Recently on a post where I finally came to a conclusion about the basing and figure ratios I would use for my own solo gaming, Jimbo asked the question:
"How do you intend to apply this for Cavalry?"
"It would be the same idea", I thought to myself.
But then last night I was laying awake in bed and thinking, "WOULD it be the same?"
So this morning I did some research and took some pics. My conclusion is neither here nor there and so I require some feedback from you the readers.
WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
First up is a normal 8 figure regiment of 4 x squadrons used in Empire:
If I follow the same logic as for the Infantry, where I double the width and depth, I get 1 x squadron looking like:
This looks too deep to me when compared with the width. But it is consistent and true to 1:15 ratios and is true to the 15mm basing size which matches what has been done with the Infantry.
This next pic looks better to me from a proportion point of view but it is only 1:30 ratio.
A little research reveals that this may be okay width-wize. In Mark Adkin's The Waterloo Companion, he has a picture of a British square being charged by 1 single squadron of French Cavalry. It clearly shows that squadron well and truly overlapping the width of the square.
My new squadrons do not do that. BUT! This may be because a normal square would be half the width of my square because instead of being deployed in 2 or 3 ranks, the infantry would be in 4 or 6 ranks. So by halving the width of the square, my squadron would look right.
Which means a whole regiment of 4 x squadrons would look like:
If I went back to the original consistent scaling earlier in this post, this regiment should look like:
And when both units are in line:
So your turn!
What do you think? The 32 figure regiment of double rank or the 16 figure regiment of single rank? The width is good, what about the depth?
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