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, 6 August 2017

News from the French Camp, cavalry guidons and standards have arrived

Decided to paint up a batch of French cavalry guidons for the 1792-6 period. Eight are now pretty well complete, and a flag was also issued to a light battalion. Surviving examples indicate a basic design for the various cavalry arms but these were then ornamented in a regimental or idiosyncratic manner.
MGB


Monday, 17 July 2017

The French Cavalry are in a total mess!

I mentioned to CB, recently on this page, that my French Revolutionary cavalry are in a very bad way. That I was not only raising new units,  but reconstituting and increasing others. That this plan was to involve casting some of my own specials, and purchasing quite a few more from Dixon. Truly, my little collection is in a total mess. Hope those that follow this blog will not be offended if I prove this point with a photograph. I know the real Revolutionary cavalry were reported as being often in an irregular state, but this is ridiculous. So now the work can begin.
MGB

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Old Royal Army have a field day c.1792

Having risked an entire battalion with paint remover, I'm pleased to report that the 8th Regiment has now received their new uniforms, colours and weaponry. Thought it was time to muster the five Line battalions, one grenadier battalion, and some depot companies of another regiment. In all, 140 whitecoats mustered for the inspection. Also attending were the infantry of the Batave Legion, and colours were duly presented.
MGB



Monday, 8 May 2017

Naval battery of 18pdrs, ready for service

Just completed a naval battery of 18pdrs. Although painted up as Royal Navy, this unit could just as well represent American, Dutch, and perhaps even French if I add a suitable commander. It could also cover both the American Revolution or the early years of the French Revolution. Most of the figures are Dixon Miniatures but other makes have been drafted. The guns are from Hinchcliffe.
MGB




Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wargaming the French Revolutionary Wars, another site

Just a quick mention here. Colin Ashton has a war-game website which includes some superb photos of his 28mm French Revolutionary armies, including British and Russian armies. Do have a view. I'm still trying to put a permanent link to his site but it won't upload to my sidebar, for some reason.
MGB
http://www.carryingsonupthedale.com

Saturday, 29 April 2017

AWI BAGGAGE TRAIN

Two more wagons were completed yesterday. With their loyal militia attendants, these will be attached to my British AWI troops. Another three wagons are just awaiting their drivers to be painted and they will be serving with my British FRW army. I'm rather pleased with the cart as this is my own casting using up some spare wheels. MGB


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Dutch Artillery Battery for 1793

Some time back I picked up these artillerymen roughly painted up as French. When I decided to repaint them I also felt they would look more appropriate in my Allied army, serving as Dutch. More recent acquisitions which I have just completed are the two Prussian cannon and, originally, an ACW cart which I have converted into something more 18th century, moving the axle and replacing the shafts. I think it now looks quite suitable.
MGB

Thursday, 6 April 2017

French Pontoon Wagon c.1792

This is my latest addition to my French Revolutionary army 1792-98, a pontoon wagon with several members from that corps serving as guards, and a civilian driver. Fighting in the Low Countries, this is a vital piece of ordnance. I decided to paint it in blue, appropriate to it having been previously part of the Royal army, and now serving the republican cause. The French have also gained a small cart, which is one of my own castings. (The mounted guards are Police Legion dragoons.)
MGB

Thursday, 30 March 2017

French Generals 1792-1798

Have spent some time clearing my spares box of numerous odd figures which for various reasons were unlikely to be mustered into larger units. I also had some very fine castings of French general officers which I was sure would make excellent command bases. All told, thirty-nine 18th century figures are now user-friendly for the war-games table. I'm also pleased with a decision to clear some spare French infantry by forming a 'Depot Battalion', and to use these for sentries, guards for wagons etc, so negating the need to draw from my complete battalions.
MGB

Friday, 17 March 2017

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS c.1794

My Georgian town could use some more locally recruited volunteers, in case of invasion. Here is my second company. These are my own castings in bearskin-crested top-hats, and have been given distinctive orange facings. Will later issue a company colour.
MGB


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

2nd New Hampshire Regiment c.1777

A new Continental battalion joins my Rebel American army. This is the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment in their distinctive lighter blue coats. There are several renditions to the format of their flag, I prefer to keep the correct British Union in the canton, so typical of many colours carried by Rebel troops during 1775-77.
MGB

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