Travel, the recent Thanksgiving holiday, and life in general may have slowed blogging, but there has been hobby progress. In this post, dear readers, I follow up on my To Arms, To Arms! post of Oct 29--with the first unit among those being prepped there to be completed (others should be completed--fingers crossed--prior to the Yule). In this post, as usual, you may clix pix for BIG PIX...
Austrian 1866 Dragoons Converted to Represent Red Coated Danish Dragoons
.The Danes were my first foray into post-Napoleonic forces. At that time, Northstar did not offer any Danish cavalry. Thus, I converted Northstar 1866 Austrian Dragoons to represent Danish Dragoons (in the earlier red-coated Danish dragoon kit). Although pre-blog, there is a post on TMP outlining this project. Fast forward to the completion of my other major contingents (Prussians, Austrians, Hungarians...) and I realized that my Danes could use some updating, specifically in the cavalry department, which consisted of three regiments: the aforementioned single regiment of dragoons, the Danish Guard Hussar, and the Danish Horse Guard . The prompt to take action came when I saw that Northstar had updated their 1864 line to include Danish Dragoons. Here is my study of these figs:
The sculpts are in the less colorful later uniform and wearing the greatcoat typical of the 1864 campaign. I do think that the helmet with the steel fittings is a rather smart feature of the later uniform.Although depictions of this uniform vary, they generally show a steel/grayish light blue uniform with no color differentiation between the uniform, greatcoat, and saddle furniture (very unique in that way). To reflect the color, I used Humbrol 157 Matte Azure Blue, a diluted wash of black, and then a fairly "heavy" highlight of Humbrol 89 Matte Mid Blue. I took some license with he saddle furniture and used a slightly darker shade of blue to create some separation between the rider and furniture. When I tried a historically correct rendition with them in the same color, it left the figures looking unfinished. So this became one of those touches that I deliberately got "wrong" in order for the figures to look "right."
As usual, the Northstar Sculpts have details that take closer examination (and sharp eyes) to appreciate--like the van dyke facial hair on the command figure (left). Although under gaming circumstances, nobody will probably ever see this, I know it's there and that's what matters, I suppose.
The Danes can now can field a proper Dragoon Brigade...
...as part of a proper Danish Cavalry division.