Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Smolensk Grenadier Battalion on the Workbench

Elite Miniatures Russian Grenadiers ready for a good bayonet charge!


It has been quite hectic work wise lately and though I have still found some time to spend an hour or so at the painting desk, it has proved difficult to post anything on the blog.


However rest assured that I have not been slack in my efforts and the ongoing 1805-07 project, and specifically the Russian element of it, has continued to progress.


The Smolensk Regiment, of which I had last month completed the one Musketeer battalion, has been the focus of my attention.  These were part of Miladoravich's IV Column and fought strongly with the Austrian elements against the French General Van Damme around the surrounds of the Pratzen.


I used to dislike that particular Elite Miniatures horse pose as it was always difficult to get to stay in position due to
the weight all being in its front.  It would topple over often on the base after I thought I had secured it successfully. 
However I have grown to really like using it to depict the mounted Colonel of a foot battalion leaning forward in
the saddle and urging his men forward at the double to meet the enemy with some cold steel.


The chaos in technicolour which is my painting desk!

A not so good photo of a newly painted brigade command stand



Two more new command stands once again proving that my photographic skills...or lack of...is at the
very least wonderfully consistent!

The figure in the white uniform is absolutely inspired by Prince Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky one of the
main characters of Tolstoys "War and Peace".


Another view of my out of focus Brigade Commander




Next will be the final basing of this battalion, the last remaining bits and pieces of the two Russian batteries and then another command stand.


Getting there slowly.





20 comments:

  1. Nice work on your brigade command stand and I like your forward leaning colonel, they all look wonderfully animated!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you very much Iain. Great movement in those Elites.

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  2. Looking grand, Carlo! Elite figures are distinctive in their character.

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    1. Cheers Jonathon and yes, they certainly are.

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  3. They look nice Carlo, very nice!

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  4. The mass of infantry just wonderful and the Prince Bolskonsky group very inspiring , but I'm afraid the leaning forward colonel does not do much for me. very much looking forward to seeing your Russians in a game.
    Chris

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    1. Cheers Greg. Absolutely love War and Peace and any chance yo include a Prince Andrei is always taken.

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    1. Trying my best Mark with my very limited skill set😉

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  6. And why is your painting desk so colorful? You’re supposed to paint the miniatures and not the furniture. 😀

    It can be hard to post when life gets busy, we all have been in that sinking boat. But nice progress and I do think it’s cool to focus on a specific 2 years of a conflict;!dont think I’ve seen that done before.

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    1. Which may explain my general mental state Stew! No I think the uniforms of the Early Russians of this period are simply stunning and have always enjoyed the French in bicornes as well. As for the coloured desk well, have I got a few stories for you...

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  7. Excellent grenadiers, Carlo!

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    1. Thank you Serguiss. Now just to get them on the tabletop!

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  8. Another excellent unit
    Your Russians are massing quickly

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    1. Cheers Kerry and thanks for your kindcomments. I think for this particular period the choice of Elites has helped as I am finding them relatively a pleasure to paint which is most unusual for me. As mentioned to Serguiss I now just need to get them on the table.

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  9. Lovely Collection Carlo

    Regards

    Nathan

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    1. Thank you so much Nathan - greatly appreciated.

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  10. Nice job cranking out more Russians, Carlo!

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    1. As you know Peter it always seems like you can never have enough Russians in the cupboard! Thanks once again.

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