Friday, 21 January 2011

Swedish Cavalry delayed

The Musketeer Miniatures blog says that the release of the Swedish cavalry won't now be until March or April.  The reason for this is that Bill was having problems sourcing illustrations of Swedish cavalry.  I sent him some of the pictures I took in the Swedish Army Museum in Stockholm a few years ago and he had had other material too so I think the delay is for a good reason: establishing historical accuracy.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Some more Russian command.

I've managed to finish two more from the relatively new Musketeer Miniatures Russian command pack. There are no flags from LBM yet so I have given the standard bearer a temporary company colour for the Preobrazhensky Life Guards. Hopefully, by the time I finish the unit proper flags will be available. I have some more Russians based and ready for painting so may start some soon but only after I have finished painting some of the part finished units which are taking up space on my table.

Command so far

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Some Russian command...

I picked up some more Musketeer Miniatures Russians on eBay recently, so will try and get some more done soon. In the meantime, I have painted a couple of figures from the relatively new command pack. They represent the Preobrazhensky Life Guards. I also have an officer and a standard bearer nearly done but, as yet, there are no flags for the Russians, as there are for the Swedes, from Little Big Men.
I based the uniforms and drum colours on this group of St Petersburg re-enactors. Partizans in the Russian army at the time had single spear-like points rather than the trefoil designs seen in the west.

Friday, 10 July 2009

The Sovereign's Servant

The Swedes are coming!

Having seen this 2007 Russian film trailed on the Wars of Louis Quatorze blog I decided to order the international version (which has French and English subtitles) direct from the manufacturer I have to say that I wasn't that confident of it arriving from Russia but it appeared in just over a week.


There is some discussion on IMDB about it not being very historically accurate, the uniforms being too clean and the languages other than Russian (Swedish, French, Polish, Ukrainian) being mangled (the actors learnt it phonetically) but as I don't speak any of those (except French and that sounds OK) I didn't really notice. Also I'm not bothered about whether it was a historic re-enactment of Poltava or not. This is because it had Swedish and Russian GNW armies hammering it out in big budget widescreen and when are you ever likely to see that again?

Court in a trap

The film itself is about two French aristocrats who, having fought a duel over a woman, are sent by a disapproving Louis XIV to observe the Swedish and Russian armies just before Poltava.

Our hero

Our hero is an Orlando Bloom-a-like who treks across Poland to meet up with the Russians; encountering Polish partisans, dastardly Swedes (very much the villains) and a Russian soldier who befriends him. It all climaxes at a pretty well done Poltava (although the redoubts are a bit Sharpe like).

Swedes sir, thousands of em!

Other than getting me to want to paint some more GNW figures, naturally, the film, because of its Russian slant has got me more enthused about painting a Russian Army.

Charge! They look just like the Musketeer minatures figures!

I had been so biased towards the Swedes that I just didn't care much about the Russians but now that has changed and I can't wait to get going on the pikemen (none in the film) which I ordered from Musketeer a month ago. So I think I will take these on holiday with me next month.

Musketeer Miniatures; we need Russian command figures! Now!

I'd certainly recommend The Sovereign's Servant. It's beautifully filmed, there are hundreds (rather than dozens, a la Sharpe) of extras in the battle scenes and some of the background women are breathtaking as only Russian women can be. I was giving a lecture in Smolny, the St Petersburg city hall, a couple of years ago, and a bell rang and all the city secretaries came out for lunch. It was like Milan fashion week; I've never seen so many beautiful women in one place at one time (and I've been to a model's party at Milan Fashion Week!)

Katie Holmes-a-like heroine smirks at Louis XIV

It's gory without overdoing it (blood but no guts, a few hangings and a beheading) and there are a few (not enough, given the quality of the actresses!) glimpses of partial female nudity (which I know worries some non-Europeans).

I want this ship!

There is also a lovely seventeenth century sailing ship in it which was a bonus as far as I am concerned.

I really enjoyed this film, despite the historical inaccuracies (although they got some things right; like Charles XII getting a foot wound just before the battle) and think that it will be a long time before we ever see another film set in the Great Northern War.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

More Russian Musketeers

I've now painted the four I have got and have ordered some of the new pikemen. Hopefully command and Grenadiers won't be too far behind! One thing I'm not sure about. On my first figure I just gave him the single sword like the pikemen have. I'm not sure if this is right or not or why I did it so I have given these most recent three the bayonet/sword combination. I must count out what I have left unapinted to see what is right.

Hopefully Musketeer Miniatures will also commission flags for the Russians as well.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Russian Musketeer

All this talk about Russians has made me remember that I actually finished one Russian infantryman ages ago. Here he is and I hope he will have a lot more companions shortly! Let's hope I can remember what shade of green I used on him. It's so long ago I have forgotten!

Musketeer Russian pikemen are out!

It's a shocker but they are actually on sale on the website! I first saw the green at Colours in Newbury last September (at least I think it was last September but it could have been the year before!) and they have taken ages to arrive.

I was talking to someone at the club during our Roman battle last week and he said that he was glad that he hadn't started the Great Northern War as he had intended as the line had petered out. This line is getting a bad reputation on the net so I hope Bill can deliver on things like the Swedish cavalry he has promised.