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ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 7:17 a.m. PST

In the OBs I have the Canadian militia average 60 men each. How would represent them on the battlefield? They are too small for a command stand(unless you are gaming 1:1). Do I just have a stand per unit without a command. Or would you treat them as companies of a battalian and one them becomes the command?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 8:38 a.m. PST

How do you represent everyone else? What is your figure ratio? Did they fight in battles as independent companies, were they attached to line units or were they just used as clusters of skirmishers?

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 9:24 a.m. PST

Figure ratio is indeed a good place to start as 79thPA states. I use 20:1 for my War of 1812 units. Also, You have to decide what type of militia that you are representing.

Arguably there are three types of Canadian militia that operated during the War of 1812; Sedentary, embodied (flank companies) and fencibles. I am guessing that you are likely representing the sedentary, which had basic training and tended to stay in the county that were raised.

If there was a major threat to the county or region (for example the American invasion of Queenston Heights and the Lincoln Militia Regiment) various companies representing the various districts of Lincoln county would gather together by their representative companies to form a militia battalion. As their regular counterparts the militia battalion would have its own command group sometimes with their own colours.

Generally, the sedentary militia fought as close order line companies but the well trained 'select embodied' flank companies fought in close order and skirmish as dictated by the tactical situation.

As to presentation on the table top battlefield at the 20:1 ratio I make most of militia and regular companies four figure companies, which reflects the average size company size of 80 men. Of course there were regular and militia companies that were as large as a 100 men and as small as 40 or less.

So that is the briefest answer to your question that I can give. However, please do not hesitate to ask further clarifying questions.

mildbill31 Jul 2020 12:47 p.m. PST

Generally , the Canadians did not have flags. They were granted the right to have flags after the war because of their solid performance.

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 1:27 p.m. PST

My figure scale is 1:30. The Lincoln militia regiment is one of the ones I am asking about. So when they list the 1st,2nd etc. They are mot likely companies. So it wouldn't be too bad to make 1 command stand for all the units listed.

coopman01 Aug 2020 5:05 p.m. PST

I would probably combine several militia units into a larger unit to give them a bit more of a presence on the table. A stand here & a stand there is going to be pretty ineffective. They would be mere speed bumps to the enemy.

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