I have been giving the game for Legionary 14 some thought and the game I am planning to put on will be The Battle of Vimeiro.
This has a good mix of forces, a few what ifs and both side have the ability to win. This allows it to be played again and again, hopefully at a few shows around the region. Having looked around I have come up with the follow forces and intend to convert this to the rules I will be using. They will be an adapted version of the Shako rules which also has a good scenario for Vimeiro in it’s scenario booklet.
My rules will follow the style of the ECW ones I used at last year’s show.
Infantry units are made of 3 bases, cavalry 6 bases and artillery 2 bases.
More details will follow reference the rules as and when I write them!!
This is the map from the Shako scenario book and my plan is to base my terrain on this. The table will be 10’x6′
The British Forces
The British force had about 15,000 men:
Sir Arthur Wellesley
1st Brigade: General Rowland Hill
2nd Brigade: General Ronald Ferguson
3rd Brigade: General Miles Nightingale
4th Brigade: General Barnard Bowes
5th Brigade: General James Caitland Crawford
6th Brigade: General Henry Fane
5th Battalion 60th Foot
2nd Battalion 95th Rifles
7th Brigade: General Robert Anstruther
2nd Battalion 9th Foot
2nd Battalion 43rd Light
2nd Battalion 52nd Light
2nd Battalion 97th Highlanders
8th Brigade: General Acland
20th Foot (7 and 1/2 Companies)
1st Battalion 95th Rifles (2 Companies)
Portuguese Troops: Colonel Trant
6th, 11th, & 12th Cavalry Regiments
12th, 21st, and 24th line Battalions
The French force consisted of about 13,000 men and 23 guns:
General Jean-Androche Junot
1st Division: General Henri-François Delaborde
Brigade: General Antoine-François Brenier de Montmorand
3rd Battalion 2nd Légère
3rd Battalion 4th Légère
70th Ligne Regiment (1st and 2nd Battalions)
Brigade: General Jean-Guillaume-Barthélemy Thomières
86th Ligne Regiment (1st and 2nd Battalions minus two companies left at Elvas)
4th Swiss Regiment (2 Companies)
2nd Division: General Louis-Henri Loison
Brigade: General Jean-Baptiste Solignac
3rd Battalion 12th Légère
3rd Battalion 15th Légère
3rd Battalion 58th Ligne
Brigade; General Hugues Charlot
3rd Battalion 32nd Ligne
3rd Battalion 82nd Ligne
Reserve of Grenadiers: François-Etienne Kellerman
1st Regiment (1st and 2nd Battalions)
2nd Regiment (1st and 2nd Battalions)
Cavalry Division: General Pierre Maragon
1st Provisional Chasseurs
3rd Provisional Dragoons
4th Provisional Dragoons
5th Provisional Dragoons
Squadron of Volunteer Cavalry
Below are photos of some units from my collection, not all will be needed but may make the table as a stand-in depending upon timescales. The Portuguese are Victrix, Spanish are Elite Miniatures. French are Victrix, Perry and Elite. Cavalry are Foundry, Perry and Elite. British are Perry, Victrix. I have a few units of Front Rank but intend to replace them as they stand out in stature from all others.
More photos to follow soon.
I will also show step by step how I do the basing if anyone is interested.