For me, I guess they represent an evil necessity. Since only a few Russian guns are envisioned for the Great Game project and most scenarios will likely field only a few guns at any one time, these two pieces are well worth the effort. For Painting Points, I credit myself with 40 points for each stand.
The limbers and teams are from Wargames Foundry's 25mm Crimean War range and are wonderful sculpts. After all of these years, this range stands up well to the test of time. Newer Crimean War ranges have surfaced but Foundry's offerings still look brilliant to me. Mark, over at "1866 and all that," has been churning through large quantities of Great War Miniatures' Russians from their Crimean War line. Mark produces great results and I am curious how the infantry would match up. I ought to give this range a sampling while the exchange rate is favorable. In fact, why not place a small order now?