Sunday, 26 June 2011

Great units of the wargames table - The Red Lancers

The first of what might be an occasional series.  The 2nd Dutch Lancers of Napoleon's Imperial Guard have graced many a table. 
Years ago I used to have Historex 54mm models of the Dutch and Polish lancers, some Minifigs 25mm and first generation Minifigs 15mm, but they have all gone, though I still have the little coloured card that came with the Historex models.     
I still have my second generation Minifigs 15mm. These are based for Napoleon's Battles (but they also do for Age of Eagles and Shako).    
And - for Napoleonic anoraks (geeks) - I also have the Young Guard squadrons of the Dutch lancers. Again based for Napoleon's Battles, the YG had uniforms in the reverse colours of the parent unit, so blue uniforms with red facings.  
And some Essex figures,  
And of course, they appear in some boardgames.  A combo photo. 
Top row, left to right, the SPI boardgames Ney vs Wellington and Wellinton's Victory. 
Middle row, La Bataille de les Quatre Bras. The 14-14 is the regiment counter and the 3 x 4-14 are squadron breakdowns.     
Bottom row, La Bataille de la Moscowa.  Old version and then new version. 
I've got to add something from the painting from the Waterloo cyclorama.  Still inspiring. 
And something from the elegant work in the Bucquoy books. 

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