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.

Followers

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Italian Grenadiers 1798

A small but colourful post. Recently completed a company of Italian grenadiers, allies of the French Republicans. I think these home-casts look rather dashing painted up with white gaiters, and colourful mirliton hats.
MGB



14 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Jonathan, mirliton hats are something special!
      Michael

      Delete
    2. Where did these troops see action? I might have to add them into my own FRW project.

      Delete
    3. Would need to check battle orders but its going to be in the Italian or Swiss campaigns of the late 1790s.
      Michael

      Delete
  2. I love this beautiful uniform...and your great paint brush!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Phil, saw several plates indicating mirlitons, just had to have them in the collection.
      Michael

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Allan, the mould is working rather well at present.
      Michael

      Delete
  4. Great looking figures. The small Italian republics threw up some great looking uniforms, well done.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Robbie, they certainly did have some distinctive units. Its the last flourish of the 18th century lace wars.
      Michael

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Colin, for the compliment.
      Michael

      Delete
  6. Italians have a reputation for style... Great looking unit! Sunglasses would round them off :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi CB, for the record, when I portray an officer on campaign in re-enactment I occasionally wear tinted spectacles. Yes, they were advertised for sale in English newspapers from the 1760s onwards. We already controlled the seven seas, but sunglasses are required if you intend to take the beaches too lol.
      Michael

      Delete