### Basics for basing French Ligne

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**Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:51 am**Hi All,

In 1805-1807 the French Ligne Infatnry consisted of 1 voltigeur, 1 grenadier and 7 fusilier companies to the battalion. This of course being the basis of the army, it wouldn't matter whether a BG was a battalion or a regiment, the same proportions would be used.

This means that in a 4 base (8 to the base) infantry BG, you would have:

32 figures broken down as:

3-4 figures of Voltigeurs;

3-4 figures of Grenadiers; and,

24-25 figures of Fusiliers.

If you reduce that 32 (8 to a base) to 24 (6 to a base) you would have:

2-3 figures of Voltigeurs;

2-3 figures of Grenadiers; and,

18-19 figures of Fusiliers.

When you consider that the voltigeurs are likely to be 'outside' fo the base size doing their skirmishing duty, it seems almost pointless to consider the elite companies in your bases.

So, what I'm thinking of doing is the following (considering a four base unit):

2 figures of Voltigeurs in the middle front of each front rank bases (skirmishing, and the third one un-represented out further skirmishing);

then three ranks of 1 Grenadier and 7 Fusiliers making up the remainder of the base.

What do people think of that?

In 1805-1807 the French Ligne Infatnry consisted of 1 voltigeur, 1 grenadier and 7 fusilier companies to the battalion. This of course being the basis of the army, it wouldn't matter whether a BG was a battalion or a regiment, the same proportions would be used.

This means that in a 4 base (8 to the base) infantry BG, you would have:

32 figures broken down as:

3-4 figures of Voltigeurs;

3-4 figures of Grenadiers; and,

24-25 figures of Fusiliers.

If you reduce that 32 (8 to a base) to 24 (6 to a base) you would have:

2-3 figures of Voltigeurs;

2-3 figures of Grenadiers; and,

18-19 figures of Fusiliers.

When you consider that the voltigeurs are likely to be 'outside' fo the base size doing their skirmishing duty, it seems almost pointless to consider the elite companies in your bases.

So, what I'm thinking of doing is the following (considering a four base unit):

2 figures of Voltigeurs in the middle front of each front rank bases (skirmishing, and the third one un-represented out further skirmishing);

then three ranks of 1 Grenadier and 7 Fusiliers making up the remainder of the base.

What do people think of that?