A Second Attempt at Warlord's Lancers
I got to know Warlord Games's French lancers way back in 2017, and had some things that bugged me about the finished result. Since I had about a bunch of them left, nicely primed in my pile of unpainted cavalry, I put some time aside among the infantry painting to knock out a second regiment.
4e Regiment de Chevau-Légers
I went with the 4th regiment, as they served in the same II Cavalry Corps as my previous 2nd lancer regiment. They wore a uniform with crimson facing and green coat and breeches. At Borodino they only had a single squadron accompanying the 1st Cuirassiers regiment, but it would feel a bit strange to just paint up 2 or 3 cavalrymen. Instead, I went for a 14 model unit (it started 15 strong, but one horse broke its leg and had to be put down halfways through the painting process).
Unlike the first unit I decided to give the first rank lances and the second sabres, a common tactic for lancers at the time. The lance had an advantage as a scary impact weapon, but was at a clear disadvantage if the charge turned into an extended melee. If so, the cumbersome lances had a hard time against the more nimble sabres. So the second rank would ditch their lances from the get-go to be able to support their lance-wielding comrades immediately after the impact.
This meant that I didn't have to use the diagonal lance poses, hopefully giving the entire unit a different look.
Both ranks together. Sorry for the poor photography, I had a real bad time with the camera this session.
The sabre rank. unfortunately the sabre hilts are molded onto the riders, which makes it a bit weird when they wield their sabres. Though, you hardly notice when they are stuck in the back row.
The lance rank.
I think you'll agree that they look better overall as a unit this way, compared to my previous attempt, where the lances looked a bit more messy:
That said, I'm still missing a unit command, as I only had the basic plastic cavalrymen for this unit. That's unfortunate given how cool the command of the 4th lancers looked in 1812. I will probably end up getting command pack for them later on to paint.
I have now painted up all the Warlord lancers that I bought a few years ago. Now I'll look towards other cavalry miniatures instead, Polish uhlans, French hussars and chasseurs, guard lancers... and that's not mentioning things I haven't bough yet!
Cool reasons for getting the command models pictured below:
"Glory is fleeting,