Foot artillery on a march

I contemplated earlier about the need for foot artillery limbers because of two reasons. First, it would help to identify when the artillery is on a move, and secondly, it would make sure that foot artillery battery will consume the space that is more realistic. Unfortunately I did not have caissons, however, I am not sure if they would bring any value to the game, besides of the visual aspect. Two horses, albeit perhaps not realistic is selected to indicate their slow pace and make distinction between horse and foot battery clear. Foot artillery limbers - 4 Foot artillery limbers - 5 Foot artillery limbers - 6With them the total footprint when unlimbered would be now be 60mm square, and would anyone contemplate forming an grand battery from two or more artillery batteries, footprint of the whole would grow quite rapidly. Additionally, limbered artillery train will now require considerable space on a march, and almost certainly operates as a roadblock if timing is not right.  At the moment only French and Austrian batteries are ready, but Prussians should follow up sometime in near future.

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3 Responses to Foot artillery on a march

  1. I agree. Artillery should have limbers. With the smaller scale figures, adding a limber for each gun is much less troublesome and expensive than with the smaller scales. Still, I try to add limbers.

    Nice work!

  2. Tichy says:

    Thanks Jonathan,
    I read from somewhere that during the era, 350 French guns would take 21km on a march. That means roughly 60m for each gun and associated bits – if that assessment was correct. Considering that battery would have number of guns, the footprint of limbered artillery train should be considerably longer. Realistically then, I could add two caissons on the train and it would still be tad bit short for a reasonably sized battery on a march. So, yes, indeed limbers are essential and really game changing.

    Of course same goes for marching infantry battalion. March column should probably be quite bit longer than same battalion line footprint.

    Talking of which, since you appear to have some interest in the topic, you wouldn’t have any sources where to find actual data for artillery trains and infantry marching?

    So, compromises again.

  3. Tichy says:

    Now I started to think that perhaps the battery should have one caisson included (two would probably be a bit too much (100% increase of the footprint). Then the whole artillery train would take nifty 180mm on a march, and would be deployed 60 mm wide but 90mm deep and therefore representing at least partially the required free space at the back of the battery.

    Hmmmm… Interesting thought.

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