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.
Monday, 21 December 2015
Have just completed this smithy for my Crann Tara 28mm blacksmith and son. The model is made out of various cardboards but is very robust, and is based on a building in St.Augustine, Florida. Still some minor details to add before its ready to open, such as a shop sign, anvil etc. Have decided to slightly raise the building like many other colonial constructions. Doubt whether the materials cost more than £2 in total. I'm planning to use it in a game during the next two weeks. MGB
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Have recently painted and based some American War of Independence figures to serve in a small level game with friends. Although this blog is devoted to the FRW, I have always admired the design skills of the late Steve Hezzlewood and will occasionally include some photos from my new AWI collection. These first show some Hinchliffe X-RANGE American militiamen advancing, and some Continental light infantry companies. MGB