Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Dismounted Dragoon marker bases 1.

I mentioned in the video that I was planning to make a couple of marker bases for when the Dragoons dismount. I had looked around for standing horses with saddles and pistol holders that would scale with my Hinchliffes, but unable to find anything suitable decided that a bit of conversion work was in order. Having a spare couple of hours yesterday I sorted out suitable horses and figures for the two planned bases and thoroughly enjoyed myself building up a saddle blanket, saddle and pair of pistol holders for the trial horse. I'm pleased how it turned out, the little balls representing the capped ends of the pistols seemed to finish it nicely, not perfect, but good enough for me. A couple of spare figures were given head swaps and were bent about slightly, one will become the holder with wire reins from horses mouth into the hands, the other a dismounted dragoon bearing the standard. I'll probably only go with 2 horses per base and 2 figures, mounted on circular bases, more horses would look more realistic but they are only markers. Back with pics once finished.

Same horse code (LH12), heads slightly turned. No reins across the neck, they will be run from the bit into the hands of the holder figure.





Edit, a miserable day in Dymchurch so cracked on with the first base.



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    1. I'm glad I went with the conversions now, quite rewarding!

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  2. I like the scratch built saddle and holsters but I'm intrigued as to why you are not basing the horse holders with the horses given the rest of the army is on really big bases? BTW Hinchliffe does do empty horses with horse holder but they are ACW and it's probably more work converting the saddlery than scratch building.

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    1. Rob, I have two Dragoon units so need two markers to mark the spot where they dismount. Each base will have two horses, the horse holder figure and the dismounted dragoon holding the flag as a sort of vignette :)

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    2. Sorry I misread it as "... 2 horses per base, and 2 figures mounted on circular bases ..." whereas actually you wrote "... 2 horses per base and 2 figures, mounted on circular bases ...". My bad.

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  3. Nice work on the horses and horse holder figures.

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  4. They get a massive "Wow" from me, 'Lee. Very, very nicely done.
    All the best
    WM

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    1. Cheers Matt, I must say I enjoyed building up the saddles, blankets, holsters etc.

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