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patrick76624 Jan 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

I'd appreciate some advice…
when you have multiple battalions in a regiment, do you have standard bearers/flags for all the battalions, or just one?
most of my battalions are 12 to 16 figures, and putting full command with each reduces the rank and file quite a bit, especially with Russians with 5 command figs.
Do you use battalion fanions for the French battalions that don't carry the Eagle?
Thank you,

Garde de Paris24 Jan 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

I do 28mm, and only for the Peninsular War. My French number 36 figures per "battalion" at 1:20. They are all mounted on 1-figure or 2-figure stands, merely painted grass green, with no grass, etc.

I typically display them in three ranks of 12. I can thus use them as 3 12-figure battalions. The 3rd rank contain 2 sergeants, a drummer, and the eagle bearer. The grenadier "company" of 2 figures might have one as the sapeur. This would be my 1st battalion with the eagle.

My second rank is completely private men of ass 6 companies, used as the 2nd "Battalion."

My first rank of 12 has a fusilier officer at the right end, and a fusilier sergeant at the left end. The Grenadiers and voltigeurs are all private men.

Flexible basing allows them to be used as 2 18-figure "battalions."


Artilleryman24 Jan 2018 9:08 a.m. PST

The flags are part of the 'grandeur' of the game. I always include at least one flag per battalion if, historically, they carried one. It just adds to the look of the table.

marshalGreg24 Jan 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

THis is what I did and the …sometimes why.
Like GdP says- put in flexibility…
My battalions are typically 24 to 36 with Large ( Austrian British Guard being) up to 42.

French- eagle 1st and 2nd Battalions with French flag ( 1804) ( sometime w/o eagle for 2nd) and red fanion type for the third (also w/o Eagle).
I can make them into 12 men Btn regiments with 1st Btn having the eagle. I just add the extra commands I have to add, for the 3rd Regiment of 3 btns, in place of the fanion cmnd.
British- both flags ( regt + Union) but on separate stands to allow for the smaller btn play with each btn receiving a "flag".
Russian- Colonel's + regt ( both flags) on 1st Btn but on separate stands like the British and the 2nd Btn only 1 regt color(flag)(for 3 total for the regt). Some Russian Btns will not have flags when for smaller play- need to make extra Cmnds I suppose.
Austrian- 1 flag each Btn. Have extra cmnd available for smaller btn play.


matthewgreen Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

I make space for flags too, but I avoid large command groups. I base my (15mm) figures 6 to a base, with two ranks of three. I usually have no more than one command figure per base, on one of the corners: flags and officers on the front; drummers on the rear. Depending on the scale of the game battalions can be two, three, four or six bases.

For the French I have six bases per regiment, with one base for each company. There is one eagle and one escort (on different bases, but next to each other when put together). This is a bit of a messy compromise. In big unit games I will have only one battalion per regiment. In two base per battalion games half of two out of three battalions consist of elites – though it is easy to do converged elites. But each base is reasonably coherent.

For my Prussians I am painting up some extra flag bases, so that every musketeer battalion can have a flag for two stand battalions. I provide flags for the Landwehr (not historical) but not for the reserve infantry and the new regiments they became in 1815. I might do something similar for my French with fanions for second and third battalions.

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 11:00 a.m. PST

grin I think once you've decided that 12 to 32 figures represent a battalion, the burden of absolute accuracy is lifted…whatever looks good to you and is practical.

patrick76624 Jan 2018 11:12 a.m. PST

Thank you all, I appreciate other points of view and preferences!


14Bore24 Jan 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

I run the same as you (Empire 1 =60) and a command for each battalion so it has been hard to keep up with those figures. I had some battalions without ( not often flags but no officers or a drummer) but have been getting command packs to finally give each a flag and officer. So if say a Russian battalion has 12 its 1 flag, 1 officer , 1 drummer and 9 musketeers

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 8:57 p.m. PST

I generally use 1, sometimes 2.

My Brunswickers carry all 6 of theirs!

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