Here are the pictures showing the finished Italians.
I have done up the facings with GW red gore and Valejo Red. All black items like the hats and cartridge boxes were done in Valejo Black with a highlight. All pompoms have been coloured in two's: yellow, purple, white and light blue.The backpacks and coat-rolls were highlighted.
Finally I added an extra layer of ivory and pale sand to the small clothes and trousers respectively and painted all belts Valejo foundation white. Then the buttons were done with a small black dot followed by some Valejo silver.
And hey presto: Italians!
Listening to "Immersion" by Pendulum, or possibly the other way round...