13 July 2012

Happy with Infantry, Less so Guns and Horse

From the post yesterday I am happy with one stand per infantry division or (mostly) four regiment Cavalry division.  I am less happy with other aspects.

First, Artillery.  Lets compare a three-division French corps with a two-division Prussian.

For the French, each division has (according to Weigle, who abstracts things a bit already) 2 organic 4 pounder batteries, and 1 organic machine gun battery.  Note that the tactical employment of the Mitrailleuse was as a form of light artillery.

The French Corps then two more reserve 4 pounder batteries, 2 Horse artillery batteries, and 2 12-pounder batteries.  Total corps assets are therefore 3 Mitrailleuse, 8 foot 4-pounder, 2 horse 4-pounder, and 2 12 pounder batteries.

The Army of the Rhine has a further reserve of 8 4-pounder horse artillery and 8 horse artillery batteries in addition to the 2 batteries with each reserve cavalry division.

Each Prussian division on the other hand has 2 6-pounder and 2 4-pounder organic, with a corps reserve of the same plus 2 horse artillery batteries.  The Army has no Reserve artillery!

Now we are working on a Corps level game, so the detailed effect of organic divisional artillery is best left aside -- the divisions of the Corps shoudl be working to the same objective anyway.  If we arbitrarily allowed one Prussian "Corps Artillery" stand for our supporting firepower, representing 6 6-pounders and 6 4-pounders regardless of the model or models on the base, where does that leave the French?  Well setting aside the Horse Artillery not that different. 

While we are on a roll, lets abstract out the attached cavalry regiments of the infantry divisions.  We can allow that they are included in, say, a superior ability to establish the real content of an unrevealed enemy stand.  This gives only the Cavalry divisions to worry about.  These either have 4 regiments, or 6 (ok, one has 5).  Where there are 6, 2 are Cuirassier.  Since the only way to get Cuirassier uniforms on the field would be to split them out, we will provide added brigade stands for those divisions.  Basicly, we will then have 1 figure per cavalry regiment, although the stand for a division should really only have one type on it for appearance's sake.

Here's how that all works out:

Army Corps Infantry Divisions Cavalry Divisions Cavalry Brigades Corps Artillery At Mars? At Garv?
1 I 2


1 VII 2

1 VIII 2

1 some yes
1 cav
2 1

2 GD 2 1 1 1
2 II 2

2 III 2

1 yes yes
2 IV 2


2 cav
2 1
yes yes
2 XII 2 1
2 IX 2

1 some yes
2 2

1 yes yes
Stands 39 20 6 3 10

Figures 200 160 24 6 10

cm 143 80 24 9 30

For the first time, I feel like we are dealing with manageable scope.  Note the whole thing if all the stands were laid side-by-side covers a tad less than 5 feet; in more sensible formations with supports and reserves there would be some room for maneuver.

Here's the French side

Army Corps Infantry Divisions Cavalry Divisions Cavalry Brigades Corps Artillery Reserve Artillery
Rhine Guard 2 1 1 1
Rhine 2 3 1
Rhine 3 4 1 1 1
Rhine 4 3 1
Rhine 6 4 1 1 1
Rhine reserve

Stands 33 16 7 3 5 2
Figures 169 128 28 6 5 2
cm 122 64 28 9 15 6

The Guard artillery has far more horse artillery and no 12-pounders; a horse artillery stand could represent them well.  The reserve would work well as one horse artillery and one 12-pounder with the corps stands all 4-pounders.

In terms of packs from Pendraken, rounding up (more to allow for command figures and the like than anything; Pendraken is very good with special orders and partial packs) we are talking

Infantry  5 6
Cavalry 3 2
Guns 3 3

11 11

Or, at projected prices, just under $150 Canadian.  That is quite manageable over 3-4 months with my current figure budget, and fewer figures than I have already painted for my Not-Seven Years War armies.

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