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Bill N16 Jun 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Are there any AWI dragoons in hunting shirts available in 28mm? Ideally figures compatible with either Perry or Fife & Drum. I've seen sources indicating some American light dragoons wore them in the southern campaign in 1780-81. One source suggests they may have been issued to First Light Dragoons when they went south in 1779.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 2:33 p.m. PST

Old Glory Kentucky Mounted Militia from the Mad Anthony Wayne range. Then do a head swap with King's Mountain dragoon heads.

huron72516 Jun 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

I will sell you my OG Kentucky Mounted Militia if interested. Never got around to painting them, don't think I will now that I slowly moving towards 40mm.
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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Perry makes a linen "overall type" shirt (17 th Dragoons) pack that you could head swap any number of heads. KMM does make a variety of different heads, but you could probably use one of the plastics, Perry or Black Powder heads or headgear from their sprues.

PERRY Pack Numbers 19 and 20.
If you are good with green stuff you could probably make these into HS by adding fringe.

That's what I'm using. Not really hunting shirts, but Dragoons probably would not be wearing a HS in the South. It's just too hot.

Mounted Militia might wear HS. I'm using Foundry and Perry conversions for those.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 9:33 p.m. PST

The OG Militia is wearing a hunting shirt.
He also is armed with a musket, do if you want to have him as a dragoon, you might want to substitute a saber. If ordering from OG by phone, ask to throw in a few stories of hands with sabers. They're pretty accommodating.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 1:27 a.m. PST

Have a look at Eureka's AWI range – they have "ragged dragoons" in both resting (100AOR38) and charging (100AOR39) poses, with several variants in each code and at least one in hunting shirt. You can have various headgear styles with these figures as well.

The Perry Continental mounted officers pack (AW37) also has someone wearing a hunting shirt (I think it's meant to be Morgan). They also have a pack of mounted riflemen that you could convert (AW36).

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 2:25 a.m. PST

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These are Old Glory mounted militia.
They are not Dragoons by any stretch.

They look cool though!!

Brechtel19817 Jun 2017 4:18 a.m. PST

The Company of Military Historians has depicted the 3d Continental Light Dragoons in hunting shirts, and I have a Lasset 54mm figure of the same regiment (dismounted) in a hunting shirt.

I don't see that a hunting shirt in the south would be any heavier or hotter than a wool regimental coat. As it was made somewhat looser in style, it might actually be cooler.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

And "hunting shirts" weren't necessarily made from animal hide. Many were made of linen, which would be just the fabric to wear in the southern states.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

Yes. Too many call a hunting shirt "buckskin".

GiloUK17 Jun 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

The Eureka Miniatures "ragged Continental dragoons" are what you want. I've painted dozens of them and they are superb figures. I prefer the charging poses to the standing ones, as the former can accommodate a larger variety of headwear.

Brechtel19817 Jun 2017 2:26 p.m. PST

Absolutely correct-they were usually of linen, not of buckskin.

Bill N17 Jun 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

Thank you all for the suggestions. @huron the OG figures look too much like mounted infantry for what I am planning, but thank you for the offer anyways. I think for me the Eurekas may be the most efficient way to go.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jun 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

Fife and Drum has a 1st Continental Dragoons figure in hunting shirt, a mounted officer with tricorn and hunting shirt, and a British 16th Light Dragoons figure in hunting shirt. I use these for head swap conversions.

BTW, A number of southern battles and campaigns were conducted during the winter months where the HS being too warm would not have been an issue.

Bill N19 Jun 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

What is the figure # for the F&D 1st Continental Light Dragoon? I saw the Mounted officer and the 16th British figure, but the 1st CLD figures listed all seem to be in regimental coats. If there was a 1st CLD in a hunting shirt in your line, that would put it on par with the Eureka option.

Babits indicates in Supplying the Southern Continental Army that hunting shirts were issued to the southern army in June 1781 to replace regimental coats. With the previous history of southern continentals in hunting shirts this suggests they were not considered too hot for summer wear in the south.

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