So, to start things off on the right foot, I present - a strelets! These infamous musketeers were founded by Tsar Ivan IV Vasilyevich, better known as Ivan the Terrible (although I'm told that his epithet 'Grozny' would be better translated as "Awe-Inspiring"). Their distinctive combination of firearm and polearm was apparently quite effective, since Ivan IV vastly expanded the Russian nation during his reign.
This fellow is most definitely WiP, but it seemed appropriate to post him first seeing as how he's armed with a bardiche. You know, like in the blog title?
Like most of the miniatures I will be posting in the near future, this miniature is from The Assault Group which is an awesome website for two reasons: first, they have a great range of renaissance miniatures sold at reasonable rates with great customer service; and second, when I have enough tabs open on my browser, the Assault Group tabs read "The Ass..." which is always worth a chuckle. And if you're wondering about scale, he's based on a penny.