used for Nationalists
relate to Peter Pig packs. I
mixed horses from different packs to add variety.
German Freikorps in the
Peter Pig have just made a pack of Freikorps infantry,
They are firmly based on the men in the Osprey Freikorps books, so
unlike the rest of their infantry ranges they do not have packs and gas
masks but do have the pistols and knives more typical of the Freikorps.
This makes them perfect for the Russian Civil War, as well as the
street fighting in Germany. The four poses of the new pack are shown as
close up as my camera will allow in the bottom left of this picture:
In the unit above I have extended the three rifle poses in the
specifically Freikorps packs with two poses from pack 16–77
converting a few details, such as shaving down epaulettes and altering
cartridge boxes (the remaining pose, with a very Russian style rolled
up greatcoat, gets a head-swap and becomes a White Russian, so is not
wasted). I have also added a Lewis gunner to this unit, while others
get banners or other details (this allows me to have only two of each
rifleman pose in a unit of 12).
The MGs and artillery crew are basically the standard PP late WWI packs
in helmet. I have added some variety to them by taking early war packs,
shaving off some of the blouse details not present in late war uniforms
and using the "heads" range to replace the pickelhaubes.
My cavalry are a mix of men from 16–30 "German cavalry" with
replaced heads and some WWII men, quite heavily converted.
I intend to use them primarily as German Freikorps in the Baltic
(including the Baltic Landwehr and Bermondt-Avalov's forces) and as
Poznanian Poles, so precise adherence to uniform regulations was
unlikely. The white spot on the helmet represents a Freikorps insignia,
such as skull and bones or swastika, but also a Polish eagle. I might
also press them into service as Prince Lieven's forces with Yudenich,
although in this case they really should have Russian style epaulettes.
The official Polish uniform didn’t really get introduced for
lower ranks until after the Soviet war, so Poles should be in
ex-Russian, German, Austrian or French uniforms, or sometimes British
cast-offs. In my case I shall use my Freikorps figures (above) as
Poznanians, perhaps filling in the last company in the battalions with
reserve units mostly in civvies (from the Estonians, below).
That takes care of the bulk of the men, since the riflemen, artillery
and MG bases are fine as they are, but the higher command elements and
cavalry need more work. For the senior command elements the German
officer figures are fine, but they need Polish flags. I hope to add
some officers in the official uniform (khaki, with square cap and
decorated collars) to make them a bit more Polish, and a few French
"advisers" in horizon blue for even more colour.
For the divisional cavalry of the infantry I shall paint a small unit
from pack 16–4 "German uhlans", complete with old fashioned
In the separate cavalry brigades the situation is more complicated
– unlike the infantry, where at least the whole of a division
were from one source and tried to dress in standard uniforms (not that
they necessarily succeeded) – the regiments of cavalry
all came from different sources and wore the uniforms that reflected
this. In order to avoid having to duplicate painting effort, I shall
take some regiments from my White Guard cavalry (in Russian uniforms
with coloured caps) and some Drozdovski cavalry (straight British
uniforms) and mix these with units wearing ex-German Uhlan uniforms
(16–4) and ex-French uniforms (16–114 and
Peter Pig release Austrian cavalry, then perhaps some of these might
enter the mix too.
Note: the "Poles" in the PP range technically represent the Poles in
French service on the Western front but will suffice for the "Blue
Army" (the Rogatywka cap was quite often an Adrian helmet or a round
cap, and the equipment on the figure is excessive).
The infantry were painted to represent men in assorted uniforms and
civilian dress, trying to get them as mixed as possible. These men will
also be used to represent Latvians, the hastily raised reinforcement
companies of Poles, Red Guards and perhaps even as Greens.
16–58 Russian infantry in
16–41 Russian gun crew
16–49 Russian HMGs
16–51 Red guard
16–53 Red guard HMGs
16–78 Russian tatty partisans
16–81 Czech Legion infantry
16–77 Russian infantry in
16–96 Russian infantry in
greatcoat and furry
hat [stationary poses]
Where I painted men wearing pieces of old uniform I mixed ex-Russian
with ex-German, to reflect the likely sources of such pieces. Should I
get round to painting an elite unit, such as a railway landing company,
I shall probably put them largely in British uniforms.
Estonian cavalry were a real pain because I wanted to avoid the
Budenovkas of the Red Cavalry and the too-uniform look of the Whites.
In the end I converted a whole bunch of figures with head swaps,
including some from the 16–18 French Dragoons pack, so that
they look rather like civilians in cap (albeit with guns and on horses).