Work on the figures continues apace and it is vital that I maintain a good head of steam as I have a number of domestic issues to attend to over the next couple of weeks. Two birthdays, a wedding anniversary, a party and a family dinner out rounded off with a visit to Cavalier at Tonbridge on 23rd February. In addition I also have some parcels to get posted out (that will be my job for tomorrow) as well having the fitting of my new glasses. All in all then, February is a busy month but Cavalier will round it off nicely.
The British heavy cavalry were taken off their bases and the first of the infantry went into soak. I also made a start of cleaning up the Prussian cavalry bases prior to painting. I have sourced some additional figures for the collection and have also arranged some trades with Bob Cordery who had some spares squirrelled away.
I had thought about painting as I went but I have decided instead to get all the figures off of their original bases first. I am fortunate that the cavalry are based on 2" squares with two figures so in some cases I could get away with merely repainting the base. It also means that the various new acquisitions will have filtered through into the collection.
I have been giving some thought to the organisation of the collection and whilst it has not in anyway been finalised I am looking along the following lines for the Anglo Dutch.
4 x Mounted generals
2 x British Guards infantry
2 x Highland infantry
6 x British line infantry
2 x Rifle infantry - 1 British and 1 KGL
1 x Light infantry - more accurately combined light companies
2 x Household cavalry
1 x British heavy cavalry
3 x British light cavalry
3 x Foot artillery
2 x Horse artillery
2 x Mounted generals - 1 Belgian and 1 Brunswick
2 x Belgian heavy cavalry
4 x Belgian infantry
1 x Belgian light infantry
2 x Brunswick infantry
1 x Brunswick light infantry - I will need to buy these as Del Prado do not have figures for them
2 x Foot artillery - 1 Belgian and 1 Brunswick
I have a substantial amount of this lot to hand and the number of figures I will need to buy in from Tradition is quite modest and at this stage limited to the Brunswick contingent.
There is one key difference in the way I am organising the above in respect of the Portable Napoleonic Wargame. I intend using light infantry units and skirmishers in addition to rifle armed specialists. My early thoughts on this are allowing an infantry unit to deploy a single figure in the hex they are occupying to indicate that a skirmish screen is present. There are a number of kneeling firing figures in the collection so this would be a good way to make use of them. Similarly there are a number standing figures reloading muskets which I could use as garrison markers - indeed Bob Cordery has whole formations of these.
I have some ideas around the rules governing the use of skirmishers and to be honest it is a component of Napoleonic warfare that I am keen to allow for in my games.
The Prussian army is far more straightforward and will need some additional troops at some point but there is sufficient to begin with.
2 x Mounted generals
3 x Dragoon regiments
2 x Hussar regiments
6 x Landwehr Infantry
4 x Foot artillery
Ideally I would like to add a couple of line infantry regiments and perhaps some Jager but other than that the force is sound enough for my immediate needs.
Logically i should be outlining the French yet but that will a post for another day.