Anyway over these two days I've managed to get 110 figures onto painting sticks and black brush-primed. Now that doesn't mean that they're ready to paint yet. but it is a strong start.
You see, my eyes aren't great. Indeed, I'm due for cataract surgery this summer and I need help seeing uniform details. So I use a black prime / white damp brush priming technique. This means that the raised areas are highlighted and recessed areas are dark . . . which also provides some slight "depth" to my follow-up "block painting" . . . because I just paint to a "wargaming standard" and don't aspire to make each figure a little gem.
So, while wounded, I have still made some progress.