French Foreign Legion (4)

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March, you dog, or die.  And you'd be Blue, too, if you had to slog through the sand all day long just to fight somebody who thinks blue is almost black, in a sartorical sort of way.

And yet another one of the dabbling until I get there periods.  Lots of those here, you may have noticed by now.

April 7, 2013

Time to get some sort of list here for this group.  Like the Anglo-Egyptians, most foot units are 24 foot and a mounted figure based with a foot figure.  The horse mounted are 18 figures with matching dismounts.  Differences noted below.

...or will be, tired and time to head for bed soon...

September 23, 2013

Time for a little bit of updating before trundling my tired self off to bed.  I'm going to post some of the details for this period this time around.  And I'm going to start with the native forces first for a change.  As in all else, everything is based in three figure stands, mounted of course being the three riders and the three animals.  Also, every single stand has a casualty figure - this effectively doubles the total size of the force.

Let's begin with the Algerian Emir's force:

The emir is 2 horse mounted and one camel mounted figure
His bodyguard is 6 horse mounted figures
There is scout group of 6 horse mounted figures
An artillery force with one horse mounted man and foot companion and two pieces of artillery and four crewmen, two per base (?) (this violates the 3 figure per base rule but still evenly divisible by 3 - it's an idiosyncratic thing with me)  Want to leave abandoned guns on table, valued prizes for opponents
Pack train of camel mounted man and foot companion four sets of two camels and one driver on foot
-- and one casualty figure for every stand --

Then there are the three Sheik forces, each constituted exactly the same - the tuareg, the bedouin, and the western arab forces:

Sheik is three horse mounted men
Scout group of 6 horse mounted men
Prone 'marksmen' of 3 men
Pack camel stand of two camels and one driver on foot
Leader group of 3 men on foot
Scout group of 6 men on foot

Six cavalry units of 15 men each mounted on horses
Two camelry units of 12 men each mounted on camels

Six units of foot of 24 men each half  the units rifled, half with sword or spears.
-- one casualty figure for every stand --

It bears repeating, there are 3 such forces for the various sheiks assigned to the French Foreign Legion. And, yes, I own all of the figures for this.  As you contemplate the size of this force, keep in mind that the casualty figures in there intended use effectively doubles the size of the force - one stand lost, replace with one casualty figure; entire unit lost, it regenerates back onto the table.  But it only does this one time!  Casualties stay on the table.  Can make for a very bloodied battlefield.

Now for the French forces as I have them conceived - all sorted and waiting to get painted.  Someday.

CinC is one mounted and one foot figure.
He is accompanied by a mounted unit of 18 figures (with dismounts? I forget but think so, pretty sure)
2inC is one mounted and one foot figure
He is accompanied by a mounted unit of 18 figures - horse mounted as above unit is.

First command:
Leader horse mounted with one foot figure
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - classic blue over white
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - classic blue over white
Chasseur unit - 18 mounted
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - classic blue over white, varied kepi
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - classic blue over white, varied kepi
Chasseur unit - 18 mounted
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
"machine gun" and six crew
pack train - 3 mules and drivers
1/2 guard unit of 9 figures
horse drawn wagon and driver
special half company of 9 figures and horse mounted and foot figure

Second command:
Leader horse mounted with one foot figure
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - madder trousers
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - madder trousers
Mule company - 18 mounted
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - light infantry/penal battalion
Legion unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure - light infantry/penal battalion
Mule company - 18 mounted
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
"machine gun" and six crew
pack train - 3 mules and drivers
1/2 guard unit of 9 figures
horse drawn wagon and driver
special half company of 9 figures

Third command
Leader horse mounted with one foot figure
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Marine light infantry unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Marine light infantry unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Spahi company - 18 mounted
Leader horse mounted with one foot figure
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Zouave unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Zouave unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Spahi company - 18 mounted
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
"machine gun" and six crew
pack train - 3 mules and drivers
Band of 9 figures
Limber
special half company of 9 figures and horse mounted and foot figure

Fourth command
Leader horse mounted with one foot figure
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Naval unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Naval unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Goumier unit - 18 mounted (12?)
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figure
Tiralleur unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Tiralleur unit of 24 foot plus mounted leader with foot figure
Goumier unit - 18 mounted (12?)
Sub unit command - horse mounted and foot figre
"machine gun" and six crew
pack trail - 3 camels and drivers
Heliograph team of 9 figures
Limber
special half company of 9 figures and horse mounted and foot figure

Give that collection a bit of thought and you'll see it breaks down nicely into four Legion commands - or two at need - and either four or seven Algerian forces.  That would be the Emir and each of the three Sheiks with the possibility of dividing the sheik forces into a mounted and a foot contingent each under its own player's control.

If it came down to it, I'd probably keep this over the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan collection.  I think.

Volunteer painters who make themselves down at my doorstep will be given a coveted place at the gaming table on a regular basis - as long as the volunteer painting is regular and voluminous!  

One last note: this mirror almost exactly (though not quiet) the AES collection.  And for the natives there is also a Sultan collection to give the European player a real headache if I want to by combing all six sheiks and the two emir forces into one gigantic opposition force.

What do you think of all that?

April 13, 2017

One might think, it being three and a half years since I posted on this page, that I'd abandoned this period.  No.  Just one of so many that it's been neglected.  I've returned to it in the ongoing effort to reduce towards reasonableness.  For the French side of things I've recently done a resort which has reduced the total by something around 500 figures.  Except for the cavalry, what I've kept means a substantial majority is already painted, the calvary has a pretty good start, too, but not as good as the foot - artillery and train need very little painting.  I have reduced infantry to 18 figures per unit and cavalry to 12 figures per unit but kept the dismounts (which mostly all need painting - not quite all of this dismounts but most).

I have also decided that I will be selling the balance, once I get through the native side of things, for a ridiculously low price.  I've got what I need - and then some - and have so little I need that I'd rather the figures are put to good use in someone else's collection.

Even with the reduction, the French still have a nice diverse force that will allow up to three players per side to have enough figures to stay well engaged in a game.




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