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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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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Beon Legion, and Damas Legion chasseurs 1792-5

The completion of chasseur companies belonging to the Beon and Damas Legions will allow me to field some rifle-armed troops for the Allies. Both of these corps were originally recruited in the service of the Dutch. With that country's collapse, these corps transferred to the British. Both had a fine reputation, with many French emigres serving in them. Both were effectively destroyed in the Quiberon Bay disaster. (NB.The French republic had a policy of executing any captured emigres.)

There are several descriptions, prints etc for the uniforms worn by Beon and Damas chasseurs, slight changes may have occurred when the British Army took charge. I have chosen to keep the orange facings for Beon, and orange sword knots for both units to confirm their earlier service.




I think these Hinchliffe Austrian Jaeger castings have painted up quite nicely as émigré chasseurs. And no army can move without a vanguard, and suitable troops for outpost duties. MGB

2 comments:

  1. Lovely painting; hat bands too, wow!
    (The Austrian jägers look really good in the hats and have doubled really well here)

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    1. That's kind of you James, I think they have too. Both sides can now field some sky-blue coated troops. Have nearly completed a larger unit of Lowenstein Chasseurs in greyish blue, yet another foreign unit working with the British. Will aim to fight a game shortly!

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