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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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Monday, 18 April 2016

Dutch Artillery Crews, 1793, Painted and Ready

Have now completed two Dutch artillery crews for my British/Dutch/Emigre army for the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars. Still don't know what make they are but the repaint job has certainly tidied them up. I drilled metal rods into two figures to secure miliput plumes, but decided to leave the epaulettes as I now believe the foot artillery also adopted such.  Still to decide whether to permanently base these figures to two 12pdrs cannon on wheeled carriages, or keep them as they are for occasional service with fortress guns. MGB

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  1. Nice paint job on these. I'd keep them loose for more active service

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    1. I may well do that, Graham. Numerous scenarios support this view, but I have had large numbers of individually based figures in the past and now prefer complete models. Still, two extra gun crews is hardly a storage burden! By the way, love the Rebel militia I picked up via Crann Tara Miniatures. Michael

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  2. Natty looking chaps with the white fringes. I usually have all artillerymen fixed to bases and the guns themselves loose, allows me to change calibre as required.

    Very well painted by the way.

    Best regards

    CB

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  3. Well, i am now drifting towards my usual position, permanent fixing to a base with two 12pdr cannon, a popular weight with the Dutch artillery corps. MGB

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