Wednesday, 27 July 2016

4th Light Dragoons .

The problem with the British cavalry in the Crimea is that there wasn't much of it ! , setting off for the Crimea the had to borrow horses from other regiments to bring them up to strength . Then they lost a lot of horses on the transport ships due to sickness and bad seas - so when they arrived at their destination the Light Brigade numbered under a thousand animals , this meant that each regiment numbered only about 200 men and horses . Translated onto the wargaming table this means that under 'Black Powder' the 4th Lt. Dragoons count as a 'small' unit .


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    1. In wargaming terms I wish the allies took more cavalry with them to the Crimea, Tony

  2. Agreed. I have never understood why additional horses weren't purchased along the way, say, in Bulgaria or Turkey ad shipped a much shorter distance to the campaign area. Your light dragoons look very nice by the way.

    Best Regards,


  3. Think they tried purchasing horse but the local ones were very poor quality . Turkish Bashi Bazooks were recruited but proved worse than useless (have a box of plastic ones which will appear in due course). The British high command were paranoid about losing their cavalry - hence 'keeping them in a band box' , Tony

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    1. Thanks bit simpler than Hussars, finishing off Lancers at the moment, Tony

  5. Superbly painted and presented Cavalry- Well done Tony.

    1. Thanks, nice Strelets figures, Tony