Potemkin Russians – two regiments of dragoons1
July 18, 2017 by wargamerchris
These fellows have been on the painting table for months and I just tackled them last week and finished them up.
The regular cavalry of the Potemkin era come in an interesting variety – light cavalry, carabineer, dragons, life guards, horse jaegers. Cossacks fought on both sides. I don’t know yet whether the Hussar regiments took to the field for either the arusso-Turkish or Polish wars of the period. Sources on the era seem limited.
The miniatures are from the Falcon line. They are really a joy to paint up. I don’t do washes on this particular collection. Next up will be more Russian infantry units. The lone Jaeger unit I have needs reinforcement and some units fielded white summer uniforms instead of red/green so will probably be addressed. This period continues to hold a fascination after the first year of the project. For more great cavalry pics in 15mm i highly recommend Eric’s Din of Battle site here.
Hey wargamer Chris,
I paid Falcon Figures to sculpt this line. I have sources for this period (in Polish and Russian). Two Russian hussar regiments did fight in the 1794 Polish Rebellion (Kosciouszko Rebellion) and if I remember correctly, some hussar regiments were in the army against the Turks but I’ll have to look again at the sources.
Regarding the cossacks – the Poles raised 2 regiments of ‘Cossacks’ (called ‘Wiernych’ – loosely translated as ‘Believer’) and from what few sources are available – they were dressed like normal Cossacks.
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