Here is a photo of some recently completed Rebel Americans. The brown coated belong to the 1st Pennsylvania Battn. 1776, the white coated are the 4th New York Regt. 1778. while the cavalry are an independent troop of South Carolina Militia Light Horse 1780. With my 24 Continental light infantry ready and complete, and a steady stream of militiamen forming up, I now have a small army.
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.