Tuesday, 20 September 2011

You know what they say...

Does this look too crazy?
Men with over-large plumes must be compensating for a deficiency elsewhere!  Anyhow, I really like the "bottle brush" style of the mid-Napoleonic Russian Grenadiers.  Preposterous but good fun and creating an ImagiNation should be FUN!.

The obvious choice for this would be the forthcoming Warlord Games' "Russian Infantry 1809" plastic set (32 figures £18.00)  However, the cheapskate in me is drawn toward Victrix's various Austrian sets each containing enough figures for two 24  man regiments (plus spares) and all for a measly £22.00.

Now of course these sets do not contain any "bottle brush" plumes but I could certainly make a simple push-mould to fabricate these for the Grenadier compliment.  With this in mind I created a couple of crude mock-ups showing the figures with such plumes but I am stumped as to which looks better.

Shakos with bottle brush - more plausible?
The shako wearers are certainly less "outre" but the Landwehr guys are great fun.   Some opinions would be welcome.  Does the "corsehut" with bottle brush look too ridiculous?

Please remember the painting in these pictures is immaterial as these troops would be in the traditional B-S yellow.

As a footnote, the final plume may be a tad larger as these look a little insipid.


  1. Hi RVK, what period is your Imagination army based? these figures maybe a little "modern" for the early 18th century, I have often thought of doing a little Napoleonic era Imagination project myself, probably using Bavarians, but as for your question, I kinda like the Corsican hats for an Imagination, certainly unusual headgear for Grenadiers though, but that could be part of the back story, I think the plumes are a good choice, why not use the line inf as Grenadiers and the Landwehr as Line? I'll be watching this, its interesting.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Dan. My ImagiNation project deals with B-S from around 1700 through to the demise of the Corsican Ogre. Thus there are a few distinct uniform types.

    There is also a general expansion of the territory and creep toward the East at the expense of the Turk.

    The Corsehut is a good hat for the project and I think will feature - although my Wife disagrees! Anyway, better get going now as the toddler needs some attention.


  3. Good to have you back and an interesting project ahead...
    best wishes

  4. Thanks Alan, the third child is now at school so I may have more spare-time. However, there is that teaching course looming...