Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Rationalising the Cavalry collection

It's not what you think.

What I have in mind is getting my French - er - Gallispan army onto a more "rational" basis. I mean, my stars, this is the Age of Reason, is it not?

I am starting with the Cavalry, a much neglected arm in my collection. Up until now, my cavalry has been two fairly well-developed (ie, laregeish) units of the Line Cavalry; La Reine and another gray-coated no-name unit. The rest has been scraps, really, eight or a dozen Gensdarmes, a similar number of the Bercheny Hussars and so forth.

Now, I've been re-reading my Charles Grant and am wanting to put my Cavalry on that sort of basis - 24 troopers, 3 Officers and a Guidon. I have been having a good old rummage though my assorted lead piles and have found numbers of varying types of cavalry figure I bought at various times but never got too far into painting, so I do have a start on building things up, but more purchases will need to be made.

I'm looking at a structure consisting of two Line and one Light Brigade of Cavalry with the following regiments:

First Brigade:
Cuirassiers du Roi

Second Brigade:
La Reine

Light Brigade:
Saxe Dragoons
Bercheny Hussars
Ratzsky Hussars

Each Brigade will have an appropriate Etat Major.

I have been getting back into the swing of painting having produced in the past two weeks a squadron each of Royal-Pologne and the Saxe Dragoons. Next on the painting table are some of the Bercheny hussars. My painting plan is to paint me each a squadron of each regiment in turn before going on to paint a second.

Next time - reorganising the Artillery.


Bluebear Jeff said...


Photos, please, sir. I'm glad that you are getting the 18th century bug again. It is nice to see you back.

-- Jeff

Capt Bill said...

An army can never have too many gallopers...

abdul666 said...

Charles Grant did not include a trumpeter in his cavalry TOE: don't feel compelled by the precedent, how venerable it may be...

Bloggerator said...

Jean-Louis - How about a Squadron of 11 Troopers and one Trompette?


Stokes Schwartz said...

Ah, this may be just the thing to get me back in the saddle. Charge, Greg, charge!


Gallia said...

Bon chance mon ami!,
Divisble by fours is helpful.
28, 32, 36, etc.
Combatants that is.
Bill (Gallia)

tidders said...

Looks like a lot of work, good idea to rotate paitinng squadrons of each regiment.

Happy painting.

-- Allan

Bloggerator said...

Hi Alan, I'm kind of shying away from the thought of how much work it'll be! I fear it'll put me off!