Saturday, September 29, 2018

French Dragoons st. Domingue - Trent Miniatures

I finished these a couple of weeks back and hoped to have them available for the Plantation game, but felt the Cuban dog handlers would have been better suited for defending the grounds.

During the early years of the revolution, dragoons were sent to Saint-Domingue from France, as well as being recruited locally. The colonial dragoons wore all green jackets with green dragoon housing and make a useful addition to the French forces for Haiti.

In 1799, during the early years of the revolution, also known as the War of the Knives (Haitian Loyalists Toussaint vs Rigaud), Toussaint was known to have fielded cavalry who were a mix of French and newly-freed Africans slaves, so some further head swaps will be needed in the future good job the Trent Miniatures come with separate heads.

An English observer noted that Toussaints cavalry lacked carbines and were armed with pistols and sabres only, and dressed in blue coats, cocked hats and half boots, with a minority uniformed as hussars so plenty of scope to adapt further figures from their range. 

Plans for the campaign is coming along nicely and I should have the Orbats complete for each faction over the weekend, I am hoping to have around 6-8 potential factions all looking to capture and control St Domingue and its valuable plantations.


  1. Very nice Stu and some interesting background info:)

  2. A beautiful uniform...and paint job!

  3. Nice looking unit - hoe do you find the Trent Miniatures cavalry? I have toyed with the idea of using some of their Irish Yeomanry for Canadian cavalry in the War of 1812....

    1. The horses are a little on the large side compared to the figures to be honest, but at least the ankles are sturdy as I have found a few other manufactures to be a little weak in those areas.
      1812 sounds good.

  4. Another great addition to the collection!