I've been bitz hunting and conceptualizing for about a year now, and I'm finally getting around to assembling some units. For my Imperial Guard army, I've picked the Pyran Dragoons. I haven't seen an army of them done yet, only a handful of models. I also liked the idea of having an infantry army with rough riders and possible fire support, giving it a Napoleonic feel. There isn't a lot written about the Pyran Dragoons, so this army is based on my idea of what they would be like. How did I come to this concept though?
My concept is based upon a picture and the name.
A dragoon, originally, was a mounted infantryman. They were literally an infantry force given mounts for faster transportation. Over time, the concept of the dragoon evolved from mounted infantry to a cheap, light cavalry unit. As we can see in this picture, the Pyran Dragoons definitely ride cavalry, unlike some other Imperial Guard regiments named as "Dragoons".
Like I have mentioned, the army will consist of infantry (dismounted dragoons) and rough riders (mounted dragoons). I'm thinking that light fire support such as mortars (small, modern) would be quickly and easily transported by horse, so that's how I'm justifying their addition.
No commissars for this army. It's written that "The officers of the Pyran Dragoons are drawn almost exclusively from the Nobility of Pyran." and "In extremely rare cases a guardsman with a powerful noble patron may be raised from the ranks to Lieutenant. Whilst this is a great boost to the man and the standing of his house, an officer raised in this manner is subject to snubs and cruelty from his new peers. With a long standing tradition of 'An Officer and a Gentleman' Guardsmen of the Dragoons may also treat such a one very poorly. It is not entirely unknown for these newly promoted officers to soon meet with 'accidents' when they lead their men into combat for the first time. " - Based upon the lore, I don't think men of such prestige would tolerate having commisars assigned to them. Maybe in the grand scheme of things, such as the war for Armageddon, but not at the individual company level.
Well, I'm done justifying my conceptualization of the Pyran Dragoons for now. I'll be posting my first veteran squad within the next few days, and I'll explain them when that time comes.