06 June 2018

Not A Diversion. But Perhaps, A Detour?

I'm currently playing the Battle of Salamanca scenario from Napoleon's Battles with Carl. It's all Carl's effort, we're using his collection of 15mm miniatures, the terrain Carl made the for the game and of course the rules are Napoleon's Battles (1st edition, we both like that one) and since it's been so long since either of us have really played with these rules, we're only using the basic rules (no advanced or optional).

The game is set up in Carl's gaming room and so far we managed two Saturday afternoon sessions and played seven of the twelve turns that make up the scenairo. We will finish up once Carl returns from his holidays and I'll make a more complete post about the game then.

But during the first session we were chatting and not surprisingly, since we were playing a napoleonic wargame but the topic of my Plan N came up and Carl mentioned that he had a box of unassembled 28mm napoleonic era Austrians.

I suggested that he put them together as a start to assembling the Austrian forces for SCENARIO TWO: "The Austrians At Bay" - 1809 from Napoleons' Battles scenario book, a small fictional encounter between the Austrians and French in 1809 with a view to playing the scenario. He agreed and of course that means that I in turn will put together the French force, which is made up of:

Army Commander: 1 x General.
1st Division: 1 x General, 24 x Light Infantry, 16 x Line Infantry.
2nd Division: 1 x General, 40 x Line Infantry.
3rd Division: 1 x General, 36 x Line Infantry.
Cavalry Division: 1 x General, 28 x Light Cavalry.
Reserve Artillery: 1 x 12 pounder cannon, 1 x 6 pounder cannon.

So ignoring the generals and cannon, I need:

24 x Light, or 'Legere' infantry miniatures.
92 x Line infantry miniatures.
28 x Light Cavalry Miniatures.

So have I departed from my intended painting queue once more? Well yes, and no. There is a battalion of French line infantry, 32 miniatures strong coming up in the queue and if at that point I include the four further infantry battalions I currently need for Plan N I will easily cover the amount of miniatures required for the three infantry divisions in the force listed above. Of course I will include the cavalry, generals and artillery in this push as well, but this detour goes a long way to helping me with my goal of building a 28mm scale Napoleonic French Collection.

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