BoB/RCW: Standard bearers

Another Cossack standard bearer:

Again a Terek banner – thought I’d do a normal Cossack in khaki with a Terek banner so I can field the full unit as part of a Terek war host.

As usual a Copplestone model.

I’ll be updating this post tomorrow morning with a couple more standard bearers with alternate RCW flags…before I head off to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which I’ll provide a review for.

BoB/RCW: Terek Cossacks

Here are my Terek Cossacks. They are Copplestone Caucasian Cossacks (BU35):

In the RCW, the Terek Cosack host mostly supported the White cause, but was relatively reluctant to move far from its homelands, as were the Kuban and Don Cossacks which caused a lot of problems for the AFSR.

I chose to paint the models as Tereks, because of the blue colour of this host, which fits in well with my Colourful White Russian Army. Though I used a charcoal grey for their clothing to make them very different.

Modern day Cossacks in uniform. As usual, in the RCW it would be doubtful they’d have been so uniformly and so well attired, but for the table top we can do a bit of “what if”…and make a nice colourful unit that isn’t dressed in khakhi, more of which later.

All 15 in the unit.

These will go well with the Terek standard bearer I did earlier. I’m also getting better and more confidant painting horses, having done 30+ Cossacks, and well on the way to another 15+ Cavalry recently.

Luckily the sun has turned up this afternoon to allow these photos – it started out lashing down with rain, leading to flooding on roads nearby. Maybe tomorrow some more photos, who knows ?

BoB: Cossack Cavalry

As you saw from a post earlier this week, the pile of lead on my painting table is quite large. In particular I’ve finally got round to doing some of the Back of Beyond White Cossacks from Copplestone.

Now I have the Colourful White Russians as an army, and the ragged White Russians as (nearly) an army. The Cossacks might have to do service in either, so I cast around for a colour scheme that was historic and able to fit into both.

Here’s my standard bearer:

The light level is better than of late, but the sun is low on the horizon, so the blue of the flag looks a bit bleached out. Basically it is a blue above black flag.

This is based on the Terek flag. The Terek Cossacks were located to the south and East of the Don and Kuban hosts.

They were allied to the Whites, fighting against both the Reds and Mountain peoples (Chehcns, Ingush et al).

This blue/black/white colour scheme fits in with my Colourful White Russians quite well, is historically appropriate given I’ve got Circassian Cossacks next up on the painting table, and obscure enough to pass off as an allohisotrical host in central Asia for BoB. I garnered a lot of information from the Pygmy Wars website run by Mark Plant (et al)

I decided against the Don and Kuban Cossacks, as they used a lot of red, and I didn’t want to get thenm mixed up with any Red Cossacks I eventually do.