Sunday, 16 March 2014

Russo-German Legion Test Figures

March Week 3 014 

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 Centjours.mont-saint-jean.com 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.

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