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ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

I bought some cavalry on Ebay that were supposed to be Bavarian chevauleger. I am now getting around to painting them and after closer examination discovered they are not what I thought they were. Do any of you have any suggestion of another unit they could be used for?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

Saxon Garde du Corps. I am assuming caterpillar crest on a helmet……not the horsetail of dragoon guards……… overalls need to become highboots (easy). Add a rolled cloak (over the right shoulder of course!)

many images shown here very recently.



Artilleryman23 Mar 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

Watch the horse furniture. For British cavalry that is usually the biggest difference from their continental cousins.

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

Dutch/Belgian Carabineers.

Garde de Paris23 Mar 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

Back in the '60's, Stadden made a 30mm wargame figure of the Lifeguards (still available) that was easily used as Portuguese cavalry. The saddlery was covered by a lambswool sharaque.

Neither units had a fur band on the helmet, making is easily adaptable.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 1:19 p.m. PST

DB Carabiniers….nice call!

One of them anyway. Dutch or Belgian….same thing then, until they had war to prove otherwise.

The word is that helmet was not worn by either till shortly after the Battle and certainly Perrys say one lot had a bicorne, the other had the helmet.

Brussels museum is cagey and non committal.

Nice call though…yes! Only snag (minor) is the lapels turned back and the fringed epaulettes


SJDonovan Inactive Member23 Mar 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

The problem with using British Household cavalry as something else is that they will have sabretaches while the heavy dragoons of most other nations did not.

Also, as Artilleryman has said, the horse furniture, if it consists of a rolled cloak at the front and a plain blanket at the back doesn't really look much like the more ornate shabraques of other nations.

Unfortunately, if you paint them as anything else I think they will just look like British soldiers in the wrong colours. Personally, I would try to swap them here for the figures you really want.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 1:30 a.m. PST

Sabretaches, clever! Indeed………

Shabraques you could get around with some filing and Greenstuff though.

Sounds like your best bet is to reinforce your Household Brigade

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 7:25 a.m. PST

thanks for ideas I will have to think about it, but selling makes the most sense(anybody buying?)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

It would help to know more about what you actually have.

Like scale, maker (tell us not Far Eastern rip off stuff). or even how many……

This EBay thing seems a bit hazardous to those of my generation.

I did once, once only…buy something as I was desperate. I wanted an Aichi Val …the Airfix model of the early Pearl Harbour version……other than the missing bits, it was fine

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