Friday, 11 October 2019

Russian recruits

A couple of weeks ago several lots of Hinton Hunt Russians came up for sale on eBay so I took a punt and bought one lot of 17 figures in great-coats (RN18). The figures turned out to be vintage ones in good condition with no broken bayonets although there was some pitting on the metal, but it was an easy enough job to fill these.

The Hinton Hunt painting instructions specify 'fawn' as the
colour for the great-coat. I tried a lighter shade first but didn't
like it so have used the same brown I used recently for the
Silesian Hussars.

For the command group I carried out a couple of head swops putting Russian infantry heads on a Clayton Pavlov drummer and a French officer in greatcoat (FN11). I was planning on doing something similar for a standard bearer however Goya pipped me to the post by presenting me with a fully painted conversion of a DK Pavlov as a ‘hut warming’ present.

This is Goya's handiwork. The flag is for the Moscow regiment
which by chance is the same flag design WM painted for my
Grenadier regiment.
My drummer and officer conversions.
Here's one I prepared earlier - Crimean Russian in cap painted
a few years ago. These mix in well with the Napoleonic figures.

Goya also rustled up another headless Russian infantryman which brought the total to 18 following more surgery. I’m making up the ranks to a full 24 figures by adding 3 vintage Russian Crimea figures in cap (RC17), which is a good use for these as I don’t intend to raise any Crimean forces.

10 comments:

Rob said...

That's a really good colour you're using for the greatcoats, is it a mix or straight out of a pot, and if the latter what is it?

Stryker said...

Hi Rob, it's Foundry 11A Rawhide!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Very handsome figures, and that Rawhide is the perfect color for greatcoats.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Thanks Stokes!

'Lee. said...

'Rawhide' that brings back a distant memory for some reason! Great choice of shade for the greatcoats and good idea utilising the Crimean Russians to make the numbers up, they didn't really change did they apart from the tendency to pin back the bottoms of those greatcoats to make marching easier. Lovely flag, looking forward to seeing the first battalion finished.

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Great hut warming present and a great looking infantryman.

I don't know why I like the look of Russians in greatcoats but I do.

Stryker said...

Lee, shame they don't have a 'High Chaparral' colour isn't it!

Stryker said...

Ross, I agree there's something appealing about them!

Wellington Man said...

Those are really ripping Russians, Ian!
I too rather like the rawhide look, although I'm a "Bonanza" man myself.
Best regards
WM

Stryker said...

WM, ah the lure of the west, hang on a minute shouldn't that be east?