|15th Division, V Army Corps (represented by 17th Light Infantry)|
marching in a Division column. The carabiniers on the right
and voltigeurs on the left are intended to give the impression
that the column comprises successive 'battalions' in line.
|The column of 15th Division advancing with|
skirmishing voltigeurs thrown forward.
Figures are Front Rank.
|As this Division is represented by a light infantry unit, I|
am allowing it double my standard skirmishing capability.
Here, the voltigeur skirmishers have been reinforced by the carabiniers.
My own Big Battles for Small Tables concept is also 'coarse grained'. That the proposed figure scale is 1:200 right off obviates depicting units below regimental or battalion level. I could have a formal organisation of 4-figure battalions, but I'm disinclined to do this. Rather, I am looking to depicting what can happen inside an infantry Division without any formal lower organisation. This series of pictures shows what I mean: Divisional columns, with and without skirmishers deployed forward; a Division deployed in successive lines, with skirmishers deployed; and a possible ordre-mixte formation.
|15th Division deployed in successive lines, again with a|
heavy cloud of skirmishers to the fore. How this will work in action
I hope to show in my next posting.
|One of several possible Divisional ordre-mixte formations.|
One formation that doesn't seem to 'work' is the 24-figure Division broken down into 'battalion' columns. There I have to accept the 'fudge' - much as is done with the Age of Eagles rule set, and allow the single block to stand for all columnar formations. Or, alternatively, field two 10-figure brigade columns behind the skirmish screen.
|An attempt to depict the Division deployed in battalion,|
Regimental or Brigade columns. Not a very good look in my view.
What in effect I am attempting here is to depict, within the constraints imposed by my figure, ground, and time scales, the internal workings of a Division, but without a formal organization below the Divisional tactical unit. What I hope this will achieve is that the soldiers themselves carry the information to the Army Commander what it is doing and how it stands.
|11th Division (a.k.a. 33rd Line Infantry), IV Army Corps,|
deployed in brigade columns with a screen of skirmishers.
This doesn't look so bad, but I still don't know whether I want
this sort of thing. First generation Minifigs figures.
|11th Division in Brigade columns.|
1. I must welcome the 111th 'follower' of this blog spot. Unfortunately, I can't tell who that is! At any rate, I do hope you enjoy what you find herein.
2. I recently acquired (two or three weeks ago now), through the good offices of Brent, who always has his eye on what's being offered on TradeMe, a fine metal battery of Prussian artillery. A couple of years ago, I rescued a half-finished plastic Prussian Army (Revell, I think) that was about to be 'deep-sixed' by a friend, and offered it a good home. To this I've added a couple of cavalry units (I've only begun painting these guys - horrible figures, which doesn't help the motivation). And then came this windfall. The 'buy now' price was right for me (no percentage in haggling) and here they are.
|My Prussian guns, as they were about a fortnight ago. |
Not sure of their manufacture. Possibly Hinchliffe?
|The guns look like 2x3pr and a 6pr piece. Not that I'll|
concern myself overmuch with that!
|3 guns, 12 gunners and an artillery officer. Just the thing.|
Of course, for my BB4ST rule set, each gun will represent a Corps Reserve artillery park. But as it stands, it is a fine looking unit - just right for my Corsican Ogre rule set.