|Cannon and Commander: a black undercoat|
would have been better...
Having completed the texturing of the bases I glued the guns in place. That wasn't done until this stage because the crew had bases needing to be hidden by the filler but the guns just sit on top.
I then applied a 50% solution of white gesso undercoat entirely covering the figures and bases and touched this up in good light. White on metal is not always easy to see in the middle of a 6mm pike block, but I expect the coverage was at least 95%.
Using white was a mistake. I should have used black gesso. It would have been easier to see against the bare metal and easier to cover in the next stage.
That concluded the preparation stage. The next stage is painting.