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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 4:19 p.m. PST

"Hussars in Russian service dated back to the 17th century, for although Russia could call upon large numbers of irregular light cavalry from the Cossacks, the need for more regular units of light cavalry was recognised. Their traditional roles of reconnaissance, escort and harassment were put to particularly good use during the French retreat of 1812, when hussars contributed greatly to the French misery.

This is another in the growing number of sets made by Strelets depicting troops in relaxed poses, perhaps waiting to engage in battle or simply on parade in peacetime. The troopers holding a lance have little choice but to sit tight and wait, but the rest are occupying themselves as best they can. Several are examining their weapons, and one is taking a swig from a bottle. The officer is smoking his pipe, so everyone has the air of relaxed and perhaps rather bored men who are nonetheless mounted, and so presumably waiting for something to happen something any soldier in any age can recognise. We thought all the poses are very nicely done and looked perfectly natural…"

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 8:38 a.m. PST

Very nice.

There was much discussion here as to whether the Kiwer shako was ever issued, prompted by Widowson;

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and a very useful exchange resulted. As a modeller, I love to see figures like this at rest. As a wargamer I would, I think, have wanted my figures charging hell for leather. These as a group would look odd facing to a bunch of sabre waving cuirassiers on a battlefield.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2021 3:27 p.m. PST

Happy you like them my good friend… (smile)

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