Just got my copy of the rules yesterday. Impressed with the layout and enjoying reading them so far.
An initial thought for the artillery, given the recommended base sizes for example a medium gun as 70mm x 70mm (accepting that this is partly driven by the need to accommodate the gun model and crew) in terms of this ground scale occupied, surely this area is more than sufficient to represent the frontage of a battery of guns in a line with their limbers, ammunition wagons etc. behind, given the depth of this base.
The limber on the table represents the battery in transit. Once deployed, shouldn't it be removed as the base area of the battery frontage and depth should more than encompass the all the battery guns and limbers? Doesn't the limber and gun base together on the table occupy too large a representative area for the battery?
Hi Fermor. I reckon 70 paces is a bit tight for the normal paraphernalia behind a battery. With limbers, caissons and other vehicles it could be twice that, though some sources say around 80 yards (say 120 paces). Some napoleonic sources give as much as a 200 metres depth (say 300 paces). In general, my conclusion was that a battery position would be deeper than it was wide, assuming 4 guns width.
Some players do forget about the limbers, mainly for modelling reasons (i.e. they can'e be bothered with them), which is fair enough by me.
From a game perspective, the limber models are designed to be in the way, as I reckoned gun bases only made things a bit too convenient. You will see that the limber bases have a fair bit of freedom to be moved around, as a compromise.
I'm happy to receive any information you have about the depth of battery positions.
Admittedly I was just assuming, for the example, a 6pdr gun battery would just have a 2 horse limber and 2 horse ammunition wagon which wouldn't seem to take up 70 yards depth. I was unable to find out much on the total supporting wagons etc. for a battery in this period in addition to the total crew and limber.
I feel it's important to have limbers on the table. In my American AWI army I have two painted up, one for each battery. Admittedly the limber base is extended at the back for the gun model which is glued down, with a separate model glued to the base when deployed with crew. The Perrys gun models come with their limbers and with their crew packs. As mentioned above I take the limber off when deployed but they represent a smaller number of guns than in HoW so maybe that's more justifiable.