|Historifig Scruby 40mm ACW cavalry repainted as Hougal Light Horse.|
"A" Squadron of the Hougal Light Horse is now ready to take the field in defence of the new Republic of Hougal. These Volunteers, all veterans of the Oberhilse Blue Dragoons from before the Separation, are wearing a uniform from an illustration labelled Spanish Cavalry 1890 in Vol 2 of Funcken's Uniforms of the World. When trying to remember where I'd seen it I looked first at the similar light blue uniforms of the French Chasseurs but the caps were wrong. I broadened the search and found at least 1/2 dozen countries with light cavalry in light blue with red pants. Having found the original I searched on Spanish uniforms but found that they didn't exactly match Funcken's illustration. I then resorted to the marvelous Vinkhuijzen collection in the New York Public Library Digital Collection and found the matching colour scheme under Chile 1890 but with a slightly darker blue.
Close enough, the intent as always is to pretend that it is 50 years ago and I walked into an Eaton's store and found a box of handpainted 40mm SAE cavalry (or something similar) and brought them home to add to my army.
|Chile 1890: Soldado de cazadores y su centineraPicture from the NYPL Digital Gallery Vinkhuijzen Collection of military uniform prints.|
The 2nd Hougal squadron and some dismounted Light Horsemen will follow. This will give the Hougal Rebels all three arms, well 2 1/2 I suppose as they only have the Mitrailleuse not real artillery, yet.