¡¡¡28mm yellow-coated Spanish dragoons!!!

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Finished at last, and not so Noddy-ish a uniform as I had initially feared … my Napoleonic Spanish dragoons. Click on the pictures for a closer view.

The figures are 28mm Front Rank Figurines.  I used Foundry’s triple paint-set of yellow shade, main and highlight, along with a coat of gryphonne sepia ink at the halfway-point.

The light blue facings (which combined with the red plumes and yellow uniforms had me initially worried about the Noddy effect) are of the Regimiento de Dragones de Almansa.  

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The flag is somewhat generic, being copied out of a flag book, then flipped to make the reverse side.  So it doesn’t represent any real Spanish dragoon unit, but is near enough for my purposes.

The horses were painted using my usual oil-paint technique.  This entails spray-painting the horses with rust-coloured car primer, then painting on black or burnt sienna oil paint, and immediately rubbing it off again with a tissue so the rust primer shows through – quick and dirty, but effective!

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The bases are also my usual technique – a mixture of  beach sands of various coarseness sprinkled over thickly applied  white glue.  There is no need to paint the sand – it looks perfectly natural as is.   The base is then landscaped with at least three types of flock or static grass added on  top of the sandy surface.  

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16 responses to “¡¡¡28mm yellow-coated Spanish dragoons!!!

  1. Lovely looking dragoons Roly. Thanks for sharing some of your painting tricks too, always interesting to know.
    James

  2. Fine work Roly, beautifully executed.

  3. briansmaller

    Hi Roly. I have ordered a regiment of line cavalry (in the blue uniforms). I am really getting into the Spanish at the moment. A fun army to paint.

    • Yes, there is something about the Spanish – nice and varied, and lots of different colours. Definitely not a run-of-the-mill Napoleonic army to field.

  4. Ray

    Very nice indeed, there’s just something about yellow regts that I love!!

    • I was worried the yellow might look either too gaudy, or otherwise a bit too much like modern workmen in flouro vests! I’m quite pleased with the way they came out, though – the yellow effect gets dilluted with all that extra detail of the crossbelts etc, and so the figures don’t stand out too much at all.

  5. Howdies Roly. Very nice and not gaudy at all! 8O)

    Salute
    von Peter himself

  6. A triumph Sir, they came out wonderfully.

  7. Anonymous

    would love to see the basing techniques step by step some time

    • Yes, I can do that specially for you, Mr Anonymouse. Some years back I wrote step-by-step basing guide on the now-defunct Kapiti Fusiliers website. Over the next few days, I’ll republish that article here on this blog. So keep watching this space …

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