Dear Planeteers! Somehow I can not let this year of crafting and painting - and start now another project! When the German troops advanced in the Soviet Union to the Caucasus in 1942, they were joined by a certain Nikolay Lazarevich Kulakov, the Ataman of the Terek Cossacks. Kulakov brought a part of his people with him and after some time was integrated into the German 1st Cossack Cavalry Division of General Helmuth von Pannwitz ...: Since the Germans did not want to test the loyalty of the Cossacks unnecessarily, they were not allowed to fight their countrymen, but moved them to the Balkans, where they were used in the later Yugoslavia to "fight against gangs". "Bandenbekämpfung" was then euphemistically called the hunt for resistance fighters and partisans! Kukakov and his people conducted this war in an inconceivably cruel way, and also committed a number of war crimes! When the Germans had to withdraw from Yugoslavia to Austrian territory in April / May 1945, because the Red Army was advancing with immense power, and the Tito partisans were no longer up to it anyway, Kulakov sat down and dived! However, members of the Soviet secret service "Smersch" (an acronym for "Smert Shpionem!" / "Death the Spies") still felt in Kulakow in May 1945 in Vienna, with some probability he was betrayed. Nikolay Lazarevich Kulakov died in the same month in Vienna after the consequences of torture during interrogation by members of "Smersch" ... By chance, we know what Kulakow was like, a portrait of the German painter Olaf Jordan (1902 - 1968)! Jordan... ... had a faible for the Cossacks in German service and accompanied them almost the entire war - he went along with them even in captivity! On the basis of the painting by Olaf Jordan, the relatively unknown Czech company "ROP o. s." has published a bust some time ago ...: It is held in the scale 1/10, from Resin and from Roman Srb modeled. This bust did not cost me much money at the time, and I had - honestly! - almost forgotten that I had it at all, because it was packed in the back of the cabinet. By chance, I remembered it again when friend yesterday sent me biographies of the Cossack leaders Krasnov and Kononov - who also stood as leaders of the Cossacks on the German side (and in Moscow after the war were hanged together with General von Pannwitz!). When I had unpacked the bust, I immediately knew why I wanted to have it at that time: It has a very beautifully sculpted face and - that was for me at the time the purchase argument! - a rather rare subspecies of the "Kubanka" fur cap, a particularly long-haired variant called "Abreka". The name of this cap is derived from the Caucasian word "Abrek", which means "bandit" or "offender". These caps are made from the very long winter coat of Persian Karakul sheep ...: In addition - and also no other Cossack bust can offer - it has put a Caucasian "Burka" consisting of the same coat ...: With this bust I will deal in the coming time - but I will rebuild them, because I have also found a lot of fun in sculpting again! The German uniform blouse (which I do not like) will disappear - and for this I will sculpt to him Caucasian clothes (Beschmet shirt and Cherkesska coat).