Saturday, December 10, 2011

French Peninsular Army (and allies!) for Volley and Bayonet

Based on figures already painted and figures waiting to be painted, I finally organized my "generic" French Peninsular Army for Volley and Bayonet. For the Napoleonic period in Volley and Bayonet, units usually represent brigades and the skirmish stands are battalion sized detachments. The units listed are what the figures are painted as or will be painted, not just that unit. The actual brigade would have several regiments or combination of battalions.

I've painted 2 Army Commander stands so far, the Emperor Napoleon and Marshal Soult. The Emperor will not be in many of the future battles to be fought - but hey, ya gotta have him in your collection if you have the French. I'm pretty sure it's a rule somewhere. After organizing it looks like I have a few extra marshals and generals lying around so I may do a third Army Commander stand for Marshal Massena.

The units below that are in bold black font are already painted and (S) means "skirmish" stand. Need means I need to purchase!

Army Commander - The Emperor Napoleon

Army Commander - Marshal Jean-de-Dieu Soult

Soult Army Command Stand

I Corps d'Armee Commander - Marshal Victor or Davout

1st Division Commander - General Foy
9th Legere (Light Infantry)
18th Ligne (Line Infantry)
25th Ligne
Division Artillery (Have figures, need gun)

2nd Division Commander - General Marchand
15th Legere
8th Ligne
30th Ligne
4th Swiss Ligne
Division Artillery
(Have figures, need gun)

Corps Troops
5th Chasseurs

IV Corps d'Armee Commander - Marshal Ney

Ney Corps Command Stand

1st Division Commander - General Sebastiani
12th Legere
28th Ligne
54th Ligne
Division Artillery
(Have figures, need gun)

12th Legere

2nd Division Commander - General Valence
16th Ligne
18nd Ligne
21th Ligne
Division Artillery
(Have figures, need gun)

3rd (German) Division Commander - Gen Leval
1st Regiment, Grand Duchy of Berg

Gross und Erbprinz
Anhalt Regiment
4th Polish Regiment (Need)
Division Artillery
(Need figures and gun)
Corps Troops
10th Chasseurs

Light Cavalry Division Commander - General Desnouettes
7th Chasseurs
2nd Hussars

2nd Hussars

7th Chasseurs

1st Dragoon Division Commander - General Fournier
1st Dragoons
9th Dragoons
14th Dragoons
Horse Artillery (Have gun, need figures)

2nd Dragoon Division Commander - General Milhaud
12th Dragoons
25th Dragoons
1st Hussars or 3rd Dutch Hussars
Horse Artillery (Have gun, need figures)

Imperial Guard Commander - Marshal Bessieres
Grenadiers a pied
Chasseurs a pied
Chasseurs a cheval

The Imperial Guard units can also be used for units of converged grenadiers and the Spanish King's guard. I have 4 painted Skirmish stands and I plan on painting 5 more.

Grenadiers of the Old Guard
Chasseurs of the Old Guard

Now that both sides are organized - time to get painting again. My goal is to get the 4th Swiss painted in the next week and then do another French Infantry unit. After that - back to the British!


  1. Nice... VnB is my all time favourite rules set, and your figures will look great ..


  2. Nice figures, vive l'Empereur!

  3. Good looking bases. If you use the divisional gun rule, you won't need to paint the gunners. I denote bases with a dg by placing a cannon model on the base.

  4. Mike - Is that the dedicated gun rule?

  5. Oh yes, dedicated gun, not division gun. For my Peninsular games I set up the French with dedicated guns and give the British player the option to do so.

  6. Those look the business Sir! .. I'm intrigued to finding out more about V&B ..Looks like my kind of game.