|Russian cavalry consisting of cuirassiers, horse grenadiers, dragoons, hussars and Cossacks.|
(click all pictures in this post to enlarge the view)
For the past couple of months I have been cranking out Russian cavalry for my SYW Russian army, circa 1758.
I have 9 squadrons of 12 figures consisting of 12 cuirassiers, 24 horse grenadiers, 24 dragoons, 24 hussars, and 24 Cossacks. I can also use the 16 Connoisseur Napoleonic Cossacks that I have.
The 3rd Cuirassiers (one squadron, with another to be painted in the future:
|Russian cuirassiers usning Minden Austrian cuirassiers and one Prussian kettle drummer.|
|A closer view of the 3rd Cuirassiers. Standard was copied from Kronoskaf.|
The Kargopol Horse Grenadiers (two squadrons)
The Dragoons (un-named as of now) - two squadrons
|Russian dragoons using Hanoverian Horse regiment figures from the Minden range.|
The Hussars: the Horvat Hussars in blue and red; the Gruzinski Hussars in yellow and red:
|Horvat Hussars (left) and Gruzinski Hussars (right). Eventually I will paint a second 12-figure squadron for each regiment.|
|Another view of these colorful Russian hussars, for which I used Austrian Hussars from the Minden range.|
|The 24 Cossacks in the foreground are RSM figures mounted on Minden horses.|
The unit in the background are Connoisseur Cossacks which seem to be size compatible with the RSM/Minden figures.
Well, that's pretty much it for my Russian cavalry contingent in my army. I still need to add a second dozen figures to the 3rd Cuirassiers, the Horvat Hussars and the Gruzinski Hussars. When those are painted, my Russian brigade shall be completed. The Russian army did not bring many cavalry regiments with them into the SYW battles with Prussia. This does not include the Cossacks, of which there were many more. At Zorndorf, the Russians were vastly outnumbered by the Prussian regular cavaly.