First of the Russian units for the SYW are finished, the Chernigovskiy regiment:
I did something a little different with the flags this time. Up until now, on pretty much everything, I've used steel wire for flagpoles. This time, I used plastic broom straws, and flattened them into a spear point (something I've done for ancients for a while). I like the effect, and the flexibility of the poles, so will likely continue with this from now on.
The Russians are also a little different in that the uniforms, at least for infantry, were standardized to a much greater extent than in other contemporary forces. Same coat, facings, turnbacks, etc., regardless of regiment. There's a also a lot of red in the uniform - pretty much everything other than the outer coat. Getting contrast between uniform components was a bit of a trick, but I'm reasonably happy with how they turned out, and am looking forward to painting more.
I think with this army I'll also go cavalry heavy. I have a bunch of Russian horse, including cossacks, and haven't tried a force in Maurice where cavalry is the dominant arm. It'll be interesting to see how it works.