Vive L’Empereur: Cavalry (1): Cuirassiers

After varnishing and basing the French Artillery figures in my collection of Del Prado pre-painted 25/28mm-scale Napoleonic figures, I began work on the French Cavalry.

The most numerous mounted figures in my collection are Cuirassiers, and so I started with them.

There are six bases of Cuirassiers, each base having two figures.

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6 Comments on “Vive L’Empereur: Cavalry (1): Cuirassiers”

  1. Carl Packham says:

    Very nice looking unit

  2. Carl Packham,

    Thanks for your kind comment. I have just started work on the next batch of French Cavalry, and they should be ready by early next week … I hope!

    All the best,

    Bob

  3. Gonsalvo says:

    I have a long standing fondness for Heavy Cavalry charging with their swords thrust forwards, as in the Cuirassier figures to our right in the picture; some of my very first Ochel flats in the 1960's had that posture, as do some of my modern French Dragoons and Cuirassiers (Foundry). That fist with the traditional “thrusting” swords provided to the heavy cavalry as opposed to the “cutting” sabers of the light cavalry… at least in theory!

  4. Gonsalvo,

    There are certain figure poses that inherently feel 'right', and the charging Heavy Cavalryman leaning forward in the saddle with his sword arm extended parallel to the ground is one such pose.

    All the best,

    Bob

  5. arthur1815 says:

    Bob,
    'Here come those d—d fools again!' said one British soldier of the repeated cavalry charges at Waterloo.
    But they do look splendid.
    Regards,
    Arthur

  6. Arthur1815 (Arthur),

    They do look splendid … but I have yet to find out whether or not that they can perform effectively on a tabletop battlefield. It will be fun finding out!

    All the best,

    Bob


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