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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Recruiting the 2nd French Hussar Regiment (Lamming)

Time to move on to another project - Recruitment of the 2nd French Hussar Regiment from the Lamming range of figures. By the time I had saved enough money to purchase cavalry to go with my French Napoleonic army - the Hinton figures were beginning to show master breakdown and had large amounts of flash which I was not fond of cleaning off them. At this time Lamming figures were beginning to appear with enough variations to make them worth consideration to be used instead of Hinton. The scales were not exact Lamming was a bit larger - particularly the horses - but they were close enough so I decided to purchase a large number while they were available. This was at least thirty years ago! Now the earlier figures were referred to as 20mm and the later upgraded ones were referred to as 25mm - besides the stated reason of making them "more robust" the upgraded ones were presumably also made with compatibility to the Minifigs S range which was coming on strong at the time.

I had already decided on the 33:1 ratio for troop numbers to castings and this together with an average sized French Line Light Cavalry regiment meant I needed 3 figures per company (troop) - or 6 figures per squadron. I had also decided on 3 squadrons per regiment in the case of the hussars. This meant I required 18 total cavalry figures.

Lamming produced the hussars in elite colpacks and also in shakos. I therefore took advantage of this and decided to form the first squadron as the elite company and use the colpack Figures. The first squadron comprised: one FC/15 Officer in Colpack with Horse LTs, one FC/14 Trumpeter in Colpack with Horse FH and four FC/13 Trooper's in Colpack with Horse FH.
The second and third squadrons would use the shako wearers and the second squadron was distinguished from the third by having a trumpeteer. So the second squadron was formed from: one FC/11 Officer in Shako with horse LTs, one FC/12 Trumpeter in Shako with horse FH and 4 FC/10 Trooper in Shako with horse FH. The third squadron had an extra trooper instead of the trumpeter.

Light Cavalry regiments in my armies don't take their standards on campaign which relieved me of the task of converting a figure!

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