Saka Light Cavalry

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Adler 5th & 6th Cuirassiers - The Last French Waterloo Cavalry

Lets pause and consider that after over two years I have now finished the last French Cavalry for our Waterloo project. (After a few seconds feet shuffling)..... and were back. Notice I did not say "Last French Cavalry..." yes friends more will be seen on this blog, just waiting for Peter at Baccus to release some more new figures and they will be on the bench.

But enough of that as it's Adler's turn at bat and I think I can see a century coming up. These are the 5th and 6th Cuirassiers which rounds off the cavalry as mentioned but what a way to finish eh? I still have a lot of infantry and a few guns on the table but that's OK

The 5th Cuirassiers were part of the Fourth Corps 14th Cavalry Division 1st Brigade. Colonel Gobert was mortally wounded at Waterloo, in a way rather fitting as they dashed themselves against the British Squares in ever more desperate attempts to break them.

I loaded the bases as these are the heavies so one more figure than the Lancers. I wanted them to have a look of mass which is hard on a 60x30 base.

Again these have the two different basic figures and added to this is the officer, trumpeter and ensign. That's five different figures over ten figures not a bad mix.

Again great looking command figure makes the whole a joy to paint and hopefully I have done enough justice to it. The quality of the sculpts is amazing, well worth the extra time that needs to be spent on them if you want the best out of them.

The 6th Regiment was part of the same Division but in the 2nd Brigade. Colonel Martin was a lot luckier than his counterpart in the 5th. Though I am sure his men were not so much.

I really like the Cuirassiers, the bold colours and the shear mean look they have. I know from experience that in our rules these guys can really make a mess of those they hit. Of course they have to keep it rolling to get where I will need them to be if I expect to win at Waterloo. Maybe I will have to work them differently in our game?

Getting these on the blog really does make me feel I am on the home run now. In some ways that's kind of sad, almost like a journeys end rather than the beginning of the next trip. I have good momentum going though as I got a good session in two nights ago. I do have a Waterloo related parcel coming my way in a few days time. It will keep by building of the week busy for a few weeks that is for sure.

So a final salute to all my French cavalry, their destiny is to be broken against those allied squares but do not cry as they will rise up out of the ashes, no doubt to freeze to death on their way back from Moscow, or maybe smashing the Austrian cavalry at any number of battles?

8 comments:

  1. Sorry to post off topic. Came by to see if you had the game on. Here's hoping they win. Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. No I was in bed, but the nightmare was the play it seems. We need to bounce back from that, what has happened?

      Ian

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  2. Those are superb. Clearly a lot of work has gone into the painting and I really like the basing. They look like they have stepped out of the painting of the 'British Squares Receiving the Charge of French Cuirassiers'

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    1. That's a really nice comment Mark, thanks :-)

      Ian

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  3. and, breathe!

    It must feel good to have got all the Waterloo French cavalry done. And what spectacular units to finish on.

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, I am really looking forward to finishing off the French Infantry, so much so that I will be organising a blog giveaway

      Ian

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  4. Impressive! Those British will be worried now!

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    1. I hope so Roger, just got to decide do I hit them with the Lancers first or second? If I can get a few formations in retreat I could have a chance of meeting the Prussians with a major threat removed. Or of course I could remove my chance to fight both forces till dark, oh the choices.

      Ian

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