For my second entry I have a group of 9 British 15th Light Dragoons (or Elliot's Light Horse) from the Seven Years War. These are the second of the three projects that I started on Boxing Day (that's December 26th for Yankees or St. Stephen's Day for the Irish). The figures are Perry Miniatures from their AWI range and are lovely figures that I really enjoyed painting. These will serve in my Sharp Practice British SYW force alongside Keith's Highlanders.
It seems that you can tell a Brit that he's a light cavalryman and dress him like a fop, but he'll still try to run over what ever is in his path. The 15th was the first British Light Dragoon Regiment (raised in 1759) and set the tone early for this tendency. Shipped to Germany they joined the polyglot Allied army on July 15, 1760 and fought at Emsdorf the very next day. Elliott's did most of the fighting at Emsdorf, charging French Infantry twice and capturing an entire battalion.
Enough history and back to the figures. Again I am morphing AWI figures to serve in the SYW. In this case, it doesn't seem that uniforms for light dragoons changed much between 1760 and 1776. I checked with my goto source and got the following info on the SYW uniform (you could probably heat my fist pump as I read this).
We have not found any primary source describing the uniform of this regiment. Several part of our description are assumptions based on the uniforms of the regiments of dragoons.I took this to read "we got nothing, do what ever looks right". War-games fashion police might try to haul me on minor issues with shabraques, cuffs and shoulder straps to which I reply Pffffffffft!
The figures themselves are excellent, a little beefier than other Perrys with good active poses, lovely detail and great horses. They certainly look like hard campaigners with their carbine muzzles wrapped for protection and the well stuffed extra saddle bags of fodder and plunder.
I didn't notice one bit of detail until I was finishing the figures. There is a lovely plate embossed on front of the elegant helmets which picks out nicely with white paint. However, the Perrys correctly sculpted these as 17th Light Dragoon, and therefore gave helmet the skull and crossbones emblem specific to that unit. I tried to be selective in picking out the details in order to give the impression of the White Horse of Hanover instead.