So I decided to move from 24 figure to 36 figure battalions for my Bavarians (and French in being). There’s a number of reasons for this:
I’m still deciding on which ruleset to use for Napoleonic games (and will probably try a lot of them) but the current frontrunner is Republic to Empire (R2E — others are Lasalle and Black Powder). As R2E probably has the most varied unit formations in the game, if I can represent those in a decent fashion, I guess the rest of the rules are automatically covered. Here they are, with the exception of line, which is just the stands put next to each other.
This is the stands placed one behind the other. This makes for a long column, leading the player to have to think about its use and effect on the battle plan, which is probably historically correct.
This formation, which is not often represented seperately in wargame rules, is more or less the ‘default’ formation, the easiest from which it is to deploy to other formations.
The famous, and probably most overrated and misunderstood, attack column of the French and their close friends. In R2E (and historical reality), this is supposed to be wider than deep, but I find a 2 line formation with 5 stands in the first row and 4 in the second to not look very satisfactory. So I’m applying wargamers license here and use a 3x3 formation:
For the equally famous square formation, I use a formation with 2 stands on each side and the command stand in the middle - something that is not possible with only 6 stands.
Now, there only remains the issue of painting seventeen thousand other figures :)