I'll take some shots here, but most cavalry of the time would be heavy/medium. The lights were infrequently used for combat. With no hexes, but rather larger spaces, the duties of light cavalry (screening and recon) are not really needed in the game. Those that had a special capability for light cav (RUS, AUS, PRU) already have counters: cossacks and Freikorps. Interestingly, the Ottomans should probably have a cossack type counter or two as well.
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The sole purpose of "heavy" cav was to break the enemy in battle. These cavalry were typically cuirassiers, heavy dragoons, etc. They were expensive to outfit and to maintain, took a long time to train but were devastating on the battlefield if used correctly. Light cav served multiple roles. They were used for scouting, skirmishing, screening the main armies movements from enemy observation, raiding, escort duties, pretty much everything. On the battlefield they were placed on the flanks in battle to watch the flanks, scout for enemy outflanking moves and to maintain contact with other formations. They could be used in the main battle line for pursuit of beaten formations or even thrown in to charges - pretty much jack of all trades. Lancers are an interesting one. the French didn't have a lot (Russians had Cossacks who carried lances and Prussinas had Uhlans) and they were mainly used by them towards the end of the period. They had the famous polish lancers but also some line units which were present at Waterloo and did a lot of damage to the British cav who they counter charged once the British heavies had become "blown"...I could go on.....
There is quite a difference in the tactical uses of Heavy & Light cav.
PS. MY INTEREST THIS PERIOD IS NOT JUST NAVAL.
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