the french regiments are organised as one staff bataillon colonel+sapper+drummers of the regiment
1st bataillon white little standard 2nd bataillon red standard third bataillon blue standard
organised as follow from left to right on the pic the grenadier company (red with red "épaulettes") first company of fusiliers (green) second company of fusiliers( blue) third company of fusiliers( dark yellow"aurore")back rankers fourth company (violet purple)back rankers voltigeurs ( bright yellow with green " épaulettes) sorry I don't know the translation in english " perhaps something like shoulder I think
the french artillery the main advantage to begin with new set of rules and you have nothing painted is that you have nothing to rebase so I opted for this representation of my 6pdr foot Artillery
the limberded version with the artillery caisson the horses are white for the first battery then the unlimbered version with their crews then the abandonned guns, I have put the gunners on 40x15 bases to represent the abandonned guns when needed;
to be continued
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Thanks Mellis hope to see yours soon, if you need French flags for your troops, send me a PM, I have some resized for the 15mm; and many thanks for sharing your english wording with me, it really help me to improve my poor knowledge in english, I'm missing practice in speaking and must read and write more to improve it. I hope you will find all you need in the website of Napoleon , it's really well documented;
I will represent the conscripts with greatcoats, the drilled with their uniforms and the veterans with a mix of greatcoats and uniforms the line infantry 8 per base the light infantry 6 per base the skirmish formations 4 shooters per base randomly arranged on it with some bush, rocks and trees;
I agree with Paul, very nice. My only quibble is that your artillery crew look too clean. Dirty them up a bit after all, they've been handling bags of powder and swabbing out sooty cannon, not bathing in the Elbe!
The rules call for 1 caisson per unit, so you can get by with a small number of them, and they are not necessary as you can also show limbered by lining up your arty units in a column. Takes about the same space as the caisson base but does not look quite as good.
Everyone will have a different idea of what best to field in a Division.
However, if I was putting together a 'generic' French infantry division pack, I would include:
2 x small line units (48 figures if 18mm, 64 if 'true' 15mm). 1 x small light unit (24 figures if 18mm, 28 if 15mm) 1 x small field artillery (2 gun models, 6 crew, 1 limber and perhaps an extra gun model to hang behind the limber) 1 x Divisional Commander (2 mounted figures) 1 or 2 mounted ADC figures. - and perhaps also 4-6 dead guys to use as casualty markers.
With 18mm figures, 6 per base looks best (IMO), if smaller 15mm figures then probably 8 per base.
The LI unit has 2 rear bases formed up (6 or 8 figures on each) and 2 front bases in skirmish mode (3 figures on each), plus an aditional spare 2 skirmishing bases for deploying the unit in skirmish formation (or to use as skirmish attachments for the infantry units).
Having 2 mounted officers allows an option of basing 1 of them as a Brigade Commander if desired. The spare artillery model looks cool hung behind the limber, or alternatively can be used to make the artillery unit large, or for an artillery attachment for the infantry.
Hope that helps
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BrettPT wrote: With 18mm figures, 6 per base looks best (IMO), if smaller 15mm figures then probably 8 per base.
All good advice - and a far more useful than this post of mine. -But I can't resist carping that while what looks best is entirely a matter of opinion, giving each file of 18mm infantry a width scale width of at least a meter is in terms of history, wrong by a long chalk. Of course, if figures are in wild poses, needs must but figures deployed touching elbows will usually fit easily within the space allowed by these rules. I'd be tempted to put them in two ranks of five. All pedantic carping though in the context of this thread. Well done to Thefrenchjesters for truly beautiful paintwork: rich colours and magnificent horses: superb!