Friday, 7 September 2012

Tratvian Cossacks

After a gap of many months I have finally painted some 1/32 toys.  These Armies in Plastic Cossacks form the first unit of the Army of Greater Tratvia (Army Dark Green in Funny Little Wars-speak).  Tratvia, for the benefit of those of you struggling to locate it on maps, is a huge country which straddles Europe and Asia.  Among the countries it borders in the west are Forbodia and Vulgaria.  While economically somewhat backward in our period (1910-ish), the country is rich in natural resources and has vast reserves of (as yet mostly unpainted) manpower.
The figures are straight out of the box - the only slight conversions being the bugler and standard bearer.  By mixing and matching from several boxes I managed to kit out the whole regiment with the same horse pose - in my view this enhances the 'toy soldier' look of these chaps.  As indeed do the two coats of gloss varnish...
The chap on the grey is the CO, to his left are the bugler, standard bearer and the beardless youth who is the unit's junior officer.

10 comments:

Martin Rapier said...

They look very grand, and will look ever grander as vassals of the Greater Vulgarian Empire when our expansion into the east is complete.

Soldado 38 said...

I really like the toy soldier look of these chaps. Well done!

Paul said...

A real 'tash fest Tim. Nice going.

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
The response from the Tratvian Foreign Minister roughly translates as "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough." But give me another year or so to paint more toys....

Tim Gow said...

Soldado 38
Good - the toys soldier look is very much what I was aiming for. Just need to paint loads more of the buggers now...

Tim Gow said...

Paul
The regimental motto is "No 'tash no sabre".

Peter Douglas said...

Tim

Love 'em!

Cheers

PD

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
The Tsar of all the Tratvians thanks you.

Brian Carrick said...

Those red tunics remind me of the Timpo Cossacks I had as a boy. Ah the joys of nostalgia!

Best wishes, Brian

Tim Gow said...

Brian Carrick
Dare I ask what became of your Cossacks?