My first Napoleonic mini! (Finnish Karelian Dragoons #1)

I warmly welcome!

After more than 25 years of painting minis, I grew up to paint my first figurine from the Napoleonic era.
I have thought many times about painting miniatures from this period, and I have always been terrified of painting these beautiful but detailed uniforms.
And it is probably true that you have to grow up for some projects ;-)

It is also not a seed of a new army (I have neither the space nor the desire to paint dozens of uniforms).
Rather, it will be a mini-project of few models, with no game aspirations.
So, here is the first Finnish Karelian Dragoon from Perry Miniatures.

Finland was a fully consolidated part of Sweden until 1809 and was under the same political and juridical administration as the rest of Sweden. Finland was one of four Swedish regions or "lands" (landsdelar); Svealand, Götaland, Norrland and Finland.
Many regiments were established in the Finland part of Sweden during the Swedish period, both infantry and cavalry.
The majority of the soldiers in the regiments in Finland were Finnish, while the majority of the officers came from today’s part of Sweden.
       The ethnic Finnish population of Finland spoke Finnish but the military command language was Swedish. There was a reason for this.
When a soldier or an officer was transferred to another regiment they had to understand the commands independent of where in Sweden the regiment was garrisoned.
The Finns were very able and loyal soldiers of the Swedish Army.
Finland was lost to Russia in a war which ended in 1809.

  • Karelian or Viborg and Nyslott County Cavalry Regiment (1000 men)










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  1. Great job!I hope to see a continuation - a very interesting topic!

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    1. Большое спасибо за добрые слова!
      Yes, first finished second two Dragoon from set.

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  2. Impressive brushwork as always, Michal! I must admit that I'm very surprised to hear this is your initial foray into Napoleonics. Well done and looking forward to seeing many more from you for this period.

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    1. Thank you very much for a kind words friend!
      Yes, working on second two from Dragoon set :)

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  3. Jak na pierwszą napoleońską figurkę nie jest źle Michale. Nie masz się czym przejmować ;)

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    1. Ufff! To cieszę się bardzo!

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    2. Ofc. To był żart. Wszystko jest jak zawsze za....fajne!

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    3. No domyśliłem się, spokojnie :))))

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  4. No proszę! Doczekałem się i napoleonki w Twoim wykonaniu. Do tego mega oryginalny pomysł na nację i jednostkę. Brawo!

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    1. Dziękuję :) a tak Francuzi czy Brytole to było by za łatwo :) a tak to będą mroźni Finowie pod Szwedzkim sztandarem podczas wojny z Rosją :)

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    2. Cieszę się, że się podoba :)

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  5. Cracking dragoon Michal, well done!

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  6. Quite the departure from your usual fare, but still as beautiful as ever !

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    1. Oh, thank you very much for a kind words sir!

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  7. The promising beginning of a new era!

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  8. Lovely work on this "Swedish" cavalryman Michal!

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    1. Thank you so much :)
      Will be a few more :)
      Best

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    1. Thank you Simon!
      Really glad to hear that!
      Warm regards

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  10. Awesome painted figure Michal! It looks really realistic and I love the shading.

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you very much Peter!
      Really appreciate it!
      Besr

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  11. Both interesting to learn about Swedish/Finnish military during Napoleonics era and lovely to see your first (And very well painted, of course) mini for it. Good stuff mate!

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    1. Thank you so much Dai! Really great you like it :)

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  12. Very nice Michal. I have a few more than one to paint !

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    1. Ha, I believe :)
      Thank you very much for a kind words.

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  13. No proszę.. Tego się nie spodziewałem Michał. Doskonale die ogląda i twoje "napoleonki".
    Pozdr
    Tomasz

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  14. Paru tych napoleończyków popełniłem, też musiałem do tego mocno dojrzeć, źródłowo również, tym bardziej, że uniwersum batalistyki emipiru jest na równi socjopatyczne, co urzekające. Źródeł zatrzęsienie a i tak funkcjonują w mocnym ograniczeniu. Teoria plastikowego box-u, jednolitych sortów mundurowych mocno mija się z rzeczywistością, a ona sama wydaje się być również bardzo trudno uchwytna w przestrzenie zatrzęsienia zmiennych. Fajnie wyszło, tym bardziej, że napocząłeś przygodę od kapitalnych w tej materii Perrych. No i też myślałem o systemie malowania, co by nie było nudno, ale efekciarstwo wojsk napoleońskich ma moc w stadach, trzeba się przemóc ;-). Sam poszedłem klasycznie po 6 szt w kompanii, 5-6 kompanii na pułk (w tym 2 kompanie elitarne grenadierów i woltyżerów). Pozdrawiam i życzę powodzenia.

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  15. Great stuff Michal! The Perry miniatures are really amazing and you've done them justice 😀

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  16. Beautiful work! Even if you say you are not collecting more Napoleonics, we both know you are lost! Lost! This is only the beginning! Once you've started there's no way back! :D

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  17. Fantastic work, Michal. It’s great to see the you apply your talent to the Napoleonic uniform, one of the most beautiful epoc.

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    1. Thank you very much Dmitry!
      Glad you like it!

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  18. Great paint job on a fantastic model!

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    1. Thank you so much for a kind words!
      Best regards

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  19. Nareszcie ;) W końcu możesz się nazywać dorosłym malarzem ;) Mam nadzieję, że na tym zestawie nie poprzestaniesz.

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  20. Very nice model and nicely painted too!

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  21. Excellent work, interesting read too

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