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Set 8002

Prussian Dragoons

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1996
Contents 12 figures
Poses 4 poses, 4 horse poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Blue
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


Historically dragoons were mounted infantry, but by the Napoleonic wars they had become purely cavalry. They came midway between the heavy and light category, but a large part of the cavalry was made up of them, mainly because they were the cheapest. Still they did not enjoy the same reputation and status as the cuirassiers or the hussars.

Only four poses go to make up this set, and most of those seem to be charging, though one figure is leaning down as if to attack an enemy on foot. This is an all too rare acknowledgement of what cavalry often had to do once they had finished their charge - too many sets assume they spent all their time charging and none in actual combat, particularly with infantry. However while there is nothing wrong with the poses, they are nothing special, though competently executed.

The horses are the same as those in the Uhlans set, and are moulded on a separate sprue (in a different colour). The main problem with the early sets from HaT was horses such as these, which are pretty crude. Though they have the correct saddle furniture, they little resemble actual horses and are missing all the muscle and hair detail which makes a representation into an accurate model. The arrangement of their legs is also unconvincing, and in fact two of the poses are merely mirror images of the other two.

The men are much better, though it would be fair to say quality and quantity of detail is only adequate. Animation is reasonable and the proportions are correct, but the clothing seems too smooth to be realistic. After the disasters of 1806, the Prussian army that was mobilised in 1813 had a much simpler and more modern uniform, and that of the dragoons was amongst the simplest of the lot. All these men are wearing the litewka and have covers over their shakos, which is correct, and reflects the look of these troops when on campaign. All have a cartridge box on a strap, yet none have a carbine, and since 20 men per squadron were issued with carbines some of these figures should have been given them.

The dragoons were armed with a curved light cavalry sabre, but this curve has been exaggerated on some of these figures, making them appear more like scimitars. Also all the figures have completely straight scabbards, which are obviously no good for the curved sword. Apart from that the accuracy is good, and there is no real flash to speak of, but with only four poses and an unimpressive sculpting job there is plenty of scope for either a retool or another manufacturer to produce more on this subject. Trivia note - two of the horses have initials carved into their saddle bags. One has 'W' and 'L', which are the initials of the sculptor, and the other has 'H' and 'T', for HaT!


Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 6
Pose Number 6
Sculpting 4
Mould 9

Further Reading
"Napoleonic Uniforms Vol.4" - Emperor's Press - John R Elting - 9781883476205
"Prussian Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars (2) 1807-15" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.172) - Peter Hotschröer - 9780850456837
"The Prussian Army 1808-1815" - Almark - David Nash - 9780855240752
"The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.496) - Peter Hofschröer - 9781782006176
"The Prussian Army to 1815" - Schiffer - Digby Smith - 9780764319907
"Uniforms of Waterloo" - Blandford - Philip Haythornthwaite - 9781854093943

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