Decided to spend some time clearing my spares box. Nearly 100 brown bess muskets, charleville muskets, and some civilian firelocks and carbines are now painted and ready. Also cleared some baggage items. MGB
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.
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Monday, 19 December 2016
I already had a make-shift horse artillery for my Emigre/German Salm Hussars but I really wanted something better. I'm a lot happier with this model. Converted Hinchcliffe figures and galloper gun with my own bearskin-crested hats. MGB
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Just completed two galloper guns for my South Carolina Artillery Regiment, serving in the American Revolution. Interestingly, this unit was able, apparently, to serve as horse artillerymen, and included limber riders as part of their formation. The figures are converted Hinchcliffe X-range.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Presently working on a load of wagons and carts from Hinchcliffe. Started off by converting a galloper gun into a water-barrel cart. Replaced the very small wheels on another barrel cart, and used them with some spares to construct a baggage wagon, for the 4th South Carolina (Artillery) Regiment. Must say I enjoyed working on them. Another twenty or so carts and cannon to complete.