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Shapiro Keats24 Jul 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

Hi, folks. After years of interest in the period I've decided to start collecting a 15mm Napoleonic army. I've chosen to go with the Bavarians due to my own family history as well as their snappy uniforms and versatility (either allies or enemies to the French, depending on year).

Regarding sources, I have Gill's excellent book. But is there another source you all would recommend for information on uniforms? I'm also interested in any changes in organization for the 1812 campaign. Thanks!

LtJBSz Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2019 1:29 p.m. PST
Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2019 1:57 p.m. PST

I would recommend 'The Bavarian Army 1806 – 1813' by Gartner and Stein with illustrations by Peter Bunde. A great book which will answer all your questions and has great uniform plates. (Amazon has it.)

If you have the Gill book then you will know how the Bavarians were organised in 1809. By 1812, basically the Dragoons had become Chevauxlegers and the infantry were organised along French lines with six companies in a battalion (one x grenadiers, four x musketeers and one x Schutzen/skirmishers.

Hope that is a helpful start.

Shapiro Keats24 Jul 2019 2:19 p.m. PST

That's very helpful -- thanks to you both.

Bandolier24 Jul 2019 2:40 p.m. PST

Nice info for 1809 Bavarian infantry here:

nsolomon9924 Jul 2019 5:28 p.m. PST

And of the figure ranges I have used I can recommend the best Bavarian figures are by AB with Old Glory an acceptable alternative if finances are key. AB are worth the extra premium in my opinion as they are so good they are often mistaken for 28 mm figures in photos.

Shapiro Keats24 Jul 2019 7:49 p.m. PST

I was thinking of going with Blue Moon for the majority of the figures, but AB does have a bigger range of poses. Do AB figures mix well with Blue Moon?

setsuko25 Jul 2019 1:00 a.m. PST

I've also found the History Book Man's series of books great. I haven't bought the Bavarian one yet, but for £5.00 GBP a pop I think they are about the best value for money if you're looking for Napoleonic reference books. They are usually very comprehensive.


Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2019 2:05 a.m. PST

If you can afford it, I would stick with AB figures which are the best 15mm figures in my opinion. However, I have mixed Blue Moon with AB quite successfully. They can share a table but I would not be too sure about sharing a unit.

bruntonboy25 Jul 2019 2:51 a.m. PST

Cant't speak for Bavarians but I have numerous Austrian regiments of Lancashire games infantry led by AB command groups similarly I have Old Glory or Lancs cavalry with AB command. They all ix in well enough.

baxterj25 Jul 2019 3:59 a.m. PST

Ditto on The History Bookman title – two volumes, over 300 pages for five quid

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

AB and Blue Moon mix well on the same table, but are sculpted with a different style. I usually do not mix different manufacturers in the same unit anyway, so for me they look great in side by side units.

Markconz25 Jul 2019 10:35 p.m. PST

History Book Man, brilliant value.

mildbill26 Jul 2019 2:09 p.m. PST

But who makes 15mm figures in the Rumsford uniform? I wish to fight hoenlinden.

Fredloan04 Jan 2020 8:54 a.m. PST

I have the entire Bavarian army of 1809 and all are AB figures.

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