Sunday, July 24, 2011

16th Light Dragoons

My first Peninsular British unit will be the 16th Light Dragoons. The prototype is below. The coat is darker on the miniature than in the photos - as it should be. The casting is from Elite Miniatures.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scneario Ideas

Smaller British force uses maneuver and spoiling cavalry attacks to slow, delay or hold off a larger oncoming French force. Fighting withdrawal kind of thing. Play lengthwise similar to 16 July 2011 SYW Battle of Waldeck. Lots of undulations, line of sight breaks, scattered structures, etc. Possibly a bridge to protect for as long as possible for some reason. Also refer to Sittangbad in CHARGE.

By early 2012 there should be Bill's 48 British light cavalry and Jim's 83rd Foot, RHA (3 guns), several rifle companies and possibly some other British/Allied infantry. Lots of French already exist.

16 July 2011

Form a perimeter for light defenses for the British somewhere in Spain. Back story: something along the lines of a small mobile mixed force brigade has been posted in front of or on the flank of Wellington’s main army, or it is an outpost that both acts as a headquarters for the intelligence gathering Corps of Explorers or a trip wire for any approach march of the French army. I seem to recall that there was an abandoned Fort Concepcion between the two lines that was occupied at various times by various forces.

Bill has lots of MBA wall sections that come in two pieces.

16 July 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

15th Lt. Drag. Sources

Bill's Temporary Storage Notes: Will Be removed
See whopper source
Uniformed as hussars converting to the fur busby in 1807. Tarleton before from a 1799 engraving of another hussar regiment in Holland.

Battle of Sahagun 1807 - NW Spain:
Sir Henry Paget with 12 of his 7th Lt. Dragoons as his personal escort commanded a brigade of 10th Lt. Drag. and the 15th Lt. Drag., both uniformed as hussars.

The 15th started with 900+ lads in England before sailing for Spain. Apparently 730+ landed in Spain.
2011 Plan:
1st Hussar Brigade: Two regiments of two squadrons + a commanding officer each = 50.
Lord Paget, his escort + Gen. William Justinian Pettygree and staff in multiple poses.
Complete before January 3, 2012.

2012 Tentative Plan. Add?
Two more light cavalry squadrons.
1x British Bn. march attack pose.
Miniatures for vignettes from above units.
British heavier cavalry.
1st Hussar Brigade (Lord Paget)
7th Hussars
10th Hussars
15th Hussars
Royal Horse Arty. (2x troops)
15th LD Reenactment Unit
Eilte Miniatures:,%20ARTILLERY%20AND%20GENERALS.htm
Tarletons only and BIG castings
Front Rank Battalion Packs
or for photographs
Bicorne Connoisseur
See pp. 1-2 of this listing.
Vitrix Colonels Bicornes
Painting lace:
"I hesitate to offer painting advice on this board, but for me lace is

quite easy these days. Paint the lace colour all over, run a wash over the area
in the uniform colour, and then lightly drybrush or paint
back the lace. It is not display quality, but it is quick."

Seventh Hussars
white cuffs

Back in England George, the Prince of Wales, was the arbiter of all fashion and as such he decided to bestow first on his own regiment, the 10th, the distinction of being Hussars in in 1806. Lord Paget, now Colonel of the 7th Hussars was a friend of the Prince and thus the 7th were the second regiment to be granted the magnificent uniforms in the same year. In October 1808 the 7th Hussars embarked for Corunna to reinforce Sir John Moore's Army. A bleaker could not have been foreseen. Moore had started the retreat before the 7th Hussars had reached the Army. Two minor conflicts brought the cavalry some renown during the retreat, the first at Sahagun in which two regiment of French Cavalry were overwhelmed, the second at Benavente when the over-enthusiastic leading elements of the French advance were pushed back into the river they had just crossed.

Tenth Hussars:
Fiftheenth Hussars: See reenactmnet site above.
Wearing the tarleton in 1808 based on the 7th's uniform history  just above might do.
But this site says NO: See two color photos:

Easy Attrition System


One of the things I do with the Pettygree order of battle on the NW Frontier is, units start with BIG #s of miniatures (paper strength) and gradually become smaller via attrition. My 66th Foot started near 100 miniatures and now is less by about 20 chaps.

An attrition system needs to be generous to the units so they don't become skeletal
most important --> it needs to be verrrrrry easy on Jim/Bill!

Easy Attrition System:
After a game throw 1D6 per unit that had losses.
(Minimum result = 1 and Maximum result = 6)

1.  You HOLD the field or the game is a draw recover:
1= 70%, 2= 75%, 3-4= 80%, 5= 85% and 6= 90%.

2.  RETREATING FROM the field recover:
1= 60%, 2= 65%, 3-4= 70%, 5= 75% and 6= 80%.

Poor supply situation, July or August, poor quality soldiers (Spanish or militia?) -1. (only one can be used)

Arty., Cavalry and Elite Companies +1 (only one can be used)

Captured prodigious amounts of supplies +1

KIA, MIA, In Hospital and Replacements BOX
Miniatures that remain casualties are placed in a KIA, MIA, In Hospital and Replacements Box.
Actually place these soldiers in their own box as the easiest way to track this. No paper! Some will eventually return. See below.

Some lost combatants should be added before a next game.
Throw 2D6 for a big unit and 1D6 for a small one. The result is the number of replacements arriving from the KIA, MIA, In Hospital and Replacements Box.

83rd Foot Example:
2D6 = 7. Seven miniatures go back to the 83rd Foot.

Tally Ho!
30 June 2011