Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Imperial Germans IX

The fifth battalion of my Imperial German brigade c.1914 is now finished and ready for action.

This represents the second battalion of 41st Infantry Regiment 'von Boyen' (5th East Prussian).

I've found a better tone for the helmet covers, so the other four battalions and machine gun company will need redoing in due course.

After working through some c.1812 Russians, I'll pop back and do the Regimental Headquarters stand before moving onto the 3rd Battalion and the rest of the Uhlans...

Friday, 7 October 2016

Imperial Germans VIII

Some eighteen month after the last installment, I've finally gotten back to field grey!

Two machine gun stands for the 13th (Heavy Machine Gun) Company of 41st Infantry Regiment 'von Boyen' (5th East Prussian) (Infanterie-Regiment von Boyen (5. Ostpreuß) Nr.41).

Next up, the 2nd Battalion of the 41st...

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Colonel Demid Mesheryakov

Colonel Demid Mesheryakov took command of the second brigade when his regiment, the Selenginsk, was transferred to 3rd Division. He was wounded at Borodino and succeeded by Major Vasily Bogdanovich of the same regiment.

2nd Brigade seemingly suffered heavy casualties on 7 September with both regimental commanding officers falling wounded and two battalion commanders put out of battle, one killed and the other wounded. By the end of the day, 1st Battalion of the Selenginsk Infantry Regiment was being led by a Lieutenant.

In this composition, the mounted officer, representing Colonel Mesheryakov, is by Perry Miniatures, whilst his dismounted companion, Major Bogdanovich is from Wargames Foundry.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

3rd Battalion, The Selenginsk Infantry Regiment - Lead Companies

Lead companies of 3rd Battalion of the Selenginsk Infantry Regiment. 28mm Foundry Miniatures with GMB flags, as usual.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

1st Battalion, The Selenginsk Infantry Regiment - Lead Companies

Having given up searching for the flag staffs, I ordered some fresh one's from North Star (along with some Great War British Cavalry - oops!). Prompt service as always from Nick and the team, so no delays in getting the last units of infantry finished off.

The Selenginsk Infantry Regiment were originally part of 23rd Division and brigaded with 18th Jägers, but exchanged places with Korporye Infantry Regiment to move to 3rd Division in the lead-up to the battle of Borodino.

So, onto the 3rd Battalion and Brigade Command stand...

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Skirmishing Jägers IV

The fourth and final batch of skirmishers - for this year at least. These represent the 8th and 9th companies of the 21st Jäger Regiment, i.e. those belonging to the third battalion of the regiment.

28mm Foundry miniatures again with the usual spread of head swops as they all originally come in forage caps.

The green trousers are indicative of winter dress, which is not accurate for the lead-up to Borodino, but marks them out better from the line infantry in their white trousers, I think.

Company distinctions are limited to the colours of their sword knots, which have the 3rd battalions red central band edged in blue or yellow respectively.

Their forage caps also carry the blue band of the 3rd battalion.

Next up are the lead companies of the final infantry battalion in the Division...

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Rome Revisited

It's been a couple of years since I've been near my Caesarian-Roman project, but here's another 'legion'.

Mostly painted even further back than 2014. So the treatment of the bronze and skin is somewhat different from my current approach.

However, I hope that consistency of basing and weathering will give the army a coherent feel.

28mm figures by Foundry with some GMB shields transfers under the grime and sword marks.

Anyway, back to Imperial Russian Green!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Skirmishing Jägers III

The first batch of figures completed after our move are some more skirmish stands.

These are based on Foundry's firing line in forage caps, but with the odd head swap and the grenades filed off the ammo pouches. Unlike that of line battalions, jäger webbing was black, including the sling, and the have green trousers to match their coats. Facing are also green, discretely piped in red with a line red strip down the outside of their trousers - as per this image:

They are painted up to represent the 2nd and 3rd companies (i.e. 1st battalion) of 21st Jägers in winter dress and their sister skirmishing companies from the 3rd battalion will be following shortly.

As the junior of the two jäger regiment, they sport blue epaulettes.

If better organised, I'd have got a gold pen to write the unit number on the rear of the pouch. Instead, I had to do it with a brush - so some are better than others.

Monday, 1 August 2016

3rd Battalion, The Tchernigov Infantry Regiment - Lead Companies

Next batch of the Tchernigov Regiment see the completion of the lead companies less the colours.

So that's May and June's commitments cracked, time to move onto July!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

1st Battalion, The Tchernigov Infantry Regiment - First Company

Onto the First Company and also in this case the Command stand. Having  already packed the flag staves, they have to await the big unpack next week for their colours.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

1st Battalion, The Tchernigov Infantry Regiment - Elite Company

Life has been somewhat hectic of late, which means that these should have been completed back in May. Still, onwards and upwards!

Next up is the 1st or command company...

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Elizabethgrad Hussars II

Onto the lead rank, which was issued lances prior to the campaign of 1812, but not, in the case of this regiment, pennants it seems.

The squadron includes a non-commissioned officer on the left flank, an officer, and his trumpeter (mounted on a grey, as was the norm).

Those armed with lances have stowed their pelisses and, if you've ever tried using a lance whilst wearing one, you'll understand why!

So here's the month's efforts, a standard size unit of Russian Hussars for Black Powder - twelve down, thirty six to go...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

True Scale Napoleonic Hussars

Regulars here may know that we have a horse, Cosmi, who has been helping me learn to ride over the last few years. Naturally, as someone interested in military history, I've also been working towards mastering mounted skill at arms. Last Saturday saw me at Action Horses near Hull for training with my British Napoleonic reenactment unit - the 15th or Kings Light Dragoons (Hussars).

After scaring some cabbages myself, I dismounted to take a few pictures of the chaps in action, which I thought you might enjoy. It was a training session, so please excuse the odd irregularity in dress and equipment:

Plenty more photos of this marvellous unit can also be found  on Facebook:

We'll be in full rig for a skill at arms display at the Light Dragoons Tricentenary next month. So more photos in due course...

Friday, 22 April 2016

Elizabethgrad Hussars c.1812

My first batch of Russian Hussars. These are painted to represent the Elizabethgrad Regiment - second rankers. No lances, so pelisses are worn by all ranks.

28mm figures made by Perry Miniatures