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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 9:06 p.m. PST

"Prussian arms, and particularly the cavalry, entered the Napoleonic Wars with a high reputation based largely on the exploits of their grandfathers under Frederick the Great. As so often, this bred an arrogance and over-confidence that contributed to the disastrous defeats of 1806. Few hussar regiments survived those setbacks and the reorganisation that followed, and a new set of regulations effectively demoted the cavalry to a support arm for the infantry, which was premature as at the time the cavalry could still be a major independent force on the battlefield. However none of this seems to have reduced the appeal of the hussars, still in their splendid traditional uniforms and with an air of superiority and glamour other types of horsemen could not match.

In a refreshing change from the norm, the hussars in this set are not in a full charge indeed they are not even engaged in combat of any sort. It had traditionally been the role of light cavalry such as this to protect flanks, reconnoitre the ground ahead and so on, and while all cavalry were increasingly expected to do this, it remained a major role for hussars, so just about all of these poses could be engaged in this non-violent activity. No man has his sword drawn, and while several have their carbine in their hand, none look like they are about to use it. Instead we see men smoking, taking a drink or just doing nothing in particular. This works equally well as men waiting for the order to go into battle, or waiting to go on parade in peacetime. The one major (and obvious) fly in the ointment is the man holding an infantry flag. Hussars were issued standards fairly late in the wars, but this is clearly far too large to be one of those. We can think of no reason why a hussar would ever get his hands on such a flag, and so this pose is quite useless in an otherwise very commendable and likable selection of natural poses…"







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Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 3:10 a.m. PST

Again Hussars excellent, horses not so much. Odd because WSS horse masters are excellent.
But in 1/72 plastic we are grateful for a 50% strike rate…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 12:34 p.m. PST



Widowson16 Oct 2020 11:29 p.m. PST

Something's wrong. 12 dragoons are shown, but only 8 horses.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2020 3:12 a.m. PST

Well spotted. There is a row of horses missing from the above image

Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2020 7:15 a.m. PST

There have been problems with the psr site loading properly, particularly on phones.

Tango, with your meteor-storm postings, do you use a phone or PC/laptop?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2020 12:45 p.m. PST



Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2020 1:03 p.m. PST

If you load the page again do you get all the horses?

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Oct 2020 1:43 a.m. PST

Cutting down that flag to a simple raised hand (put in a finger to point at someone, or a cup of tea) will be easy.

Sad that I do not collect 20mm – but a set of standing horse is sorely missing in the world of 28mm plastics.

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