Lace Wars Cavalry

I have greatly enjoyed painting Strelets new War of the Spanish Succession-era British cavalry. In fact, I think this is one of the best sets I’ve painted of theirs for a while.

The sculpting of Strelets has gone through some changes over the years. Initially, their figures were considered a little ‘ugly’ by some but were infused with lots of character. More recent sculpting has seen their figures become much more anatomically and proportionally accurate but at the loss of some of that personality. This latest set happily seems to combine a little of both.

My regiment of horse has black facings and white hat lace around the tricornes (except the officers who have gold).

Having painted much Saxon infantry recently, I declared in a recent post that I’d paint them as Saxon cavalry – Beust’s regiment. This move was also inspired by my misplacing a key War of the Spanish Succession source book. I’ve now recovered it and have discovered that my figures could also possibly pass for the Schomberg’s Regiment of Horse (later in the century becoming known as the 7th Dragoon Guards).

There are four command figures, including two officers, a trumpeter and a standard bearer.

The two officers:

For the standard bearer below I’ve provided a guidon freely downloaded from the Tacitus website. I’ve changed the colour to a black to match their facings. Lit by lamps and photographed, it appears a little grey in images. The flag bears a very good resemblance to the regiment’s black damask flag from 1788.

The trumpeter:

Schomberg’s Horse had the origins of its lineage going back to December 1688 as one of a number of regiments of horse raised for William of Orange after he took the throne to replace James II. The regiment was present at all of the Duke of Marlborough’s major battles of the War of the Spanish Succession – Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.

Troopers at the trot or canter:

Troopers at the charge!

All in all, a fine addition to my Lace Wars project. I’ve a couple more boxes of cavalry to paint from Strelets for this era, so happily there are more to come!

19 thoughts on “Lace Wars Cavalry

    1. Thanks John! I have never been a wargamer but with these ‘Lace Wars’ figures I’ve been harbouring an idea of giving it a go once I’ve got enough figures to represent infantry, cavalry and artillery. So, you may see these on a gaming table at some point.

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    1. Many thanks, Stokes. I’ve had fun taking care with these figures, I must admit. I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out.

      Tempted to have a go at some French cavalry now…



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  1. These are really nice, Marvin! 🙂 As you know, I’m a big fan of Strelets figures myself, but I’ve never painted any of their cavalry (probably because, as is also well known, I hate painting cavalry – the Brazilian cavalry on my desk at the moment never seem to get any closer to being finished)!

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    1. Thanks, John. As you say, I’m a fan of Strelets but their cavalry has traditionally been more disappointing, the horses in particular. They seem to have made a genuine improvement with these new sets.

      I’m hoping this set of British Horse might inspire progress on those Brazilians, I’d love to see them. I’m a big fan of your Triple Alliance troops.

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  2. Wonderful paining of what are a set of great figures!
    I have never bought any of the Strelets figures so I am curious – how ‘true’ to 20mm are these? I am wondering if they would work alongside my Les Higgins Marlburians

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    1. Thank you, Ian 🙂

      I would be able to compare directly for you but unfortunately, since my recent house move my own Les Higgins figures are AWOL and still stored at another site. However, Plastic Soldier Review state that the figures are 24mm, so slightly larger but perhaps not ridiculously oversized for 1/72. Looking at them, my impression is that they might just be tolerably within an acceptable size range but that’s down to personal preference, I guess.

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      1. You are very welcome! Thank you for the information – Les Higgins are ‘true’ 20mm (sole of foot to crown of head), so 24mm is probably too big. However I may buy an odd pack just to compare anyway

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  3. Not being a wargamer, I’m probably not the best person to ask! 🙂 Perhaps a set would be nice to look at, even if they don’t fit well with your armies?

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    1. Thanks mate. I was really pleased with the standard bearer. He didn’t look anything special until I put the finishes touches on him. Again, sorry for the slow response rate…

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  4. Hey mate ,these are so good that you have just given me an idea! as we have said before you and i are in total agreement on our favorite mob that make bloody good figures. There great variations over time I feel only added to the excitement of never knowing what you were going to get next ! Ha Ha! Again beautifully painted!
    Thanks to you changing my attitude to horse painting I’m just getting into a goal of painting near on one hundred horses, I’m painting them first for a change, normally I do it the other way around !

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    1. 100 horses is a serious amount! A dozen is plenty in one go. Good luck with that. I tend to paint the horses first nowadays, as you know, I think it helps with the motivation knowing you’ve got the riders still to do. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the giant herd when it’s ready. 🙂

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      1. Thanks mate 🤓you must have sent that message to me your mental skills as I decided to do exactly that 😳with that motivation in mind , wow uncanny eh! I have already managed to do fifty thanks to the extra time gained through retirement 😉.

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