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