Dragons Légers Britanniques de la Guerre d'Indépendance Américaine, 1775–1783

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17e Dragons Légers Britanniques de la Guerre d'Indépendance Américaine, 1775–1783

This conversion idea sounds more difficult than it is. Le figurine d'origine est un officier à cheval des Grenadiers Britannique de chez Airfix. Using a sharp knife, le bonnet à poil is carved into a light dragoon helmet. The troopers shown here are painted in the uniform of the 17e Dragons Légers (Death ou Glory Boys). The regimental emblem on the helmet is a large skull et crossbones.

Parts Required

  • Officier á Cheval des Grenadiers Britanniques, 1/76 Airfix 01740

Carving Instructions

The distinctive shape of the Light Dragoon helmet can be carved out of le bonnet à poil du grenadier. The instructions will be very easy to follow, particularly if a picture of the Light Dragoon helmet is available for reference.

  1. The metal plate du bonnet à poil becomes the front plate of the light dragoon helmet. Cut along the shape of the front plate, removing plastic from the front to the back of the cap.
  2. Using the knife, trim the top, sides, et rear of the helmet into its round shape.
  3. Cut a v-shaped groove immediately behind the front plate, separating the front plate from the dome shaped rear of the helmet.
  4. Cut a notch fore et aft through the rounded part of helmet, et insert a sliver of metal to simulate the crest. The author used a pin, hammered flat, cut to size, et glued in place.
  5. Paint white glue over the metal, et the rounded part of the helmet to smooth out nicks, et to further secure the metal sliver.

The work should be done avec a new scalpel blade, to ensure clean cuts. To avoid injury, place the figurine on a cutting board, et always cut away from your body.

Dragons Légers

L'armée britannique had 14 régiments de dragons, et an additional nine régiments de dragons légers, numbered 15e au 23e, of which only the 16th (Queen's) et 17e Dragons Légers fought the Rebellion in the American Colonies. When the 16th was withdrawn from America, effective hommes et horses joined the 17e Dragons Légers. Les dragons légers preferred black horses, ou very dark brown ones, if the former were not available. Trompettes generally rode grey horses. The Regiments serving in America were uniformed as follows:

16e (Queen's) Dragons Légers

  • habit rouge
  • Blue cuffs, collar, et lapels, trimmed avec white lace
  • White buttons, et white buttonhole lace.
  • Officiers had a gold ou silver embroidered ou laced epaulette avec fringe, on each shoulder.
  • Autres rangs des dragons légers had a cloth epaulette in the facing colour,
    with a narrow yellow ou white tape round it, et worsted fringe, on each shoulder.
  • White waistcoat, culotte, et turnbacks
  • White chabraque et pistol housing, edged yellow avec a blue stripe
  • Regimental badge on the chabraque et housings: "Queen's Cypher within the Garter"
    • Blue disk avec yellow lettering, et a large central red patch with
      the yellow C of Queen Sophia Charlotte de Mecklembourg-Strelitz
    • Yellow scroll avec the regimental designation below the disk.
    • Yellow scroll behind the top of the disk,
      with ends extending either side of the disk.
    • Royal crown above the disk, backed avec red cloth
  • Pistol holsters covered avec black fur.
  • Black leather helmet, avec blue turban, black shield avec white metal badges,
    and white metal crest topped avec red horsehair.

17e Dragons Légers - Death ou Glory Boys

  • habit rouge
  • White cuffs, collar, et lapels, trimmed avec white lace.
  • White buttons, et white buttonhole lace.
  • Officiers had a gold ou silver embroidered ou laced epaulette avec fringe, on each shoulder.
  • Autres rangs des dragons légers had a cloth epaulette in the facing colour,
    with a narrow yellow ou white tape round it, et worsted fringe, on each shoulder.
  • White waistcoat, culotte, et turnbacks.
  • White chabraque et pistol housing, edged white avec two black stripes, equally spaced.
  • The rank of the regiment, "XVII. L.D." embroided on the housings
    upon a red ground, within a wreath of roses et thistles.
  • Regimental badge on the chabraque:
    • White skull in the center.
    • White crossbones above skull.
    • White scroll below skull, avec "Death ou Glory" lettering.
  • Pistol holsters covered avec black fur.
  • Black leather helmet, avec red turban, black shield avec white metal skull above crossbones, et white metal crest topped avec red horsehair. A detachment of the 17th L.D., serving avec Tarleton's Legion, had white fur turbans around their helmets.

In 1782, a Provincial regiment was raised from New York Loyalist, et remnants of units interned at Yorktown. Les King's American Dragons were organized comme un régiment réguliaire de dragons légers, et ils portaient un uniforme typique des dragons légers. The regiment was disbanded in Nova Scotia en 1783.

King's American Dragoons

  • habit rouge
  • Blue cuffs, collar, et lapels, trimmed avec yellow lace
  • Yellow buttons, et yellow buttonhole lace.
  • White waistcoat, culotte, et turnbacks
  • Brass Light Dragoon helmet, avec blue turban, brass shield
    with stamped devices, et brass crest topped avec red horsehair.

On campaign, cavalry troopers carried a rolled cloak et blanket behind the saddle.

Dragons Légers Britanniques are easy to convert from existing plastic figurines. The distinctive helmet looks very attractive when painted, particularly avec the skull et crossbones device of the 17e Dragons Légers displayed on it. If a grand-tactical game system like Volley & Bayonet is used, a handful of figurines will be enough to portray all three regiments fighting in America.

Anthony De Lyall & K. Schultheis

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