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

During the first half of December several more steps were completed on your War of 1812 Dragoon. The darker blue is applied to the jacket and the saddle blanket of the horse. This is the final color of these respective pieces of equipment. But, don’t worry, these still need to be weathered and touched up for fading.

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It must be remembered that the uniforms were made from 100% wool, which proved to be extremely warm and uncomfitable during the summer. All the jackets were long-sleeved and had several rows of brass buttons. Image wearing that jacket during the summer campaigns in Alabama and Mississippi against the Creek Indians. Talk about sweat, WOW!

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I next applied a chocolate brown coat to parts of the saddle kit that sat in front of the rider.  This was in turn followed by the saddle itself which consisted of a mix of brown and light leather paint to represent the standard issue of the front-line dragoon in the War of 1812.

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As of right now I am on course to accomplish my goal of December 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 the FGS 2015 Conference 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

Michael Jefferey Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch.org

 

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

 

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