Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hesse Seewald Corps of Mounted Guides

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The first squadron of the Hesse Seewald Light Dragoons (AKA The Corps of Guides) has been completed and are ready for your inspection. The figures are the British 16th Light Dragoons from the Fife & Drum American Revolution range of figures.

The uniforms and painting scheme is modelled after Napoleon's regiment of Chasseurs a Cheval of the Guard: Green coats, buff breeches and red facings. The shabraque is green with yellow/gold edging. I have not yet settled on a flag so the standard bearer is missing his colours. The standard bearer is the Fife & Drum 1st Continental Dragoons standard bearer with a head swap from one of the 16th Light Dragoons figures.

1st Squadron with flankers.

I really like the skirmishing poses that Richard Ansell sculpted for the 16th Light Dragoons. There is one pose firing his carbine, one pose reloading carbine, one pose with carbine rested on his thigh - provides a second level of skirmish support to the front line, and one pose firing pistol. The latter figure is placed on the flag stand, sort of guarding the colours, as it were.

The flankers are now moving out in front of the squadron.

I have not decided on whether to paint a second squadron of 12 figures. For now, a dozen troopers plus four mounted skirmishers seem like enough. In the event of a war, the regiment could be increased to 24 figures.

I'm thinking that I could probably get away with also using the Guides as an AWI Loyalist cavalry regiment.

I'm pretty happy with the way that this regiment turned out. What do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment.


  1. Stout fellows! When will they next see action?

    Good thinking using a variation of an existing uniform to pick your colour palette. It does a lot of the work for you.

  2. Their next and first action depends on what the evil Saxons are up to. The war drums are beating.

  3. A wonderful job, they look great!

  4. Crested helmets in a (semi-) imaginary context in the fine tradition of Charge! WHat's not to like?

    Best Regards,


  5. Very appealing brushwork. I like the poses of the dragoons too. Very active.