Help support TMP


"Best thing about playing...Polish?" Topic


25 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the Napoleonic Discussion Message Board



750 hits since 29 Jan 2017
©1994-2017 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

So we'll do one of the "minor" powers next and one that rarely gets to take the field entirely on its own.

Do you have Poles in your armies? Why did you paint them up? What makes them fun on the table?

Timmo uk29 Jan 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

I have some AB Guard Lancers to paint. I wanted to create Lepic's Imperial Guard brigade for my Peninsula games. I hope they will be fun to use the first lancer unit to join my collection.

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Best Uniforms in the world.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Polish Crimson….

Try as you like..it never seems quite right.

But that is why I keep doing it.

And no one really knows, even with faded museum relics.

Plus they created a cavalry arm…..indeed, a look, which everyone had to emulate.

The Tschapka on yer head (everyone adopted that) and the kurtka jacket (the latter so good the British Light Dragoons copied it totally).

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Murawski Miniatures murawskiminiatures.com best Pole sculpts out there.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Polish troops have style, panache, bravery, dedication -- what's not to like?

Marcel180929 Jan 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

Great tropps, lots of interesting figure ranges and of course Napoleons most faithufll and toughest allies. And there is the dashing personality of Poniatowski. One of my favourite characters in this period.

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

The +1 modifier against Russian troops that I add.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 12:20 p.m. PST

Poniatowski?

Overrated. Couldn't swim, to save his life…….

Nice rig though

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

Great uniforms

Tough fighters

Rock hard steady

To quote a buddy

"A Polish soldier is standing on guard when an Austrian charges him from one side and a Russian charges him from the other

Who does he shoot first?

Simple answer – the Austrian; business before pleasure"

Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

Good one Frederick.
Cool uniforms, Murawski Miniatures!

I Drink Your Milkshake Inactive Member29 Jan 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

I know you are joking deadhead, but I do remember reading he had been shot several times, before attempting to cross. Makes a dip in the pool kinda hard.

Gonsalvo29 Jan 2017 6:09 p.m. PST

Sure – 4 Line infantry regiments, 4 Vistula Legion infantry (done for Borodino), 4 Uhlans, 1 Hussar, 1 Chassuer, one foot battery… have to add a Horse Battery by Murawski eventually,.

Great uniforms. one of the few willing French Allies, fougfht extensively 1808-1813… earlier if you count the "legions".

langobard Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2017 7:38 p.m. PST

1. Czapskas.

2. Lancers.

3. Beautiful uniforms.

4. High morale against everyone. I mean, the Russians, Austrians and Prussians all hate them, and want to erase them from the map of europe (again). So you may as well take as many of your neighbors with you as you can before they delete you…

Bohdan Khmelnytskij29 Jan 2017 10:06 p.m. PST

What I remember reading was that he was drunk while crossing the river. Hense the phrase do not drunk and swim.

Marc the plastics fan29 Jan 2017 11:43 p.m. PST

The new Strelets Polish infantry in marching poses. 44 figures for £6.30 GBP.

Great uniforms

Second vote for Polish crimson

A big enough contingent to field on those own

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 2:10 a.m. PST

I have a feeling that any shots involved in his drowning came from a gun and not a brandy bottle. Brave guy. Many other senior officers in that situation might have just surrendered…….

SJDonovan30 Jan 2017 2:59 a.m. PST

Polish Crimson….

Try as you like..it never seems quite right.

Very true. It is like aurore – it is a colour that exists only in your imagination. The shade you use on your figures will always be a touch too red or a tad too blue.

Unless of course you still use Humbrol enamels and you've got a pot that says 'Polish Crimson' on the lid. In that case you are sorted.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2017 3:27 a.m. PST

I agree that it was probably the best in that Authenticolours range…..French Artillery green was also highly desirable. Never was too sure about Prussian Dragoon blue, Rifles Green or British Scarlet……

62bravo03 Mar 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

I only do Napoleonics for the Retreat from Moscow but definitely have some Poles in my army. Murawski makes excellent sculpts and his customer support is amazing. I added Poles because they're cool and because of my family heritage – Lesikiewicz/Jaskolska from Pryzemsyl and Danzig, respectively.

Trajanus03 Mar 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

Best thing about Poles? Barszcz!

John Miller03 Mar 2017 6:30 p.m. PST

One of my favorite Napoleonic Armies but, unfortunately one of the other guys in our group has already done them, so I can't find a excuse to go there. My wife has just ordered a collectors style figure, (54MM+), of Poiniatowsk as an anniversary gift however, and from the photos of it I have seen it looks beautiful. Can't wait!! Its' kind of pricey, (at least for my blood), but my cause was assisted in this regard by the fact that she is Polish herself. Always helps to have the in-laws on your side. John Miller

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

Gonsalvo and I have similar Polish armies:

2 Line infantry regiments, 1 Vistula Legion infantry (early uniforms, very cool), 4 Uhlans, 1 Imperial Guard Lancers, one foot battery, one horse battery, 1 converged grenadiers (because I had the entra figures). My figures are mostly Minifigs 2nd gen, with some Heritage thrown in. I've used mine in Spanish battles.

Markconz04 Mar 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

Great uniforms, great history, great figures from Murawski :)

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 9:12 p.m. PST

My dad was Polish.

And my uncle married a girl named Poniatowski*.

And they provide an exotic variant on the typical French/Confederation uniforms.

Excellent cavalry.

And a romantic Lost Cause.

And their hats are kind of silly.


*yes, pretty direct descendant.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.