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30 Jun 2018 3:40 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Oct 2017 11:53 a.m. PST

Which do you prefer?

Ottoathome Inactive Member07 Oct 2017 11:59 a.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

Line, there are more of them & the way I roll dice, I need lots of troops!

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

It depends where I am in the battle. If I am losing and need the reserves or winning just barely and need the reserves I want the Guard. Otherwise the normal everyday working soldier (what I would be) is just fine and dandy.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 2:17 p.m. PST

Line. It's the Line that won the battles while the guard watched.

JMcCarroll Inactive Member07 Oct 2017 2:50 p.m. PST

Gd if facing Gd. Otherwise line.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

There is nothing in Napoleonic wargaming remotely like the thrill of commanding the Russian 1st Cuirassier Division, with 16 squadrons of guard cavalry and two guard horse artillery batteries at 1:20 scale, particularly with light foot guard battalions and a like number of light cavalry and cossacks in support.

The point is in any wargame there is a practical limit of the size of an individual's command. Figure for figure, an all guard force is nicer than a line force. Just not so much fun for the opponent. wink


Blutarski08 Oct 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

….. depends upon the point cost differential.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse08 Oct 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

Battle hardened Line over pampered bodyguards any day.
Though other countries and leaders weren't as stingy as Napoleon with his guard. And so more useful

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2017 3:44 p.m. PST


I come from a long line of grunts

bobm195909 Oct 2017 6:56 a.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2017 8:23 a.m. PST


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Friend of mine had an interesting experience. Before he met me, he went to a convention as he had always been interested in wargaming, and Napoleonics in particular. He turned up as the only player in a column line and square game. The GM was very friendly and told him that his job was to guard crossroads. He was given a battalion of Prussian militia-- about 32 figures.

The GM help him understand how to arrange his troops, And deployed them. Then he said that he would be attacking down one of the roads with three battalions of Old Guard Grenadiers and some guard horse artillery.
36 figures per battalion.

From that day to now my friend has much preferred to use Guard troops.

"Life is a bitch, and then the old guard comes."

khanscom11 Dec 2017 8:52 p.m. PST


Cannonballs don't distinguish between Guard and Line. I ]remember commanding a brigade of weedy Italian line regiments that stood off the Russian Guard Cavalry-- line infantry all the way!

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