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MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 7:47 p.m. PST

No not the song by The Who but rather assuming an absence of the real thing in miniatures, what are approximate substitutes for British Dragoons, British Dragoon Guards and French Chevaux Legers?

I am terrible at matching up coats and tricornes.

advocate17 May 2018 1:34 a.m. PST

Now the song is going through my head…

steamingdave47 Inactive Member17 May 2018 1:41 a.m. PST

@ Minipigs what size of figure are you looking at? Pretty sure that all of these are catered for in 28mm and 15/18mm. ( and French Chevaux Leger are simply French line cavalry in 18th century, not "light" cavalry as the name might imply)
Here is one manufacturer's offering for the French


Front Rank, Elite Miniatures offer British Drsgoon guards in 28 mm.

If it's 18mm, take a look at Eureka's range, my favourites for SYW

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP17 May 2018 3:16 a.m. PST

You need to be a bit more specific; size/scale and period for a start and, for some sizes, which figures do they have to match.

In 6mm & 10mm there are gaps for some periods between 1700& 1799 but the main conflicts are fairly well covered.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 6:07 a.m. PST

I am personally scrounging around for 40mm substitutes but I wanted the post to be somewhat universal just as a uniform cross reference exercise. We know that though not exact matches, Hanoverian infantry uniforms mirrored British ones and the Saxons, Wurttemburgers, Hessians followed Prussian styles. Thus, I wondered if British and French cavalry followed any styles of say Austria?

I know that purists will say no uniform will ever look like another but I figured I could get a "Good enough for government" set of comparisons.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 4:38 p.m. PST

You still haven't identified the period, but if you are looking for 40mm Napoleonic, Sash and Saber has a pretty large range.


MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 6:11 p.m. PST

Yes, Seven years War.

Musketier Inactive Member18 May 2018 9:46 a.m. PST

Well if one were to squint a little, Prussian or Austrian dragoons painted red might pass for British, at least from several feet away: They have the same single shoulder belt.
French cavalry had crossed belts if memory serves, so would be harder to find a substitute for, unless it be British horse.
As for British light dragoons, their special headgear makes them pretty unique.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2018 7:34 p.m. PST

British light dragoons look to be about the same as AWI British Light Dragoons.

What about Hanoverian horse, Dragoons and Hussars? If I am squinting, are they more like Prussians? Austrians? British?

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