Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Russian army is assembling....

( I wonder if the CIA spy-detection super computer picked up the title and flagged it ? .... )

Anyway,  I finally completed the first two of my infantry corps for the upcoming Borodino battle.  With a ~2000/base ratio, a corps does not amount to that many figures but does look fine on the tabletop.

I painted all the figures in rather large groups according to same pose then mixed them per base. Thus glued, then I painted on the appropriate shoulder board color and attached the correct flag for each regiment representing some which were in each corps' divisional OOB.  The proportions of grenadiers to line to jagers are as close as possible given the large ratio.

One might note that I decided to have my jagers in march order than indeed skirmishing.  If I expand my Russian army ( yeah, it might NOT happen...)  then I have some modified OG models (running at full sprint!) to fulfill those lights elements; but the plastics are lighter in weight.

The 8th Corps under Borozdin:
4 grenadiers, 2 line, 1 jager, 1 artillery and the commander
I found flags for enough regiments to have all with standard bearers (except the jagers which did not carry)


The 4th Corps under Tolstoi:
1 grenadier, 3 line, 1 jager, 1 artillery and the commander
In this case, I had but one standard bearer left and so added the colonel's colour. The other 'command figures' (drummers, officers ) were spread out among the remaining units.  If not enough, they did not get one at all.  A quick view of the mass does not make this evident lack obvious and I think it not worth it to buy the extra sprue or command pack to make it so.

Speaking of the Russian jagers, they can be represented by the usual line troops as they were identical but for their black belts and green facings. (among other minor details)

Only two of the seven infantry corps for the game.  I have one more infantry corps to do: Lavrov's 5th Corps -- and a few cavalry corps --- but the remaining will be completed by other players for the battle and thus they will have the exciting task of commanding their own figures in the game.


16 comments:

  1. Looking good. While I am not much of a fan of Napoleonics, the Russians are always my favorite.

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    1. I am kinda curious why the Russians?

      Mind you I like them also, perhaps because as a child, the version of the book "War and Peace" I saw had great paintings of the Battle of Borodino and those have stuck in my minds eye ever since.

      Thanks for the kind comment
      cheers

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    2. Russian troops have been remarked upon as being resolute in the defense. As I am terrible in the attack, and less terrible on defense, they strike a chord with me. Also, although he is known for his tactics in the use of the bayonet in the attack, Suvorov is a favorite general of the period.

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    3. As it was suggested at the time "it was not enough just to shoot them, one had to knock them down as well"
      cheers

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    1. Thanks, Rod! Only slightly less than a hundred to go....

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  3. Great looking troops, Doug! I really like how you base your figures, with fewer figs representing large numbers.

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    1. Really what I am doing is a 6mm game using 28mm figures. But on the table it works well, IMHO.
      And, well, has more of the "wow" factor, doesn't it?
      cheers

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  4. Great looking troops, Doug! I really like how you base your figures, with fewer figs representing large numbers.

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    1. So taken with it, you thought to mention it twice!

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    1. Always a popular army of the Nappy set :-}
      Thanks for the kind comment, Mr. Chasseur.

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    1. Bill, to get the color you can mix.....oh, um, yeah, it IS a nice color.....
      (tongue in cheek, as always)
      cheers

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  7. ... and assembling and assembling and assembling.

    The Russians have the potential to NEVER stop.

    Like the French have so many variations, while the Russians have so few - yet SO MANY OF THEM!

    Once you start to really tackle Napoleonic Europe, painting Russians is inevitable. Better to start on the task early.

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    1. While Napoleonics can be a blackhole of wargaming if, in your chosen scale, can do the whole Russian Order of Battle for the autumn 1813 campaign, and do Leipzig, then you can stop. Very long way to get there admittedly! But fun.

      blackhole: the celestial object which consumes all from which nothing can escape its pull

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