I decided to tone down the white of their coats with a very thin wash and then repaint the white belts, gauntlets and other bits in order that they stood out. After a few weeks on campaign in all weather I doubt the coats would remain pristine white. They were quite straightforward to paint and there is plenty of detail to cope with my inadequate painting abilities. I like them and look forward to seeing them thunder across the table to battle the French, probably next year now.
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That now makes three Russian cavalry regiments (cuirassiers, dragoons and uhlans) and I have another four in the box of doom to tackle (cuirassier, uhlan and two hussars) which is far, far to many but they'll go nicely with the 24 battalions of infantry I am well on the way to finishing.
I suppose I should do some Cossacks...........