I would add in having created some lists and played some lists and being keen on the period and the OBs for history.
What you find in game terms is i feel a good historical approximation of how the army functioned.
The english player can try to design a mal-proportioned army vis-a-vis history. They will certainly have inferior game results. I own too many english cavalry and guns so i jumped to design lists to use them. I had mal-proportioned lists like what you suggest. Then I looked how i would fight with them and disliked it immensely. As another poster wrote, you need to win with your infantry in this army.
I can take your point that literalism has a weird look when translated. But the game effect is quite sound. There are quibbles Cacadores as you point out. But the "top-down" effect is quite accurate. And even the Cacadores I could backwards justify if i needed to.
I have waited to see the effects of the lists on some army compositions and what has happened as I suspected it would – the army lists are not reflecting Anglo-Portuguese armies and these DO NOT give “good historical approximation” of how the army functioned.
The most glaring example is that of the Portuguese cazadore ‘units’ in the lists. They exist in the E&E Anglo-Portuguese Army 1809-1810, Anglo-Portuguese Army 1810-1811, and Allied Army in Spain and France 1812-14. No such brigades existed for the later two lists. Ever.
The Cazadore deployment was in Portuguese Line infantry brigades, where their battalion worked with four Line battalions from two Portuguese infantry regiments:
1st Cazadores Light Division, joined April 1810
2nd Cazadores 7th Division, joined March 1811
3rd Cazadores, Light Division, joined April 1810
4th Cazadores, Independent Portuguese Brigade, joined August 1810
5th Cazadores, Independent Portuguese Brigade, joined July 1811
6th Cazadores 2nd Division, joined June 1811
7th Cazadores 4th Division, joined March 1811
8th Cazadores 5th Division, joined March 1811
9th Cazadores 6th Division, joined April 1812
10th Cazadores Portuguese Division, joined April 1812
11th Cazadores Portuguese Division, joined April 1812
12th Cazadores 3rd Division, joined April 1812
However, the lists allow a player to buy TWO such units, usually also fulfilling the minimum Portuguese contingent requirements of two infantry units. In the first list, Anglo-Portuguese Army 1809-1810, a unit of the Loyal Lusitania Legion and the 1st and 2nd Cazadores DID briefly operated under a British commander (Wilson) during the Talavera campaign (August 1809), but not as part of any Anglo-Portuguese forces, and was dispersed by the French. There is no justification for such a unit in a Corps-level formation modelled by the E&E lists – additionally; the Loyal Lusitania Legion has a separate entry.
The adverse effect of this is that Anglo-Portuguese players are now buying two British light infantry units with rifles (if this is the 7th Division, only one of the brigades actually had a rifle component, not two) and TWO cazadore units, making these four specialised light infantry brigades as the basis for the infantry force. Only two line infantry brigades are then bought while two gun units are purchased. The balance is in cavalry.
This is not a representative Anglo-Portuguese army, which should be characterised by a strong line infantry core supported by good light troops, and steady Portuguese line troops. And definitely not a ‘good feel’.
I suggest this is changed to the following.
1) Remove all references to cazadore FOGN ‘units’.
2) Allow Portuguese line units to have an attached rifle skirmisher element from 1811 (the Anglo-Portuguese Army 1810-1811, the Allied Army in Spain and France 1812-14 a,d the Portuguese Army 1809-14 lists) and adjust the Minimum Bases amounts in the Attachments tables to reflect the ability for further units in a division to have a rifle skirmisher attachment (say three skirmisher attachments per division, as most Anglo-Portuguese divisions had three brigades, one of which was Portuguese).
3) Modify the British and KGL Light Infantry rows in the Anglo-Portuguese Army 1810-1811, and Allied Army in Spain and France 1812-14 lists to have maximums of 4 bases for Rifles, and 4 bases of other skirmishers.
This will also see an increase in Line Infantry in the Anglo-Portuguese divisions, without them being compulsory for every division (the First Division did not have a Portuguese brigade) as the minimum Portuguese units will now be Line Infantry (as they were).