...on removing the flash of a bunch of Russians I'm going to outsource to Roger. Not exciting work, but I'll be sending him the first contingent the first week of April.
Meanwhile, I'm thoroughly enjoying the Lieven book, and recommend it to any aficiando of the Russkis.
Inspired enough so that I have been converting a Front Rank Russian mounted officer by giving him a Cossack's head from the SYW range. I added an epoxy putty bag to the fur hat, and have given him a plume with fuse wire cords, and of course a coiled knout in his right hand!
He'll be commanding the Ukrainian Cossack regiment.