Cumberland’s Clifton Cavalry

I decided to model all of the units at the Battle of Clifton.   I had already made all of the Jacobite units and had also previously made the three British Cavalry Regiments which were at Clifton, but also at Culloden.   These British Cavalry Regiments can be seen below.  From front to back, three Squadrons each of 10th (Cobham’s) Dragoons and 11th (Kerr’s) Dragoons plus two Squadrons of 10th (Kingston’s) Light Horse.

1 - Culloden Cavalry

I have now made the other three British Cavalry Regiments which formed part of Cumberland’s Midlands Army at Clifton.  There are 8th (Ligonier’s) Horse, 3rd (Bland’s) Dragoons and 9th (Montague’s) Light Horse.  As with the units pictured above, all of the figures are Strelets Swedish Trabants (Dragoons) of Charles XII.

2 - 8H Command

The 8th Horse Command Squadron has an officer (converted by removing his carbine and pointing his pistol more to the front), a standard bearer (converted by shaving his plastic flag off, so I can use my paper ones) and a trumpeter (converted by welding his tricorne into a mitre).


3 - 8H Troopers

The 8th Horse troopers were converted by repositioning their carbines (so they hang from the bottom of the carbine belt, rather than slung over their shoulders) and repositioning the sword to point forward with the scabbard now hanging at the side.


4 - 8H Horses


The 8th Horse horses have had their shabraques trimmed and welded to be square, plus a blanket roll added.


My Dragoons and Light Horse have alternate dismounted figures, but I decided that the Regiments of Horse would be far too superior to dismount and fight on foot.

5 - 3D Drummer


The 3rd Dragoons Command Squadron has an officer and standard bearer identical to those of the 8th Horse, but they have a drummer rather than a trumpeter.

The drummer is a converted trumpeter figure and his drums are pieces of thick sprue, pinned to the sides of the horse then welded into position.




6 - 3D Trooper


The 3rd Dragoons troopers are almost totally unconverted, as they were perfect as they were.

The only change I made was to use my miniature welding iron to score the line of this opened coat, to reveal the waistcoat below, as I have for all of my British Cavalry.



7 - 9LH Standard Bearer


The 9th Light Horse Command Squadron has an officer and trumpeter converted exactly as for the 8th Horse above.  I had run out of standard bearer figures, so converted one from a trooper, removing his sword and carbine, repositioning his head plus adding a flagpole from a cut off hairpin.


The 9th Light Horse troopers are the same figures which I used for the 8th Horse, converted in the same way.


I made dismounted horses both for 3rd Dragoons and 9th Light Horse, on a ratio of two dismounted for three mounted.

8 - Dismounted Horses

These were converted from Esci Napoleonic Polish Lancers by repositioning one leg, so they are standing rather than moving, plus adding a piece of thin wire as a halter.


9 - Dismounted 3D


I used Imex AWI British Infantry as the dismounted figures.  Here are the standing figures used for 3rd Dragoons.  They have been converted by removing their packs and adding a slung sword.


10 - Dismounted 9LH

I used kneeling figures from the same set as dismounted figures for the 9th Light Horse, similarly converted by removing their bayonets and packs plus adding a slung sword.


11 - Basing - a


Once the figures had been painted I mounted them onto their horses, aided by a pin (cut off piece of staple) sticking out of the centre of the saddle.   I also added strips of magnetic tape to add weight to the base.


12 - Basing - b


I mounted each squadron of three figures as a pair and a singleton, to facilitate figure removal , which I like. I then used sprue to weld over the entire base.



Here is the completed 8th (Ligonier’s) Horse, known as The Black Horse, riding forward in Column of Squadrons.  Their standard is square, created by printing suitable ones as an obverse and reverse onto paper, spreading Prittstick (paper glue) on the back, wrapping the flag around the pole, then bending it (to wave in the wind) before the glue dries.  The flag then becomes hard.

13 - 8H

8th (Ligonier’s) Horse was renumbered as 4th Horse in 1746, when the original 1st Horse was renamed as the Royal Horse Guards (which they had been known as anyway), then the 2nd Horse, 3rd Horse and 4th Horse were redesignated as 1st Dragoon Guards, 2nd Dragoon Guards and 3rd Dragoon Guards.   The old 5th Horse, 6th Horse, 7th Horse and 8th Horse were redesignated as 1st to 4th Horse.   In 1768 the new 1st to 4th Horse were again redesignated as Dragoon Guards, with the 4th (previously 8th) Horse becoming  the 7th Dragoon Guards.

