Recently, there was someone asking on The Miniatures Page for pictures of painted Heroics & Ros 6mm Napoleonic figures. There was very little response to the question and it occurred to me that there are indeed very few such images around. It's a pity, as 6mm models work very well for the type of massed battles which occurred throughout the "Horse and Musket"/"Black Powder" period.
With that in mind, I thought it would be worth while documenting my relatively small 1809-ish French force. Here goes...
|"Vive L'Empereur!" 3 Line regiments, each in attack column formation and with skirmishers deployed forwards|
|Closeup of a Line regiment|
The Heroics & Ros packs come with a goodly proportion of command figures. I'm not particularly expert on the Napoleonic period, so I allow 1 flag per regiment. However, many of the other, non-flag bases have an extra officer and/or drummer in the front rank. Some bases have the colonel (on horseback) alongside the standard; to fit the horse I need to remove 1 figure from the 2nd rank.
|A Légère unit in line formation, also with a skirmish screen deployed.|
|French Carabiniers: heavy cavalry knee-to-knee in a single line on each base, but with a few officers & standards out front.|
|French Hussars: light cavalry in a slightly more dispersed line, but still with officers, buglers and standards in advance.|
I mount my guns 2 to a base; this gives plenty of room for the various crew and officers to be positioned. For Black Powder, we would normally use a single base to represent a battery, though I suppose there is no reason why we couldn't be more generous and use 2 or even 3 bases.
Many games require commanders to be based separately; Black Powder certainly does. With 6mm there is plenty of room for several figures, even on a 20mm base. I typically use 2 models for a 20mm diameter brigade command stand and 3 models on a 25mm base for the division commander.
As well as the general himself and any aides, I often include a standard bearer. This may not be entirely historical, but it serves 2 useful purposes:
- It allows the identification of nationality more easily in the heat of battle. After all, one 6mm guy riding a horse and wearing a bicorne hat looks much the same as another - and I wouldn't wish to confuse my generals with the enemy's, would I?
- It makes use of some of the excess standard bearer models from the H&R infantry packs!
ConclusionI've got a fair number of other bases for my French army, from the days when I had it set up for DBN. That game used far fewer models than Black Powder and so these miscellaneous bases aren't enough of any one type to form a regiment. Still, they would provide a useful foundation when expanding this force. One day, one day...
|Lots of 6mm H&R Napoleonic French!|