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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, 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

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  1. They look splendid...and disciplined!

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    1. Thanks Phil, another friend said the same, disciplined!
      Michael

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  2. I always thought that Hinchliffe's small X range designed by Steve Hezzlewood was one of their best. You have done a wonderful job on them, well done.

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    1. Thank you Robbie, the new figures from Fife and Drum really do mix well, and with their artillery crews and other castings, its now possible to have complete armies in this style.
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  3. Superb Michael. I have always had a thing about green coated troops. I think it goes back to my first ever Airfix Washingtons Army box (remember them?)I did not have the blue paint required and I simply could not wait (it was Sunday... shops closed)so I painted them in green coats. Still looked nice though. This must have been 38 years ago !!

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    1. Same story here, CB, was purchasing those figures and the British Grenadiers box in the late 1970s. They were so much more detailed than other Airfix figures, they deserved to be painted. I also painted up a box of WA as Green Mountain Boys, the figure using the ramrod. I also converted some BG into Queen's Rangers..... there is still some magic for me whenever I see those Airfix figures.
      Michael

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