Noel has challenged me to create a British army using the same rules we are for the campaign. So 4000 points, light troops cost 1 point extra (we are using the rules in the ItGM rulebook where light troops become disordered in woods less often than line, but are otherwise treated similarly).
The British are an interesting change from the Austrians I'll be using in the campaign. Smaller units, better firing (British line fire as veterans). If we go historically they should have plenty of skirmishers and fewer cavalry compared to other Allied armies.
For 4000 points I should be able to get four infantry divisions and a cavalry division, even with more expensive troops. So what I want is three standard divisions that can either hold a sector for long enough for the battle to be won elsewhere, or support the main attack which will be done by the fourth assault division.
Standard Infantry Division
1 * 36 1st Class Light @118pts
5 * 30 1st Class Line @350pts
18 Skirmishers (12M, 6R) @90pts
1 * 3 9pdr Line Bty @135pts
Total 743pts - three of them makes 2229pts, plenty of points left for the expensive stuff.
The assault division needs to be made up of larger units that can soak up damage and still operate, so I'll use 40 man battalions, which means the Guard and Highlanders.
1 * 40 Guard @200pts
2 * 40 Elite @320pts
3 * 40 1st Class Line @270pts
18 Skirmishers (18M) @90pts
1 * 3 9pdr Elite Bty @180pts (since there are guard I can have an elite battery which will make up for the small number of guns)
That's 1110 pts (a lot!) for a total so far of 3339. Now for some Cavalry
Staff Officer @27pts
2 * 24 Light Line @240pts
1 * 24 Guard Heavy @216pts (makes up for the lack of British Cuirassier)
1 * 3 9pdr Elite Horse Bty @225pts (all British horse batteries are elite and the 9pdrs make an interesting change from 6pdrs in the other armies)
That's 758pts, for a total of 4097 which is too much! Blast. The British light cavalry can be used in squadrons of 4, so two together would be an eight, that's pretty flexible. 2 * 16 Line Light @160 pts takes me down to 4017. The assault divison doesn't need so many skirmishers so 12 skirmishers @60 pts takes it down to 3987. I would have liked to have individualised the line divisions by adding a Portuguese brigade to one and some KGL light cavalry to another, but I'd have to sacrifice the guard/elites out my assault division which would weaken its impact.
Cavalry light, but heavy on the firepower. Handled well this will cause horrible casulaties to any French army it faces and that Assault division will really hurt.
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