Tagged: Imperial Russian

The forces of oppression

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The Glorious 54th Siberian Rifles on exercise, 3rd and 4th platoons in support, 2nd platoon in a firing line, and 1st platoon skirmishing in front. No-one is entirely sure what the mongols are doing on the hill, or whose side they are on (probably including the mongols)

Well, here we had one side of the forthcoming colonial hi-jinks, so I need to present the other one. Honestly, there is no excuse save the business of life for this taking so long, because most of the imperial forces have been painted for years, but never mind.

3rd and 4th platoon on their long and dusty march.

3rd and 4th platoon on their long and dusty march.

These are almost all Old Glory 25mm Boxer rebellion Russian infantry. I have had them painted for at least 10 years; they really have not been used much in that time.

1st and 2nd platoon looking aggressive

1st and 2nd platoon looking aggressive

When I decided to do some colonials, though, it was clear that this was the shortest route to an Imperial force. All I had to do was divide them into 4 platoons, and provide a command group, giving them a Sword and the Flame organisation for an Imperial infantry battalion, which I am without compunction going to use for a Russian Battalion.

So there you go, 1st Battalion, 54th Siberian rifles. I do not recall what motivated me to paint these lad’s shoulder boards yellow, but I just kept at it when I did some casualties (for wounded men) and the command group.

The command group watching the activities below dubiously.  Col. Stolichnaya, Cpts. Absolut and Smirnoff

The command group watching the activities below dubiously. Col. Stolichnaya, Cpts. Absolut and Smirnoff

The command group itself started out to be a mix of Copplestone Castings for the 2 company commanders and Battle Honors for the mounted Colonel (probably should only be a Major if it is a battalion in the Tsarist army, but it is essential to have some form of Colonel, preferably with a mustache or whiskers, in a colonial game, so a he gets a promotion. I’m sure his family will be pleased.) However, though the Copplestone figures (very nice ones from the Russian Civil War Range) turned out to be much to big to match the Old Glory ones, which are closer to “true” 25s so I grabbed 2 foot officers out of the Battle honors WWI Russian command bag I am got the Mounted officer from and used them instead. They fit in very well size wise. The flag comes for Redoubt Enterprises Russo-Japanese war range, and will serve them just fine.

The assembled mongols look on with interest. Or distain. Pick one. More Old glory 25mm from the Boxer range.

The assembled mongols look on with interest. Or distain. Pick one. More Old glory 25mm from the Boxer range.

I am going to set off a sub-blog (and if that is not a thing, it is now) to cover the colonial activities. it can be found here.