This has been a busy week on the painting table with work on three projects:
• The Napoleonic Russians
• A batch of German Askaris for a friend's WWI East African force
• Phase two of the Dark Ages collection
While more than fifty figures have worked their way off the table, only the mounted Russian Napoleonic generals have been based up and finished.
For these I had to go outside the Perry Miniatures range. The Perrys make a lovely high command set (which I have), but it consists of Kutusov's staff at Borodino, and they are all dismounted. For divisional and brigade command, I want mounted officers. The only mounted figures they make are colonels, which I also have.
The only correct mounted generals I could find in 28mm are made by Front Rank.
For my army I need an infantry divisional command, three infantry brigadiers and a divisional artillery chief. I also need a cavalry divisional command, two cavalry brigadiers and a cossack brigadier. I like to make the divisional command groups two figures and the brigades one. I decided to "reassign" the mounted colonels set, by making one the artillery chief and the other two as the second figure on the divisional command bases.
For the infantry division I chose the Front Rank Barclay de Tolly figure to which I added the Perry colonel in fatigue cap.
For the brigadiers I chose the Front Rank general in regulation dress.
For the artillery chief I used the most passive of the three Perry colonels.
The complete infantry divisional staff.
For the cavalry division I used the Front Rank General Uvarov figure and the Perry grenadier colonel.
For the two cavalry brigadiers I decided to use cavalry officers and used a cuirassier officer and a dragoon officer, while the cossacks would be commanded by Platov, all three are Front Rank figures.
The cavalry divisional staff.