I decided that the fastest way to finish all 6 of the prototypes at once is work in parallel, meaning, place one bag of parts on all boards at a time instead of doing one board at a time and having to switch between 50 bags or however many there are. So I decided to solder on all of the ICs this morning. I made great time! Got all 5 boards populated with ICs in 4 hours which is probably a new best time record for me.
ICs populated on top of solder paste.
All finished with all solder bridges removed. I am sure glad to be finished with this part!