Work continues on the 1799 project. This time a regiment of Austrian dragoons from AB Miniatures mobilizes from the painting desk. These dozen troopers are finely cast with excellent detailing. Marvelous figures!For the 1799 project I am quite torn between fielding the Austrian dragoons in bicorne or helmet. As the first regiment of Austrian dragoons to muster for the project, I opted to play it more conservative. That is, these lads are fielded as the 14th Dragoons in their green jackets and bicornes which they were allowed to retain beyond the regulation change in 1798. Of course, my theory is that regulation dates were just that; dates. Many regiments would likely continue wearing existing uniforms until either worn out or supplies caught up with the troops on campaign.
In 1799 and 1800, would Austrian dragoons likely be wearing bicornes, helmets or a mix of both? The other controversy not discussed is the switch from green to white or white to green uniforms for the dragoons/chevau-leger.