As mentioned on my other wargaming blog, have just completed the basing to seventy-four castings, mainly horses, in all periods. For the French Revolutionary wars the York Hussars have gained a dismounted troop and two more figures mounted. The Salm Hussars and the 9th Light Dragoons have also increased their establishment, and a French dragoon casting wearing a cloak has been converted into the start of a second light dragoon unit. Most importantly, twenty-four horses are painted and based for two Dutch cavalry regiments and the Dutch Black Hussars. The latter has also gained a dismounted section. This has been a useful two days.
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.