Paint it black; that's what I did today with four different Russian Infantry units. These troops are for my 7YW Black Powder army. But I have plans for more Black Powder Russians. I'm going to make troops with which I can refight the famous battle of Borodino 1812 and some fictional 1812-1814 battles between Napoleonic Russian and La Grande Armee troops too.
The funny thing is that I already have some painted 1:72 Russian and French troops. These troops are oil-painted and consist mainly of old Esci figures. Now I plan for acrylic painted ones with better quality figures from companies as Zvezda, Hat and Italeri. Below are two pictures of a wargame battle with my oldies.