Friday, 21 February 2014

Reorganising my collection of 25/28mm-scale Napoleonic figures

This afternoon I decided to reorganise my collection of painted 25/28mm-scale Napoleonic Waterloo-era figures. (They were bought with a Del Prado part-work that was published some years ago.)

I began with my Prussian Army, and using a 4:4:2 ratio for figure strengths for Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery Units I ended up with:
  • 4 Infantry Units: 4 x Line Infantry
  • 3 Cavalry Units: 2 x Dragoons; 1 x Hussars
  • 1 Artillery Units: 1 x Foot Artillery
I then applied the same rational to my Anglo/Dutch/Belgian Army, and found that I could field:
  • 16 Infantry Units: 4 x Guard Infantry; 4 x Highland Infantry; 2 x Line Infantry; 2 x Rifles; 2 x Belgian Chasseurs; 1 x King's German Legion Infantry; 1 x Brunswick Infantry
  • 5 Cavalry Units: 1 x Life Guards; 1 x Scots Greys; 1 x Dutch Carabiniers; 2 x Light Dragoons
  • 4 Artillery Units: 1 x Horse Artillery; 3 x Foot Artillery
I hope to go through my French Army figures tomorrow to see how many Units it will yield up.

4 comments:

  1. I am always fascinated by this sort of thing. I've looked back a small way in your archives to find the answer for myself, but came up blank: what sized units are we talking about?

    Your pal Paul Thistlebarrow's system I like: Army corps of 4 x 8-figure infantry, 1 x 4-figure horse and a gun. It certainly makes for huge army-level actions!
    It was very similar to the organization of an old war gaming buddy (who introduced my to the hobby) one Philip Allen. His units added an officer: 9-fig foot and 5-figure Horse, with (usually) 4 units comprising a Division, 3 Divisions an Army Corps.

    I'm thinking along the lines of Paul's and Pip's methods but retaining my own 24-figure foot and 12 figure horse units. A revisit of my own Napoleonic armies seems to be indicated... just to see what I have got!

    Cheers,
    Ion

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  2. Archduke Piccolo (Ion),

    I am using four-man Infantry and Cavalry Units and two-man Artillery Units. I can then use them for COMMAND & COLOURS-style games (e.g. an early nineteenth version of my MEMOIR OF BATTLE rules), Morschauser-style games, and - if I pair up the Infantry Units - battles along the lines of those fought by Paul Leniston (AKA Thistlebarrow).

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. And as an added convenience, it looks like these forces are small enough to fit in your storage boxes!

    Best regards,

    Chris

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  4. Chris,

    You are absolutely right! The units fit the sections in the 'hobby trays' of my REALLY USEFUL BOXES very nicely indeed.

    All the best,

    Bob

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