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Au pas de Charge02 Nov 2023 9:28 p.m. PST

It seems like most units are 18-24 figures for infantry and 6-12 for cavalry. Is that sort of the period standard that carries across most rules? Is it just a habit?

Dexter Ward03 Nov 2023 5:37 a.m. PST

Depend what rules you use. Many have multi-based figures and it is the number of stands, not the number of figures which matters.
My foot units have 2 stands of pike and 4 of muskets for units with a 2:1 ratio, but the number of figures per stand doesn't matter at all

TangoOneThreeAlpha03 Nov 2023 6:10 a.m. PST


My 'standard' foot battalia are 40 figures strong, 'Swedish' horse 18 and 'Dutch' horse 27 figures strong. That's 15mm figures for use with 'For King and Parliament' rules. I just like the 'look' although the actual number of figures per unit is irrelevant for the rules.

Cheers Paul

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2023 7:56 a.m. PST

Some units you may want to represent as double sized units if your rules allow .
Manchester's Foot at Marston Moor was around 1500 strong with the average full strength unit being around 750- 1000 .Some units were also much smaller too .Some of those being from Lord Fairfax's army being examples .

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2023 9:09 a.m. PST

I keep going back to the math. What size is your table, and how big was that battle?

But I'd agree that 24 infantry for a maneuver unit is very common in systems which count castings. It gives you a comfortable number of maneuver units on a 5x9 table in 25/28mm or on a 4x6 in 15mm. We're all pretty much used to it, and smaller starts looking like a command stand.

Martin Rapier03 Nov 2023 10:57 a.m. PST

It depends what rules you are using. My guys are all based as elements, I don't really care how many figures are on there, although there are a lot, as they are 2mm.

Frostie06 Nov 2023 1:01 a.m. PST

I use 10mm and my figure count is much higher lol

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