With glorious spring weather in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor cycling mileage has seen a big boost with an offsetting sacrifice in time at the painting desk. Afternoon workouts are much more enjoyable cycling around the region rather than sitting in the boring confines of the stationary bike. Still, perseverance with the brush continues albeit at a reduced rate.Off the painting desk today are reinforcements for Suvorov's army for the 1799 project. These dozen Cossacks wear the black Astrakan cap familiar to the Don Cossacks. The caftans and trousers are an assortment of mid to dark blue although the photos really do not show such distinction.
Figures are Eureka Miniatures from the 18mm SYW range. Excellent sculpting and a much needed addition to bolster Russia's light infantry arm. From OBs on the 1799 campaign, it seems Russia brought mainly Cossacks west for the campaign. Several more Cossack regiments will be needed for the project. Only a handful of Russian hussar, dragoon, and cuirassier regiments appear infrequently in the campaign. Most heavier cavalry roles are filled by Austrian horsemen.
With eighteen new units mustering off the painting desk thus far in 2016, perhaps it is time for a parade ground review?