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Warlord Dragoons: A Review

By Michael Cannon / November 5, 2012
Mounted Warlord Dragoons Front

Mounted Warlord Dragoons FrontOK, bottom line up front. I did not enjoy paining these miniatures. There are a number of reasons for this, but chief among them are the poor hat/head system and the clutter on the mounted figures. Now that I have finished them, I can sit back and say to myself  “that wasn’t too bad….” But I’d be lying. I thought I’d never finish this set of miniatures. The horses were easy as were the foot, but the mounted figures were a real drudge and I think the cause was too much detail on the saddle equipment. I could not distinguish easily between the captured chickens, pots,  and blankets.

Mounted Warlord Dragoons BackThe scheme I used is designed to be that of the Mounted Rifles of Hos-Hostigos – forest green trousers, brown coats, maroon trim where possible. The standard uses the a maroon keystone on a forest green field. In the books Kalvan of Otherwhen and Great King’s War, the Rifles were commanded by Colonel Verkan Vall, a Paratime policeman. The unit is armed with rifled muskets, another piece of technology Kalvan implements from his home timeline.  Used with Hostigos Unconsecrated (gunpowder produced within Hostigos and not sanctioned by Styphon’s house) the rifles out range and out punch any other infantry weapon on the timeline.

I did not like the separate hat system. The pieces were too small and fiddly and they did not fit on the heads of the miniatures without making them look like dorks or giving them a lobotomy. I screwed up a few of the hats to the point I could not use them so instead I used green stuff on the models lacking fedoras and gave them long hair instead, an unintended benefit of the baldness of the models.

Dismounted Warlord DragoonsThe other issue I have is why they even bothered to make dismounts for the box set. As a purist, I will probably use both mounted and dismounted figures depending on the terrain they are in, but the Black Powder rules are written in such a manner that dismounted figures are not necessary.




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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