With the battle of Waterloo still fresh in everyone s memories due to the bicentenary commemorations, Perry Miniatures have a timely release with these fabulous plastic British Light Dragoons
During Wellingtons Waterloo campaign the Light Dragoons (who made up over 30% of the total cavalry numbers) were extensively used in many roles from reconnaissance, picket duties, raiding, harrying the enemy, and foraging. Due to this varied autonomy they developed a disciplined command structure that served them particularly well at Waterloo. They would be used as standard cavalry (the British horse of the time was regarded as one of the best and most would equal the heaviest French Cavalry in size) but could also quickly deploy in flanking positions this is great news for your Black Powder battles!
In Black Powder you can use their special rule Marauders (allowing them to range freely far out of the usual command range) to move out to the flanks of your force as a protective rear guard, then when ready use them to swing around and sweep into the enemy flanks or even behind the lines for an opportunist attack on exposed cannon batteries! The combination of Gallop at Anything (+1 to charge order) with Ferocious charge (re-roll all failed Hand-to-hand combat attacks in the first round) gives them the winning hand Just be sure to plan a little as they could be susceptible to breaking through the lines to head off table over the hills and far away after the fleeing enemy!
You ll need two boxes for a Brigade of 28 mounted Light Dragoons which could be used to represent men from the 3rd British Cavalry Brigade, the 1st LD KGL under the command of Lt-Col J. B low, and the 2nd LD (KGL) commanded by Lt-Col C.de Jonquieres at Waterloo. These units were successful in counter-attacking French cavalry that penetrated the Allied squares. You could also of course use these to represent any brigade from 1808-1815.
With 9 Regiments active at Waterloo (2 Kings Guard Legion (KGL), 1 Dutch, 1 Belgian, and 5 British a strength of 4,100 sabres) you could collect this complete 4 box Division, perhaps representing the 4th British Cavalry Brigade under the overall command of GOC Maj-Gen. Sir John Vandeleur (who took command over all allied cavalry when Uxbridge was wounded). The 4th took 23% (319) casualties as it valiantly fought French rearguards after the repulse of the Imperial Guard s.
As a bonus with this set we are including one Royal Horse Artillery gun of your choice as often the guns from the Attached Cavalry Corps would have been attached to the Brigades on campaign
These plastic figures cover all the regiments of the British light dragoons from 1808-15. Early Peninsular War uniforms consisting of the Dolman and classic Tarleton helmet as well as the late Peninsular War/Waterloo campaign uniform of Shako and French style coat are included in the box.
The bodies are split at the waist and legs with both overalls and breeches provided for all. There are also heads for tropical climates included!
With the exception of the 5th Belgian Light Dragoons who wore green, the uniform jackets of these cavalry men were blue. By Waterloo all British regiments had adopted the bell-topped Shako. A useful colour guide is included for the 8th (King s Royal Irish) 14th (Duchess of York) 12th (Prince of Wales ) 16th (Queen s Own) and the 22nd Regiments.
Of course you may well want to go up against someone to try out your force, have a look at these French for a challenge?
Nick Carter will have to persuade the government about the army’s value . Photograph: Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images After the huge mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan 1 , and confronted now by new threats amid extraordinary geopolitical shifts, senior British army officers under the incoming chief of the general staff, Sir Nick Carter, are planning potentially far-reaching reforms . An eyecatching centrepiece is the formation of the 77th Brigade, inspired by the Chindits, the guerrilla unit which operated behind enemy lines during the Burma campaign against the Japanese during the second world war. “The brigade consists of more than just traditional capabilities .
It is an organisation that sits at the heart of trying to operate smarter” . said Carter . Russian activities in Ukraine 2 have confirmed what was becoming increasingly obvious in Iraq and Afghanistan but which Britain’s military establishment seemed slow to understand namely, that the character of war is changing. “One of the follies of our current age has been an unmatched ambition to change the world without bothering to understand it first”, said General Sir Nick Houghton, in his first annual lecture as chief of the defence staff in 2013 .
His refreshing and pointed aside is quoted in High Command 3 , by Christopher Elliott, former director of military operations in the Ministry of Defence, the latest book (published by Hurst) on the political and military follies of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars . The emphasis now is not so much on military force but “political warfare”, including psychological operations (psyops), deception, and media operations (hence the numerous references in recent stories by defence journalists to “facebook warriors”) . The new Chindit brigade, consisting of reservists and civilian specialists as well as regular troops, is designed to help the army win non-kinetic battles in an age of internet warfare and cyber attacks .
The unit would “play a key part in enabling the UK to fight in the information age”, said an army spokesman . The comparison with the exotic Chindit force is appropiate mainly in that it was set up as a long range penetration force, sharing some of the characteristics of the SAS . The original Chindits (named after the Chinthe, fierce lion-like creatures that stood guard at Burmese temples) suffered from a high casualty rate from disease and sheer exhaustion, as a result of the extreme physical effort involved in disrupting communications and supply routes .
Disrupting communications and spreading and countering sophisticated propaganda will be the new Chindits’ priorities but the environment they will operate in will be very different from that of the Burmese jungle .
1,500 or so new Chindits, who will based near Newbury in Berkshire, could provide just the kind of help Ukraine was asking for on Monday jamming the communications of pro-Russian, and Russian, forces in the east of the country . Carter and his advisers, meanwhile, are planning to streamline the army’s hierarchy, culling perhaps a third of its 500 colonels and 200 brigadiers and generals . No senior officers were sacked over Iraq 4 or Afghanistan .
The idea is to change the culture of the top brass, to encourage individuals who have demonstrated their ability and confidence to understand the new world, of geopolitics as well as of conflict . It is noteworthy, perhaps, that the planned shakeup in the British army, in many ways one of Britain’s most conservative institutions, comes at a time when Vladimir Putin’s Russia is investing heavily in unconventional warfare, trying to undermine the Nato alliance by supporting the National Front in France, and such nationalists as Hungary’s Jobbik party, and hoping to develop close relations with the new government in Greece . Britain’s defence establishment, as well as its political leadership, will have to get used to a new security and geopolitical landscape, one in which nationalists and practitioners of unconventional warfare sometimes separately, sometimes together regard international institutions, both Nato and the EU, both based in Brussels, as an enemy .
References ^ Afghanistan (www.theguardian.com) ^ Ukraine (www.theguardian.com) ^ Command (www.hurstpublishers.com) ^ Iraq (www.theguardian.com)
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British Army faces radical shakeup
To supplement Tarleton’s British Legion here are some troopers of the 17th LD. Initially painted 10 or so years ago they have had their bases enhanced and an extra highlight put on their redcoats. The latter is a little brighter than needed for strict historical accuracy but brings them in line with the rest of my army and helps them to stand out on the table. I was tempted to redo the faces but have left them for now.