Kusma Krjutschkow, 4th Don Cossack Regiment, 1914

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Martin Rohmann, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Martin

    The uniform looks good , nice result

    Thanks for the information ref epaulette sizes ...learnt something from the SBS ...again !!!

    Ref monograms ....if anyone can its you ....and they are a bigger epaulette as well ..lol

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Painting and a history lesson all in one, fantastic.
  3. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    49. Day, January 8, 2018


    The dark blue is on the shoulder board - and then I tortured myself with the freehands ...:

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    Regimental numbers and monograms have become, I think, quite neat, and above all, even.

    The rest (buttons, silver tresses and red piping) will I do tomorrow ...


    Cheers
  4. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Martin

    Epaulettes look good , lettering ...nice one possibly slight push the highlights ?

    The blue adds a nice burst of colour with the lettering adding interest against the uniform colour

    Looking for the next update when you can

    Happy painting

    Nap
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  5. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    50. Day, January 9, 2018

    Shoulder boards ready!

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    I did. Thx Nap!


    For the silver strands I've tried something new: I mixed Jo Sonja's texture paste with "Light Gray" acrylic paint and undercoated the little things with it.

    Then I waited for stuff to harden (about 15 minutes) and carefully washed the strands with very heavily diluted black.

    Again, after drying on each side, a round of pure silver brushed with the almost dry brush tip.

    I like the effect that came about ...:
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    Shoukder boards and cap should now match in color, as here ...:
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    And - hurrraaaah! - they do...:
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    Cheers
  6. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Martin

    Nice work and as you say .....they match !!!!! BRAVO

    Interesting use of the texture paste as well ...certainly a useful item to have

    Next to look forward to is the belts and equiptment ........especially the leather

    Nap
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  7. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    51. Day, January 10, 2018


    Like the Don Cossack on this picture ...

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    ... my bust also wears two leather belts over the right shoulder ...:

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    The saber of our hero hangs on the belt below (red marked), with the rifle belt (marked in green) above it.

    On the weapons I'll talk in detail when I paint them! In the meantime, only the belts are interesting!


    It is not unimportant to know: Cossacks were the only cavalrymen in the Russian army carrying their rifles over their RIGHT shoulder!

    All other units - dragoons, lancers, etc. carried the rifle over the LEFT shoulder. So you can immediately recognize Cossacks on blurry photos from that time!

    I made the saber belt today.

    From the front he is barely visible - from behind, however, all the more ...:

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    So I dug up my fund for templates, which color had the leather of the belt.

    This picture shows a very nice reddish brown, which plays in the lights to yellowish-orange and I like it very much ...:

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    This finding is confirmed by the following picture, which shows a general with a so-called "St. George saber".

    Such a "St. George saber" was a bravery award for officers! On the massive golden handle a miniature version of the "St. George's Order" was appropriate, in place of the leather strap on the handle was the black and orange ribbon.

    Important: Also the leather belt of this "St. George saber" shows the beautiful red brown!

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    I have decided to paint the leather straps with oil paints again (as at the horse) - and picked out the following tubes:

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    In the Russian army, the saber was practically always worn - even at the desk work!

    There is a letter from a British officer who was assigned to coordinate the staff work between Russia and the Western Allies in the General Staff to Petrograd (as St. Petersburg was called during the First World War).

    He complains bitterly in a private letter to his wife at home that his Russian colleagues are always walking around with their sabers hanging over them, forcing him out of politeness to carry the obstructive thing all the time, too.

    Why do I mention that?

    This suggests that the saber belts - especially in the Cossacks in the field! - were exposed to considerable stress. Especially in the shoulder area where the strongest bends were.

    So I allowed myself to paint in the shoulder area some deep nicks in my saber belt ...:

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    Here you can see them better - even if the shine of the fresh oil color is still a bit disturbing ...:

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    On the front of the bust the belt is almost completely covered, but - please look closely! - there are also two such nicks ...:

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    So much for today - tomorrow it continues with the gun belt.


    Cheers
  8. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Martin

    The learning continues ...Coaacks only wore rifles over right and what a interesting comment from the British officer ...the true stiff upper British lip ...doing things so properly!

