The Russians were the start of my Crimean collection and have a long and curious history. The original group were an ebay purchase. It was a large collection, painted in the old Peter Gilder style of very glossy varnish. Most different from my painting style! To pay for them I sold two small 15mm napoleonic armies.
Once I had the Russians I was able to sell
I have very seldom bought painted figures over the years. To me one of the joys of the hobby is painting and creating your own armies. Because of this I have never had the attachment to these figures I do to those I have painted myself. So over the years slowly I have been replacing those figures with my own. As this is long and some what tedious effort it has taken a long time. Often I have sold or traded painted for unpainted castings. By now half the infantry, one
My Russians are based around the historical 16th Division at the Battle of the Alma. I have 16 infantry battalions (4 regiments), 2 Heavy and 2 Light batteries, an Cossack, Lancer and Hussar regiment. Not a bad little army that I obtained for free (sort of).