Lots of Dragoons

Painted as Hanoverian Dragoons - WLOA58 and WLOA60

I have been slow off the mark painting and basing my dragoons but the new codes have sold very well so far despite having no oxygen of publicity.

Painted as Enniskillen Dragoons 1689-1692 WLOA58 & WLOA60 

So, time to give them a little ventilation and let everyone see how they look in nice units. Painted by myself, Toggy, Rob Goodier and Jim Masson here is a selection of the dragoons now available from Warfare Miniatures.

Painted as French Dragoons 1680-1714 WLOA61 and WLOA63

They have managed to find their way into various theatres as can be seen. We've used them in large games and in Donnybrook skirmishes set during the infamous Dragonnades of 1683 in France where they were used to roust out Huguenots all over the country.

WLOA63 Command group

Easy to paint (below the knees its the black strapped up leggings), the French dragoons offer an impressive array of colour combinations which I was sad enough to count:

Red coats: faced red, faced blue, faced green and faced yellow
Blue coats: faced blue and faced red.
Green coats: faced green, faced red and faced yellow.
Yellow coats: faced red.

A brigade with each unit in different coat colours is what I am working towards right now.

Jim Masson's Scots Dragoons - WLOA88, 89, 90

We of course are planning to issue the dragoons in fur caps too but they just have not reached the top of the sculpting priority list yet.

French Dragoons from codes WLOA150 and WLOA151

We have horses for the horse holders but as yet the horse holders (both mounted and dismounted) are also still in the sculpting queue.

French Dragoons from WLOA88 and WLOA150

I as able to knock out the five dragoons (above in the green coats face yellow) to a pretty good painting standard in 2.5 hours recently. That encouraged me to do more!

Mixed unit with models from WLOA 1, 6, 8,10 & 14

The third edition of Beneath the Lily Banners (which is now at proof reading) gives Dragoons a bit of a makeover by recognising that such a popular troop type in the 1690s should not prove to be the poor man either on foot or mounted. Dragoon capability, tactics and formations have been reviewed making them much more useful than before without transforming them into super troops.

Painted by Adrian Howe and here fighting for King James at the Boyne

Pretty much every army had them and in increasing numbers from the mid 1680s. They were to become very common on the battlefield and extremely useful.