    Like the sabre belt colour and the wear and tear you have added .

    Looking forward to the next part

    Nap
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  9. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    52. Day, January 11, 2018

    When I saw these two photos side by side for the first time yesterday, I noticed a mistake at my Cossack bust, which should not be there!

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    In the drawing, the strap on which the rifle hangs properly passes OVER the cartridge pouch. In my bust it is different, because he is modeled UNDER the bag.

    This would mean that our friend would have to devastate half his equipment before he can take his rifle off his shoulder.

    I could ...

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    ... that I noticed it right now now - because that can not stay that way!

    And so today I corrected the mistake ...:

    There is some weight hanging on the strap in question, because the rifle that our friend is wearing over his shoulder (and that is hanging from the strap) already weighed 3.9 Kilo's when unloaded.

    A strap with such a weight cuts a bit into the parts it runs over, you can not just live it over (or paint over it!).


    So first I carefully cut out some piece of the cartridge bag ...:

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    Then I added the missing piece of belt - with a piece of 200 gram paper, which has the necessary thickness to scale.

    The transition above to the original strap was replaced by a self-made buckle with thorn and tongue ...:
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    And in a third step, I made the edges of the cartridge case to match the strap and the cap of the cartridge bag (button and tab) made new ...:
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    Reads everything a little easier and faster than it is done ...!

    Most important: The surrounding and already painted parts of the figure remained absolutely undamaged.
    Cheers
  10. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Bravo Martin

    Well spotted ...I certainly didn't notice that

    Rework looks great

    Nap
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  11. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    53. Day, January 12, 2018


    So - the conversion is primed with the brush.

    I am satisfied with the result - even when viewed critically ...:

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    It "itches" me more than a little bit, to continue with painting, but the reason says: 'Move it to next week!' For tomorrow, the little Cossack will make a trip to a modeller meeting in Ostfriesland - and with wet oil paint on his belly I do not want to transport him.

    So have to wait till sunday or next week...

    Cheers
  12. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Looking good primed up Msrtin

    Enjoy the trip to a modeller meet ...spread the PF word

    Have a good weekend and we all will see you next week

    Nap
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  13. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    Thx Nap! I think, I will!

    We will have a traditional North German "kale meal" (Grünkohlessen), which is a very special regional specialty here ....


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  14. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    57. Day, January 13, 2018


    Today I took the suggestion of a friend and made the rifle belt new again. My buddy had been criticized that the "kink" in the belt (see arrow on the next picture!) looks unrealistic.

    Before..:

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    Now:

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    Cheers
  15. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    55. Day, January 15, 2018


    Today is the homemade new rifle sling's turn to be painted!

    In the First World War these straps were on the Mosin-Nagant rifles M 1891 of thick cowhide, which also had a reddish-brown color, but much darker than the saber belt ...:

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    During the Second World War, the Red Army used almost the same rifles, although slightly modernized in 1930 (Mosin-Nagant M 1891/30).

    The belts were then no longer made of leather, but of fabric, in the typically Russian indefinable color - which facilitated the maintenance and cleaning, for example, when the straps got wet and meant a certain weight reduction.

    The picture shows two such belts - above the cavalry rifle and below the infantry weapon ...:

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    But with Kuzma Krjuchkov we represent a Cossack in 1914, so leather is the only option for the belt!

    I did the reddish brown with these colors ...:

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    The white for the lights, I have used only very reserved, so that the painting is not "chalky". Skin color would alternatively be considered as well.

    To pimp the strap a little more I painted two additional eyelets there.

    Remains the self-made buckle:

    I would have liked to portray them as "brass", which would be good for the Cossack's appearance! But those things were made of iron!

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    So I took this color, which I had bought in Eindhoven on the recommendation of a friend ...:

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    I am very satisfied with the result - I am particularly pleased that there is no reason to believe that the site was completely different before ...:

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    Cheers
  16. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    56. Day, January 16, 2018


    The next detail is the cartridge bag of our Cossack!
    There are - as usual - today first research ...:

    Although the Russian military leadership, even after the lost war against Japan (1904/05), stuck to obsolete dogmas - such as the infantry bayonet attack - it was clear that in the early days of the trench and the machine gun, the main weapons of the Cossacks - Lance and saber - but not so contemporary!

