Some while ago I traded some miscellaneous stuff for different miscellaneous stuff. In this case for an extra box of Warlord Prussian Landwehr. Having completed my collection of Prussians for the Waterloo Campaign I did not need anymore but could they work for the Opolchenie?
I am dubious about their combat role but willing to give the Russians at least two of the militia elements. It will take some carving....and modelling...but yeah, if one is not too picky about the details.
With reference guides only offering a vague idea, I had a concept of baggy pants and big beards. The following photos show the vicious scrape marks and filings employed to remove any offending "Prussian" bits. However I did leave the maltese cross on the caps of course (which was copied by the Prussian Landwehr)
I had fun using some 'brown stuff' to make the beards - absolutely required to make the boys into the Russian Militia! Can't do much about the Warlord oversized hands however.....
and the final painted version
|my Opolchenie in formation. I speed paint for most of my collections these days and so try to get over four done an hour. I don't do much touch up so please excuse the lack of finish. The "two feet away" rule, you understand.|
|Close up of their determination to defend the Motherland for the upcoming Battle of Borodino battle.|