope it makes the process somewhat faster. Also based on info from the forum I will likely paint this second group a bit more uniformed.
So hopefully I can keep the momentum and get some real units together soon.