    Although Cossacks had already carried rifles so far, this weapon was viewed by the military leadership as purely defensive!

    So Cossack horses were trained to lie down under enemy fire quietly on the ground to give their rider so cover ...:

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    The focus of the military doctrine, however, was on "attack" (as with all other European armies too!) - and there were just lances and sabers!

    Nevertheless, as part of the reforms after the Russo-Japanese War, it was decided to increase the firepower of the individual Cossack!

    Thus, a cartridge pouch was redeveloped (патронатех пхотный / pronounced: "patrontash pekhotny") which the Cossack could hang over his shoulder...:

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    The cartridge bag was so structured that it could also be worn as a belt. It is significant that the Russians had to use the German word "Patronen-Tasche" to name this new piece of equipment - because there was no equivalent in Russian!

    The first cartridge bags were made of cowhide and had four chambers inside ...:

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    In each of these chambers fitted a loading strip, each with five brass cartridges caliber 7.62 × 54 mm R ...

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    ... for the box magazine of the Mosin-Nagant Cossack Rifle M 1891 ...:

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    When the Russian military planners realized that the prospective opponent, the German and / or Austro-Hungarian infantryman, carried six loading strips each in his cartridge pouches (thus being able to reload six times during combat!), The "Patrontash" was rapidly expanded to six chambers!

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    From these cartridge cases existed a large number of variants, all of which were used side by side!

    There were leather ones (see above and next pictures) ...

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    ... from oilcloth ...

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    ...fabric...

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    ... as well as combinations of these different materials.


    Since the Cossack had to procure his equipment himself and at his own expense (the state made him completely tax-free!) each person got what he liked and what he could afford!

    So it is no wonder that in the same units different models were worn side by side, as the next picture shows ...:

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    If we now look at the well-known photo of Kuzma Krjuchkov, then it can be seen that his "Patrontash" looks very dark - similar to the dark blue epaulets ...:

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    I have decided not to portray the cartridge case as "leather"! Mainly because there is already a Uriadnik (corporal) of the 6th Orenburg Cossack Regiment in my collection - and he wears a "Patrontash" made of leather ...:

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    So I decided to paint it as " oilcloth with leather straps" - like this one ...:

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    So much for today!



    Cheers
  17. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    57. Day, January 17, 2018


    Just finished the painting of the oilcloth parts of the "Patrontash"!

    The basic color consists of ...

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    ... whereby I have increased the amount of black for the shadows and for the lights the one of Basic Skintone.

    Finally, I have some super thin "veils" with ...

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    ... glazed over the bag to emulate the typically washed-out look of oilcloth.

    The visible button is painted again with ...

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    Now the bag looks like this...:

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    Next step will be the leather parts at the hems and the straps. For that I will take oil paints again ...


    Cheers
  18. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Looking good Martin, I have used the darkstar paints too.
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  19. Oda A Fixture

    The level of the historical research in this work is trully an advertisement of what historical modelling is or should be about.Moreoever this is an extremely welcome masterclass on horses in general.There are not enough ways in which I can praise this work adequately!

    Oda.
  20. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Thanks for your Kind words!!!

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    57. Day, January 18, 2018


    Finished are now the very reddish leather parts and the strap of the cartridge bag.

    I took these colors ...:

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    For the first time I tried to darken the "Pompey Red" with "Darkviolet" - that worked wonderfully.


    That's how it has got, but the photos are [IMG] again, today!

    Outside, the heavy storm "Friederike" rages around the house and it is as dark as if the world was going down ...:

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    My Cossack now wears three different leather tones on the chest, which harmonize beautifully with each other and do not "bite"!


    Of course, the strap of the "Patrontash" was also painted on the back ...:

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    It looks very unfinished there - but that will change when the rifle is painted and mounted!


    But I will first go on with the hand that holds the reins ...


    Cheers

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