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WIP Regiment de Dillon 1781

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by MarquisMini, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. MarquisMini A Fixture

    I am about finishing the 1791 fusilier and decided to take a break from the white uniforms and stripped on of my old figures.
    This figure is from Elite Miniatures,NY infantryman of the American Revolution.
    I converted this figure to resemble the French regulation uniform of 1779,shaved some parts,modified the gaiters,lapels and put a lot of work and time on the tricorne hat to make it look more like the french style,or the shape i really like per sei.
    Brief history of this regiment:
    The Dillon Regiment was first raised by Viscount Dillon in 1688 to fight in Ireland for the Jacobite cause. The regiment transferred to French service 3 years later and formed a brigade with the other "Wild Geese" regiments. These Irish regiments served at virtually every major land battle fought by the French between 1690 and 1789, perhaps most notably at Fontenoy where they captured the colours of Coldstream Guards. The Dillon merged with two other Irish regiments, de Lally in 1762 and de Bulkeley in 1775. From 1779 to 1782 the regiment was present in the Caribbean and America: it fought at the capture of Grenada in 1779 and then at Savannah later that year. I'll say more about the Dillon's involvement at Savannah in a short while. When King Louis fell to the French Revolution the regiment, which had remained loyal to the king, lost the Dillon name and was absorbed into the French regular line.
    I am painting this regimental coat in the 1779 regulation,red coat (irish and Swiss regiments)
    with yellow facings (lapels,cuffs),and white collar with white turnbacks,vest and breeches.
    their cuffs wore 4 buttons but were arranged in a peculiar "herringbone" pattern.
    Fleur-de-Lys in yellow on the turnbacks and black or white gaiters.
    they also wore black "cravat".

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  2. meizi Active Member

    Looks very nice so far Daniel (y), and look forward to seeing the finished figure.
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  3. Edorta A Fixture

    Great idea Daniel. This figure is very good for the transformation.I ´ve seen different versions of this uniform and I´m not sure about wich is the most accurate. I made myself a version, with a 54mm figure a few days ago, following the Osprey MAA 244 plate. Aside from the gaiters, hat and another elements, I think you´ll have another little problem with the musket, beacouse is not french pattern. The converson is very well done, I like it and follow.

  4. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Thanks meizi!.
    Thanks Edu,yes,i have several pictures to work on the musket.
    there is few differences between the Brown Bess and the Charleville.
    I will try to fix those details but not sure how difficult is.
    Ps:still waiting for the pics of the figure you mention.
  5. Edorta A Fixture

    Ps:still waiting for the pics of the figure you mention.[/QUOTE]

    Hi Daniel. I think I sent to your email a picture of this soldier, but if someone else in PF are interested in this regiment here are the photos. Still I have doubts about whether the bayonet must be hooked to the waist belt, or if it should be in the shoulder belt . I´ve painted the chevrons over the cuffs in white, but they could be also red. I've seen it both ways.I´ve seen them in yellow, in Fucken, but I´m not sure if this way is accurate. The figure is from Labayen 54mm. I hope you like it.

    Dillon1.jpg Dillon2.jpg Dillon3.jpg Dillon4.jpg

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  6. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Edu,the chevrons based on what i have red,is a combination of white and red,since the coat is red,i will go with white.
    As for the belt for the bayonet,you are right on both.
    Remember that it was a time of "transition" for the French Army,and many units overseas did not receive the new regulation items,others did.
    So you are correct if you want to place the bayonet on the shoulder belt or waist belt.
    I have color plates from Eugene Leliepvre that shows white turnbacks with yellow Fleur-De-Lys,so i think i will paint white turnbacks but after seeing yours i am kinda trying to decide if white or yellow jajaja.
  7. charlyq Member

    Muy bueno Daniel!!!!;)

    Como siempre!! Me gustó tambien la reseña que hiciste de la figura del soldado argentino de M.Corry. El FAL PARA esta correcto. Yo hice el servicio militar en el '82, asi que te lo puedo asegurar! ja!

    Un abrazo

    Carlos Q.-(y)
  8. pipetrepid Active Member

    daniel, so far, so good!
  9. MarquisMini A Fixture

    gracias Carlitos,un abrazo.
  10. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Thanks!,but still,a lot of work ahead.

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