Caballos Ligeros – Thirty Years War Spanish

Caballeros Ligeros - Thirty Years War



We began a Thirty Years War campaign a few weeks ago and as the Spanish, I needed a couple of units of Caballeros Ligeros, heavy horse with lance and sword. This gave me the perfect excuse to pull out the Zvezda Royal Cavalry I had sitting on my shelf and get them ready for combat.

The set comes with more pieces than I cared to add to the miniatures so I made them in a very basic form – no harness on the horses other than what was molded on, no additional armor, but added plumes because otherwise several of the horses would have a flat cylinder sticking out of their heads.

Testor’s plastic cement worked well for assembling them and once dry, the weld was quite solid.

One of the drawbacks is that the figures are closer to 32mm than 28mm but used in their own unit the size difference is not as noticeable. You can see the size difference in a couple of the first images where the Zvezda miniatures are next to an Old Glory figure.

I used a tan undercoat for the areas I painted yellow and then covered it with several thin layers of yellow paint. The result is quite good in my opinion as I wanted the yellow to stand out. This version of yellow is from the color drop system by Global Games (no longer in business) and must be at least 16 years old. Sure wish they were still around.

So here’s a unit that can be viable in any number of eras. I am looking forward to committing them to battle for the first time.

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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