Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crimean Era Russian Infantry in 25mm

In and effort to one day field a usable force in Kevin's NWF campaigning, off the painting desk is the first of hopefully a handful of Russian contingents.
Most formed or regular infantry are fielded in battalions of 24 figures for the campaign.  That is what I have done as well.  Figures are Wargames Foundry from the Crimean War range and these are simply stunning sculpts.  Molding is crisp with good facial details.  For me, painting 24 x 25mm figures is a large bite to chew but having figures in greatcoat helped greatly.  Russian greatcoats take the Minwax stain well too.
Russian regiments will be fielded in 3 x 24 figure battalions.  I will need to verify in what strength Russian cavalry should be fielded before I dive into a few Russian cossacks.  This will be a fun, little, diversionary side project.  After writing that last sentence, the meanings of "little," "diversionary," and "side" in reference to a project have me a bit befuddled.
Expect to see the occasional Russian pop off the painting desk along with a few supporting native elements.   

22 comments:

  1. And fine looking fellows they are too.

    That should lead to some sleepness nights in Dehli.

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    1. Thanks. Hopefully the English will be destined for many a sleepless night!

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  2. A little surprised with this project Jon, anyway, the figures and painting work look are great! base sizes are what, 60mm frontages?

    cheers

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    1. You are not alone in surprise. I can't fight this feeling.

      Good eye. The bases do have a 60mm frontage and 40mm depth.

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  3. That Minwax is a miracle tool - they look amazing, and I quite agree on the Foundry Crimean range; still very nice sculpts and probably the best in 28 for that war...

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    1. For my painting, the use of Minwax seems to be a Great Equalizer. It works very well on the brown greatcoat.

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  4. Right fine lookin' Ruskis!

    Seems like you could do a pretty darned good "Imperialism" type Imagi-nations campaign with you mid 19th century forces!

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    1. Thanks! An Imperial Imagi-nations is quite close to what Kevin has envisioned in his campaigning. In his version of the world, the NWF is actually the Pacific Northwest frontier of the USA.

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  5. Excellent Crimean War Russians!

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  6. Very nice, Jon. The dip works great on those.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. Yes, the dip works well against the brown Russian greatcoat. I like the facial definition it provides too.

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  7. That is a fine looking unit Jonathan. I agree that the Russians are easy to paint and really suit the wash method. I like to mix the Helmet figures with the field cap (although the latter was probably more correct). I am about to place an order for my next Great War Miniatures regiment - I have gone for an eighteen figure battalion, but have put the Russians on a narrower frontage than the other nationalities to represent the Russian fondness for dense, deep formations.

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    1. Thank you, Mark!

      I have one more battalion of all caps on the workbench but next time I make an order I should throw in some in helmet too. Those Russian spiked helmets are cool even if not worn frequently on campaign.

      Great War Miniatures certainly look like nice sculpts. I may try a few some day too.

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  8. Nicely done, love these coats!

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  9. Great looking Russians, Jonathan. The officer "pointedly" illustrates the coolest item lacking from Napoleonic uniforms - the pickelhaube :)

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    1. Pickelhaube definitely is a cool piece of headgear.
      Appreciate your comments, Dean.

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  10. Very fine looking regiment! I think Santa's little elves work for you in the off season to do so much!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! As for elves, I work alone...

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