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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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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

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    1. Thank you Phil, the generals are very nice castings, well designed.
      Michael

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  2. Lovely command bases; I like the little depot battalion

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    1. Thanks Allan, it gave me a purpose to clear some odd figures by forming the depot battalion, and any other odds that might turn up can be drafted as and when.
      Michael

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  3. Another delight for the eyes. The chap on the extreme left of the upper picture reminds me of Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh.
    I like the depot unit too, very natty facing colour.
    Best regards

    CB

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    1. Thank you CB, that film version with Mel Gibson, a very good rendition. Yes, I had to have one battalion in that distinctive colour!
      Michael

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