Monday, 20 October 2008

Dragoons (Almost)

Dragoon squadron commander and standard bearer (Suren riders on Stadden horses).

Today's rather embarrassing photo puts me in mind of a passage in Shaw's "Saint Joan".

DUNOIS: Not a man will follow you.

JOAN: I will not look back to see whether anyone is following me.

I had hoped to show a photo of my regiment of Dragoons, complete and basking in the full glory of a Charge-style cavalry regiment. But all I can do is put up a shot of one slightly bemused squadron commander, accompanied by a standard-bearer, wondering where his men have disappeared to.

Neuro-surgeons may understand some of the details of how the brain works. But I suspect that none of them would be able to explain how that part of my brain storing the fact that 'those dragoons need their muskets adding' chose to remain dormant until today. Inevitably, these dozy neurons chose to fire just after the critical moment: when the dragoons had been varnished. It would, perhaps, be unscientific to attribute all this to the sheer bloody-mindedness of the world in general.

Hopefully in a few days time I will be able to show the completed regiment and wax lyrical about the thing. Until then I shall be wondering about what else is lurking forgotten in the dark recesses of my mind.


Bluebear Jeff said...

Well I, for one, like the look of these fine men . . . and I'm sure that soon many troopers will follow them.

-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Andy,

We've all been there. Just think about how wonderful they'll look when everything is all finished.

Best Regards,


Der Alte Fritz said...

Perhaps they simply left their musketoons back at the camp, or the Fearless Leader took them away so that no one would be tempted to fire from the saddle.

I like the Suren dragoons on the Stadden horses. I shall have to steal that idea, although I've contemplated it for quite awhile. Ten squadrons of Bayreuth Dragoons, 120 horse, that would be about right. I could do that in time for next years Big Game.

Fitz-Badger said...

I agree with Jeff. Excellent painting as usual!
From what I can tell looks like you got the flag on nicely, too!