In an effort to broaden my horizens a bit, I have been experimenting with uhlans recently. With the competitive Empire scene having significant amounts of light infantry running about, and the hordes of light dragoons roaming the grassy flatlands, it seems that light cavalry with a good punch on the charge would be worthwhile. That and getting a rear charge with even a significantly depleted squad does horrible things to the morale of their victims.
Prussia and Poland get the standard Uhlan, Austria gets the super Uhlan, France gets the Uhlan by a different name, and Maratha gets the Baergir Lancer, who just an Uhlan with a hat that is not as cool.
In my experiance, Prussia and Poland have made out the best in this setup, as they have access to the cheapest uhlans as well as light drags to support them.
Austria looks like they have made out well with the higher stat line Uhlan, but the higher cost makes them seem less worthwhile. The higher attack and charge bonus seem redundant, as most things will die on impact to the the cheaper uhlans charge. The defense is mildy helpful, but uhlans should not be hanging around in combat anyway. The higher morale is the only really useful thing that one gets out of the higher cost.
France gets the nice cheap lancer option, but without light drags to deter other cavalry, I am not sure if they can be expected to be as survivable as those of the other European powers.
Maratha has a lot to gain from their lancers. Probably more than most, as without light infantry of their own, something to chase down everyone elses is a godsend. Sipahi are not well suited for extended chases, and Pindari are ineffective against stronger rifles like Nizim rifles and greenjackets (or basic rifles with even 1 or 2 xp bars)
Have not played with the US lancer in any serious way yet, so I will leave that to other people to explore.
Experiments with taking three Uhlan squads with the support of 3 light drag squads has proven rather successful in the set of games I have tried them out in. Another move I have used with some success, albeit a more risky one, is to have the uhlans wait behind a squad of loost formation troops, and then after the loose squad has taken a volley from something, having the Uhlands charge through the loose formation into the enemy.
What does everyone else think of Uhlans? Any tips tricks or wisdom? Is the money spent on uhlans not worth it in light of the fact that a light drag squad is almost the same cost?