Thursday, May 28, 2020

PASS IN REVIEW: RUSSO TURKISH WAR ROMANIAN ARMY

Russo Turkish War Romanian Army Contingent Ready for Inspection.

Greetings, fellow shut ins!  This post brings together, and concludes, the series on my pandemic project of Russo Turkish War era Romanians (for an explanation of the quotes around "completed" see Aly's comment in the May 14 post).  And what better way to mark such a moment than with a parade!  
 Romanian Army in the timeframe sometime after the Russo Turkish War. With minor differences, the look is the same as 1877/78.

Consistent with the parade theme, this post will mainly consist of eye candy (you can find and play appropriate band music in the background).  For the more curious or those seeking more in depth information, there are links to other posts that provide more information and background on each of the elements.  As usual, you may clix pix for BIG PIX.

THE LINE INFANTRY
The backbone the army, the Romanian line infantry These are Outpost figures. 

THE CAVALRY
Romanian cavalry brigade consisting of two regiments of regular red-coated Roshori and one regiment of blue coated Calarashi (territorial cavalry).  Figures are Northstar 1866 Austrian Hussars repurposed as Romanians.  
Photo credit: C. Savulescu (1977) Romania, History of Photography, 1:1, 63-77, DOI.
10.1080/03087298.1977.10442883

CHASSEURS AND DOROBANTI MILITIA 
Flanking the line infantry, two units of brown coated Romanian Chasseurs and two of the celebrated White jacketed Dorobanti Militia. These are all Outpost figures.

ARTILLERY PARK
Anchoring the line, the Romanian Artillery: four batteries of Krupps. These are Outpost Russian gunners and guns repurposed as Romanians. 
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ON PARADE 
The Romanians arrayed with command in front. 

I am looking forward to some day putting these on the table with my Hugarians: what a colorful combination they would make! 

Excelsior!

16 comments:

  1. A most beautiful army to be proud of.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. Closing the geographical gap slowly but surely towards your Crimean Russians :)

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  2. Ed, your work on your Romanian army is superb! Who knew what a colorful army this would be? Well anyone who has been following this project would know for sure.

    Great parade!

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. The timeframe roughly defined by the Russo Turkish War and afterwards and the conflicts in that region are a relatively untapped resource in the hobby.

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  3. What a splendid parade, so many beautiful units, congrats!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. Like the Hungarians, you have to love any army that only has hussars for cavalry.

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  4. Everyone loves a parade! They're all splendid troops but the red coated cavalry and the brown coated chasseurs ( even in campaign dress!) deserve special mention!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. I have to admit that it was seeing the Chasseurs a few years ago somewhere stuck with me and probably are what drew me into this project.

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  5. Hurrah! A parade...
    They look lovely Ed...
    And of course I found this...
    Romanian marching music...

    https://youtu.be/SiPA4_dLukk

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Great find, that Youtube clip! I've tagged that one!

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  6. and a fine looking collection it is!

    I've occasionally wondered what it would be like to "finish" something, even temporarily......

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    1. Well, I've already ordered some figs to "round out" the Romanians, so I'll have to get back to you on "finishing..."

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  7. Nice to see the whole project laid out at once. It’s a very good looking force, may they do you proud on the table. 😀

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    1. Thanks, Stew: as the old saying goes, "They look nice, but can they fight?" Then again, looking nice is half the game in the hobby, so I'll take it.

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  8. Excelsior! Great accomplishment Ed.

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