Wargame Rules


RAISING MINIATURE ARMIES FOR THE LATE 18TH CENTURY

I am very keen to keep my wargame rules as simple as possible yet capture the character of the 1790s. Accordingly, most of the French troops are 'levee' battalions, which I have chosen to base in column as their ability to change formation on a battlefield must have been limited, nor do I believe their volley fire had any great value. Of better quality, able to change formation, will be white-coated regular and blue-coated volunteer battalions aided by a fair number of skirmishers. The British, Austrian, Dutch and German armies are often outnumbered, but they maintain the discipline and order of typical 18th century armed forces. Interestingly, French revolutionary cavalry have little in common with their later Napoleonic counterparts, the former are few in number, often poorly mounted, and no match for those in the service of the Allies.

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Clearing spare figures, waggons etc

This model is a combination of a British Napoleonic waggon with French limber horses, and a converted AWI figure. It has been painted up as a civilian owned waggon which could be used in either AWI games or for the Dutch transport secured by the British Army for service in the Low Countries during the French Revolutionary Wars.

Some spare AWI Grenadiers  have been painted up belonging to the 40th Foot, with their distinctive white bearskins (assuming the skin was actually from a polar bear, I know the French crested their tarleton helmets with sheep's wool).
Here are a few Rebel Americans serving in George Washington's Commander in Chief's Guards. Might have to consider an officer's tent to go with these figures. Have also converted one casting into a clergyman.

And a few more of my own castings, this time belonging to the Batavian Legion or Corps d' Infantries legere de Bataves. Raised in 1792 and adopting a black uniform faced with sky blue. These are Dutch republicans fighting on the French side.
MGB


Monday, 6 February 2017

New Jersey Volunteers c1776

Just completed a small battalion of Royal Provincials belonging to the New Jersey Volunteers. This is an early American Revolutionary War portrayal with the unit wearing their first uniform of green coats. Skinner's brigade originally mustered six small battalions but was later consolidated into three. It gave excellent service throughout the war.
MGB

Friday, 3 February 2017

French Baggage Waggon c1793

Just completed a French baggage waggon for my Revolutionary Army. Decided to allow some distinction in the paintwork with red wheels, contemporary prints support this, and I have added some chalked on political graffiti. The second photo shows it next to a converted die cast metal model.
Michael


Monday, 23 January 2017

Salm-Kirberg Artillery and Baggage Waggon, 1793

More work on my various Salm-Kirberg units serving with the British Army during the 1790s. Have just completed a command base comprising an officer in the infantry battalion having a chat with another belonging to the horse artillery section. And I have also put together a supply waggon. Although officially civilians were hired to look after the baggage train I have long felt that some units may have allowed a few regulars to help manage this operation.
MGB


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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Street lamps for my Georgian Town

Just a brief entry. Picked up these two brass street lamps in a charity shop for 75p. Possibly a little large but when they are painted up, I think they will look great in my Georgian town.
MGB
UPDATE
And here is a second photo, both street lamps have really painted up nicely. MGB



Monday, 9 January 2017

British Royal Artillery 18pdrs for 1793-1796

For far too long my British-Emigre artillery train for the French Revolutionary Wars comprised a modest 12pdr, two 6pdrs, two 3pdrs, a medium howitzer, and a light galloper gun. In almost every game the British were unable to stem the tide of numerous French battalions attacking in column because the British artillery had little or no impact. Well my Royal Artillery has now been reconstituted and can now muster four 18pdrs, a medium howitzer, and the light galloper gun. There is also a potential of two Dutch 12pdrs, and two Royal Navy 18pdrs. This is a 'real' artillery train, with the ability to hold positions and besiege French positions. The gunners too have also received some improved paintwork. (The original light and medium guns are to be transferred to my Royal Artillery for the AWI, and are much more appropriate for that period.)
MGB


Thursday, 29 December 2016

SPARE MUSKETS FOR THE ARMOURY

Decided to spend some time clearing my spares box. Nearly 100 brown bess muskets, charleville muskets, and some civilian firelocks and carbines are now painted and ready. Also cleared some baggage items.  MGB