After three months of work I completed a project. This is a condensed model of Russian forces during the 1877-8 Russo-Turkish War. The actual model is that of a line infantry division, of two brigades, two regiments each, each regiment of three battalions. The miniatures are excellent 10mm Pendraken. It is not simulation of any historical unit. The organisation of the pictures is for Black Powder though the bases can be used for other games (Big Bloody Battles, Neil Thomas 19th Century Rules). Indeed they will be rendering service as proxies for many wars.
I decided to paint them with the goal of representing all of the uniforms the Russian army wore in the war, excluding great-coated infantry (Pendraken did not have such a code). Thus you have units in summer white, winter-fall green, and the mix of the two. I also painted two units using the very nice figures with furshaka. In reality those would be Guard units, and I am not sure the all white summer version of the uniform is right for them, but eh, I can live with it. I sued the Osprey book on the war as a source, plus a wealth of information from the net including the Ottoman Wars and Russo-Turkish War Yahoo Groups.
Flags are from various sources, but in no way do I claim they are correct for units. They are all hand-painted (like all flags in my collection). Let me be clear that this model is not a good simulation. The goal is to capture some uniform and organisational elements of a Russian division.
I painted using Tamiya acrylics, which are a good substitute for Vallejo. The total number is 377 figures. The bases are cush-cush (thin pasta).
The figures are phenomenal and I have been won over by 10mm for the 19th century. You could probably paint them to represent a gamut of 19th century troops types. Bravo to Pendraken!
The division in full. The first brigade has its two regiments deployed in successive lines. The second brigade has them in assault columns.
Bayonets of the Empire!
The cavalry up front. They wore red kepis, not fezzes.
Divisional Command with extra stands and massed artillery.
The uniforms presented in the army.
Battalion commands and flags.
Brigade command. Since Pendraken does not produce Russian mounted generals, I used Saxon-Bavarian 1870 command. At 10mm these are a great proxy and look good.
Once more a variety of uniforms.
The divisional command
The gun line.
This was a fun and fast project. Next goal are Alater of Freedom units for Battle of Gaines Mill.