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The Making of a War of 1812 US Dragoon Miniature – Part 3

Wow, over Thanksgiving, I was able to complete several more steps in the process. Pretty sad, I know! I don’t really know what to say other than I have this drive to complete this project to the best of my abilities. The next few steps allow me to not be as concerned with overlapping of paint, since I use those places as shadowing and shading. Upon completion of the flesh application, the first color of the overall uniform was applied. This color is dark grey over all pieces of the uniform (jacket, trousers, belts, and gloves). This step also involves all the cloth material (saddle blanket, cloth trappings, and bedroll) on the horse.

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After the base color for the entire uniform, the steps start to become progressively more tedious and detailed in time and labor. The jacket of the dragoon and the saddle blanket of the horse are the first to receive the base coat which is a light blue color. Yes, some of you might notice that there are a couple of spots missing the color. Well that is on perhaps, those areas will appear as faded or worn areas on the finish dragoon.

 

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As you might have noticed on my previous soldiers, I like to make them appear as if they were marching, or in battle. No uniform remains prestine two seconds after putting it on for a campaign and/or battle. Thus all of my miniatures appear “battle harden”!

It is now December and I will be hard at work on your US Dragoon miniature. My goal is by the end of the month to have the Dragoons ready for the finishing touches, such as weathering, eyes, hair, buttons, and final terrain affects.

Remember that you can pre-purchase one of these limited edition dragoons ahead of time. (Information on how to do that will be forthcoming). There will be a total of 8 Dragoons afoot ($100.00 donation each), and 10 Dragoons on horses ($200.00 donation each), and 3 Dragoons in a miniature diorama ($250.00 donation each). They will be available for RootsTech 2015. Stay tuned to this blog for the next article on the process of making a War of 1812 US Dragoon Miniatures.

This entire project will take me up to RootsTech 2015 for completion. There are many more steps to go before the final product is ready for your display case, thanks for your donation to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions. Please, stay tuned to this blog for further progress on your War of 1812 Dragoon.

Mike

 

A Christmas Wish

It was 1856, and Asa W. Allen was waiting for an answer. After serving in the War of 1812 from the state of Connecticut, for years, the pension commissioner had failed to locate him on the military rolls. He and his wife Sophia now living in Oho, and the waiting continued on.

He married Sophia on December 25, 1818 in New York. That was one Christmas wish granted.

Finally, the answer had been received, his pension had been approved, and the 91 pages in Asa’s file became part of our national history. Included in his file are bits of information that family historian’s wish for: maiden name of his wife, his bounty land claim (#68667), a description of why he was eligible for this claim, a sworn affidavit from his sister-in-law on their marriage, a notarized letter from his own death, and funeral service information. And much more.

After Asa died, Sophia of course had to apply again for her widow’s pension. In the documents, she makes the statement that she can’t give information on several of the lines required, and asks the pension board to refer to her husband’s application [paraphrased]. She died just a year after Asa.

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A page from the pension file of Asa Allen.

There is so much value in these records to genealogists, historians, researchers, authors, teachers, and many more of us. It can certainly make the “all I want for Christmas” wish list come true. We can all help in preserving these documents, and we can help today; right now, by making a donation.

Will you join us in preserving our history and give a Christmas gift to all of us, and to future generations? Donate in honor of Asa or Sophia, in honor of your own ancestor, in honor of your grandchildren.

The Making of a War of 1812 US Dragoon Miniature – Part 2

The previous steps as outlined in part one took about three weeks to complete. The next step was applying the primary base for the miniature, this included working with a modified chopstick and an old dental took. Using the before mentioned tools, I worked the pliable dry wall spackle into the base of each miniature taking care to create the perfect ground texture. This part of the project took a full day to complete, next I let them set for another day and a half before they were ready for the next step.

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After a couple of days the dragoons were ready for the first primary coat. This coat is important in that it will establish the shades and tints for the finish product. I use a black spray paint primer for this. Since I use a spray paint, I had to wait for the perfect temperature outside to apply it. I then let them set for another day to make sure that the paint would adhere correctly to the miniature.

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A few days later, I applied the 2nd primary coat. This coat is also black; but applied with a brush highlighting important areas, while thinning out in others. And once again, allowing the miniatures to dry for a couple of days.

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The first area that I work on is the flesh areas; the process takes several coats of paint and wash to create the right look. NOTE: the eyes, hair, and facial detail will come later in the process. The first color is white, followed by a dark pale color and then by a lighter pale color, finished off with a dirty wash.

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Remember that you can pre-purchase one of these limited edition dragoons ahead of time. (Information on how to do that will be forthcoming). There will be a total of 8 Dragoons afoot ($100.00 donation each), and 10 Dragoons on horses ($200.00 donation each), and 3 Dragoons in a miniature diorama ($250.00 donation each). They will be available for RootsTech 2015. Stay tuned to this blog for the next article on the process of making a War of 1812 US Dragoon Miniatures.
This entire project will take me up to RootsTech 2015 for completion. There are many more steps to go before the final product is ready for your display case, thanks for your donation to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions. Please, stay tuned to this blog for further progress on your War of 1812 Dragoon.

Mike