from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A horse soldier in European armies whose equipment included the cuirass.
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- n. A cavalry soldier equipped with a cuirass (armor).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soldier armed with a cuirass; especially, a soldier of the heaviest cavalry, wearing a cuirass only when in full dress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mounted soldier armed with the cuirass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cavalryman equipped with a cuirass
A cuirassier is a cavalryman whose body is protected by a cuirass, a piece of defensive armor, covering the body from neck to girdle, and combining a breastplate and a back piece.
The results of an evening's worth of figure basing: Elite Miniatures French cuirassiers, dragoons and, oh, one Minden SYW Austrian cuirassier in the front row on the left.
The French gained a slight advantage in the ensuing melees, forcing a couple more squadrons of cuirassier and hussars off the field.
GMB does not have Alt Modena yet, but does have 12 other cuirassier flags, so I'm glad to see Vaubanner has a good one.
Frank Hammond informed me that his Austrian and Prussian cuirassier castings are on the horizon, so the temptation is large to delay painting any more Hinchcliffes until I have a chance to tackle the Minden cuirassier figures.
By my count, the Prussian had only committed 5 of their 12 battalions to the battle so far, and on their right wing, their powerful cuirassier brigade seemed to be gaining the upper hand in the cavalry fight and they still had the Jung Krakow dragoons and the Prinz von Preussen CR2 cuirassiers around Sagschutz.
Every other Austrian cuirassier regiment had red facings.
As you may recall, I painted the first squadron of the Alt Modena cuirassier regiment earlier in the month.
A single squadron of French lancers won a melee against a larger and heavier Russian cuirassier squadron, forcing to to flee, but more importantly, pinning the two cuirassier squadrons that were stacked up behind it.
Two other cuirassier regiments can be seen debouching from the valley on the right of the picture.