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Dismounted Dragoons for Pike and Shotte

By Michael Cannon / August 2, 2013
Pike and Shotte Dismounted Dragoons

Pike and Shotte Dismounted Dragoons

Pike and Shotte Dismounted Dragoons

Dragoons in Pike and Shotte are neither fish nor fowl. Mounted for movement, able to operate as dismounted skirmishers and move through rough terrain, they are a big threat to the flanks of any opponent.

My problem was that I had dismounts for a couple of regiments and was not certain how to mount them and make use of them. I did not really want to mount them individually as it was a waste of potential combat power since I could not use them in Pike and Shotte. I took a clue from a friend of mine who had mounted mounted and dismounted figures on his dragoon bases but used a 50 by 50 mm base. I had a couple of GF9 chariot packs and these looked like they would be perfect to mount the dismounts on.

These figures are from Old Glory miniatures and once again, have been in the lead pile for a number of years.

I like the width of the base as it allows me to do more with scenic elements and get full use of the figures. The rocks are from corks and have been painted black and then drybrushed with greys and browns. The bushes are from Woodland Scenics and have been stiffened with diluted white glue. The grass is also from Woodland Scenics.

These are now the equivalent of four horsemen across and I can move them as a separate unit, not confusing them with trotters or gallopers. If I desire, I can put one stand in the front of a mounted unit to indicate they are dismounted or use two of them as is for a dragoon unit.

Even better, in their first outing they beat the curse of the newly painted, actually performing well in combat against a firelock unit.Now I just need to get the other two bases finished.

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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