Saturday, 20 December 2014

From TamsinP - Seven years War Russian Generals, Artillery and Cavalry (195 Points)


Well, here it is, my second entry in this year's Challenge, and it's a bit of a points bomb. Not on the scale of my Swiss pike block from the 3rd Challenge, or my pirates from last year. But still a decent sized haul of points.

So, on with the details. This entry of 15mm Seven Years War Russians consists of 3 mounted commanders, 2 artillery pieces with 6 crew and 2 limbers, 18 cuirassiers, 9 dragoons and 9 horse grenadiers. This completes the non-infantry portion of my starter army. There will be 2 regiments of grenadiers and 6 of musketeers to follow in January. All figures are from Essex.

One annoying thing about the Essex Russians is that the flags are cast in such a way that they can't really be removed which meant I had to paint them. So, if you look closely at the cavalry pics, you should see my impressionistic freehand attempts to reproduce the actual flags of the regiments. I went for the squadron rather than regimental standards to allow (eventually) for some bright colours in the army.

The Generals



General Count Vasilliy Oldvol




General Baron Ivan Tovokov




General Vladimir Yvorluncz





It doesn't show up particularly well, but I used a similar trick to JamesR to create small puddles on the bases (paint a dark colour into the pit then top it with several coats of gloss varnish. I will probably use gloss gel medium instead next time I try this).

The Artillery







The guns aren't fixed to the bases. This allows for them to be shown limbered and for different types to be swapped in and out. The drew have been painted in 1760 uniforms. The painted wood should be more of a brick-red colour, but this will do for now.


The Cuirassiers



3rd (or "Fedorovitch") Cuirassier Regiment




The 3rd Cuirassiers fought at Gross-Jagersdorf, Zorndorf, Paltzig and Kunersdorf.

Kievsky Cuirassier Regiment




The Kievskiy Cuirassiers were originally a dragoon regiment, who were converted in 1756. They fought at Gross-Jagersdorf, Paltzig and Kunersdorf.


The Dragoons and Horse Grenadiers



Tverskiy Dragoon regiment




The Tverskiy dragoons fought at Gross-Jagersdorf and took part in the 1758 invasion of East Prussia.

Sankt Petersburgskiy Horse Grenadier Regiment




Originally a dragoon regiment, the Sankt-Petersburgskiy Horse Grenadiers fought at Gross-Jagersdorf (probably as part of the cavalry reserve), Paltzig and Kunersdorf.

I've done these in 1760 uniform as well as Essex didn't have cavalry figures in mitres.

So, 39 mounted figures, 6 foot figures, 4 horses, 2 guns and 2 limbers. That should give me 192 points I think; maybe a couple more if Curt considers my impressionist freehand flags are worthy.

And a shot of everything so far to end the post.


From Curt:
Wow! This is amazing Tamsin. I could be wrong but think this is some of the best work I've seen from you. The paintwork is vibrant, clean and neat and I think you've done a wonderful job on free-handing the flags. As you say, they just give enough of an impression to convey their primary elements. I also really like the red gun carriages and limbers. 
I'm going to give a few more points for the flags which will place this submission at 195 points. Well done Tamsin!

52 comments:

  1. That is a great collection of cavalry.. Lovely entry Tamsin

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  2. Seven Years War is very colourful and charming, and I find the artillery in this lot particularly striking for some reason. Wonderful collection and quickly done too!

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    1. Maybe it's the bronze of the gun barrels? ;)

      Glad you like them :)

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  3. A beautiful entry - full of character and colour. Great work Tamsin.

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  4. Superb stuff Tamsin. Some great WIP posts have lead up to a stonkingly good points bomb!! Absolutely terrific :-)

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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed following their progress and have now been rewarded with the pics of them finished :)

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  5. What a great entry. So many figures it is almost a mini army! Well done Girl, I bet this has made you feel really good and so I should too!

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    1. A mini army indeed. For a full-size game, I'd need about 4-6 more cavalry regiments and a couple more guns. Plus the infantry of course :)

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  6. excellent speed and excellent quality

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  7. A fantastic entry - it's a veritable army unto itself and superbly painted - well done!

    I especially like the Horse Grenadier Regiment - the gentlemen in blue.

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    1. Thanks Miles. And these are just part of the cavalry wing I'll eventually be fielding.

      The blue of the dragoons and horse grenadiers is rather fetching :)

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  8. Beautiful army,Tamsin! Very clean and vibrant color! I'd leave the guns as they are. The brick red maybe more accurate, but yours look perfectly fine!
    Lovely detail on these models!

