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For the Pistols, they are present on the front of the horse saddles. So the riders can use them. It is not strictly forbidden. It all depends on the context of your diorama: melee combat, sword fight, long-distance rifle fight, ambush, skirmish, other combat . . . There are no rules other than killing your enemy, nothing else! So depending on the opponents of the superb riders - horses, I will or not use the shooters with the pistol. Now I don't know what I would do with it. .
Let's not get hung up about pistols. The point is a narrow one; it's not the ideal battlefield weapon and is probably over represented in this set. I will use one or two and convert the others. A point to bear in mind when designing future sets, but no biggy.
I find it hard to tell from the pictures of the masters, but what I think I am seeing is cutaway laced coats over laced waistcoats. This would put them before cuirasses were re-introduced, and than suits me. Perhaps not all regiments had lace, or lace on waistcoats, but I haven't looked into and definitive answer are often not possible for this period.
I have a nasty feeling that the gauntlets cover the cuffs, not the other way around, which is not what most illustrations seem to show.
Thus, I find myself in agreement with Minuteman. The reason I bought so many of the British infantry sets is because I am using them for Dutch and Danish infantry too. Doubtless I will do likewise with the cavalry. Query, though, whether all that lace is consistent with, say, Dutch cavalry. Could some other nations be best represented by French
There is, as Minutemen says, a case for:
- French Horse (to give them the equivalent British designation) or cavalerie legere, plain coats, liveried trumpeters, carbines
- French Dragoons: With musket, gaiters and cap
- Austrian or Bavarian cuirassiers, I'm sure either would do for the other. Head swap a hat and you can have Dutch, too.
To give the English/British at least one more set to match their manifold French enemies, one might consider doing the Royal North British Dragoons (later known as the Scots Grays) mounted in their mitre caps.
Agreed!!! The British cavalry set will serve many purposes and really does not need a set of RNB Horse. On this occasion (as a Brit) I don't care how many other nations' sets are produced by Strelets..just so long as it includes, at the least, French Light (Leger) cavalry and French Dragoons..keep those French horsemen coming….
Bound to agree again.
The Scots Greys with caps would be contemporary with Horse with the cuirass, son would not fit with the Strelets set under discussion.
I recall illustrations of the RNB Dragoons of the period both with and without lace. Ditto Foot Guards, actually.