Sunday, July 3, 2011

Military Insignia 3D Eastern Edition: military insignia of the Russian Federation

Military Insignia 3D Eastern Edition: military insignia of the Russian Federation

As you may have learned from my previous post, Military Insignia 3D has expanded internationally. Recently, I have started my British, Australian, German and French military insignia collections. Now it was time to explore the East. For as long as I can remember, I was always captivated by Russian military insignia, especially by the ones of the pre-Soviet period. Time has passed; Russian military heraldry went the full circle and ended up almost at the point it was before the communist regime. The Russian Federation has re-adopted many symbols of the good old times, including the tri-color flag, and two-headed eagles of various types. 

For quite some time now, I was eager and anxious to get my hands on Russian military heraldry. However, the undeniable beauty of the Russian insignia also presented certain irrefutable challenges. From the artistic point of view, these were among the most complex images to tackle. Think massive amount of detail, substantial number of textures and materials and layers upon layers upon layers of design elements – to name just a few dares I had to deal with. Well, what can I say? Just the way I like it. As usually, I enjoyed every single bit of it. Without further ado, let me present the first piece of my Russian collection – the emblem of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Russian Federation.  

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Russian: Вооружё́нные Си́лы Росси́йской Федера́ции Transliteration: Voruzhonnije Síly Rossíyskoj Federátsii) are the military services of Russia, established after the break-up of the Soviet Union.
The Russian military is divided into the following branches: the Russian Ground Forces, the Russian Navy, and the Russian Air Force. There are also three independent arms of service : Strategic Missile Troops, Military Space Forces, and the Russian Airborne Troops. The Troops of Air Defense, the former Soviet Air Defense Forces, have been subordinated into the Air Force since 1998. The Armed Forces as a whole seem to be traditionally referred to as the Army (armiya), except in some cases, the Navy.
Although the Russian armed forces were formed in 1992, the Russian military dates its roots back to the times of the Kiev Russ.
A new military doctrine, promulgated in November 1993, implicitly acknowledged the contraction of the old Soviet military into a regional military power without global imperial ambitions. In keeping with its emphasis on the threat of regional conflicts, the doctrine called for a Russian military that is smaller, lighter, and more mobile, with a higher degree of professionalism and with greater rapid deployment capability. Such change proved extremely difficult to achieve. Key elements of the reforms announced in October 2008 include reducing the armed forces to a strength of one million by 2012; reducing the number of officers; centralizing officer training from 65 military schools into 10 'systemic' military training centers; reducing the size of the central command; introducing more civilian logistics and auxiliary staff; elimination of cadre-strength formations; reorganizing the reserves; reorganizing the army into a brigade system; and reorganizing air forces into an air base system instead of regiments.

As always, the above insignia will be available on a limited number of selected high quality customizable products via my “Military Insignia” galleries exclusively at Zazzle.  Just follow the links in the article to navigate to the corresponding galleries. For special and custom orders, you can always contact me via "Send Message" feature from any page of my Zazzle Military Insignia galleries.  

I will also make my insignia designs available free of charge to any non-profit/non-commercial and charitable causes, benefiting troops and their families, as I have already done on numerous occasions in the past.

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