Friday 2 May 2014

Russian Horse Artillery 1812+

Regiment of the Day

Russian Horse Artillery - 1812+

New Project for May ... well, same old Project really, painting tonnes of 15mm Russians ready for battle, and writing software to control the whole game.

Thought I would start off a "May Day" Parade to try and get back up to date with the blogging and photography anyway.

So here we go .... welcome to my May Day Parade effort, concentrating on the Russian Army of 1813.

Will try and keep rolling through May to get all my Napoleonic Russians up to date on this blog.

Couple of Russian Horse Artillery batteries in the field.

Each (real life, full strength) Battery consists of 6 sections of 2x 6lb guns each.

1-2 Sections in the Battery are typically equipped with the "light" 10lb Licorne ... a unique Russian type of gun that is a hybrid between a field gun and howitzer.

In the "Grand Tactical" figure scale that I am using here, 1 crew model = 1 section of guns.

3 Gun models = 1 Battery of 12 guns.

This works out well for a game with a couple of  Corps per side.

If I was putting a smaller scale battle - say a couple of Divisions per side, then we could 1 gun model = 1 section ..... giving us all 6 bases as shown above for a battery.

Standard 6lb Field Gun - this one is from Lancashire Games' standard Russian field gun.

One of the Licorne sections, this Licorne model is from the Chariot Minis range ... which happen to have a Horse Artillery Licorne in their lineup.

Here is anoter Licorne section, this gun is from Eureka Minis 18mm SYW range, being a "Russian 3lb Battalion Gun"

Horse Artillery deployed for battle !

This is a spectacularly nice photo (even if I do say so myself). 

For the Photo geeks in the room, here are the specs for that shot :
Focal length 24mm (equiv)
Exposure  1/4sec, handheld
ISO 400

A lot of people on miniatures forums suggest shooting "wide open" (with a low F-stop number), which does work well for isolating individual miniatures for great detail photos.

I think though that if you want to capture a sweeping shot, and avoid having it look too much like a miniatures photo .... go for the slowest aperture setting you can handle to increase the depth of field.

Foreground of the shot is untouched, using a set of bases from my battle boards.  Background of the shot is from an actual landscape photo.

Photo Editing - this one I just loaded up using Gimp, placed the real landscape photo in a layer behind the miniatures photo .... and then use the erase tool to remove bits of the foreground to let the landscape shot show through.

Quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

Rest of the photo is untouched.

Another shot of the excellent Eureka Minis SYW battalion gun.

Whilst not standard issue by any means .... its still more than likely that some of these pieces were pulled out of mothballs and pressed into service when the Motherland was invaded. The technology and function of the weapon hadn't exactly changed a great deal since the SYW anyway.

Another closeup of the Chariot Minis Licorne model.

Chariot minis Licorne from the side view.

All crew figures are from Lancashire Games.

Next Post Coming Up .... some Cossacks !!! 
Please Stay Tuned.


  1. These look great. Superb photos too. You can never have too much Russian artillery (I had a heap in the battle I have just finished which was part of Leipzig, Army of Bohemia. In two Corps had a total of 18 model guns on the table, each representing 8 heavy or 8 horse guns, basically two per battery).

  2. Your Russian GHorse Artillery came out great, Steve! Good to see you blogging again.


  3. Very nice work with these Horse art troops...