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RogerC25 Apr 2020 12:13 p.m. PST

Just finalised a blog post around the Deluge project with Poles and Cossacks, I took the opportuntiy to talk through my approach to painting horses and figures in brief if anyone is interested its here. Special mention to Ken Riley.




Red Jacket Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2020 12:39 p.m. PST

Great work! Thanks for posting.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2020 1:22 p.m. PST

Nice work

Martyn K25 Apr 2020 1:47 p.m. PST

A really timely post. My quarantine project is the Khmelnytsky Cossack uprising of 1648. It is great to see how someone else is approaching the period. Very inspiring.
My paint bench must look similar to yours, cossacks, poles and tatars everywhere.
I am just finishing up the first half of the Tatars (56 figures), so hopefully I can post a few pictures this week.
One thing that is amazing me about this period is the size of the battles. The Battle of Berestechko for example had over 125,000 cavalry. Even at a figure scale of 500:1 , I am going to need 250 mounted figures.

RogerC25 Apr 2020 2:12 p.m. PST

Thanks guys.

Martyn K I look forward to seeign your progress, just re-watched By Fire and Sword for the Hmelnintsky uprising and reading the origonal book right now for the first time which is inspiring me. Look forward to seeign your figures and also any thoughts you have on reading material.

Costanzo125 Apr 2020 2:28 p.m. PST

Nice pieces!

Irish Marine25 Apr 2020 4:48 p.m. PST

Great job! What rules are you using? I have all the Polish movies for that period,

DOUGKL25 Apr 2020 5:03 p.m. PST

Fine looking figures.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2020 5:20 p.m. PST

Nice work!

RogerC26 Apr 2020 4:40 a.m. PST

Thanks guys.

Irish Marine I am tempted to try By Fire and Sword, they look to fit the basing I already have. Got the rules so will try them and see.

I have a couple of films, The Deluge, By Fire and Sword and Blood and Iron the Russian version of Taras Bulbas. Interested in any others out there.

Skeptic26 Apr 2020 4:55 a.m. PST

That's a very informative blog post! How do you touch up the primer after spraying? Presumably, you would use a brush, but what paint do you apply for that purpose?

Henry Martini26 Apr 2020 6:27 a.m. PST

I acquired a tarnished copy of the original BFaS rule book cheaply second-hand a few years ago and had thoughts of doing it on the grand scale in 15mm (but with OG15s and Essex figures), but all the reviews I've read since concur that it plays best at the skirmish level (the lowest level of play as defined in the rules), which is quite manageable in 28mm on a 6 X 4 foot table, so…

von Schwartz26 Apr 2020 8:31 a.m. PST

Beautiful figs, I particularly like the guy in the second rank with the fur hat and blunderbuss.

Martyn K26 Apr 2020 12:08 p.m. PST

Here are a few photos of my Tatars. There are more on my blog at




RogerC26 Apr 2020 12:58 p.m. PST

They look great Martyn thanks for sharing, I have not really got any Tatars yet, chum Dave though is seriousley lookign at them.

Skeptic I use bottles Black rimer from miniature paints, thin enough to leave all the detail, usually a quick dab into the corners the spray didnt reach.

Martyn K26 Apr 2020 1:51 p.m. PST

The Tatars are a great army for someone to collect. Not only can they be used as Tatars, but they can also be used as a Hun army – I am adding a couple of unit of Goth infantry and I can go to battle with the late Romans.
I could also use them in the early 16th Century to team up with the Ottomans to go against my Holy Roman Empire or Venetian forces.

RogerC27 Apr 2020 8:21 a.m. PST

Useful as Mongol loght cavalry too I guess.

takeda33318 Sep 2020 3:30 a.m. PST

I can't imagine painting all that cav…..whew! Beautiful and inspiring work.

French Wargame Holidays20 Sep 2020 3:21 p.m. PST

I do love my winged Hussars army , but have decided to move them in to fund projects closer to home

Mine are here


JanissaryAga21 Sep 2020 6:03 p.m. PST

great work everyone! Poland-Lithuania is a great subject for wargaming,

RogerC23 Sep 2020 12:26 p.m. PST

I love painting cavalry and gaming with them so Poles ideal for me (and cossacks) its a beautiful period too. Hopefully have some of thes eback from the basing department soon.

Martyn K24 Sep 2020 7:47 p.m. PST

It is amazing how lockdown has helped a project progress. It is only five months since you started this discussion thread on Poles and Cossacks. At that time I had just started a parallel project to yours, and had about 50 Tatars painted,

The end of my project is now in sight. The Tatar army of 100 mounted troops is complete. The Cossack army of 200 foot and 50 mounted figures and 10 war wagons is virtually complete. As for the Poles, the 24 Pancerni are complete. I should have 80 Polish Cossacks and Noble Levy Cavalry coming off the paint bench this weekend. That will just leave the Polish infantry and Winged Hussars to paint.

I am not sure when things will allow me to meet up with friends to run a game, but it should be fun when it happens.

Roger it seems like your project is moving ahead as well. It will be great to see photos of your completed army on the table top in the future.

RogerC25 Sep 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

Cheers Martyn,great progress, mine is less so as I am a bit of a butterfly and fluttered off to do Sikh Wars and now working on figures for the Jacobiter45, hoping to have two units of foot cossacks back from the basing department this weekend though.

tiddenheim27 Sep 2020 6:30 a.m. PST

Nice to see everyones lovely figures – cossacks, the Tatars, Winged hussars. One film that got me interested in Polish/Swedish wars and the period was 1612 – see link

My own home-cast 40mm Tatars..

Martyn K27 Sep 2020 6:52 a.m. PST

Very nice, when you say home cast, did you sculpt the figures or buy molds?

Martyn K27 Sep 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

Here is a picture of the Pospolite Ruszenie (noble levy). The Polish cossacks will be coming off the bench in the next day or two.


You can see more photos at

tiddenheim28 Sep 2020 6:30 a.m. PST

Noble Levy are lovely, great work.

My Tatars – I sculpted a basic figure, made a mould and cast them – then modified a few to provide some variation

RogerC29 Sep 2020 2:54 p.m. PST

Some great work here gents.

Martyn K04 Oct 2020 6:50 a.m. PST

I have just managed to finish the four units of Polish Cossacks. Photos are on my blog if you are interested.

I will finally move onto a unit of Polish Winged Hussars next.

archiduque05 Oct 2020 6:46 a.m. PST

Great work!!

Charge The Guns05 Oct 2020 10:43 a.m. PST

Really nice and they look great en masse!

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