Thursday, March 06, 2008

My "Heavy Horse" Regiments --

As I believe I have mentioned before, I am currently using some "substitute troops" for my Saxe-Bearsteins. These are all GNW-era figures that I've re-worked into something to use on the table top.

Today we will be seeing my "Heavy Horse" regiments . . . i.e., the "true" cavalry (not Dragoons). Saxe-Bearstein's army contains four regiments of heavy horse. Two are Cuirassiers (von Kodiak Kuirassiers and von Comocks Kuirassiers): and two are Ritters, who eschew both the Cuirass and the pistol, choosing instead to charge at a full gallop with cold steel.

The von Kodiak Kuirassiers are an elite unit. The senior cavalry regiment in the army, their red banner is feared by the Furst's foes.

Pictured above, they are renowned for their grim faces and fine pistol work.

For a better view of any of these regiments, "click" on the photo to see a larger photo.

Saxe-Bearstein's other Cuirassier regiment is the von Comocks Kuirassiers. This veteran unit has as its facing color, honey yellow.

Do not however make the mistake of thinking them any less fierce than the von Kodiaks. As they say, they're number two . . . so they try harder.

Both of the Kuirassier regiments feel that they are the cream of the Principality's cavalry. They consider the two "Ritter" or "Galloper" regiments to be their social inferiors.

The proud von Roggenbier Ritters would definitely dispute that.

Charging in at a gallop without slowing down to fire pistols has earned these ritters an Elite status.

They claim that their blue facing color indicates the "blue blood" that courses fiercely through their viens.

They urge you to "click" on their photo in order to see what true cavalry look like.

Indeed, the battlefield success of the von Roggenbier Ritters has caused the Furst to raise a second unit of gallopers.

While they still have a "raw" rating, the von Eigerbrau Ritters are eager to face the foe. Their "practice dummies" are dressed in Stagonian colors.

They say that while their green facing color may make people think that they are a "green" unit, they will soon find that they will be "green" with envy as the von Eigerbrau Ritters demonstrate their true worth on the field of Mars.

My next post will concentrate on Saxe-Bearstein's Dragoon regiments.

-- Jeff


abdul666 said...

Four very, very good-looking regiments!
Saxe-Bearstein may be proud and feel secure.
Looking forward to the Dragoons.

Maybe I'm biased -ranking WAS uniforms far above the SYW ones- but with such 'GNW' minis, who needs SYW ones?


PS: and since they fit so well in the 'EvE' setting, WSS troops -and campaigns- could do the same (hint, hint)...

Bluebear Jeff said...

But Jean-Louis, I have a whole bunch of lovely RSMs to paint up . . . and I really love their elegance.

Of course nothing says that I have to paint them up exactly the same way as these Blood Axe WSS figures . . . it will allow me to expand my army if I like.

The really big problem with the Blood Axe figures is that they are no longer available . . . so I need to move on to other figures.

-- Jeff

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

....that's a great shame (that the Blood Axe are no longer available) as they're nice and elegant, a simple figure but looks good... as indeed do your regiments!

Bluebear Jeff said...


Yes, I wish that they were still available too.

One of the things that I particularly like about them is that they are designed as wargaming figures and not to be slavish recreations of history.

They are not encumbered by all sorts of unnecessary equipment -- just what is needed to give the right impression on the table top -- which makes them very easy to paint.

And, while I thank you for your kind comments (and I do like the way they look), my painting is really super-simple. They're table top figures, not display case figures.

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

Heya Jeff!

Looks like your re-basing projects are coming to completion.

Here's to hoping that your dice fingers get itchy and the prospect of 'pushing lead' comes up on the event horizon...

ColCampbell50 said...


Since Blood Axe has merged with Historifigs, you might ask Mike Taber if he has plans to bring the 25mm 18th Century lines back or if he'll cast some of them for you as a special order.


Fitz-Badger said...

These really are very nice-looking tabletop minis! :-)
Looking forward to seeing more.

marinergrim said...

I like them too. Simple painting doeneffectively. Shame we're thousands of miles apart since I wouldn't mind having a game or two with those fine fellows.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Well, Paul, if you ever make it out to Vancouver Island, you would be most welcome to come and play.

And, while I realize that this is not likely to happen, who knows what the future will bring.

-- Jeff

Frankfurter said...

Galloping good stuff, sire!
Raise a stirrup cup and go trotting off, eh what?