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Napoleonic Russian Army - 1/72 Scale Plastic (Hobby Post)

RUPERT MITCHELL 1/72 Napoleonic Hobby Blog

Napoleonic Russian Army - 1/72 Scale Plastic

This is the second of my Napoleonic Army blog posts. Eventually there will be seven of them covering many of the major participants.

Already done are the British. (You can view them here: Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog posts. )

Regular readers may want to skip down to the pictures as the initial verbiage has been copied across from one post to another as it applies pretty much the same to all posts.

Originally I had planned to properly finish basing all units, add all flags and photograph the units nicely set out individually before doing this series of blog articles.

(ie Like how I did my 1/72 ACW armies: ACW Union & Confederate 1/72 scale armies )

However given the likely glacial pace that this would have occurred at I thought it best to show you them as they are now and maybe revamp things at a later date. So even whilst lacking close-up unit pics you may at least get some ideas on army composition, basing and storage until that revamp.


I house my armies mainly in plastic DIY storage boxes (see above) that I bought and converted many years ago. That involved breaking down multiple boxes into their components and reassembling them just using the larger draws. The smaller draws I sold off or kept for storing bits and pieces.

I haven't added many new figures released in the past few years to my armies hence the relative lack of Strelets units for example. But If I was starting from scratch now they would certainly feature much more heavily.

Many of the troops I had painted for me by Simon Bennison of Painted Napoleonic Armies. I also did a few myself and did all textured basing and conversions myself as well.

If you fancy having a go at painting your own figures you may be interested in another of my blog posts which is a beginner's guide to Painting plastic figures

And if you need paints the ones used on the figures pictured below are Vallejo Game Color water based acrylics

Generally I do a lot more painting, converting and collecting than I do gaming due to time constraints mainly and hopefully this will change in the years to come. I used the excellent Fire & Fury rules for my ACW battles and based my Napoleonics in the same sort of fashion. Black Powder has since arrived on the scene and I may look at using those rules as well or instead.

My infantry and cavalry units are 6 stands strong with usually 6 infantry and 2 cavalry per stand. I use the excellent low profile Victrix 40mm square plastic bases for them and plastic card 60mm x 40mm for artillery.

I did try to limit myself to allowing only 2 storage boxes per army and more or less succeeded. This was to keep the armies a manageable size on the tabletop and also even in this hobby you do have occasional moments of discipline / sanity where you try hard to keep yourself under control in terms of time, money and space.

The first batch of pictures below show my infantry units from storage box #1.

Above - So first up we have some converted Russian Militia. If I recall correctly these are Esci Crimean Russians with Hat Cossack heads. Opposite them are some Jaegers which I may rebase.

 Above: Russian Infantry from Esci/Italeri. Unit status markers for low ammo, disorder, breakthrough, worn, spent etc... in middle compartment of the tray.

Above - Above: Russian Infantry from Esci/Italeri. You can see I have painted the two sides of the tray different colours. These match the underside colours of the units as an experiment in making it easier to put the figures back where they belong.

Above: Last lot of Russian Infantry from Esci/Italeri. Markers on washers and coins.

Above: Italeri Pavlov Grenadiers. I went a bit mad with the size of this unit!

Above: Some various bits of work in progress. Zvezda ammo wagons and Italeri supply cart. On other side some Generals - converted Italeri Prussian Cuirassiers.

Above: Box #2 with the artillery, cavalry and command etc...

Above: Russian Foot Artillery. You can see that work is in progress to move the base sizes up to 60mm x 40mm. Limbers on older smaller bases I am moving away from and Cannons on larger new size.

Above: Russian Artillery. Guns from Esci/ Italeri / Mars, Crew from HaT. Limbers from Zvezda.

Above: Russian Horse Artillery. Guns from HaT, Crew from HaT with converted heads. Limbers from Hat as yet unmade and central ammo cart from Zvezda.

Napoleonic Russian Command 1/72 scale plastic figures

Above: Various unit and higher command stands in need of sorting out. Top left are some Strelets priests carrying icons to boost morale before battle. On the top right is a converted Kutusov figure both seated and mounted.

Napoleonic Russian Cavalry 1/72 scale. Zvezda & HaT

Above: Cavalry from Zvezda & HaT. These Lifeguard Cossacks & Dragoons have been based on Victrix plastic 40mm squares with texturing still to be done.

Napoleonic Russian Cavalry 1/72 scale plastic figures Zvezda

Above: More cavalry. Both Zvezda. These Hussars/Lancers and Cuirassiers are still on their temporary painting card bases.

You can see my other Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog posts here: Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog posts.

If you fancy having a go at building some of your own Napoleonic Russian units here's a link to the relevant sets in my webstore: Napoleonic Russian 1/72 scale sets

Well that's it for this article. Next up likely to be the Austrians so check back soon.

Rupert - Drum & Flag

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