Here is the 3rd (Bland’s) Dragoons moving forward with two squadrons up and one in reserve, a common formation.  Their pale blue guidon looks square from this angle but actually is a normal guidon swallowtail.

14 - 3D Mounted

Here is the 3rd Dragoons dismounted, with one man in three as horseholders.

15 - 3D Dismounted

I modelled 9th (Montague’s) Light Horse with just two squadrons, as I did previously with the 10th (Kingston’s) Light Horse.  Here they are in Line.

16 - 9LH Mounted

Finally, here is the 9th Light Horse dismounted.

17 - 9LH Dismounted

I decided to add one more figure, a dismounted Lieutenant Colonel Sir Philip Honeywood, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Dragoons, who commanded to combined force of three dismounted Dragoon Regiments as they advanced at Clifton.

All the rest of my dismounted Dragoons were converted from Call to Arms/Revell/Imex AWI British Infantry (they are all the same figures but re-issued by different manufacturers).  However, when I looked at my “Figures to Units” spreadsheet, I saw that I only had two figures of those unallocated, both firing.

18 - Lt Col Honeywood conversion


I converted one of those by removing his musket backpack and cartridge box, repositioning his arms, so that one was pointing and one holding a sword plus adding a sword, scabbard and an officers sash (cavalry style over the left shoulder).



Here is the completed figure, plus his dismounted horse.

19 - Lt Col Honeywood completed

For my next post I will cover Oglethorpe’s Cavalry Brigade, from Wade’s Northern Army which was also at the Battle of Clifton.




15 thoughts on “Cumberland’s Clifton Cavalry

  1. Tony Kitchen April 20, 2019 / 1:57 pm

    Nice figures I’m using Zvezda Peter the Great Russian dragoons for my government cavalry for Prestonpans


  2. rodwargaming April 20, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Hi Tony,

    Yes, I looked at Zvezda figures, and even bought some. However, I decided that, although they were much nicer than the Strelets figures, they were just too big and would make my Redbox British figures and Strelets Jacobites look really tiny in comparison.



  3. Paul April 20, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    They look great…I wouldn´t have guessed them as being Strelets. When you write “used sprue to weld over the entire base” How´s that done? Sprue heated over a flame or sprue “melted” with solvent?


  4. Doug April 20, 2019 / 6:26 pm

    Love the Kettle drummer!
    Very nice work.
    I too have avoided the last of the Zvezda offerings as they are too big, a trend towards larger figures that are more compatable with 25mm lead figures than plastic 1/72.


    • rodwargaming April 20, 2019 / 7:32 pm

      Hi Doug,

      Interestingly, when I first started my 1:72 plastic Napoleonics with Airfix figures some 40 years ago, they were not much smaller (at 23 mm) than the metal 25 mm figures of that era, which had not suffered from the scale creep of today.



    • rodwargaming April 21, 2019 / 1:23 pm


      I give all my Dragoon Regiments drummers as a quick visual way to tell them apart from Regiments of Horse, which have trumpeters.


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  5. Marvin April 25, 2019 / 11:57 am

    Terrific work as always. Your creative solutions to developing these cavalry figures is really impressive.


    • rodwargaming April 25, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      Hi Marvin,

      Glad you liked them. I had thought about the Jacobite Rebellion for some time but it was not really possible until Redbox produced British Infantry and Strelets produced Jacobite Highlanders. However this left the problem of suitable Cavalry, Artillery etc, which I had to find other 18th Century figures to fulfill.


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  6. Damnitz July 21, 2020 / 11:25 am

    I’m completely impressed how you worked on these figures. I have the Swedish Reitars from Strelets and to convert them to something usefull is a real nightmare as they just don’t fit to the small horses because the legs are too narrow. However I needed Austrian cuirassiers…

    I used Revell Austrian dragoons and Swedish dragoons by Zvezda for British horse and dragoons. However I still hope, that my friend will produce British dragoons for the period. I have painted two test figures.

    I find it very difficult to paint all those small details of the British uniforms on the figures.

    You could check out my blog to maybe find the two figures I used for my refight of the battle of Melle 1745:




    • rodwargaming July 21, 2020 / 1:13 pm

      Hi André,

      I like your blog and am impressed with both your figures and your terrain. I presume you live in Germany. I spent 11 years there with the British Army, although I have not been there since 1986.

      Best wishes



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