The particular things I'm testing at the moment are the continuing prototype of my "brigade activation" tweak, which enables groups of units to be ordered at one go, and the use of bodies of converged light infantry/voltigeurs as Commands & Colors-style light infantry (i.e. a representation of skirmish-order troops in a grand tactical game format).
I set up a couple of armies - far too many soldiers for the table (I had intended to add the table extension, but the extra folding support table turned out to be unavailable) - but it looked so good that I took some pictures. There's no battle narrative, or anything - the playing I did subsequently was just a series of situations to see how the rules work.
When I was in Bath recently I was asked how many Napoleonic soldiers I have and - of course - I have no idea at all. This is probably explained by my lack of focus rather than any suggestion that the number is very large. On Saturday, the conversation briefly turned to how big a battle I could stage, given the space and a big enough table - again, I had to admit that I didn't know, though I do know that I have 60-odd French battalions, if you include the Confederation chaps, the Italians, King Joseph's Spaniards and all that. It got me thinking - it might be worthwhile to set something up sometime - even if it just proves it can't be done, it might be fun finding out! It would require some joinery work and a lot of painting, and I'd have to borrow one of the farm's sheds - hmmm....
So - no story line here - no excuse for the self-indulgent pictures. Ian mentioned that he rarely saw my Brits these days, so there are some here. This set up (on the standard size, 13 x 9 hex C&C table) involves 2 divisions of French, attacking one-division-plus-an-extra-brigade of Brits. I think I have 6 French infantry divisions in total, so that gives some idea of the potential scale of a bigger, wider battle. I'll think about it. If you like this sort of thing, you can play spot-the-figure-manufacturer - nothing very exotic, I think.
The testing? - oh yes - still some more work needed - especially for the skirmishers...
|French attacking from the right - 1st and 2nd Divisions of the Armée |
de Portugal, circa May 1812
|Here are some Brits - Wheatley's Brigade of 1st Division|
|...and some welcome European immigrants - Von Löwe's KGL brigade, with |
Colin Halkett's German Light Brigade beyond...
|...and two enormous battalions of Foot Guards on the left, with the heavy |
cavalry - yes - that is the Scots Greys on the end, casually dropped in from Ireland for
|Some of the converged skirmish units - here are some companies of the 5/60th Rifles in a village|
|...and the opposition - combined voltigeurs of Barbot's brigade of the French 2nd Division|
|The stream in the foreground was last seen some 160 years earlier, near Sunderland!|
|Mostly Garrisons and Les Higgins, I think - note the coloured cubes to denote the brigade structure|