Friday, 28 April 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
These plastics are from Fireforge's ‘Deus Vult ‘ range and are Mongol cavalry. I removed the Mongol –looking hat and made them bare-headed with just the head-knot that some of them wore. Fine horsemen though they were, they would be unlikely to stand up to regular Prussian cavalry. But as skirmishers tinkering around the periphery showering arrows they might excel.
Lovely figures. Some of the horses have a really aggressive attitude!
This regiment of hussars (and the 2nd Novoserbskiy Regiment which wore the same uniform) was recruited from Serbians who had fled the Ottoman occupation in 1739. They had been offered land to settle on by the Russian authorities in what was then borderlands of what is today, Ukraine. In Serbian history there were two great migrations – the first between 1689 and 1692 and the second in 1739. Decendants of these people still live there and the administrative centre of New Serbia was Novomirgorod (literally New Peace City), which is now Novomyrhorod, Ukraine.
Kronostaf says: “On December 24 1751, Horvat, a former lieutenant-colonel in Austrian service, was allowed to establish a separate Serbian settlement, called New Serbia, in Southern Ukraine. In exchange for land along the border with the Crimean Tartars (on the right bank of the Dniepr, between the rivers Kavarlyk and Amelnik, around Novomirgorod), these newcomers had to serve during wartime. As the Cossacks, New Serbia had its own administrative and military organisations and kept its customs and traditions. It counted 20 districts.
Military service was extended to all adult male population: half always being on active service, patrolling the borders. Each district had to supply one company of hussars and one company of light infantry. The 20 companies of hussars formed the 1st Novoserbskiy Regiment: 10 active and 10 in reserve.”
This regiment was present at both battles of Zorndorf and Kunersdorf.
This concludes the Hussar phase and next will be Tatars and Cossacks.
Sunday, 9 April 2017
Thursday, 6 April 2017
I have four eBay sales going on at the moment but ending soon. They are for 28mm (Perry) ACW Zouaves, painted of course. I need the space here so I am selling them off very cheaply. Postage can also be combined with 2nd, 3rd and 4th being at half postage price.
These are a bargain!
These are a bargain!
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
The mounted officer is a conversion of a Warlord Games Waterloo officer.
This battalion was one of those almost wiped out at Albuera by attacking Polish lancers.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
This is an incredible colour combination - yellow and red - and may not be the last strange mix. I am currently painting an all-red regiment and have another after that to do. Then nine weeks of Cossacks, Bashkirs and Kalmuks.
Friday, 31 March 2017
Monday, 27 March 2017
I have started on the Russian Hussars and this is the first of five planned regiments. Some have this dramatic single-colour theme - in this case cornflower-blue and black. The next one will be an all-yellow regiment so start cleaning the sun-glasses.
Sunday, 26 March 2017
So here is a 40 figure Victrix British battalion in a much cleaner, pristine look. I have used ArmyPainter on the trousers, but otherwise these chaps are in full dress.
Now you know I am a great fan of Perry figures but strangely I prefer these Victrix plastics. They are far more difficult to assemble than the Perry ones but I like the greater potential variety of poses. I guess if you are a patient soul you will be able to assemble the Victrix figures (I am not so their assembly was a bit of a strain) but otherwise, the Perry ones are hard to beat.
One of my slow-burn projects has been in the Peninsular of the Napoleonic Wars around 1810. The last time I painted a unit for this specific period was a blog post on 21st April 2009 so slow-burn is quite an accurate description. The unit I posted then was the 45th Foot and it has taken me eight years to flag the unit. I used Perry figures and went for a campaign look. These are new pictures of that unit and I will also be showing, in the next post, the new 32nd Foot using Victrix figures.
On reflection I don’t think I like the campaign look which is exemplified by the assorted colour of their trousers. I am moving to a more pristine look; it may not be quite so accurate but it reflects one of the reasons why people are attracted to the Napoleonic Wars – the glorious uniforms. So my inclination is to go to a full (and cleaner) dress.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Figures are from the lovely Black Hussar SYW French range.