I want to have a wargaming set that uses formed units of infantry, cavalry and guns working together. I've already got a Napoleonic skirmish collection so I've decided that the Crimea is going to fit the bill.
I've wanted to do a Crimea project for nearly thirty years now but the size of the armies under the rules I used to play for games like this made it a daunting task.
However, more recently I started looking at books by Neil Thomas which cover the period and they require much more modest forces.
The final bit of the puzzle was Sharp Practice by Too Fat Lardies which countless people recommended.
Churning all this around in my tiny brain, I ended up with the following plan.
I'm going to assemble the two armies using the Sharp Practice template (with modifications, obviously) for each side and stick to the recommended eight figure units. This is a better option for me than the Neil Thomas organisation which has an equivaqlent number of units but each requires sixteen figures for infantry and twelve for cavalry.
I won't be using individually based miniatures which seems to be usual for Sharp Practice or sub groups of four miniatures as suggested by Neil Thomas but instead I'm going to mount each unit on a single base. which means no casualty removal but results in a better look to my eyes.
Each side will have a basic force of eight infantry, four cavalry and a gun per side with three commanders.
I'm going to be using Great War Miniatures from Northstar for this project which come in packs of six infantry or three cavalry so infantry units will be assembled in pairs requiring two troop packs and a command pack.
Cavalry will be three to a unit and guns will be a single gun with the provided crew.
This will give me:
1 gun and 4 crew
1 General and staff and 2 junior commanders
For each side with 'flavour' extras as follows:
A unit of skirmishers (Rifles) and two extra units of French infantry for the British and an extra unit of Cossack and two extra guns for the Russians.
2 units of Guards- Coldstream
2 units of Highlanders- 93rd Sutherland
4 units of line infantry, two in shakos, two in caps
1 unit of skirmishing Rifles
1 unit of Lancers- 17th
1 unit of Hussars- 11th
2 units of Heavy Cavalry- Scots Greys and Inniskillings
1 gun with 4 crew
3 commanders- Raglan and staff and Lord Lucan and Cardigan
2 units of French infantry
16 units total
4 infantry units in hats
4 infantry units in helmets
1 unit of dragoons in helmets
1 unit of dragoons in hats
1 unit of hussars
2 units of Cossacks
3 guns with 4 crew each
16 units total
I really want some lancers for the Russians so I've ordered a set from Foundry, hopefully they'll be a decent match. I'll replace a Cossak unit with them. While I was there I also ordered a unit of Moscow Regiment to add numbers and variety to the Russians.
93rd Sutherland Highlanders.