I'm on something of a 6mm roll at the moment, so it seems fitting to document some of my French allies. This time it's the turn of the Bavarians.
During the Napoleonic Wars there was no Germany as we know it now. Instead the land was split up into many different states, some larger and some smaller. The best-known of these are probably the relatively large kingdoms of Prussia, Saxony, Westphalia and Bavaria. Prussia was usually an enemy to the French, but many of the other states were organised by Napoleon into a grouping of client states called the Confederation of the Rhine, thus supplying his armies with a good source of fresh manpower Indeed, I've heard it said of Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia that he planned to fight "to the last drop of German blood"!
|Artillery. Either 1 large battery or 3 smaller ones...|
|A small unit of light infantry in line formation, with skirmishers deployed to the front|
|2 units of line infantry. Bavarian line infantry are known for their pale blue uniforms and tall helmets. One of these units has black facings, the other has red facings.|
|Chevaux Légère: light cavalry. Note the French name for the troop type, even though these are ethnic Germans.|
|All the Bavarians.|
As with my other 6mm Napoleonics, the figures in this force are entirely Heroics & Ros 6mm models. I've got enough for a good division under the Black Powder rules, though the mixture of line infantry and cavalry in the same formation would be a little unusual, I think.
The Bavarians (and many other Confederation of the Rhine nationalities) fought with the French against the Austrians at Wagram in 1809. With them and my French force (here), I can easily field enough for a decent afternoon's game - though I'm maybe a little short of being able to portray the entire battle!