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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 8:48 a.m. PST

Wargamers love elites and guard units.
Which battle regardless of period.
Do you feel let's the player used the most elite/guard units.

My pick is Fontony, not only several guard units on the allied side. But I think every single guard regiment(foot and horse) on the French side was there and actually took part in the battle, as well as none guard elites like the carabiners.

I can't think of any other battle were this happened.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 9:26 a.m. PST

That is very true which is why there are so many, many minis of the Pavlov Grenadiers when, in the huge massive Russian Napoleonic army there were exactly three battalions of them

The thing is, a lot of Guard units did not take to the field all that often for another Russian example, the Preobrazhenskiy, Semyonovskiy and Izmailovskiy Leib-Guard regiments spent the entire SYW making sure the those rascally Prussians didn't sneak into St. Petersburg

That being said I think the Brits and French had most of their Guard units at Waterloo

High marks to Gunfreak for finding another battle with so many Guard units!

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 9:33 a.m. PST


williamb08 Aug 2019 10:33 a.m. PST

Leipzig: French Guard, Russian Guard, Prussian Guard, Swedish guard, Austrian Grenadiers, Russian Grenadiers etc.

Daniel S08 Aug 2019 10:49 a.m. PST

Kliszow 1702, both the Swedes and the Saxon have all of the Guard & Household troops and the Polish Crown Army turn up with a number of winged hussars as well.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 1:00 p.m. PST

Well … Puebla.

I get to take some underpaid, undertrained, under equipped locals, add civilians and deputized farmers and kick the ass of the most elite army of the time (hardcore mercs and battle proven regulars all under a victory laden general).

Unless I have to play the French. Then I just get the elite units.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 2:17 p.m. PST

Swiss and French Gendarmes in the Renaissance

mghFond08 Aug 2019 9:02 p.m. PST

Agree with D6 Junkie!

Dn Jackson08 Aug 2019 10:54 p.m. PST

I have maintained for years that Cornwallis was a gamer. Take a look at his command at the Battle of Brandywine:
the British cavalry
Mounted Jaegers
2 battalions of Guards
2 battalions of converged lights companies
2 battalions of converged grenadiers

He always took the elite troops

von Schwartz10 Aug 2019 6:54 p.m. PST

Aspern Essling? please elaborate, I don't remember the battle very well.

Anton Ryzbak25 Aug 2019 7:18 p.m. PST

Guards? What are Guards? I built a Spanish Napoleonic army. I'm thrilled if any of them are on the table after six turns…….

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