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29 Sep 2017 6:34 a.m. PST
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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

Royal Horse guards (the blues)
Or 2nd dragoons (grey dragons, Scots Grays)

oldjarhead1 Inactive Member23 Mar 2017 5:15 p.m. PST

Grey Dragoons/Royal Scots Greys

dbf167623 Mar 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

Not sure what your question is, Truls. The Blues wore blue coats and the Scots greys wore red. If you are asking which to paint, I would recommend both!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 1:26 a.m. PST

Blues (RHG) are a bit duller than the Regts of Lifeguards or even Dragoon Guards in their Waterloo attire.

RNBD obviously stand out, with the bearskin, red coats and the grey horses.

Far more work though and, let's face it, everyone has them……

RHG a smaller unit, probably slightly more at the elite end of the spectrum (debate……..)

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 2:53 a.m. PST

Not sure what your question is, Truls. The Blues wore blue coats and the Scots greys wore red. If you are asking which to paint, I would recommend both!

Your favourite.

SJDonovan Inactive Member24 Mar 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

If it is a poll on which is your favourite then I suspect the Scots Greys are going to win by a country mile. Though I do have a soft spot for the Blues because chaps like the ones at the front were among the first toy soldiers I ever had.


4th Cuirassier24 Mar 2017 4:10 a.m. PST

I love love love the Royal Horse Guards. Blue coats, buff straps, black horses, known as the Cheesemongers because their fathers were in trade. What's not to like?

We are lucky to have four different uniform choices among the British heavy cavalry IMHO.

Trajanus24 Mar 2017 4:48 a.m. PST

Blessed are the Cheesmongers!

langobard Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 5:06 a.m. PST

Royal Horse Guards.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 5:14 a.m. PST

Oddly enough red isn't my favourite colour even though I support Man U and collecting a Britsh Nap force. Blue is my favourite colour and therefore the Blues would be my choice

Footslogger24 Mar 2017 5:23 a.m. PST

Both. I'll be buying both when Warlord bring out their British Heavy Cavalry sets later this year. Why choose?

Dr Jeckyll Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 7:26 a.m. PST


cavalry4724 Mar 2017 2:15 p.m. PST


Far too many NBD around!!

SJDonovan Inactive Member24 Mar 2017 2:20 p.m. PST

So much for my prediction that the Scots Greys would win by a country mile. I'm so far off that I should probably set myself up as a political pollster.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

These days…as a political pollster…naw….brilliant call actually.

UK decision, US election, nothing to do with Blue or Red (This is turning into a really good topic in practice)

The 2nd RNBD look great. The RHG actually …for their size…. were far more effective on the only battle of the Napoleonic Wars that really mattered.

Last Saturday I was in Edinburgh and paid ten quid to just call into see Ewart's Eagle and ten minutes later I met Mrs Deadhead in a pub nearby…..seriously….

RHG Blues are dull. RNDBs look brilliant. One emerged much more famous than the other, but they were far more numerous……and they did possibly do that "Charge at Everything" thing, that was less than desirable. Were RHG more use in the end?

Funny how much everyone valued the eagles taken. Was it 2 or 3, did this unit or that take one and then lose it? Never mind the French Army totally routed, the emphasis for months was on the respect for the trophies captured……………

Royal Marine25 Mar 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

Orangemen …

4th Cuirassier27 Mar 2017 3:13 a.m. PST

I always thought the Scots Greys were a bit, well, grey. Apart from the red coat it's all grey: grey strides, grey horse blanket, grey horse, dark grey bearskin, dark grey sabretache, etc.

Now with the Cheesemongers there's a lot more variety. Garter Blue coat, red facings, yellow lace, red over blue caterpillar crest on black and brass helmet, buff straps, blue blanket roll, black horse. Very imposing IMHO.

The potential drawback to the RHG is that most British light cavalry wore blue coats. With that said you could do four different heavy regiments – Life Guards, RHG, RNBD, DG – and the uniforms would all differ, which makes for a nice bit of painting variety.

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