|Elite Miniatures Russian Pavlograd Hussars|
My collection of wargaming figures is one which has evolved and incrementally grown on a slow simmer for many, many years. The 1805-07 project in fact had its genesis in attending a MOAB Convention in Sylvania in Sydney many, many years ago. It was a wonderful experience and it gave me the opportunity to meet Nathan and Scott who were running Elite Miniatures Australia out of Townsville for the very first time. The lads had arranged to organise a big refight of Austerlitz, specifically the attack on the heights but a few other highlights thrown in for good measure, as a mode of promoting the range.
Nathan and Scott had organised a very quick painting up about 800 figures and with the help of great chaps such as Greg B, Dean , Matty "Bluewillow" W and pothers it was a great experience.
I ended up purchasing both armies and should post some photos in a few weeks of the actual game at the time. We were much younger then that's for sure.
Long story short, I have slowly been re-basing the Russians, adding to the army whenever possible in order to finally have the figures, regiments, painting etc. that I can fight a fair few games in this period with the correctly attired units. Many figures painted for me over the years have lain waiting to be based in boxes in cupboards for far too long.
|Along with the Elizabethgrad Hussars these will give me a brigade of light troops not counting Cossacks|
This particular regiment is a perfect case in point. Commissioned over twelve years ago it has only been rebased in recent times. It represents the Pavlograd Hussars in their 1805 attire. There are, like so many Russian uniform details, many various sources. I have read several accounts of different coloured toothing to the saddle cloths etc. however I am happy, as is the Funckens, that this will suit my lads.
|I still remember looking at this plate as a boy and thinking how colourful these troops were|
in a time where the Two Funcken volumes were nearly our only source of uniform details
|I do very much enjoy the character in the Elite sculpts, though a bit more variety in the trooper poses would be|
welcomed with open arms especially for those of us without the skills of a Doug Mason!
|Beautiful plate of an Officer of the regiment.|
I have always had a soft spot for this particular period of the Napoleonic Wars. The French at their height in terms of victories and Élan. The Russians, Prussians and Austrians fighting against a modern foe with archaic tactics but courage and bravery abounding. Let down by Commanders woefully ill prepared for fighting Napoleon and his Marshalls.
This particular regiment will take on the French alongside these fellows.
|Should be quite a colourful brigade|