PA are planning to do three moulds for the Russian 'line' infantry, so six figures plus a selection of heads and weapons.
When putting together this range, the Greenwood and Ball range of booklets are often used during reference and discussion, although relatively slim at 24 pages these booklets are packed with information. Nigel Billington at 18th Century Press has kindly allowed me to reproduce some of the pictures from the Russian book to describe what is being planned:
For the Russian infantry, during summer it was normal to leave their heavy coat and knapsack with the baggage, and fight in their waistcoats. Equipment would be light with just their cartridge box on a single shoulder belt, and a sword on their waist belt.
In the Seven Years War the Russians fought all of their major battles in the summer, so the summer uniform seems a good option. It also means that the figures are quite distinct from those of the Prussians and Austrians.
For the summer uniform, as far as I can figure out, the rank and file and NCOs would strip down to their waistcoats. The officers would probably wear their coats, officially drummers should retain their coats, but G&B, Osprey and others show them in waistcoats, so either is fine. So the current plan is:
- Rank and file - waistcoat - two new figures
- NCO - waistcoat - new figure
- Drummer - waistcoat - new figure (if you want the coat use a Prussian)
- Standard bearer - in coat (use the Prussian)
- Officer - in coat (use the Prussian)
Another item which distinguished the grenadiers from the musketeers was the cartridge box worn on the front of their waist belts. At first sight it would seem that a separate figure is needed for his, however due to the pose and semi-flat nature of these figures the box would hardly be visible, and can just be painted or stuck on, so we decided it was not worth a separate figure?
The first two Russian moulds
We have pretty much firmed up on the first two moulds.
- Musketeer/grenadier (summer uniform) advancing
- Musketeer/grenadier (summer uniform) march attack
- Heads for musketeers and grenadiers
- NCO (summer uniform) with separate musket
- Drummer (summer uniform)
- Again heads for musketeers and grenadiers
And the third mould????
- Observation Corps musketeer in summer uniform advancing?
- Observation Corps musketeer in summer uniform marching?
- Musketeer/grenadier in winter uniform advancing?
- Musketeer/grenadier in winter uniform marching?
- Musketeer/grenadier officer winter uniform with musket?
(The Observation Corps wore their cartridge box on the front and had no shoulder belt, they also wore dragoon boots rather than gaiters. The suggestion is that the figure is in summer uniform, so no coat).