Napoleonic Light Cavalry Tactics

didn’t seem right to base light cavalry in ‘close files’ boot-to-boot. It’s easy to loose count of the number of references to the light cavalry charge being different from the charge of the heavy cavalry. To summarise: yes, Napoleonic light cavalry formed up in ‘close files’ but also in ‘half-open files’ and most of their encounters with the enemy – skirmishing, charging, pursuing – were in a looser formation than the slower-moving boot-to- boot formations of their heavier brethren. Basing them as such for the 10mm tabletop seemed the way to go.
I had been counting the days to 20 December 2013, the publishing date of Philip Haythornthwaite’s Napoleonic Light Cavalry Tactics. During the Christmas holidays, I was chuffed so near to the publishing date to order a copy for a saving of nearly 50%. My copy was delivered at the beginning of January. Almost instantly, it confirmed my feelings of how I should base my Napoleonic light cavalry. Back in the 70s, Bruce Quarrie recommended basing light cavalry in a looser formation than heavy or line cavalry, advising that two light cavalry figures should cover the same base-width as three heavy cavalry. Since those days it had, however, become usual to base light cavalry boot-to-boot like other Napoleonic cavalry. Most contemporary rule-sets didn’t include any reason not to. However, I wanted to follow Bruce Quarrie’s advice and base just two light cavalry figures on the same 25mm frontage as three heavy cavalry. I also thought two figures to a base would look much better when the light cavalry bases were spread across the tabletop in extended order as a light cavalry screen – and why I originally wanted to mount light cavalry on round bases (see Post 37). Reading Philip Haythornthwaite’s book, it
The original four figures of Rosenberg  Chevauleger Regiment No. 6 from Post 95 based as light cavalry, two figures to a 25mm base.
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