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Last May, we put on a giant demonstration wargame at a local modellors' convention. This was a Napoleonics faux-Waterloo with lots of British, Dutch-Belgians & Nassauers.
We were a bit of a hit & have been asked back next year.
We've worked out a scenario & play tested it twice already & have decided to make it a faux-Freidland, with 1812 Russians.
Here lies the problem. Particularly thanks to Strelets, Zvesda & several metal figure companies, I have loads of Russians. Currently 31 battalions of infantry (8 line, 4 jager, 9 grenadier, 1 Guard jager 9 Opolchenie), 18 gun models, 4 cuirassier & 5 light cavalry regiments & 3 cossack regiments.All nicely painted & based.
But staff figures are the problem. The rules I use demand a general & adc per brigade (say every 4 battalions or 2 regiments), a general & 3 adcs per division & an army commander with 3 figure escort & 3 adcs.
In other words lots of mounted staff figures.
Now I have some (including a Hinton Hunt figure) but where do I get more? Quite a few more?
What can be bought or converted, particularly in plastic?
just a suggestion to increase your numbers of mounted staff officers, adc's, couriers etc, you should have spare cavalry figures why not use these by trimming off unwanted details and painting as appropriate, prussian mounted officers in caps can be painted up as russians(in metal again Hinton hunt), a few head/body swops from infantry figures should supply infantry commanders etc. As to metal makers Newline Design produce Russian mounted generals, hope this helps
cheers old john
The Italeri French staff set has some figures which are fairly easy to turn into Russians. Cavalry generals were usually in some sort of regimental outfit, and Art Miniaturen Prussians, particularly the ones in overcoats, can also be turned into Russians with a fairly simple paintjob.
Hope you'll post some pictures when it's all done!
Use the Strelets set of Russian commanders/ADCs
1. put some dismounted horses behind them to show they've dismounted or don't even bother
2. with the right paint job, I'm sure you can use figures like the Tsar to represent just another general. Maybe some minor conversions to add variety.
3. If you're feeling the need to really cut and paste, cut the Strelets French mounted set generals at the waist and replace with suitable looking Russians
Do Svydonya, Frank
John, Duco, frank,
some very workable ideas here.
Thank you very much.