|French Bercheny Hussars - Minden Miniatures|
I've been working on a unit of the French Bercheny Hussars lately. I painted the command set and the Hussar set so that I could take pictures and put them in the product codes in the web store. This is part of my ongoing project of having pictures of painted figures for every product code in the catalog.
|French Hussar Command (MFC-005) Trumpeter and Officer.|
|French Hussars (MFC-006) come in two different poses.|
Since this gave me a head start of four figures for a squadron of Hussars, I decided to build it up to 12 figures. I have six figures painted so far and have six more to go.
One idea that I'm mulling over is to put light cavalry onto round bases rather than square bases. I haven't gone all in yet, but I do like the look of the round bases.
|Should I put light cavalry on round bases to indicate that they are not "battlefield cavalry"?|
|Here is how the hussars line up against another squadron when both are mounted|
on 2-inch square bases. A minor amount of overlap that is not readily apparent.
|This picture indicates that my round bases have a slight overlap of approximately 0ne-quarter inch.|
|The French hussar squadron on round bases.|
I think that the overlapping bases situation when matching up round bases to square bases can be handled by just indicating that the same number of figures in the front line of the melee get to participate in that melee. This, as opposed to only allowing those figures in face to face contact fighting in the melee.
The round base idea is something that I am still mulling over. I like the look for light cavalry because it distinguishes them from the heavier battlefield cavalry of cuirassiers and dragoons. However, the Prussian hussars were trained to be battlefield cavalry so what do I do with the Prussian hussars. Where Austrian and Russian cavalry trained in the same manner? I seem to recall that the Russian Horvath Hussars played an important role in the Battle of Zorndorf in 1758.
Maybe I will just base the Bercheny Hussars on the round bases to see how the concept looks. I certainly don't want to have go back and rebase ALL of my SYW light cavalry.
What do you think? Please leave some comments with your thoughts and help me out with this idea.