Somewhere in Saxony, 1813 – Russians under review

The Russian 24th Division 1813 & supporting cavalry to date. Click to see a larger image

Saxony 1813 – September/October’ish. Generallieutenant Baron Winzingerode’s Russian Corps of the allied Army of the North are to be reviewed. Much to their disgust the 24th Division of Generalmajor Vuich and the supporting cavalry brigade of Generalmajor Manteufel are ensnared in this order. Don’t the fools know that the French are like slippery frogs demons who will take advantage of any respite given to them?!

Except where noted all figures are from Front Rank Figurines and paint applied by the Greater Queeg. All flags sourced from GMB Designs. Figures selected by, choreographed and based by von Peter himself.

24th Division Command – Generalmajor Vuich

Generalmajor Vuich and staff - click for a larger image

Generalmajor Vuich doffs his bicorne to a senior officer who has arrived with news of the battle … err, parade. Vuich’s adjutant waits patiently and respectfully a little to the rear while an alert cossack keeps an eye out for any potential danger … and perhaps a stray rabbit which would make a fine addition to the evenings meal. Grenadier Simonovich is a little untidy amongst the dignitaries and will probably get a dressing down if Generallieutenant Baron Winzingerode should pass this way on his review!

Brigade of Colonel Zwarikin

Brigade of Colonel Zwarikin

Colonel Zwarikin commands one brigade of the 24th Division. Here he can be seen actually in the lead of his brave troops. The Colonel is well known for his disdain of danger on the parade ground and here he is also showing disdain for an incoming officer (an early Perry, ie. Wargames Foundry figure) who is left to make his point to the Colonel’s adjutant.

The two battalions on the left of the line – as the good reader looks at the screen – with the light grey flags are the first and third battalions of the Chirvan Infantry Regiment. As is the Russian way the first battalion has one white and one ‘coloured’ flag. The third battalion has two coloured flags. These are all Wargames Foundry figures … except for two of the four standard bearers who are Front Rank Figurines. The way that Foundry packaged the command blisters that von Peter himself desired resulted in a solitary standard bearer being obtained with each. von Peter himself was far too ‘careful’ of his military budget to purchase extra blisters just to get a single standard bearer out of each.

The two battalions with the light brown flags are the first and third battalions of the Oufa Infantry Regiment. For the curious the second battalion of a Russian 1813 Infantry Regiment was designated as the regiments depot battalion. Not that this saved many of them from eventually being sent to the front as the great grinding machine that was the later Napoleonic Wars demanded more and more fodder. For a closer picture of the third battalion and some more information on the Russian infantry take a peek at a prior post – More Russians trudge to the front.

Brigade of Colonel Maznew

Brigade of Colonel Maznew

Colonel Maznew’s brigade is constituted of one Jager Regiment and one Musketeer Infantry Regiment.

The Jagers provided the bulk of the light troops for the Russian divisions. The 24th Division contains two Jager Regiments in total with the 19th Jager under the command of Colonel Maznew. von Peter himself desired that his Russian jagers be oufitted in their green ‘winter’ trousers with the red stripe along the outside leg. Something a bit different from the musketeer battalions. Ideally there should be short gaiters but obviously the regimental tailors have been unable to provide these with all the campaigning that’s been going on.

The Bourtirki Infantry Regiment is represented by just its first battalion for now. The third battalion is to be added in the future. The prior post Standards … at last provides a closer picture of this battalion and some chat of Russian infantry flags.

Because the jagers are modelled as firing lines and the Bourtirki are in active charging poses with muskets stretched forward all of Colonel Maznew’s battalions are based on deeper than normal bases. von Peter himself simply cannot abide figures overhanging the edges of their bases as this would seem to be a recipe for bent and eventually broken muskets etc. Fortuitously this has meant that the two Russian brigades are on two different base depths which greatly aids in the identification of the two brigades when they are at war.

Brigade of Colonel Bulinski

There is a third as yet unmodelled brigade – that of Colonel Bulinski – that completes the infantry of the 24th Division. It comprises the 40th Jager Regiment and the Tomsk Infantry Regiment. At the snapshot in time that the order of battle of the 24th Division is being recreated only a single battalion of each of these units is present – either because they are off on separate –  garrison? – duties somewhere or the two battalions of the regiment have been combined into a single battalion. It is quite possible that von Peter himself will flesh these regiments out to the full two battalions each just because he can … and as a reflection of the 24th Divisions renown and to reflect von Peter’s prestige!  8O)

Light Battery #46

Light Battery 46

The 24th Division has integral artillery support in the form of Light Battery number 46. The Russians built their batteries on the larger side and Light Battery #46 came with the normal 12 ‘gun tubes’ – eight 6 pounder canon and four of the 12 pounder ‘unicorn’ which can be described as a cross between a canon and a howitzer.

