|Formations on a square grid battlefield.|
I received a fortnight ago my copy of Bob Cordery's Developing the Portable Wargame. Even after a fortnight I have barely dipped into it, yet it has already got me doing a lot of thinking. Added to this was his recent blog posting anent a commercially available 'hex' grid system and the effects of over-large unit bases overlapping the 'cell' edges. Here was my response to his remarks (the pictures have been added, of course, to lend a little colour). In the following pictures, I hope the square 'cells' are sufficiently clearly delineated by the + markings.
One of the consequences of thinking about gridded war games has been to consider how my Napoleonics might 'fit'. This hasn't gone any further than my brain so far, but might well see the light of day.
Consider my standard 24-figure infantry Division. A Divisional column occupies a 9cm x 8cm 'footprint' - easily contained within a 4"x4" (10cmx10cm) square cell. But what of the same division, deployed in line, say, for defence? It might then occupy two, three or four 'cells'. That seems to me no bad thing.
|24-figure divisional column - easily accommodated by|
4-inch squares. This Division maintains an 'all round'
(orthogonal) interval of 1 square
|French Division deployed into 'regimental' lines. Although I|
don't maintain a regimental organisation in this scale,
this informal effect would be the same as if I did.
|Austrian Uhlans in Brigade Column. Note the 2cm|
overlap in depth.
|Austrian Cuirassiers closed up in successive lines. Here the|
unit overlaps in width 1cm on either flank.
I also think that in a system like this, the full Division and Brigade columns ought to maintain an 'all round' interval of 1 cell (orthogonally only on a square grid).
|Austrian Division in route column. The depth of the column|
would be 3 squares orthogonally. It ought to be more, of
course, but I refuse to have a single file of figures
to represent a column of route!
I'm tempted to expand this as a posting on my own blog spot. Especially considering that I received my copy of 'Developing the Portable Wargame a couple of weeks back.(I might be forced, in a separate posting, to suggest 'Army Lists' for my 11th Century Byzantines, as well... :-D)
Barely sooner threatened than carried out: here it is. It brought me to considerations of whether one might accommodate route columns in such a system. I don't think Bob does, but in any case, he maintains a regimental organisation within similarly scaled Napoleonic formations. Route marches will most likely be absorbed into the system with little or nothing needing to be said or done.