Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Russian Infantry (I)

Another step in my Poltava project, the Russian Guards and some Grenadiers (once again they are mostly Strelets with some Zvedza).

First of all the Preobrashenski regiment represented here with four basis, one for battalion:

there were of course some variations in the uniform details, as ever with the russians. I opted for the red socks/gaiters version. The grenadier headgear is of the type introduced from 1709-10. At Poltava they had more probably a grenadier cap of this sort:

The Semeonovski regiment which I painted in this shade of blue:

A nice thing of the Russian is that one can paint different regiments in various shades of the same color (indeed this happened at company level, many times with different coat colors within the same regiment). In both cases the flag were scanned from the Hoglund book. The regimental commander, Prince Golytzin, was wounded at Narva. The regiment was on three battalions.

The DuBois grenadier regiment: according to Hoglund it was raised in 1708 from the grenadier coys of  7 regiments. 

Its full name was “General Enzberg’s Grenadier Regiment” but at Poltava was know with the name of its commander, De Bois or Du Bois. From 1712 it became the 4th Grenadier Regiment.

One of the various Strelets oddities is the so-called “Streltsi Bonus figure”. In many boxes there is a single Streltsi miniatures, the full list here. By collecting those I had I was able to muster also a Streltsi regiment. 

I choose the 12th Moscow regiment (Nechajev), an unit with a long battle history, from Saladen (1703) to Poltava (1709) were it seems that it garrisoned some of the redoubts.

A final view of the russian infantry painted thus far, the equivalent of 37 battalions: to complete the Poltava OoB I need at least 14 more battalions whose uniforms will be red, white, green, yellow and blue, just to add some more uniform variations.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Russian Cavalry "augmentation"

I completed the first eleven regiment of Russian cavalry put on two bases each: these were the cavalry units from the Holowczin OoB which I painted with only one 40x40 mm base for each regiment. I changed the Vladimirsky flag I did previously, which I incorrectly depicted with the 1712 model, with a 1700-1708 model taken from the Hoglund book and changed some details, like the Belozersky karpus. Let introduce them again (the spelling may be incorrect, who knows..):

Vladimirski: the flag is a 1700-1708 model of an unknown regiment; the regiment campaigned from 1701 and was at Holowczin (according to some sources), Lesnaja and Poltava.

Astrakanski: raised in 1701, campaigned in Pomerania in 1711-1713 after Poltava.

Tversky: the flag is correct. I added a dragoon in karpus to add variety. Raised in 1702, after Poltava in the Finnish campaign.

Riazansky. Raised in 1705, at Kalisz 1706, in the Pruth campaign 1711, disbanded 1715.

Sankt Peterburgski. Another regiment raised in 1701, all campaign till Pruth. Disbanded 1711.

Jarovslavski Grenadier: raised 1706. At the Perevolochna surrender: then in Pomerania and Holstein, 1714.

Troitsky Grenadier. Raised 1701, campaigned till 1718.

Belozersky (the standard is from an unknown regiment and was captured at Narva, 1700. Since I have no idea what would be the correct flag, I opted for this one which I like very much). Raised 1703, Holowczin and Poltava. Disbanded 1711, the personnel transferred to Sibirski.

Novgorodski. Raised 1701: some sources give karpus.

Pskovski: the flag is a generic Colonel one. After Poltava at Pruth, 1711.

Azovski: raised in Moscow 1706 from "conscript and disbanded units", not a promising start. At Holowczin, Poltava and Pruth.

The whole bunch:

Now, to complete the Russian cavalry for Poltava I need to paint at least 7 more regiments: I plan to use some Zvedza, together with the reliable Strelets miniatures.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A small pause and new projects

After completing the Swedish for Poltava, a little pause before the next achievements. Next goal will be the completion of the Russian Army which is underway. Then I shall double all the Danish cavalry bases.

