Friday, June 3, 2016

Le Grand-Duché de Gourmandie: reinforcements

Some new cavalry for Le Grand-Duché de Gourmandie: Dragons Grande-Duchesse

Grand Duc Pierre-Louis has issued a warrant for the organization of a new regular cavalry regiment, to be paid for and furnished by the state. Le Grand Duc has asked that young men of noble birth (or in certain circumstances sons of wealthy landowners) present themselves with horse and furniture, upon which time they would be issued with uniforms and weapons. This dragoon regiment sports the traditional Gourmandie red coats with, in this case, buff facings. Although associated with the Grande Duchesse in name, the regiment should not be confused with a traditional guard unit. In fact, as with the Hussards Grand-Duc, the rank and file have little or no military experience, beyond the normal education for young men of substance. Thus, a number of seasoned men from Gourmandie's senior cavalry regiment, Les Grenadiers à Cheval Boursin, have been transferred in to bolster the ranks.

Commanding the new dragoon regiment is Phillipe Prière, Comte de Partout, recently acolyte to Arch Bishop Ambroise de Chabichou du Poitou. Le Comte is another young nobleman who dreams of martial glory and, with the assistance and influence of HIs Grace the Archbishop, has been able to acquire the position of Colonel of Her Ladyship's namesake regiment.

Dragons Grande-Duchesse, 2e Escadron.

(Crusader Miniatures)

Regular heavy and light cavalry regiments are each composed of one to three field squadrons and one depot squadron, maintained and recruited in the regiment's home district. The first squadron carries the Ordonnance standard and is commanded by a Chef d'Escadron and the regiment by the regimental Colonel. In the case of this regiment, only two squadrons have been raised (above, 2e d'Escadron).


  1. Very pretty. But can they fight, sir? 😄

  2. As in golf, it's not how you play/fight, it's how you look when you play/fight :)

  3. Quite.
    Especially in the 18th century.
    The Duke of Mantovia will be sending their officers a case of champagne for their excellent turnout.

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