I have been able to complete 3 white units and 1 red unit. Below are the new figures.
These caps are dismounted far eastern cossacks. One of the units whose caps had to change, of which more later.
And then there is the cavalry. Firstly I have the best part of a unit of Siberian Cossacks. There are 6 as I had 2 Copplestone Cossacks left over. Unfortunately whilst both lovely figures Copplestone are are bit bigger and chunkier, they dont really mix.
Now these cavalry from Leonid are just lovely and I really like how they have come out. Unfortunately I have since found that cap colour is wrong. The table of colours in Osprey suggests that Siberian Cossacks have crimson shoulder boards, trouser stripe, cap band and cap crown. It seems to suggest that for the far eastern cossacks it is yellow for the same things. Other sources, particularly the Pygmy Wars site suggest that the cap crown is blue for all cossacks the other colour schemes being correct.
I had already changed my far eastern cossacks as shown in the earlier picture of dismounted Cossacks. Would I now need to change the Siberians?
Of course the answer was yes you will. Both units.
Painful but they do still look great. I then moved on to order some more figures from Leonid. I have made some minor changes to some for which I ask Leonids forgiveness.
I then have the last two Siberian cossacks and yes I had to repaint this cap too. The second one is a minor conversion of the first red trooper.
The next 5 I decided would be a native caucasion mountaineer unit. My research suggests a variety of uniform and fur hat colours with sky blue shoulder boards, soa nice colourful unit. Only 5 so far these rest may end up being copplestone.
The above trooper is classic for these troops with that great aggressive pose.
So thats it for now more Russians, Sikhs and the odd Saxon on the workbench.
Watch this space!