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Rusty Balls Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2022 7:19 p.m. PST

I am working on a set of AWI rules with a scenario generator. Considering one element of it – Force Composition. I mean this term, Composition, in regard to the mix of RAW, Trained and Veteran units that each army had in them at any given year.

I think the colonial Army is a good example. It starts out in 1776 as very raw with mostly militia and ends up in 1782 as a pretty organized and experienced force aided along the way by Von Steuben in 1777.

So – If:
* A high positive modifier (+5) is towards more experience
* 0 = a balanced force
* A High negative modifier (-5) is toward raw

The Continental army might look like:
1775 -5
1776 -4
1777 -3
1778 0
1779 +2
1780 +3
1781 +4
1782 +4

These of course are up for debate but my real question is how would you rate the British army in North America during these same years.

They of course never start out so raw and their spread between the high and low is going to be much smaller as a trained professional force but there were times when they brought in new regiments, had an influx of provincials or relied on loyalist militia more so than other times. Again we are talking about the overall mix of units in the whole army not individual regiments.

I need to research this more but I was curious with all of the collective knowledge here on this site what the general consensus would be.

So using the continental example – how would you rate the British for each year.

Thanks in advance!

doc mcb05 Jan 2022 8:51 p.m. PST

I think you need an elite category too, for just a few units.

I'd start Continentals as raw and Brits as trained. Or trained vs veteran. In any case, Brits start one rank higher.

HMS Exeter07 Jan 2022 11:36 p.m. PST

Three or four hundred years ago I came across a rules set called Redcoat, from the same guy who brought us Empire and Stars and Bars. It was several things at once, one of them being an AWI campaign game.

In the campaign booklet there were rules re raising Continental units and a weekly OOB for the Brits/Germans. It rated units iirc by morale grade and training. Most Brit line was MG 4, some special units were 5, most Germans 3.

I did a quick and dirty internet search. You missed an ebay copy by days…


The Seller has had it up 3 times in the past few weeks and it hasn't sold. There's a good chance he'll try again, or you could ping him with an inquiry.

Good luck.

doc mcb08 Jan 2022 9:25 p.m. PST

Redcoat was a fine game.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2022 5:16 p.m. PST

I ran the Campaign in Redcoat once. We enjoyed the rules. The Americans needed to stay in existence and wait for the British to make a mistake and take advantage. The British reinforcements arrived on a schedule. The Americans would ebb and flow based on events. It was fun!



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