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jocknroll Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 1:07 a.m. PST

Pre release pictures of some of our new Russian Dragoons troopers for the GNW.


We have five sets of Russian mounted models – two of troopers, two of mounted grenadiers each with different mitres and one of command.

These will be production moulded over the next two weeks and available shortly after that.

Costanzo105 Nov 2017 6:09 a.m. PST

Very nice figures!

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 7:01 a.m. PST

Looking good!

Chokidar Inactive Member05 Nov 2017 9:28 a.m. PST

Gorgeous stuff! I was trying to post a comment on your blog but was defeated by the various ID options – and in the end could not prove I am not a robot because the picture thing would not open!!! Oh I love technology…

Here though what I intended to post…

I would also venture to suggest that mounting these beauties on the taller horses may not be that wrong. I fully accept the point about dragoon horses in general, and salute your initiative to the smaller mounts. However the origins of the Russian dragoons were slightly different, and they did not really evolve as a form of mounted infantry as in other "European" countries but were created as a form of intermediate cavalry as Peter recognized the Russian deficiency in this department. True – initially horse flesh was a problem but the Russians set about rectifying that by setting up specific studs – admittedly also down in the south and east (e.g. Kazan) for a mixture of pony/horse of the tartar and steppe nature. At the same time the objective was for the dragoons to fulfil a cavalry role – as instanced by the way they were employed during the Poltava campaign and specifically how they held their own in hunting down the part of the Swedish army off on its shocking safari to the south of the battlefield on that momentous day. It is even tempting to see the hand of Gordon (and if anyone should have been well acquainted with the issues of using limited cavalry to best effect it is someone with that patronym) and the other Scots emigres in following the Scots model in coming up with hybrid dragoon – not completely cavalry but far from the mounted foot on nags that was the more traditional approach. All a boring waffle to say that I for one am not shocked to see them depicted like this – (not that anyone in their right mind would care what I think!). They look damned good too.
Now.. did you know that there was a disastrous Russian expedition to Khiva in 1717-1719 – now THAT would make a theme and a half (three or four battalions of infantry, a regiment of dragoons, sundry Cossacks facing hordes of horse baddies! )
And of course there were Russia's southern campaigns against the Ottomans – which must surely be the next range you add to this marvelous collection!!!

Chokidar Inactive Member05 Nov 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

P.S. if they are on "sail" by Christmas they will have been pressed to the galleys – shame on you, a learned and educated gent like you! :-)

jocknroll Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 3:54 a.m. PST

Chokidar – thanks for the contribution on a variety of fronts – let me comment

1. Sailing? what was I thinking? further blushes saved
2. Horses – the proper horses for these chaps are neither those in the photo nor the dragoon mounts. A third GNW set is ready and will be available with the dragoons and Swedish Horse. They were not around when I painted these chaps.
3. Your scenario suggestion – very interesting – I will investigate further.
4. Ottomans – coming! May dolls already designed. Watch for them in January.

Chokidar Inactive Member06 Nov 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Ottomans!!!!! Jocknroll you rock!!!!

jocknroll Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 10:44 a.m. PST

Well, that's nice and actually I used to as my chosen career for several years was touring troubadour before I got old and sensible.

We have gotten ambitious with these so we are not talking one or two.

Chokidar Inactive Member06 Nov 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

Old we can manage – sensible I hope not because it might exclude the common obsession with toy soldiers… and you can never have too many Ottomans…

..and if Ottomans are not enough – you can dust off the Turcomans, Uzbeks and Afghans…



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