Sunday, 16 March 2014

Russo-German Legion Test Figures

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These guys are my test figures to see how the colours for the Russo-German Legions would look at 28mm scale. Sculpts are Perry’s plastic Napoleonic Russian Infantry, Painting and basing by me.

The Russo-German Legions were created from recruits taken from the large number of German prisoners of war - by the end of 1813 there were two Legions, one with four infantry battalions and the other with three infantry battalions and one Jager company. There were also two Hussar regiments and two horse-artillery batteries, and by 1814 a foot battery was formed, but it is unlikely to have seen action.

The First Legion consisted of 1st, 2nd and 5th Battalions plus the Jager Company. The Second Legion consisted of the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th Battalions. None carried any colours.

The uniforms were supplied by the Russians and were normal infantry-pattern kiwers and jackets but with grey trousers which had red piping.

Information above is from my 'bible' of just about everything Napoleonic, The Napoleonic Army Handbook by Richard Partridge and Michael Oliver, a book I highly recommend for any Napoleonic nut or any figure painter taking on the Napoleonic era.

Another fantastic resource that I've used for these figures is the website, namely the Senior Officer and Rank & File images (click to open them in a new window)

The Russo-German Legions are perfect for my Late War Napoleonic Russians, and I think they’ll make a great change from the usual rank and file of Green and White.

The Peasants are revolting!

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These are the Perry ‘Angry Armed Peasants’ I picked up at Hammerhead the other weekend – they were a fun and quick painting project, and are for use as disorder markers for my games of Black Powder with my Napoleonic Russians, working on the theory that nothing makes you more disordered than an angry armed peasant! Sculpts by Perry Miniatures, painting and basing by me.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Russians are coming!

Napoleonic Russian Command Stand for Black Powder. Sculpts by Perry Miniatures, painting by me, basing by Peter Harris (with HUGE thanks!). This has got to be one of my favorite all time pieces - the tree on the right hand side which Kutuzov is sat underneath is actually part of the base.

Napoleonic Russian mounted Officer for Black Powder. Mounted Officer sculpt by Perry Miniatures, the surrendering French Voltigeur is unknown (let me know if you have any idea - it's a great sculpt!) Painted and based by me.

Napoleonic Russian Mounted Officers for Black Poweder. Sculpts by Perry Miniatures, painted and based by me.
Napoleonic Russian Mounted Officer for Black Powder. Sculpt by Warlord Games, painted and based by me.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Hammerhead 2014

Had a great day at The Hammerhead Wargames Show which was held at its new venue - not sure what I think to the Pavillion room at the Showground as opposed to it being held at Kelham Hall where we're all used to it being. There seemed to be a good turn out of folks, ever-increasing as the day went on, but there just didn't seem to be the usual amount of traders standing.

It's really nice when you get to meet up with friends, and I've even managed to get two lots of completed commissions of WWII German Fallschrimjager back to their owners - pictures to follow once they've been based - and I've even picked up a couple of other small projects to complete for clients, more Fallschrimjager and some of the Mantic 'Dead Zone' figures.

For myself, I've been exceptionally naughty and got yet more packs of the gorgeously sculpted Perrys' Napoleonic Russian figures, namely two different Hussar Commands, a Cuirassier Command, two lots of the Angry Peasants which will be turned into my Black Powder Disorder markers, and I've also grabbed some more Russian casualties and some more of the Mounted Generals - plenty to keep me occupied!