Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Queen's Rangers Cavalry

I've had some old Scruby generic American Revolution light dragoons for a loooong time now, meaning to paint them as the mounted arm of the Loyalist regiment the Queen's Rangers. But it has been a project on the very back burner. Until now, that is. In trying to get enough troops together for my wargaming group's introduction to Bill Protz's La Bataille de l'Ancien Regime rules, I've had to draft units from my American Revolution forces. And this served as a catalyst to get these cavalry painted.

The Cavalry of the Queen's Rangers
with Major Simcoe on the left (round base)

This light dragoon squadron (paid for by Brittania) will join the light forces in the advanced guard of the Electorishe Armee Thuringia as it defends the Margraviate of Carpania from the despoilations of the Reichsarmeeabteilung Obere Sachsen. The battle will be taking place on Saturday, September 19, 1759/2009.

For those of you who are not familiar with Scruby figures, they were designed and marketed in the 1960s through the 1980s by that doyen of the American wargaming scene - Jack Scruby. The sculpting is very minimal and much of the detail, such as belting, has to be painted onto the figure. They are what some of us refer to as "true 25mm" figures and as such are smaller than the current day's figures such as Foundry, Front Rank, etc. But they are still nice little figures and serve to bulk out my mid 1700s forces until I can get more of the :lead mountain" painted and mounted. Then these guys will revert back to being an American Revolution unit.

P.S. Since these are generic light dragoons, they probably bear little to no resemblance to the actual cavalry of the Queen's Rangers, but that's OK with me. :^)


Fitz-Badger said...

Simple, but effective. Nicely painted :)

abdul666 said...

Old soldiers never die. Always gratifying to have unemployed veterans seeing action again / at last.