Monday, September 30, 2013

Napoleonic Poles & some Legere

Finally finished my Murowski Miniatures figures - the beautiful Paul Hicks sculpted Napoleonic Polish infantry. I got the figures from Roger about a year ago(?) and had over half of them sitting around until a few weeks ago. The last of them to do was the artillery battery which I finished yesterday.  I now have a full brigade - 100 foot divided into two regiments of two 24 figures battalions apiece, with two extra stands skirmishers for the Vistula regiment I've painted in winter uniform.

The artillery are two 8pdrs and a howitzer and for completeness I've combined them all with a regiment of Perry's lancers. I  had done the lancers up as Guard Eclaireurs (scouts) but the uniform is almost identical with that worn by Polish lancers of the late Napoleonic Wars (from 1810 onwards) so they fit in rather well.

The Vistula Legion infantry are now two regiments in summer and winter uniform. I did this purely for esthetic reasons - the uniform combination of dark blue jacket with yellow facings (and czapka) has always appealed. The idea is I will have four French and allied brigades (or thereabouts) for BlackPowder games: Polish, Italian, Bavarian and French.  Opposing them I now have about 5 Allied brigades (3 Austrian and two Russian).  I've still got to finish my Austrian and Russian brigades from the Perrys' figures I've bought - which is still hundreds of figures to paint. Tempted to get more Murowski Poles but there are more than enough of the unpainted Perry's to do.

I particularly liked some of the skirmishing figures - wish I'd ordered more.  The Vistula regiment in winter uniform have 26 figure battalions rather than the usual 24 to add the skirmish stands in.

I must admit I love the Poles and waited for years for someone to produce quality figures before diving in and buying up a motza of metal. Its taken me a while but its great to have finally finished painting them. One regiment of them has already debuted on the wargaming table - now they're finished I can't wait to get the whole brigade into action!

I also did a bit more tinkering with my Legere, changing the command stand around yet again by adding two figures and making a command stand for the carabinier company.  The other revelation I've discovered is Testor's Dullcote. I know I'm a few years behind the times but after experimenting with a number of flat finish varnish systems including airbrushing artist's varnish on figures (good result and cheaper but too messy and fiddly to set and clean up) a decided to try one of the small and expensive cans of Testors. It gives the best flat varnish finish on painted figures I've ever seen. The colours seem to be enhanced by it as well.  All my new Poles as well as the Legere have now been finished in this spray lacquer.

Legere colonel with a bit of battlefield litter on the base 
A word of caution though, as good as the Testors is it has one major drawback.  I smelt some pretty heavy chemicals in it ('petroleum distillates' etc on the label) like Toluene or worse - God knows what the propellant is.  As it's an aerosol I'd only use it outdoors - and avoid getting a snoot full as it can't be good for you.  I think I got an allergic reaction to it after  I used it carefully, so beware people.  It gives great results BUT incorrect use could have a very major health risk attached to it.

Now I've scared the pants off you all, hope you enjoyed the post on the Poles!


  1. Yeah, that line of Pols is a lovely one, I bought a 24 man regt just for the figures, maybe I will paint them up for Sharps, you did a great job on them, well done. On another note, I thought the Vistule legion had french shakos? I'm no expert though and it's been a while since I did any research on them, did they wear the czapkas in Spain? I like the Peninsula war, so if they did they will end up painted for that front.

    1. Thanks Dan. The regiments in Spain (4th, 7th & 9th) all wore czapka and kurtka jacket. Most changed over to French style uniforms including shakos at some stage but the 4th retained their czapkas. You are correct that the Vistula Legion regiments marched into Russia with French style shakos with the sun burst facing plate. The other regiments were a mixture - and there is still some argument about who wore what! Interestingly most Polish reinactor groups depicting the 1812 uniform use czapkas. Hope this helps.


  2. Wonderful group of Poles! Nice work. I agree Testors is great flat coat at the end, and well worth it given how much the rest of this hobby costs in time and money. I leave the figures somewhere isolated for a day or two to let the stink die down after I've sprayed them...

  3. Who - those are some really nice figures. I'm getting very tempted to get back to expanding my Naps but need to wait until the ACW stuff is filled out - only 4 more 24 fig regiments to go!

    1. Ha - you know you have to get back into Naps: resistance-is-useless! Thats a really impressive ACW collection you're building - just the thing to fill that beautiful revamped gaming room of yours!

  4. Yo7u've done a splendid job on those, Doc. I agree - they are lovely sculpts; so full of character.

    Best wishes


  5. Really nice work, Doc. Love the Vistula Legion!

  6. I wonder how will you feed such a huge army :)
    Brilliant job, I love the bases too and the horses as always

  7. Splendid! The paintjob is excellent, and the basing great...