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.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
It has begun to circulate on several blogs that the military illustrator Bob Marrion has passed away. Those of us that acquired our interest in military history during the 1970s will remember his superb uniform plates in the magazine Military Modelling, and he continued to produce very fine renditions until fairly recently in numerous uniform books. While there are other military artists that can match his work, none can surpass him. I am lucky enough to own a signed print of a Rebel minuteman, generously given to me by the writer Stuart Asquith. I also have one of Marrion's magazine illustrations framed on my living room wall, such was the quality of his work. Our condolences to his family. MGB