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.
Monday, 12 March 2018
The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards c.1775
Another unit joins my Crown army for the 1770s. Having just received their crimson colours, the Coldstream Guards carry out their field exercises. Note the white full gaiters, on formal occasions the Guards were permitted to wear white, the line regiments having abandoned such. These are Hezzlewood castings, occasionally referred to as the X-Range.