|Two codes R7 and R8 combined to give a sense of battalion mass|
These have been in production for a few weeks and some people have already ordered them by private enquiry but the delay is all due to me. I wanted to get some samples painted properly before uploading them into the shop.
|R6 With kartuz Ready|
I am delighted with the sculpts and the style of head wear we went for in the end. It is of course not the square shaped kartuz/pokalem that has been commonly illustrated over many years but rather a felt cap in a kind of montero style which now seems to be favoured by Russian re enactors of the Great Northern War. We are taking this as a good sign.
|R7 in an attractive colour combination|
Otherwise, the uniform is pretty conventional. Clib has crafted some lovely variants on the poses which are of course mirrored in the tricorned versions as codes R01 and R02.
|R8 with excellent loading poses|
To demonstrate that not all Russian troops wore green coats I decided to paint some in quite a bright red (probably too vivid for the period but it ended up looking pretty nice when contrasted with the equally vivid green I chose.
|R11 Pikes at the charge|
The other combination is an off-white and crimson mix. This also is a bit of a digression from the standard green coat but I did find evidence of the combo in sources both uniforms are illustrated in Tacitus's GNW site.
|R1 has proved very popular|
Finally, the pikemen are super additions to the range. The hands need drilled out with a pin drill but this was a conscious decision we took and for the 30 seconds it will take you to drill out each hand the perennial pike and shot problem of 'pike-pinging' is gone for ever!
|R2 compare with the poses in R8|
A more detailed expo of all the codes will come soon but suffice it to say, the Russians have just had reinforcements and I am pleased to say the attacking/defending pack with fixed bayonets is not far behind!
|R3 Musketeers at the ready in tricorne|