Cavalry Brigade of Generalmajor Manteufel

Cavalry Brigade of Generalmajor Manteufel

Generalmajor Manteufel has been given the care of the St. Petersburg Dragoon Regiment and the Elizabethgrad Hussar Regiment.

The St. Petersburg Dragoon Regiment is famed for its martial exploits. To quote Alexander Mikaberidze from The Napoleon Series …

In 1808, it was awarded the 1807 St. George cuirassier model standards (one white and four greens) in recognition of the capture of three French “flags” during the 1805 and 1806/1807 Campaigns (etendard of the 11th Dragoon Regiment in 1805 and eagle of the 18th Line on 7 February and 44th Line on 8 February 1807). 

The Elizabethgrad Hussars have been modelled as two units to reflect the large size of the Russian Hussar regiments. It has also been modelled with the front rank armed with lances. The Russians trialled this with various degrees of success and longevity across their hussar regiments.

The cavalry regiments of this brigade are all sourced from Wargames Foundry unlike the command stand who hail from Front Rank.

Assorted Hangers on

Perhaps it would not be a true Russian force without a few extra persons of quality and distinction included in the roster.

Cossack command

The above stand will eventually command a brigade of cossacks. The commander with his mace is Front Rank’s General Platov figure and would normally wear blue. von Peter himself wanted something a little different so he instructed requested the Greater Queeg to give this particular figure a coat of green. Perhaps not very cossacky, but Russiany … and importantly – not very Platovy. An officer of the Cossacks of the Imperial Guard in his spiffy red is on hand to add some class to the proceedings and an overworked adjutant completes the group.

Father Disputin

Father Disputin – distinguished ancestor of the notorious yet to come Rasputin – looks after the spiritual health of the Russian troops … and any loot that may come his way … for the good of the church you understand!

And what of the future for von Peter’s Russians? Raw recruits have been found – ie. the metal has been obtained and quietly awaits its turn in storage – for the expansion of the 24th Division, several more command stands, a regiment of grenadiers, a brigade of kuirassieres and a bunch of cossacks. All will come to fruition in Gods time as Father Disputin would say.

The League of Augsburg

And finally von Peter himself likes to keep his vast horde of avid readers aware of some of the changes in the flora and fauna of the wargaming portion of the internet. No truly! So, dear reader, please be notified that there is a new blog out there under the title of The League of Augsburg. Not the first League of Augsburg on the ‘net – see the other League of Augsburg – but to be fair it has the same group of creative types behind it.

To provide an explanation of the blog who better to describe it than the site itself so with the assistance of a quick copy & paste …

The purpose of the League of Augsburg blog is to support the continued growth of Beneath the Lily Banners, the launch of Donnybrook, Warfare Miniatures, and the general promotion of the period of military history from 1660-1721 (give or take a couple of decades). There will be multiple authors and artists contributing to these pages and after we launch we will consider submissions from guests as well, creating an alliance worthy of the name The League of Augsburg. The plan is to present a wide variety of articles – history, wargaming, painting, terrain building, scenarios, and battle reports, as well as news for Warfare Miniatures, Wordtwister Publishing, and Quindia Studios. We also aim to provide unique content that you won’t find on our our other various websites (though expect some cross promotion from time to time as part of our news). Finally, the Fighting Talk Forum will still be central for debates on the period, but we hope you will all comment and participate here as well!

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself 

6 thoughts on “Somewhere in Saxony, 1813 – Russians under review

    • Thank you John

      The army needs a little tender watering every now and then to keep it slowly growing.

      Certainly The son & heir agrees that it is a nice little army as it is usually his first choice army when we play a Napoleonic game.

      von Peter himself

    • Thanks Roly

      Re the photography – I took the photos and started creating the post when it struck me that most of the photos were rather bland with very little in the way of scenic settings. D’oh!

      von Peter himself

  1. Lovely (almost) Corps you got there. Really looking forward to starting with Russians myself… sometime in 2017 I fear! :-0

    Anyway these look marvellous and should be the envy of any Wargamer out there!

    Do you have some close ups of the mixed Foundry / Front Rank standard bearer bases. I am already thinking about adding some Front Rank to the Foundry/Perry/Warlord lead and plastic pile!

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