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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 10:25 p.m. PST

"After the Treaty of Paris (1808), which severely limited the size of the Prussian army, there were six regiments of dragoons, each of four squadrons which in time of war had a maximum of 150 sabres each. Once freed of the treaty restrictions, in 1813 a fifth depot squadron was added to each regiment, and in the following year two new dragoon regiments were created, bringing the total to eight. Although much of the Prussian cavalry in the campaign of 1815 was from the Landwehr, four dragoon regiments were in the army sent to meet Napoleon once more, and two arrived in time to play their part in the decisive battle at Waterloo.

We are all used to seeing sets of cavalry with all or most of the figures with weapon drawn, riding horses which are mostly only good for a full-on charge. Dramatic as they were, such charges were rare compared to the amount of time cavalry spent moving about or simply standing waiting, even if on a battlefield. This set from Strelets offers something rather different cavalrymen mounted up and ready to go, but not as yet going anywhere, and apparently not in a fight. Three are just sitting and doing nothing, and there is a nice little scene with two more where one (a trumpeter) is passing a water bottle to another (third row). However four of the poses are handling their carbine, which suggests they intended to use it, perhaps anticipating a skirmish? Equally, one man has (or is about to) draw his sword, so again this implies he is expecting to use it. That leaves the last two figures in the bottom row. The last is an officer holding a telescope, so useful in lots of situations, plus a figure we can find no use for at all. This is the man holding an infantry standard, which seems to be of a good size and is on a staff 39mm (2.8 metres) in length. The flag is not cased but is tied, but we cannot imagine why any dragoon would ever be holding such a standard. Dragoon regiments had their own guidons, which obviously were far smaller than this (something this size would be very hard to handle on a moving horse), so what the sculptor was thinking here baffles us, but the figure is completely useless. Apart from him however, all the poses are very useful and well done…"

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14Bore26 Sep 2020 5:03 a.m. PST

I like them, and the civilians

Pauls Bods26 Sep 2020 11:19 a.m. PST

Not my period of interest but Ill have the civilians. Is it the scans or do the nags look a bit..?..stumpy. The one on the bottom left, its head looks a bit small.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 11:50 a.m. PST

Glad you like them guys! (smile)

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Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 5:28 p.m. PST

Agree with you Paul – nags not up to the same sculpting as the bods.
Which is a bit odd, given the significant improvement in strelets sculpting, and the fact that other new cavalry sculls (WSS) seem so much better…

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2020 7:47 p.m. PST

Poor review again. Not saying the figures are great, but if you don't understand design specifics, perhaps they should engage and learn to ask.

I've created a cased standard; in wet weather it wasn't unknown. I'm creating and modifying generals, staff, assistants and other 'supporters' who are doing anything but fighting.

I do want some Grenadiers a Cheval in a charging pose though- still trying to work that out!

The variety of poses is what some modellers want.
If you go back to Britains, and Airfix they had little 'themes' inside the sets.

Given the majority of figures mass produced are in aggressive/ violent poses, some other when the army maxim of "hurry up and wait" are useful.

OK so the figures might not be up to the usual standard- paint can cover a lot of mistakes.
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