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.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Admiral Warren's Hussars of 1795

A colourful little unit of cavalry, Admiral Warren's Hussars were raised for the Quiberon expedition of 1795, and named after the commander of the fleet. It mustered no more than a single company, and only nine are recorded as surviving that disaster for the emigres. There are two sources for their adopted uniform, I naturally went for the colourful mirliton hat and sheepskin shabraque. Well I don't think they are going to correct my severe shortage of allied cavalry to oppose the French republicans, but it is a start.
MGB



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



Saturday, 3 February 2018

French Mounted Corps of Guides c.1792

No army can safely march without some guides to assist the commanding officer. I decided to cast some of my own, and paint them up in the early war uniform of grey coats with green facings. Here are a few of them assessing the terrain. There is some controversy as to whether the Corps of Guides actually ever wore the grey regulation coat, or whether they always embraced the later green uniform, so I decided to have a few of these too. They aren't really battlefield units, so I will have to devise a kind of tactical value, or just plant them on the table as vignettes.
MGB







Wednesday, 10 January 2018

ROYAL ARTILLERY BATTERY for the AWI

A return to my AWI collection this time. Although drawn mainly from the Steve Hezzlewood castings found in the Hinchcliffe X-Range, most of these figures on show are actually Fife & Drum castings, and they mix extremely well with the former. Once more, they arrived flash free, and were a real pleasure to paint. The artillery pieces, carts, etc are also Hinchcliffe models.

Also included is a new terrain piece providing a river junction.
MGB





Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More chasseurs and terrain features 28mm

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!
MGB





Sunday, 17 December 2017

Dutch Hussars arrive to stem the French Invasion c1793

Finally, the Dutch are now able to furnish some cavalry to support the three understrength British mounted units. But its still nowhere near the number the Revolutionaries can field. This regiment numbered less than 250 men and were often referred to as the Red Hussars.



Well don't ask me why, bought this in a charity shop for £3. I blame Allan at the Wittenberg Blog for the purchase. But I do have a feeling there are some fun projects lurking in this model, and I still have a fair number of fine cast wheels etc in my spares box. Happy Christmas!
MGB

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Dismounted Augereau Hussar-Guides take the Field

Just completed a dismounted troop of Augereau Hussar-Guides for my French Revolutionary army. The figures are actually designed for the mid-18th century, and produced by Crann Tara Miniatures. Because of their earlier portrayal, I used a knife to alter the bow-cockade for something like a round-cockade, appropriate for the 1790s. I must say, the figures arrived totally free of flash, and they are exquisite miniatures, what I call anatomically correct, no caricatures here. Hope my painting does them justice.
MGB