This is my latest addition to my French Revolutionary army 1792-98, a pontoon wagon with several members from that corps serving as guards, and a civilian driver. Fighting in the Low Countries, this is a vital piece of ordnance. I decided to paint it in blue, appropriate to it having been previously part of the Royal army, and now serving the republican cause. The French have also gained a small cart, which is one of my own castings. (The mounted guards are Police Legion dragoons.)
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.