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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Friday, 17 March 2017

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS c.1794

My Georgian town could use some more locally recruited volunteers, in case of invasion. Here is my second company. These are my own castings in bearskin-crested top-hats, and have been given distinctive orange facings. Will later issue a company colour.
MGB


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

2nd New Hampshire Regiment c.1777

A new Continental battalion joins my Rebel American army. This is the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment in their distinctive lighter blue coats. There are several renditions to the format of their flag, I prefer to keep the correct British Union in the canton, so typical of many colours carried by Rebel troops during 1775-77.
MGB

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Clearing spare figures, waggons etc

This model is a combination of a British Napoleonic waggon with French limber horses, and a converted AWI figure. It has been painted up as a civilian owned waggon which could be used in either AWI games or for the Dutch transport secured by the British Army for service in the Low Countries during the French Revolutionary Wars.

Some spare AWI Grenadiers  have been painted up belonging to the 40th Foot, with their distinctive white bearskins (assuming the skin was actually from a polar bear, I know the French crested their tarleton helmets with sheep's wool).
Here are a few Rebel Americans serving in George Washington's Commander in Chief's Guards. Might have to consider an officer's tent to go with these figures. Have also converted one casting into a clergyman.

And a few more of my own castings, this time belonging to the Batavian Legion or Corps d' Infantries legere de Bataves. Raised in 1792 and adopting a black uniform faced with sky blue. These are Dutch republicans fighting on the French side.
MGB


Monday, 6 February 2017

New Jersey Volunteers c1776

Just completed a small battalion of Royal Provincials belonging to the New Jersey Volunteers. This is an early American Revolutionary War portrayal with the unit wearing their first uniform of green coats. Skinner's brigade originally mustered six small battalions but was later consolidated into three. It gave excellent service throughout the war.
MGB

Friday, 3 February 2017

French Baggage Waggon c1793

Just completed a French baggage waggon for my Revolutionary Army. Decided to allow some distinction in the paintwork with red wheels, contemporary prints support this, and I have added some chalked on political graffiti. The second photo shows it next to a converted die cast metal model.
Michael


Monday, 23 January 2017

Salm-Kirberg Artillery and Baggage Waggon, 1793

More work on my various Salm-Kirberg units serving with the British Army during the 1790s. Have just completed a command base comprising an officer in the infantry battalion having a chat with another belonging to the horse artillery section. And I have also put together a supply waggon. Although officially civilians were hired to look after the baggage train I have long felt that some units may have allowed a few regulars to help manage this operation.
MGB


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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Street lamps for my Georgian Town

Just a brief entry. Picked up these two brass street lamps in a charity shop for 75p. Possibly a little large but when they are painted up, I think they will look great in my Georgian town.
MGB
UPDATE
And here is a second photo, both street lamps have really painted up nicely. MGB