As there was (and still is… Warlord games, let's do it!) no 28mm soviet cavalry to buy, I had to convert them. As I had quite a lot of unpainted Copplestone Miniatures Bolshevik and Cossack Russian Civil War cavalry in my miniatures cabinet, I used those. I think it's hard to get better ones for this project anyway. The ammo pouches are maybe outdated for WW2 but you can't get everything. Following conversions were carried out:
The project started out as two five men units for Bolt Action (BA). Unfortunately I never got them painted for when we still played BA, so I have not tested them with that ruleset. I had to do two more to fill up a mounted section for CoC, which is why they are two men short in the picture below.
First cavalry in greatcoats:
And with greatcoats rolled upon the saddle instead (and a group picture):
I also made a dismounted cavalry Serzhant to lead a section when on foot. He got a carbine and sabre! In hindsight, it would maybe have been better to arm him with a SMG as the Serzhants seems to got SMGs already in the Autumn of '41. But then he can substitute a cavalry soldier who shows some initiative instead, and he will be great as junior leader when gaming the period before that.
The body and head is Wargames Factory, arms from Warlords Blitzkrig german set (or possibly their plastic soviets), carbine from Warlords plastic soviet set and the sabre from a Copplestone RCW cavalryman. I am especially pleased with the green stuff strap to the carbine (I carved a bit in the back of the miniature to be able to fit the carbine properly).