As I started basing up the first two groups of Russian Grenadiers, I decided that I really should double check how the drummer should look. I had painted him with white and red lace on the sleeves, like my SYW Prussian drummers. Plus he didn't have a shako plume, unlike everyone else in the formation. Something just didn't feel right. My Spidey-sense was tingling.
To the Internet!
He should only have white tape on his sleeves and a plume on his shako according to http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/Russian_infantry.htm#_uniforms like the grenadiers (presumably black). But the picture shows a red plume. Hmmm.
So I checked some other more or less, reputable sources.
I don't know about you guys, but I quite often use figure manufacturer websites as quick uniform references. Saves reading lengthy web pages.
The Perry Miniatures webstore shows the plume as red.
But Front Rank shows black. Hmmm.
I decided to let the "Rule of Cool" dictate and went with a deep red. A spare figure was post-haste relieved of his shako plume and the conversion completed.
Basing was resumed and the flags are from the Warlord Games plastic Russian infantry box. I don't know if the shoulder straps, shako pompoms or facings match the flags, but I don't care. The red facings and uniform details just look better. I picked the flag because it is pretty.
The next batch is another group of 8 grenadiers, 6 skirmishers and 3 Big Men, and this will complete this formation and finish the Big Bag of Second Hand Figures.
So here's what I've finished so far:
|The Prussians 4x groups 3x Big Men|
|The Russians 3x groups of Musketeers 2x groups of Grenadiers 1x group of Skirmishers 1x gun 3x Big Men |
Not bad for two months effort.