Thursday 1 August 2013

Russians in Manchuria - 1905

Regiment of the Day

And now for something completely different to kick off Russian Month ...

Some 1905 Russians in Manchuria !

All figures below are from irregular's 15mm colonial range, and painted up as Russians for the 1905 campaign against the Japanese in Manchuria.

These figures are another save from years ago. After doing a monster house move, its amazing what  turns up buried away in the cupboards !  So these figures are on FoW bases, and painted up using primitive techniques from before the discovery of vallejo glazes and sealers. The results are still pretty good though

The Russo-Japanese War

An excellent war to game this one - as the period is still in transition from Napoleonic post-linear style tactics to modern tactics. Artillery, trenches, mines, machine guns, barbed wire, flamethrowers, telegraph and rail .... all conquered by human wave bayonet attacks.

Well, thats how some observers from Europe incorrectly read the results anyway.

By the end of the Russo Japanese war, some observers had noted and learned the real underlying lessons .... some not so much.  The result was clearly shown in the trenches of WW1 a few short years later.

I highly recommend reading up on this war, as the ground battles themselves demonstrate some of the worst possible command and control stuff ups (mostly on the Russian side). It has it all - whole Divisions attacking the wrong objectives at the wrong times,  whole Divisions attacking each other !, orders simply not getting through, total failures of logistics, etc, etc.

In fact, just one short battle in this disastrous campaign has enough WTF moments to justify even the very worst die rolls on the table as being entirely "historical" in their impact.

Anyway, on with the figures .....

Russian field gun.

Shaded using diluted pigments in alcohol. No varnish used - but there are no scratches on these figs, and the colouirs have stood up to the years really well.

Russian Maxim guns.  Unlike the French in the Franco-Prussian war, the Russians had by this stage worked out what machine guns were for. Enfiladed fire, from the high ground, covering approaches laced with barbed wire to create kill zones. There was nothing the Japanese infantry could do to counter this .... except dig approach trenches the slow way, and rely on superior artillery and naval fire support to clear the way.  On the fixed defence, the Russians were highly competent as always.

Command bases

Russian Cavalry. Just noticed that some of the un-varnished black has started to yellow on the horse mane. That does happen sometimes, but it takes years to set in.

Some rather cool figures in the irregular line.
An unfinished base of Russian Marines / Sailors.  I will probably re-base this whole collection (and the matching Japanese), when I get around to gaming this period properly.


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  2. Very nice, Steve. I was going to ask who did the figures then I saw you had posted Irregular. I am impressed. Thanks for sharing the Ruskies with us!

  3. Infrequently seen figures for an infrequently gamed war! IIRC, the naval aspects of the war were quite interesting as well.

  4. Those are just beautiful. Can't wait to see a game!

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