A small break has seen several new items completed for the table. While the Allies recently gained some hussars, the Republicans have gained a third regiment of chasseurs a cheval, the 16th Regiment in their distinctive pale blue facings, more of my own castings.
Two terrain items are finished. The first is a small lake or, if you prefer, a large pond. Pleased to clear some bits and pieces from my spares box for this. The second is just a bit of fun. Its actually a Christmas decoration with flashing lights, costing only £1 in a charity shop, could not resist it. Constructing a base for the cylinder that holds the batteries was not difficult, modelling clay and wine bottle corks for the most part, with access through the mdf base. Rumour has it, it will mainly appear on my other blog, with the Renaissance Muscovites, should boost their morale!
Happy New Year!
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.