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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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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

British Cavalry are recruiting, c.1793

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.
Michael





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    1. Thanks Dave, I am looking forward to the Dutch cavalry taking the field, so clearing their horses is 50% ready and sorted.
      Michael

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  2. Those are rather nice , dismounted cavalry figures are not plentiful in the Napoleonic period

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    1. Thank you sir, luckily I can use SYW hussars in milliton from Crann Tara for FRW hussars, but I would like some additional troop types....... love those 40mm mid-18th century soldiers I saw on your blog!
      Michael

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  3. Mounted or dismounted, your figures are splendid, as is the scenery, love this bridge and river...

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    1. Thats kind Phil, the bridge is actually made out of odd bits of card, balsa etc. But it has proved very useful. Thank you.
      Michael

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  4. Another fine addition,, there are some attractive figures there. Agree with Phil, that bridge is very well done!! May I also ask which flesh tone you use for your faces?

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    1. Hi CB, I use a typical acrylic flesh paint, then a citadel ink Reikland Fleshshade, and then the flesh paint again on key features sometimes with a touch of white added. But I do paint by conveyor belt so close ups will expose my occasional tendency to rush a project........ no patience!
      Michael

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