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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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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


4 comments:

  1. Very nice job, love the waggon ...

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    1. Thanks Phil, using the spares to construct a farmers waggon seemed appropriate, and useful.
      Michael

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  2. Every time I see the Grenadiers of the 40th I think it has been snowing.
    I admire your painting style enormously. And those continental chaps look rather dandy in those red waistcoats...not unlike the Airfix washingtons army box art as I believe they had red waistcoats too.
    The Batavians are favourites of mine and yours are excellent. I am always rather worried about troops in black coats. I find them difficult to paint and highlight convincingly. I have the same problem with black horses.
    Wonderful additions again.
    Best regards
    CB

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  3. Hi CB, yes, the airfix box artwork was correct for Washington's Guard, including the red waistcoats. I agree with you on the Batavians, particularly the 1792 Legion, I am thinking of raising some of the other sections too. Regards,
    Michael

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