Saturday, September 19, 2015

Russian Infantry for The Great Game

My plan to field the "occasional" Russian unit for the NWF, perhaps, requires an amendment.  After painting the first Russian battalion (see it here), I felt the urge to paint another.  I suppose, to paraphrase an old American potato chip commercial, "No one can paint just one!"

That is the situation in which I find myself.
Off the painting desk is a battalion of Russian infantry of 22 foot and one mounted officer.  Figures are from Wargames Foundry's excellent Crimean War range.
Getting back to the original goal of fielding a small force for use in some of Kevin's NWF games, my plan is to build a Russian expeditionary force for use during the period termed as "The Great Game" between Britain and Russia.  While several British and British-backed native battalions have crossed my painting desk, this Russian Expeditionary Force (REF) will comprise both Russian and native contingents.  Perhaps some Indian and Afghan irregular troops will show up to support the Russians?  Maybe Indian and Afghan regulars too?  Many possibilities to consider.    

28 comments:

  1. Another great looking Russian unit Jon. I'm a fan of WF's Crimean War range as well. Kudos to you for finding another reason to collect/paint them. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jason!

      It is very helpful (and efficient resource usage) when a group of figures can serve in multiple periods.

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  2. Fantastic unit, well done Jon!

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  3. Very nice work Jon. Of course, these could also be used for the Crimea.

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    1. Of course! These lads could always be pressed into service for their original, intended purpose. Yet another period?

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  4. "No one can paint just one!"...I like that. My armies nearly always start out with the intention to build a small force, but less than a month into the project meglomania sets in!

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    1. He he. I thought that was funny too.

      Meglomania is an ever present evil lurking in the shadows.
      In our situations, I guess it is hiding in plain sight!

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  5. Nice looking Russian troops, Jonathan. Although I never intended to, I ended up with several units of Russian Napoleonics. Maybe the green coats are addictive :)

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    1. Thank you, Dean! I cannot comment on the green coats but painting the brown greatcoats is certainly addicting.

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  6. Top notch brush work Jon!

    any chance you painting up one Errol Flynn figure leading "The charge of the light Brigade" :o) at the Battle of Balaclava? :o)

    all the best,
    Cheers

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    1. Phil, you are always so kind in your commentary! I appreciate that and it motivates me even more.

      As for Flynn, that would necessitate fielding British cavalry for the period. Yikes! Scope creep, for sure!

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  7. Excellent work Jon, I think I smell another project on the offing for you.

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    1. I am afraid you may be right. How does this happen?

      Thanks, Jake!

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  8. Fine looking Ruskis! I especially like the mounted officer.

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    1. Peter, I agree that the mounted officer is first rate. I like how he seems to be leaning over to provide instructions to his subordinate.

      Pleased that you approve of the result!

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  9. Excellent Crimean War Russians!

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  10. Love the period, love the Foundry range, love the color schemes and love what you've done with it all. Far too little Crimean projects going around! I call for extended funding from the Freitag Hobby budget should be earmarked for supporting the growth of the Russian army :0)

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    1. Soren! The requisition for a modest expansion to the Russian Expeditionary Force has been submitted. Current production facilities, however, are running near full capacity.

      Appreciate your comments!

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  11. Very nice painting on some great figures! I've toyed with doing this period at some point.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! If you go down the Crimean War path, we know the results would be stunning.

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