Monday, 13 September 2010

Lee's Legion Dragoons

While busy with the Guards I thought I'd start a rebel unit of the southern campaign - Lee's Legion. The Perries make the legion foot but not cavalry - although one could adapt their British Legion figures to do this.

As my own British Legion date back to 2002 or so and were converted from Foundry Continentla Light Dragoons I opted to do a similar job on Lee's cavalry and so I spent some time this weekend with pliers, files and greenstuff. I have produced a figure of Lee himself (British officer with headswap and converted helmet and 12 dragoons including a leader, cornet and standard bearer. Most of the figures are Cont. Lt. Dragoons with converted helmets, but to aid the campaign look I have mixed in some Perry mounted riflemen.

I have researched colour schemes and as Lee's legion were confused with both the British Legion and Queen's Rangers I will go for a green jacket, probably with black facings. The real legion may have been using more practical clothing by this stage (shell jackets/roundabouts, etc) but there is a limit to hom much converting I want to do and I think they'll look just fine. When I get round to doing the Lee's Legion foot I'll also mix in some riflemen to help the units to match. Riflemen will probably get green rifle smocks and leggings (horse) and a mix of green and unbleached linen (foot).

I took some pics of the conversions before undercoating and if I get a chance tonight I'll post them here.

1 comment:

Bedford said...

"I took some pics of the conversions before undercoating and if I get a chance tonight I'll post them here."

I'm waiting..... ;o)

Hopefully you can find the time to post as I'm always very interested in this sort of thing.

Darrell.