Saturday, 30 April 2016

Napoleonic Russian Chevalier Garde 1805-07

The Chevalier Garde prepare to move outside the local church in East Prussia

As preparations are under way for the rekindling of my Napoleonic 1805-07 project I thought it was an ideal time to start cataloguing and presenting for parade a few existing regiments.  These are from the excellent Elite Miniatures Early Russian range and were painted for me many years ago by Nathan who is the agent for Elite in Australia.

These regiments have been painted in squadrons hence the additional trumpeters and NCO's
The idea is to have the vast majority of these units on bothy sides from the Elite Miniatures range as much as possible.  There will be occassional Front Rank units that match up well for size but these should be few and far between.

Wonderful detail on the horse furniture
Being slight OCD when it comes to this particular period I needed the figures to be correctly attired in terms of uniforms.  Hence these are in the early combed helmets which are distinctly different to the more well known Russian uniforms that we all see from 1812 onwards.

Might need to sand those base edges back again - a little grainy!
The key for this series of battles will not to try and re-fight the entire Austerlitz, Friedalnd, Eylau or Jena.  It will be trying to fight particular fronts of each of these battles at various stages over the next few years.

In particular wI will be looking forward to playing through a few of the linked scenarios from Dave Browns excellent General De Brigade Austerlitz games and also James Arnolds Napoleonic scenarios that tie in wonderfully to his excellent publications.  His works "Crisis in the Snows Russia confronts Napoleon: The Eylau Campain 1806-07" " and "Napoleons Triumph - Napoleons Grand Armee versus the Tsars Army: The Friedland Campaign 1807" are superb.

Wish me luck.

18 comments:

  1. Wow I forgot I painted those boys, which would have been nearly 10 years ago now. Thanks again for mentioning Elite Miniatures Carlo you are a very good promotor of the range.

    Regards

    Nathan

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    1. How could you forget Nathan - these are one of my favourite regiments you have ever put brush to lead for me mate. Easy to promote a lovely range of figures and really looking forward to getting them on the field again.

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  2. What an impressive and beautiful unit of cavalry!

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  3. A Kick-arse unit Marshal Carlo!

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    1. Cheers Greg - they look wonderful on the table and they will look quite splendid taking on some Grenadiers a Cheval

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    1. Thank you Stephen - have very much enjoyed your Russians as well lately.

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  5. Yes I do wish you luck Carlo, a most interesting period of the Napoleonic Wars that I'm sure many will love seeing you bring to life on the table top. But, mate, don't file those base sides, grainy is good. Personally I think if you are making figures for travelling over a textured tabletop then flat, clean sides look strange. If you just add some of the static grass down over the sides it will all blend in much better.
    Cheers
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Lovely unit of Chevalier Guards, Carlo!

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    1. Thank you Peter - they look good in the earlier uniform don't they. I particularly like the different comb colours on musicians and NCO's.

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  7. They look glorious Carlo, I have a fondness for elites, classy unit, look fine wars to more!

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    1. Thank you Paul. It's funny that I do have a few elite units that still are waiting to hit the table after many years. Looking forward to them having a nice run soon.

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  8. A mighty fine rendition of some of the Czar's heavy hitters Carlo.

    I wish you all the luck you could ever possibly feasibly need with your Napoleonic 1805-07 project.

    And here's to that young(ish) and distinguished looking reporter chap who will be keeping us all up to date with all the goings on with that Napoleonic 1805-07 project! 8O)

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Heavy hitters indeed Peter - i like it! More early Russians to follow soon mate. Looking forward to getting those large batteries out that's for sure.

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