This is probably my last post before Christmas and a bit of a rush! The lack of decent daylight in the UK has meant I’ve had to just slap the latest figures I’ve painted onto the bookcase to get a quick picture!
After working out what I’ve painted over the last five years (see here), Russian Civil War figures came pretty near to the bottom of the list, so I’ve taken steps to remedy that! These are all 1:72 plastic figures and most have been based and primed for quite a while. I’d meant to get these figures painted last year for the centenary of the Russo-Polish War but didn’t manage to get them done until now!
The figure on the left of the rear rank is a HaT WW1 Russian gunner, painted as a Red Army artilleryman (basically you just have to remove the shoulder boards with a modelling knife and paint a red star on his cap) to make up the number of gunners I’ve got. The remainder are Polish infantry from the 1919/20 period. With the exception of the figure in the middle of the front rank, these are all Strelets WW2 Polish infantry, painted for the earlier period by painting their long boots as puttees (the coats tend to cover up most of the legs anyway). I’ve mixed the uniforms between khaki and greyish greatcoats, since Polish troops were drawn from a number of forces in the early days of the Polish army. The different figure in the front rank is a Strelets Blue Army figure, representing a figure from the Polish forces formed in France in WW1. I decided to paint him in khaki rather than horizon blue and am not sure his cap is correct for the khaki uniform (should maybe have a leather peak) but he’s a nice figure (and I’ve got more to paint in horizon blue at some point anyway). These Poles let me finish off two 12-man infantry battalions that I hope I’ll maybe get pictures of in the future.
Just remains for me to say I hope everyone enjoys a nice break over the holiday period! Stay safe!