Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lancashire French Heavy Cavalry

Off the painting desk are twelve French heavy cavalry for the 1799 project.  The French heavies during this time period had no cuirass and wore bicorne rather than the later helmet.
Thus far in the project, painting activity has been concentrated on the infantry arm of the combatants. The only cavalry to make it over the painting desk have been six Russian cossacks.  
The figures are from Lancashire Games and are the first cavalry from Lancashire to hit my painting desk.  All figures are in the same pose with no command.
Nicely sculpted figures that produce good results when completed.

How do they compare with some of the other 15/18mm Napoleonic cavalry?  Using Eureka's Russian cossacks and Old Glory French dragoons in comparison, the differences are obvious in a close-up view.

The Eureka horse and riders are quite a bit larger than the Lancashire but the Old Glory and Lancashire horses match quite well.  The Lancashire riders are smaller than Old Glory's but on the gaming table these differences will disappear.  Even the size differences between the Eureka and Lancashire will likely be unnoticeable in the heat of battle.
Eureka, Lancashire, Old Glory
Eureka, Lancashire, Old Glory

16 comments:

  1. Very nice work there Jonathan. They look excellent. When will they be gracing the table?

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    1. Thanks!

      As for when they will be gracing the gaming table, one of my goals for 2015 was to get the 1799 onto the table for its first outing. I still have about six months to keep that goal.

      I do hope to draft a small scenario and get them into a fight.

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  2. Nice early French heavy cavalry!

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  3. I really like the unit sizes that can be achieved in this scales, compared with equal amount of time at a painting table used on 28's - also they seem to mix very well, so plenty of good product ranges to choose from.
    Ideal for those large Napoleonic battles!

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    1. Yes, Soren, ideal for large Napoleonic battles. These do mix well with Old Glory. Thanks for your comments!

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  4. Nice job on this cavalry Jonathan!

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  5. There is a lot of scope for the early troops, especially for Bonaparte and Survavov's Italian Campaigns. They are light in the Cavalry and artillery arms both as well.

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    1. The early campaigns have much to offer including smaller battles with interesting situations.

      Light on cavalry and artillery is a big benefit for the current state of my 1799 project.

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  6. Very fine work, Jonathan. The bicorne look is very refreshing - would that uniform have been in use as late as, say, Marengo?
    Those last comparison shots are interesting - they are a bit small compared to the other figs, but as you, say, that should not be a problem on the table, especially with your big battles.
    Cheers,
    M

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    1. Thanks, Michael!

      Yes, the bicorne would seen service at Marengo.
      The riders are on the small side but I was surprised at how closely the old glory horses matched up.

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