used for Whites
relate to Peter Pig packs. I
frequently used different horses for variety.
The first unit I painted was the foot guards. I decided to use no
figures with greatcoat and give them all caps, to give them a bit of
unity, but otherwise mixed up the figures as much as possible.
16–31 Russian infantry advancing
16–45 Russian higher command
16–48 Russian infantry firing
16–49 Russian HMGs
16–54 Infantry in peakless caps
16–82 Womens Battalion of Death
16–97 Russian officer battalion
Packs –31 and –48 are standard WWI infantry, with
greatcoats, from which I cut off the entrenching tools and items on
their greatcoat rolls.
Pack –82, which are noticeably shorter, represents both the
and the cadets that fought in the war. I mixed Russian Maxims and
British Vickers MGs, for a bit of variety.
The divisional artillery are mainly men in British uniforms, plus a few
conversions, and I gave them British guns for good measure.
Markov Infantry Division
For my Markovs I used the same figures as for the guards except
generally keeping out men in British uniforms and using rather more of
packs –54 and –97.
16–47 Russian 76mm Putilov
I painted only the officer companies and the command bases in the full
colourful uniform, and only the hats really distinguish the rank and
file from a non-coloured unit. (I know most probably didn’t
wear the hats, but there has to be some colour!)
The artillery I did paint all in the formally correct colourful
uniform, which was a mistake really, since the white takes more time to
get to look right than simple khaki would have.
2nd Guards Composite
For the horse guards I used the standard WWI figures, making half the
units lancers and half riflemen or sabres (though less of the second,
because they have to be converted).
16–43 Russian cavalry with
16–44 Russian cavalry lancers
16–72 Tachanka with 4 crew in
I painted them with coloured caps, though only officers got theirs
piped. I use the Markov artillery as the horse artillery for this unit.
2nd Drozdovski Cavalry
For the Drozdovski cavalry I went for the completely British uniform
16–91 British cavalry lancers
16–92 British cavalry command
16–116 Polish cavalry command
The Poles needed their caps trimmed to look round, but otherwise are
close enough. Their artillery are the British artillery pack with some
suitable infantry officers thrown in.
2nd Astrakhan Cossack
The Astrakhan Cossacks, like the Don ones, wore pretty much the basic
Imperial cavalry uniform, so I used the same figures as for the Guard
The dismounted cavalry figures basically use the same figures as the
Guard infantry but with a lot more non-regulation items of uniform
painted to make them look less regular. They also double as a plastoon
(Cossack infantry) unit.
1st Terek Cossack
The Terek Cossacks wore the Caucasian cherkeska
not use the lance,
so they required an entirely different approach.
with 4 crew in cossack dress
16–84 Red cavalry with sabre
16–85 Red cavalry command
8–179 Cossack command
8–180 Cossack sabre
8–181 Cossack carbine
Minifigs Caucasian Cossacks
The PP Red cavalry packs are all wearing overcoats, so a simple head
conversion to furry hat makes them look the part.
For the dismounted Terek Cossacks (which also double as a plastoon
unit) fortunately the greatcoat and fur hat infantry are stationary
like the dedicated Cossack unit:
Dismounted cossacks [stationary poses]
16–96 Russian infantry in
greatcoat and furry
hat [stationary poses]
16–78 Russian tatty partisans
– the two
poses in furry hat
The biggest issue was the MGs, which I had to convert, made a lot
because the "heads" range had just been extended to include fur and
Cossack hats. I added greatcoats to ordinary MGs and slapped on a head
and I used the loader from the Cossack tachanka.
Mostly artillery was painted to go with the respective units: sometimes
having shared roles (as the Markov artillery uniform passes muster as
Drozdovski horse artillery, for example). I needed drawing power for
all those guns though, presented by:
Russian 4 horse
Heavy artillery was provided by the Really Useful Guns range (via
Irregular Miniatures in this case). I went for some Type Four A (122mm
Schneider howitzers) and some Type Twenty-Nine B (152mm howitzers)
taking care to specify spoked wheels for both. PP are quite small for
15mm but the guns look fine beside their crews, at least for the larger
calibre ones. The
philosophy of the
RUG range is discussed here.
I ordered the Minifigs 3" mountain gun, but discovered to my immense
dissatisfaction that they are grossly over scale (they make excellent
20mm pieces!) so I am currently without dedicated horse artillery.
Higher level commanders were given options of having vehicles:
16–76 Staff car with crew of 3
Armoured cars are a bit of a problem area. Other than the PP
Austin-Putilov, which is representative enough of the double turreted
MG cars used at the time, one is forced to resort to scratch-building.
There is a real market out there for the first person to make a halfway
decent Garford, in particular.
I got my tank models from Minifigs US (not the UK arm), although PP do
make some suitable models.
Minifigs also make a Ford truck and a general supply truck. I used WWII
Mixed in with the units, there were command elements, engineer
companies and damage markers:
British higher command
16–45 Russian higher command
16–46 Russian dead
16–50 Russian infantry/engineers
16–129 RCW standard bearers
Whites in British kit
I would really like to do the 7th Infantry Division in British kit, but
the all the PP British infantry come with backpacks and gas-masks and
other paraphernalia not carried by Russian infantry of the
War (not to mention my dislike of painting packs). Pack 16–38
British Dismounted cavalry is usable but it is in firing position,
which I don’t really like, has no bayonets and one of the
is prone, which is worse.