Sunday 9 July 2017

French Revolutionary War reinforcements

Production has been somewhat slow over the last couple of weeks. However, a few items have arrived in barracks ready to take to the table.

First up is a gift from my friend David Bickley, painted by his son Matt - a gorgeous command stand for my French Revolutionary Wars cavalry.
Next, two companies of the 5th Btn, 60th Rifles for my 1799 Helder Campaign. The regiment had been raised for barely a year but after some time in Ireland a few (I don't know how many) companies were sent to Holland as reinforcements. They will each be classed as 'tiny' units in Black Powder so I'm not sure how much use they will be. We shall see....
Third up is a unit of the French 2nd Carabiniers. An 'elite' regiment prior to the revolution, I wonder how much their 'eliteness' had been diluted by the events and aftermath of the revolution. The French cavalry came out of it very badly in terms of quality of men and horseflesh, some regiments deserting en masse, but I expect that by 1799 they wouldn't have been any worse or better than the rest. Of course, they didn't serve in Holland in 1799 but I like the figures, so....
Finally, two broken down beer carts from Alternative Armies. These are great little pieces from their fantasy range and would be perfectly at home on any historical war-game from the 16th to 19th centuries I reckon. Of course, my armies are often to be seen in retreat so this will look especially great to the rear of my lines as the army crumbles around them in defeat. I just need to find my two drunken soldiers to add to the overall image.