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Blucher: it will be all over by Christmas!

I’ve been most impressed by the new breed of wargamer. This hurts me to say this. If you peruse the Beasts of War site, Breakthrough assault, or any such worthies you find earnest young men knocking off projects in weeks, days sometimes…..


Well the Despertaferres organisation will not be left behind. The chosen ruleset for our great project is Blucher. I’m going for “small scale”, one unit is 1200-2000 infantrymen or 600-1200 cavalrymen. One artillery unit is between twelve and sixteen guns. My project is to get a 28mm. Fench wargames army , 200 points in game terms, complete by the first of July 2017. I have bored the Tercio rigid with my love of the Italian campaigns of the young Napoleon so the army will be the army of Italy 1799. The keen eyed will note that this is before our Corsican hero resumes command. This is because I always have a policy of painting the best units last. The eventual plan is to refight Marengo 1800 but the Consular guards will have to wait. You can still get combined grenadier units in 1799 and who wouldn’t love an army full of characterful half starved “grumblers”.


After this initial post, I hope to post once a week to keep the enthusiasm up. Next immediate objective will be the armylists for the army of 1799. An excellent reference is the Field of Glory Napoleonics armylists, ‘Emporers and Eagles’.  Each French line and light Demi-brigade will be twenty four miniatures, although the average quality units could benefit from the over-strength. To reflect their ability to adopt loose formations all have the skirmish ability. I thought to make two smaller stands of figures to show this trait. There is no limit to the number of these units. About a quarter of line and lights could be upgraded to “shock”, this is not an army for the faint hearted.

The Polish Legion was present in 1799, this have the same stats as the French. Two standard sized units maximum or one over-strength. One unit can be “shock”, their devotion to the revolution being evident even at this early period. The Poles had apparently originally been in Austrian service so perhaps they shouldn’t be too enthusiastic! The Legion Helvetique was less enamoured, one unit of conscripts( page 113 in Blucher). These units had a similarly chequered past having once been part of the Sardinian army. The Cisalpine legions would be represented by up to two units of more conscripts although one unit could be raised to “other allied infantry 3”.


The cavalry that are available three units from Heavy cavalry, dragoons, Hussars or Chasseurs a Cheval. Only one unit of each type. Hussars and Chasseurs would both have the Light cavalry stats from Blucher.

All infantry units could have a battery of 4 pounders attached. Two units of field artillery may be on the low side as the army had at least 55 guns.

So, here we have a start. I shall endeavour to write a proper Blucher style list for next time. Until then any information on the skills and abilities of Joubert, Saint-Cyr or Moreau would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks for reading, did I say which July?

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  1. What scale of figures are you planning to use for this project, how many to a base and what base sizes? Three simple questions, but important for those that may want to join in.

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    • 28mm God’s own scale! Blucher doesn’t depend on numbers of figures, I’m going for 50mm squares( six infantrymen or two cavalrymen). Four such squares makes a unit. Colin uses the Field of Glory standard basing so feel free, 40mm squares can be accommodated with ease.

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  2. I will stick to my 40mm squares then although some of my figures are on 60mm wide bases. can always fudge it as most of my units are 24 strong. Cavalry in 8’s no problem, may need some extra command frames though.

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