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From the scans these figures look quite like Spanish Dragoons of Alfonso XII used in the Carlist Wars in the 1870's or 1880,s. Also Spanish Lancers like the guard lancers used today have a similar uniform. So I may buy some to increase my small (6 of each) metal 1/72nd scale figures.
we don't have information that they wore only overcoats, though we can't dismiss such a statement as, firstly, the overcoats are obviously more convenient on the campaign and, secondly, cavalry regiments in the Crimea were to a great extent filled with the new recruits that were the first to suffer from the supply shortages as opposed to the regular regiments. We just wanted to depict a cavalry unit that had a distinctive and nice uniform. You gave us though another idea of a generic cavalry set in overcoats, probably with interchangable heads, say uhlan czapkas, dragoon helmets or, indeed peaked caps, like HaT made their German WWII cavalry. What do you think about it?
a cavalry box in greatcoat would be something very usefull for a lot of campaigns. Tumbling Dice made their metal Russian cavalry all in greatcoats with seperate heads for Dragoons, Ulans and Cossacks. Great stuff, as I can use the Ulans for 1812-14 too.
If it would be possible to do a set with different heads it would be great.
BTW, had the Russians dragoons in the 1853 Danube campaign? As it was summer, the won't need greatcoats.
That would be a great set!
It would be a very good idea for us as costumers and for you as company, everybody will buy more than one box. I like the Malcom's idea about Lanceros of Alfonso XII of the spanish carlist wars but we'll need infantry (isabelist infantry could be used in the african campaigns).
I would also like to see a set with interchangle (swoppet-style) heads.
If you do, please ask the sculptor to make them with a neck/peg. If you go back to the Contributions section, and look at the U.S. Cavalry/Apache Scouts, and scroll down towards bottom, you can see how I converted all 12 into Apaches. The customer could then use a pinvise drill to plug in the head without glue if desired.