Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Apcheronski Regiment



The unit that stands before you is the Apcheronski Regiment which for many Russian Seven Years fans is a must do unit as they have a very distinctive trade mark. The gaiters on Russian regiments is normally white or black, but the Apcheronski Regiment fought so hard at the battle of Kunersdorf they were said to have stood "knee deep in blood" and so are allowed to wear red gaiters as a reward. The red I used for the gaiters was more of a dried blood(maroon) which I also did for the red leather parts.

My friend Mike at Dreispitz is a big fan of the Seven Years War and drew me into the period. I started off with the French as they were a good choice for getting us started, but I always had my eye on the Russians. I just really like the Green and Red combo and after doing this unit I have decided they will be my main army for the Seven Years War and leave the French and Austrians to Mike. We both will do Prussians as you really cannot game the SYW without them and so they will need to be done at some point! 

The figures are from Wargames Foundry with a mix of older and newer versions. I prefer the older range to the newer one, but will happily mix the two. It's a good thing Wargames Foundry has made changes in management and brought back their older ranges which are brilliant coupled with the new pricing and the old buy x and get x free deals has really put Foundry back in my good graces. Since their paints are my favorite coupled with what is now once again a huge amount of lovely figures to choose from at what are now at least affordable rates has put on smile on my face.
The unit was painted using mostly Foundry paints with some Vallejo. The standards are from GMB designs and are great as always.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Wargames Foundry 


54 comments :

  1. stunning for every angle
    love the SYW
    Peace James

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  2. Beautiful job Christopher and the history lesson, foundry have dragged me back in to their lair with their deals as well!

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    1. Thank you very much Francis and indeed it is nice to have Foundry back in the fold isn't it.:-)

      Christopher

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  3. Very impressive work Christopher !!!!

    Stunnin paint job, good background and very good photos. What more to ask for:)

    Best regards Michael

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  4. Very very nice! I must admit I am trying to resist the 7YW and this isn't helping....

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  5. A splendid looking unit, I hope it fights as well as the original

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  6. Looks excellent, a very gallant unit.

    Cheers
    SG

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  7. Beautiful work Christopher!!The unit looks fantastic and the basing is perfect! Great info too!

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  8. Superlative stuff, Christopher. I love the greens and reds on the uniforms. A beautiful regiment.

    Best wishes

    Giles

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  9. What a gorgeous looking unit Christopher, tremendous work Sir!

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  10. Excellent work, Christopher! Congratulations. :)

    A small clarification - Apsheronsky regiment was awarded the special sign "red flaps at boots" in 1914. Order of the War Department № 153 from 06.03.1914.

    But this does not detract from your wonderful work.

    Very best wishes,
    Vasiliy

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    1. Thank you Vasiliy.

      It's my understanding they were given the right to wear red gaiters in 1759 for their service at said battle. Perhaps the regiment was allowed to wear red flaps at boots in 1914 because they no longer wore long gaiters?

      Christopher

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    2. Alas. It's just a legend.

      In Russian, the term "knee-deep in blood" means that someone (person or separate unit) showed Valour in battle and suffered heavy losses or was wounded several times, but achieving the goal.

      For successful action during the Seven Years War, the Apsheronsky regiment along Nevsky Regiment received a silver award tube from the labeled "For rapid and bravery Capture of Berlin September 28, 1760" (in Russian "Поспъшностью и храбростью взятiе города Берлина, сентября 28-го, 1760 года"
      Other awards for their participation in the war, as it is not sad, it was not.

      If you're interested - here is the history of the Apsheron regiment in 3 volumes. Edition of 1892.

      http://www.runivers.ru/lib/book7621/

      Veru best wishes,
      Vasiliy

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    3. I see thank you for educating me it's always nice to learn new facts. I'll hold on to the fantasy impression as it's......well cool you know.:-)

      Christopher

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    4. I agree :) Legends always have a certain advantage in comparison with reality.

      Once again, congratulations on a great job. Amazing! :)

      Cheers,
      Vasiliy

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    5. Indeed they do and thank you!:-)

      Christopher

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  11. Marvelous looking uniforms! Love your work. Dean

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  12. The painting is as always brilliant. I'm too impressed how you manage to frame and balance the colors of the unit by using the mini-nature products on your bases.

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  13. Just lovely Chris, with great painting, basing and staging as well. This makes me want to get a game of Maurice in!

    And I can't help but notice you are time tripping, from pike to muskets in such a short time! ;-)

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    1. Thank you very much Monty! As you can see focus is not my strong suite....:-)

      Christopher

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  14. A stunning looking unit Chris, very well done Sir!

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  15. Very colorful unit and excellent flags...great work Christopher

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  16. Excellent, always good to some tricorne wearing troops!

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  17. What a fantastic looking unit. Superb painting, basing, flags and figures.

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    1. Thank you that's very kind of you Silver!

      Christopher

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  18. Great looking regiment, really impressive!
    Phil.

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  19. Fantastic work as always... I'll take a closer look next week.

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    1. Thank you Nick and see you on the 2nd!:-)

      Christopher

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  20. Fantastic regiment Christopher, they sure look the business!

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  21. Great work, Christopher. I can hear the drums doing their job.
    I didn´t know that you also bought figures of the newer range. They do mix very well.
    Cheers
    Mike

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  22. Those look fantastic. Great job all around - figs, basing, terrain and pics!

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  23. Excellent unit Chris, great idea with the gaiters. Glad Foundry has 'normalized'as well. Just received some more ACW as the range is very nice. Using less Foundry paints nowadays as I more and more prefer Vallejo.

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  24. Thank you very Michael! Foundry does indeed have some nice ACW. Vallejo comes in a very close second to Foundry paints with me and is my first choice for anything in the 20th century(WWII, SCW etc.).

    Christopher

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  25. I like the chunky models you were using to depict this unit. Your painting is brilliant as always. :-)

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    1. Thank you very much and I do like the chunky style of the figures too.

      Christopher

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