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.
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.
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.