At this point  something of out-of-the-track could be done. I am already planning to do a couple of Tremannings regiments in gray coat and the Valacks, these by using the Orion cossacks. By the way the Valacks can be used either as Polish or Russian Cossacks, the only difference will be a “command base” with a swedish officier for Valacks, a Polish flag for the Poles and I don’t know what for the Russians.

Having done the Swedish, Russian and Danish armies (enough to refight Holowczin, Poltava and Helsinborg), it could be the time to move my attention to the Saxon-Polish army which can widen the horizon to Klissow, Fraustadt and Gadebusch as well as to a lot of smaller actions (the crossing of Duna in 1701 would be an interesting scenario, look here for an example)

The uniforms are well documented, at least for the Saxon part. Besides the Hoglund book there are the Dan Schorr tables from his defunct site For the Polish contingent some informations can be obtained by the two Osprey volumes of R. Brezinski on the Polish Army and from the blogs Oderint dum Probent and Kadrinazi. Anyway it will become necessary at least to have some Winged Hussards, a colorful addition to any collection. The other cavalry (Pancerni, Jadza Lekka, Dragoons and Arquebusier, Cossacks) and the elusive infantry units can follow later.
Since I had a very good experience with the Mars Saxon Infantry, which I used to represent the Danish, I’ll probably use them to depicts my Saxon Infantry. I have not yet decided if I’ll use the Zvedza or the Strelets miniatures for the cavalry. 

I would like also to finish the Kolin analysis, this time with V&B and DB-Hx (or HFG) and give a similar treatment to some GNW battles. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

The completed Swedish infantry for Poltava

General Lewenhaupt presenting my 32 battalions of Swedish infantry to the wounded King:

So I have completed the Swedish Army; it is time to paint the Russians...

However, since every project is born within a previous one, I also put into the painting line two further carolean regiments, namely the Uppland and Sodermalands Tremänning, which, to add variety to my army, I decided to represent in the gray vadmal uniform they had at the beginning of the war. 
In this outfit they were for instance present at Klissow, 1702: this means that, sooner or later, I’ll do some Saxons and more interesting, some Polish cavalry.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hellana 2017

After some years I was back to Hellana, the biggest Wargame Convention of Italy, organized by the friends of the GLA (Gruppo Ludico Aglianese). 

The convention was crowded by people looking at the many wargame tables, browsing within the stands or searching at the bring&buy.

A closer look at some war-game tables. First of all my personal favorite: the battle of Luzzara, 15 August 1702, by the “Giuseppe Garibaldi” Wargame group of Genova, 28mm lead miniatures, rules Baroque from Dadi & Piombo.

The first day at Gettysburg, display game by “Associazione Ludica Apuana”,
15mm lead. Rules Fire & Fury, with a beautiful scenery.

Tank battle at Juvelize, Lorraine 22 September 1944, display game by “Associazione Ludica Apuana”, rules Rapid Fire WWII.

The stand of Impetus, with a battle between French and Bourgognons with the rules Basic Impetus 2, hosted by the rules author Lorenzo Sartori.

From Faenza the friend Aldo Ghetti of the GMBS
 with his new napoleonic rules “N-Su la testa!” (from the famous Baron Lepic phrase at Eylau: “Haut les têtes, la mitraille n'est pas de la merde!”), played with some beutiful plastic 28mm miniatures.

At the Castle Art stand some delightful japanese houses and castle and “Teological fight” a multiplayer scenario with the rules DAISHO.

A Far West display game “La Morte ci sfida”, rules “Hell Creek” by Ganesha Games in 28mm.

The mighty stand of Flame of War.

A WW1 game, a rare bird indeed, the Battle of Montello, June 1918, by the WASP group from La Spezia rules Rapid Fire 2 adapted to WW1, 20mm (1/72) 

The battle of Quebec, 13 September 1759, from Miles Gloriosus Club of Roma, a partecipation game with the rules Drum of War along the Mohawk, in 15mm.

The gabions are made with pasta....

Again it was a very fine day, in company of friends, games and miniatures.