Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Painting time: Russian Hussars

Several Russian Hussar Regiments participated in the Campaign of 1813 in Germany. In the Pirna Scenario, the 1st Russian Hussar Division comprised three of them: the Grodno, Soum and Loubny Regiments, being the two first regiments 'large' Lasalle units, so the number of required miniatures is: 12 x 2 + 8 = 32. Although I own a sufficient number of Russian Hussars for the scenario, I want to enjoy the painting of a new unit, and this time I have chosen the Strelets 019 Russian Hussars set (see this link for another Strelet Russian Light Cavalry units).

Strelets 019 Russian Hussars
The miniatures wear the standard Hussar uniform of all nations: pelisse (trimmed with white/back wool edging for men and black for officers) and dolman, both outfitted with buttons and tresses. The breeches were white o (after 1809) facing-coloured and the waist sash was of the color of the pelisse with bands of the color of the tresses. They wore Hessian boots, facing colored sabretache and shako. In 1812, the khiver shako was adopted with pompom, chinstrap and tresses of the same facing color and white plume (red for trumpeters). Their weaponry consisted in a carbine, suspended from a white belt, a pair of pistols and a curved sabre. In 1812 the first front-rank was equipped with lances.
There were 11 Russian Hussars Regiments in 1812 with different facings. For details you can see the Mark Conrad's translation of the Viskovatov work and the classical The Russian Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2) Cavalry by Philip Haythornthwaite and Bryan Fosten. Men-at-Arms 189. Osprey Publishing 1987.
I'll paint the Soumy (Soumsky) Hussar Regiment, which wore the following assets in 1813: grey pelisse (trimmed whit/black for privates and black for officers) and dolman, red breeches and collar and cuffs on the dolman; white braid, galloon, and buttons; red sabretache with white trim and monograms and grey saddlecloth with red trim and monograms.
Soumy (Soumsky) Hussar Trumpet
Don´t expect to see a final look like the above miniature.... my painting work follows the 'three-feet' rule!

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