Crustacean Cavalry

I sincerely hope all visitors are staying healthy and following the advice during this horrendous pandemic. During this difficult time, any slight sense of normality is welcome and it’s more comforting than ever to occasionally engage in the act of immersive act of figure painting. I’ve been finishing off my Les Higgins War of the Spanish Succession cuirassiers.

The Bavarian army during the War of the Spanish Succession initially included three cuirassier regiments (the Arco, Wieckel and La Tour regiments). This later increased to four with the raising of the Wolframsdorff Regiment. With their “lobster-tailed pot helmets” and metal cuirassies, these troops looked like something familiar from the previous century. During the English Civil War, the so-called Haselrig’s Lobsters wore this armour, not too dissimilar from the Bavarian cuirassiers of 60 years later:

Lobster cavalry armour of the English Civil War, Household Cavalry Museum, London. (my photo)

I’ve chosen to paint these Les Higgins figures as the Arco Cuirassier Regiment, led by Cavalry General Johan Baptist Graf von Arco. Although the numbers in the regiment could vary significantly, a Bavarian cuirassier regiment at this time could have anything up to 900 men, organised into 8 -12 companies.

All the Bavarian cuirassiers during the War of the Spanish Succession wore grey coats with colours of cuffs & lining being distinctive to each regiment. The Arco Regiment was distinguished by mid-light blue facings and horse cloth. The original Robert Marrion illustration below, originally depicting the Wieckel Regiment, has been doctored by somebody with Arco facings and posted online.

All my Les Higgins’ Arco Cuirrassiers are wielding a pistol, which looks a convincing pose, I think.

As soon as I took these photos and uploaded them I found a post-it note to myself with the words “cuff buttons” and “stirrups” written on it, not coincidentally the exact same things I’ve forgotten to paint on these figures! (my friend Pat will know that feeling well). Ah, well. I’ll attend to it in due course. Nevertheless, I’m feeling quite pleased with my first WSS cavalry regiment, and my first metal Les Higgins figures too.

Hoping all visitors to this blog keep themselves and their loved ones healthy and we get through this together soon. In the meantime, when I’m not figure painting, I’m NHS employed and so will be playing a very tiny part in the national response during this time.

Best wishes, Marvin.

16 thoughts on “Crustacean Cavalry

    1. Thanks John.

      Well, it’s straight into self-isolation for me. My daughter had a bit of a temperature yesterday (she’s been fine and seems better today), but we’re having to follow the NHS advice. I’m still working from home and doing something at least.

      Look after yourself John,



  1. Sorry I’m late again , they were closing us down at work then suddenly it back to the grind as we make disinfectant and hand sanitizer so you can imagine what I’m up against, I thought I was in far some modelling time ! You have done these fine figures well mate , I love the colours . Had to laugh 😂 ate the post it note , I’m sure they design them to fall of when you backs turned , keep well and as you are in the NHS ,you like I ,will be busy for some time yet I fear .

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    1. Thank you Pat, Glad to hear you’re OK – disinfectant manufacture is certainly what I call a key industry at the moment! For my part, a busy time but I’ve only gone and started self-isolating for a frustrating 14 days! My daughter has a slight temperature, although she’s otherwise doing absolutely fine. I can still do work from home, at least. Getting food (and toilet rolls…) over here is a bit of challenge however, even before the self isolation 😉

      Take care


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      1. Yeah mate they are just asking folk to isolate themselves if they don’t need to venture out without good reason , my wife started today , the big worry though is they have closed the pubs !😱so it will be interesting ! I’m sure you know what means to the average Aussie !😡🤬. I hope you daughter gets better soon .

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      2. Thanks, mate. She’s absolutely fine and getting better, could well be just a minor cold. My wife’s asthmatic, so she’s a higher risk, but she’s OK so far. We’re in lockdown too now. No pubs? Bear up, Oz – think of the party when they reopen!

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      3. Good news then mate ,I’m a bit old for the pub scene myself , a quite one once in awhile with a mate , but you are right they will make up for it when all this is passed !

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  2. Hello. The Spanish – Wallons currassiers regiment Beauzard had the same outfit in 1704 ? Do you know more about the Wallons outfits at that time. Greeting Rene

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    1. Hi Rene, the only information I can find is from C.S. Grant’s “Armies and uniforms of Marlborough’s Wars”.

      In this book, Grant describes the “Fontbeausard” as being dragoons and wearing red coats, yellow collars, red cuffs, yellow waistcoats with red breeches. The bonnet was brown fur with a yellow ‘bag’. The horse saddle cloth is yellow edged with white. – this site numbers the fontbeausard regiment as 558 men.

      Hopefully, this is of some use to you?

      Best regards



      1. Yes thank you very much. I had written to the French Military Museum and they send a mail to me today that they will search for me about the details. I like your blog very much. I am a miniature collector myself. Greetings Rene

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