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Barcephus03 Sep 2013 1:11 p.m. PST

I am starting a 15mm Marengo French army

I want to use AB figs and was wondering how a battalion is set up for this period?

Line battalion
light battalion

does each type have a "flank company", and if so are they Grenadiers for line and Carabinier for lights?
and are they bear-skinned in this period?
I'm sure I will be coming up with more questions

any help would be appreciated


21eRegt03 Sep 2013 1:44 p.m. PST

It's kind of a tough question since the army wasn't in a Napoleonic organization yet (those six companies are easy to represent). After much discussion with others I opted for 12 figure battalions with four stands of three each for both light and line. That gave me *roughly* a two company frontage per stand. Since I had many extra figures thanks to eBay I just painted up figures on skirmish sized bases and put them out as needed with the appropriate notation to the parent unit.

Some battalions will be too big with twelve figures, others too small. Though with the caveat that I'm doing the Republic rather than specifically Marengo so there are options for you.

Good luck. The battles in Italy and elsewhere offer a lot of opportunities for a wide range of troops to play.

timmmy03 Sep 2013 3:00 p.m. PST

Ditto on what 21eRegt said.

Being based that way your French Corps can fight in what ever theaters.

Barcephus04 Sep 2013 9:01 a.m. PST

Thank you for that info…

my question is, at this time do the line and light battalions have flank companies…and if so are they still in bearskins…

21eRegt05 Sep 2013 8:42 a.m. PST

I sometimes put one bearskinned figure on the right-hand of one stand, though I do not differentiate them in terms of purpose or firepower. How many were in bearskins at that time of the Republic is open to debate. No "light" companies, though that by no means they couldn't skirmish.

Art15 Jun 2014 5:42 p.m. PST

G'Day Gents

In 1800 the French were formed in 9 pelotons. But the grenadier peloton was normally detached.

This means that when a battalion is formed in column of divisions, it must be four figures deep to represent the four divisions. If the grenadier peloton is with the battalion, then it is formed behind the 8 fusilier pelotons.

Skirmishers came from the third rank of the battalion, the grenadiers, or from the light battalions.

If you want the grenadiers with the battalion in column, a 9 figure battalion works better than a 12 figure battalion due to the fact that you must have a depth of 4 figures and the single grenadier figure behind the battalion

The light battalion would be formed in the same manner

Best Regards

Art16 Jun 2014 3:13 a.m. PST

G'Day Gents

These are what battalions in column of divisions look like, each letter represents a peloton:

1792 to 1803

G if attached centered behind the last division

1804 to 1807

G if attached centered behind the last division

1808 to 1815


Hope this helps

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