|Spanish Army on the left. British Army on the right. Cavalry, Lights, and Artillery in the rear-center. This is the combined, joint force under Wellesly and Cuesta.|
I find this really brings the battle to life on the table if I can associate the actual commanders with the miniature units on the table.
|The Spanish contingent under Cuesta. Probably about half of the units I should have but it was a small purchase. I'm cannibalizing extra French in Bicornes, painting them white and adding another Spanish unit.|
|The British force. 10 Brigades in all.|
|Cavalry missing some units. It will have to do.|
|Lights, Rifles, and the artillery. These represent light battalions or "detachments" utilized by the Army. They are next to the Portuguese troops|
|The entire allied force.|
And now, portraits of the commanders!
|Sir Arthur Wellesly|
|General Gregorio Garcia de la Cuesta|
|General Payne, commanding the British cavalry division|
|Spanish Cavalry Commander - the Duke of Albuquerque|
|Marshall Jourdan - Army Commander|
|Lieutenant General Victor - French I Corps D'Armee Commander|
|Desolles - Commander of the Madrid Garrison|
|General Latour-Maubourg the Cavalry Commander|
All in all, 2 very capable and big forces (at least for my table and for a game of Neil Thomas' Napoleonics). I'm using NT's rules as they are the simplest and probably best possible choice for a quick afternoon's game and the ability to finish a battle. Some of you may scoff, but I've found that the NT rules combine the best mix of that "old school" feel along with the ability to move the game along quickly and come to grips.
Since the forces consist of roughly 2 NT sanctioned forces each, I'll split the table with each force covering a 3 x 3 area. The OOB will be next up, and hopefully followed by the deployment!
I have a heck of alot of flocking to do now!