For those of you who know nothing about it, take a look at Wikipedia
And there is also an interesting movie "Squadron" on youtube,
But as this is a blog about figures I wanted to show you some great conversions I stumbled over. When I have it right in mind it was on Benno's forum.
Some great conversions from Strelets Zouaves into Zouaves of death. Just one of the many volunteer units to battle the Russians.
For the Russians themselves you can use Strelets' 1877 Russo-Turkish war figures.
In case you want to paint some figures for this subject here a "few" uniform-plates for Polish units: