Saturday, February 23, 2013

Polish Brigade Commander & ADC

A week or two ago I received two more of Paul Hick's beautiful Napoleonic Poles from Roger at 'Murrowski Miniatures'. These were the mounted general and his ADC - perfect for my brigade commander (and his ADC).  After finishing off my German para company I couldn't wait to paint them up. I also decided to do something a bit special with the basing to create a little Polish command vignette.  Ironically I had an MDF tea coaster that I'd cut down as a base for my 17thC Polish Commonwealth commander and escort (also mounted figures) which was both large enough and available as I have since re-based my TYW Polish commander.

I based the General's uniform loosely on that worn by Poniatowski, using a copy of a Belange print as a guide.  I've given him the almost purple (Carmin red?) trousers and tunic front, with everything edged in silver of course.  The horse leather is red, favoured by aristocratic Poles - probably the only one's who could afford it!

His ADC's uniform was a bit more problematic as the only authentic references to Polish ADC uniforms I could find were those attached to Poniatowski and all wore a hussar uniform with shako.  Fortunately there was no regulation and each commander could pretty well dress his staff to his own taste, so room for a wide variety.  A more junior rankede general like a brigade commander may well have a junior officer assigned to him, usually from one of the cavalry regiments.  In this case I think it looks like one of the elite Polish chasseur regiments.  I note he has his brevet rank appointment on his left arm (at least I think that's what it is!)

The general's grazing horse is a particularly nice pose you don't see that often so I've given him a nice tussock of grass to munch on!  I've chosen specific bits of battlefield detritus sprinkled across the base.  There's an Austrian leather helmet, a Russian grenadiers shako, backpack, cartridge box and musket.  The grenadier shako came off a plastic Warlord Russian head, with a chin-strap added and hollowed out a bit.  Gotta love those plastic bits and pieces!  Getting a very useful collection of them for all sorts of things - from a German Fallschirmjaeger armoured car commander to a Russian shako or an old musket - there are never-ending uses to be found with my plastic bits and pieces box.

The general is a superb figure, with exquisite detailing.  Unfortunately the horse's saddle cloth does not have the detail on one side but it's nothing that a lick of paint couldn't fix! Nonetheless these figures were a joy to paint - I must get on with finishing the rest of the brigade including the artillery battery.



  1. Wonderful figure, painting style and base, all is great!

  2. I love cavalry but I hate painting them, you've done well there mate.

  3. Really nice figures Doc. You have done a great job.


  4. Yep, gorgeous! It's hard to go wrong with (Polish) crimson and silver.

    Best Regards,


  5. brilliant work, Doc, love the shine on them and the pose of the horses!

  6. Lovely figures as always, Doc! Truly representational of Napoleonic uniforms - why many of us are drawn to the period, I'm sure. Aloha, Dean

    P.S. I love the color on the Pole - odd about the missing detail on one side of the saddle cloth.

  7. Brilliant, Doc! Lovely figures and lovely paint-work.

  8. Thanks for the kind comments folks - Napoleonics are my first choice, particularly the cavalry and with figures like these - you can't go wrong!