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Oh Bugger Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

I recently snapped up a couple of Ebay bargains of Minifigs Crimean War.


About half are now painted and you can see some of them along with some Irregular Miniatures British Hussars and a couple of Crimean War book recommendations up on my blog.

Here's the link:

alexjones Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

I like how you have cleverly based these to avoid the figures in the front rank being stabbed by the those in the back.

The Russians in this range are even worse for having the rifle and bayonet stuck out so far in front of the figure that it causes a headache for basing.

If not for this I would have bought alot more of this range.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

Lovely figures. Years ago, I used them as the basis for Italian Wars armies with a DBA variant I had done.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

Yeah the bayonets need a bit of thought. They are nice, old fashioned, figures for all that.

nnascati I see QRF have some nice C19th Italian Wars 15mm figures-I'm quite tempted.

vtsaogames05 Mar 2017 11:58 a.m. PST

Two Crimean books I found useful (on Kindle):

Banner of Battle by Alan Palmer
Mostly a diplomatic history of the war. this book finally revealed that the Austrians forced the Russians out of the Danube valley with threats backed by mobilization, something other books (including Hibbert's) had never revealed.

The Crimean War by Hugh Small
I have reservations about some of his military stuff but his political information seems quite good.

Destruction of Lord Raglan is well written and atmospheric, but frightfully Anglo-centric. British are brave if misguided, everyone else is just so terrible.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

I'd say that is not the full picture vtsao.

While it is Anglo centric- the clue is in the title- due credit is given to all the various combatants as the story unfolds. The French, Turks and Russians all have their moments in Hibbert's literary sun.

Nor do the British escape critical scrutiny, indeed the Anglo centric focus of the book means we see their failings writ large and in depth.

vtsaogames05 Mar 2017 1:21 p.m. PST

I don't recall much favorable about the allies beyond occasional valor. The French at the Alma seem dreadful, an opinion not shared in some other books.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

It must be a while since you read it. The British at the Alma are described in chaos, overcrowding, formations getting mixed, two Brigadiers who can only see clearly to a distance of a couple of feet, mistaking Russians for French, Signals mix ups. The French as pretty much managing quite neatly by comparison.

Maybe you are thinking of a different book? Hibbert is not a partial historian. While he duly notes the individual courage of soldiers on all sides he spares no one in command for their mistakes.

vtsaogames06 Mar 2017 12:31 p.m. PST

well, we'll have to agree to disagree. Like your figures.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 4:20 p.m. PST

Glad you like them and we can do certainly do that.

As it happens you have done me a favour, as a result of revisiting the books I now have a very clear idea of how I want to do my 'not the Alma' game.

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