zaterdag 25 oktober 2014

Russian flags

Russian flag patterns changed several times during the reign of Peter the Great; from the Streltsy period, to pre-1712, and post 1712 pattern. There are two major wars fought against the Ottomans, 1686–1700 and 1710–11 during Peter’s reign and it is the latter which I have the most interest in and the flags will therefore be of the middle period.

Flag information is rather sketchy, in general infantry regiments carried a colonel’s colour (double-headed eagle) and each company a colour. Usually depicting palm leaves framing a gold chain and various devices such as a cross, eagle or crown in centre the ground colour could vary but red, yellow, blue, and green were most common. Eagles were either brown or black.

Following the victory at Poltava, Peter followed Charles XII southward. This campaign brought Peter an alliance with Moldavia and the Ukraine Cossacks under Ivan Skoropadsky. What is also known as the Pruth River Campaign, the Russians found themselves confronting a coalition of Ottomans, Crimean Tartars, Wallachians, remnant Swedes and Zaporishian Cossacks.

The combination of varied troop types in diverse costume will make for some interesting battles.

From Wiki: Pruth River Campaign

The Battle of Pruth River 1711 (Glasgow and District Wargaming Society)

vrijdag 24 oktober 2014

Spanish Succession and Great Northern War

Russian cavalry followed similar uniform styles as the infantry with green coat and red cuffs predominating. Blue and red were alternative coat colours, but references are sketchy as to regimental uniforms and more so as to regimental flags.

The mounted units are both cavalry and dragoons with the latter based similar to DBR or DBA3 mounted infantry specifications.  

Reviewing the Russian list, Dragoons could make up the entire mounted force, but might be risky when fighting the Ottomans. The LH represent those Cossacks which remained loyal to the Czar.

2 – 4 Cv/Dr (Dragoon)
0 – 4 LH (Cossacks)

By the weekend I will have flags made up and a few more photos of the French, Bavarian and Imperial already completed. 


donderdag 23 oktober 2014

Spanish Succession and the Great Northern War

I have some time before my next order of ancients arrive, but looking at my list of projects I have 20 armies of the Spanish Succession period of which 5 are complete with flags; they are 2 Imperial, 2 French and 1 Bavarian.

The remainder could become, Danes, Dutch, Prussian, or additional French and Imperial armies, but that will be decided as the need arises.

I do however, need opponents to field against my 18th c. Ottomans. Russians at the time of Peter the Great would fit the bill. The Humberside list gives the Russians the following composition:

Early 18th c. Russian
2 – 4 Cv/Dr (Dragoon)
0 – 4 LH
0 – 2 Sh/Pk
3 – 8 Ms (musketeer)
1 – 2 Art

In the photo are the completed infantry (8 x 4Ms) and one artillery piece.
Tomorrow, I should have the cavalry finished including Dragoons mounted 3 or 4 foot figures and one mounted trooper on a 40 x 40 mm base.

While sourcing uniform information, I found a Russian three part documentary covering the Great Northern War that might be of interest.

This one is in French (no subtitles), which makes use of old film footage (1930’s) from “Charles XII” and “Peter the Great”.

I should have photos of the cavalry for my next post and the finished product with flags by the weekend.