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    1. At least the cavalry are fairly colourful - the infantry are rather more sombre.

      Glad you like them :)

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  9. Double wow! I had to double check that they were 15mm and not 28mm. Feel like I'm in a proper race for 3rd now. Great job

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    1. Yup, 15mm. It's amazing how effective a simple block colour and wash can be.

      Looking at the big boys (Dave, Millsy and Miles) I don't think a top 3 spot is on the cards for anyone else ;)

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  10. Great looking models, especially considering just how many of them there are. Very nice work.

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    1. Thanks Aaron. There aren't that many of them really. Well, not in comparison to my Swiss pikemen, my pirates... :)

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  11. Great entry Tamsin! I like that you did the individual pics as well as the group as I was able to see all those lovely details. Those red limbers are beautiful.

    Great point bomb as well!!

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    1. Thanks Anne - I'm so happy you like them. You should know by now that I'll do unit pics as well, to show them off :)

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  12. as Curt said, you done a great work , congratulations for your hand painted flags!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you like the flags :)

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  13. Great looking work on those and stunning throughput. I think the flags came out pretty well.

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    1. Not bad for impressionistic painting, eh? :)

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  14. Great work! A nice big bunch indeed :)

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    1. Not as big as some I've submitted in the past, but a decent collection nonetheless. Glad you like them :)

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  15. Really nice work. A very impressive collection, so far.

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    1. Really nice? Is that better or worse than "very nice!"? lol

      Glad you like them :)

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    2. Aye well, me vocab' becomes restricted when I'm not speaking in me native Yorkshire.
      'Ey up. These aren't s'bad, y'know. Cracking 'oses.

      I would dearly hate for my comments of praise to become lost in translation :)

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  16. Great work, a fantastic painting lot of Russians! Very nice.

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  17. I'm in awe of the combination of speed and quality to get these done. The blue ones stand out specially and I like the bright colours of these chaps.

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    1. This isn't fast - did you see the 256-man 15mm Swiss pike block I did 2 Challenges ago? From unprepped to submitted in just under 3 weeks :)

      I'm glad you like these. The blue coats do stand out quite nicely, don't they? :)

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  18. My word Tamsin that's a hell of an entry! One of my favourite periods and I was really looking forward to seeing these done. I wasn't in the slightest bit disappointed either.

    If I had to pick a favourite I think it would be the cuirassiers but then I'm a sucker for big men in big boots on big horses :-)

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    1. Hmmm, not sure what to make of the last part of your comment. Is Mrs Mills aware of your predeliction for big men in thigh-high leather boots with a huge hunk of throbbing meat between their legs? *evil smirk*

      I hate to disappoint, so I'm glad I didn't. Thanks Millsy :)

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  19. Blimey Curt! I'm completely blown away by your lovely comments at the end of the post.

    I did go for a more vibrant look with these than is the norm for me, simply because the colours deserved not to be grubbied-up.

    Thanks for the extra points for the flags. I was dreading painting them, and it wasn't easy making sure that the main emblem looked sort-of-right.

    Oh, and there's another entry from me in the queue :)

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  20. Whoa! Beautiful work Tamsin. I agree with Curt, I think this is some of the best stuff I've seen you do. The Generals in particular are stunning. I can't begrudge you seizing a decisive lead - but I'll be back.

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    1. Thanks Dux! I may have the lead for now, but I'm sure you've got plenty in the pipeline for your slot on Monday :)

      At the moment, I'm trying to give myself a bit of a points buffer so that I can take some breaks from painting.

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  21. Wow, Tamsin - that's crazy! "Points Bomb" is right! ;-) Well done!

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    1. Not as crazy as some entries I did for previous Challenges!

      Thanks :)

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  22. Great looking troops Tamsin!!!!!

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  23. An excellent entry! Really not my favourite period but an impressive sight nonetheless.

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  24. What a great load of horse flesh and I agree with Curt I think these are some of your best and that red may not be the right shade but the guns look good on it

    Ian

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    1. High praise indeed Ian. That red is definitely striking :)

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  25. Nice looking set of troops Tamsin. A very interesting period to tackle.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher. It is certainly an interesting period - so many countries, so many troop types, so many colours :)

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  26. Wow, definitely the post of the day! So much detail and variation on such tiny men, they're amazing.

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    1. Thanks :)

      Having such nicely detailed sculpts helped considerably :)

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