Finally, with less than two weeks to go before Sheffield Triples, the last of the Russians for Zorndorf are painted. Four units of cavalry.
The 1st Novoserbskiy or 'Horvat' Hussars. This was a termed a 'settled' regiment and it fielded ten squadrons rather than five. Its one and only battle honour was Zorndorf where it charged and overran a Prussian gun battery and a battalion of IR40.
I feel as though I've painted loads of hussars for this game - it must be the lace - but it's actually less than 70 -.
It is quite a pretty unit. Red, blue and yellow always looks good. Again I made the mistake of buying command packs and had to discard the standard bearers so the units are 7 strong (they should be 8). Figures are Foundry.
Here we have the Tobolskiy Dragoons. Yes, funny looking Russian Dragoons are they not? Excuse me a moment whilst, having bent over for Foundry yet again (see Prussian dragoon drummers), I straighten up.
I bought these direct using the Foundry on line catalogue. I bought them in good faith using the picture in the catalogue as a guide to uniform. This shows this pack in blue winter coats. I am a gullible fool and I believe what I'm shown. Only when I sat to paint them, and the figure didn't make sense, did I realise that Foundry doesn't have a clue what its products are. They are not in blue coats with buttons, red cuffs, collars and turn backs. They are in short beige summer coats without buttons and turn backs and blue cuffs and collars. So now I have command figures in winter uniform and troopers in summer uniform. Thank you Wargames Foundry.
The Tobolskiy do have a nice flag though (I mean it's simple to do!).
And last, Russian Cuirassier by Foundry. Nice figures.
In this case the Novotroitskiy Regiment.
With another dark green flag.
So, that's it. The game is ready.
All 1558 men are painted - I'll base the two cavalry units tonight.
It's been a slog and had I thought about the monthly painting schedule (700+ figures in six months) I might have chosen to do something else. But now I have two spanking Seven Years War armies and I'm a very happy camper.