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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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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

35th Regiment of Foot c1775

Work continues on my Hezzlewood castings for the AWI. Here is my first British battalion representing the 35th Foot, noted for their orange (or deep yellow) facings. Next is the 56th, which served at Gibraltar.  MGB


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    1. Thanks Allan, still have two more regiments on the painting table, and forty grenadiers too. Lots of work, too much! Regards, Michael

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  2. Fine looking fellows indeed. Good to see them smartly dressed and tricorned, not lounging about in slouch hats and overalls :-)
    Good luck with your enormous workload,same here. I have always wondered how some people manage to paint up a whole army in a week.

    Best regards
    CB

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    1. Hi CB, same here, concerning others able to paint up several battalions and a squadron of cavalry in a week. Work plans for the FRW; I'm looking at amphibious landings, some terrain pieces, and possibly a converted (pro-French) Dutch pontoon/artillery unit Regards, Michael

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  3. You've done a first class job on these. I assume you bought them from Ian Hinds? Is the casting quality ok?

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    1. Hi Graham, yes they came from Ian. The X-RANGE is very mixed, some castings are worth cleaning, others really do need a new mould. The simple standing figures are pretty well fine, but several advancing figures need new moulds. I spoke to Ian yesterday, he is working on some ancients but said the X-RANGE may follow. Graham, I will be doing an order with your Crann Tara very soon, as I am raising the British Legion cavalry in strength, been planning such for the last two months, its my next figure purchase. Michael

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