I know that this is more a question of history and tactics but somehow it has to do with the rules.
During my refight of Pfaffenhofen I learned that large brigades are difficult to handle. For example a Brigade of 5 Units of horse. If 2 of the Units have to retreat to restore their morale. Than you have to roll always for commanding them because your general of the brigade is too far away. Brigades of french horse were normaly around 2 regiments strong which could be presented by 2 units in HoW. Although you may prefer to split cavalry regiments in 2 wings of 2 sqn.s each.
But it was a lot more difficult with large brigades of infantry. If you have 6 bn.s in one brigade which was a standard size of French brigades (often with 4 bn.s of a large old Regiment along with 2 bn.s of a small Regiment or several small regiments in one Brigade) it's a lot more difficult to command all bn.s - some are falling back, some were send out as an Avantgarde. You have to choose if you wish to stay in the commanding range with you first bn.s or with the retreating units etc..
I think that this is a very interesting aspect of the game which make it a real nightmare to react on light infantry for example.
It is interesting for me to learn if other players have the same difficulties with that.
Think you have to use the rules,brigades real brigades had not just a single commander.Very often when you read an OoB you will see the commander with aided by especially with French armies.So limit your table brigades to the 2-4 units as indicated in the rules.Look upon the real brigades as a form of division structure,even if this didn't actually exist at this time.Also remember that units where difficult to move and sitting on a horse or up a church tower you couldn't see as much as a wargame general.
It's right that you can find a lot of Lieut.Generals etc. on the OoBs. Perhaps I will paint some more generals using normal cavalryfigures with conversions.
Can not wait for the new book about Fontenoy from Osprey. Hopefully they produce more stuff for this period (Dettingen, Lauffeld etc.). They anounced that there would be complete OoBs for Fontenoy. I hope that's right and not again the same stuff that I can find in the internet.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
Damnitz, the OOB's are based upon those compiled by the Austrian War Ministry cross referenced with French origainal sources. French brigades have the commanders, regiments and number of battalions. Cavalry are based on sqns. Artillery isn't divided into batteries as we really only know where a number were - the original plan was for each brigade to have 4 x 4lb guns but this changed before the battle...
Allied are taken from multiple sources including Cumberland's own order book - The British brigades have commander and senior brigadier, all units being single battalion or cavalry by named commander. Reason for this is that foot brigades were named after the senior regiment...Artillery is split between thise attached to the foot and those to the artillery train. Hanoverians are basically the same format. The Dutch are also divided into brigades. And the Reserve is also annotated.
Most Allied infantry regiments are all single battalions so the annotation is easier than for them.
I purposely omitted ADCs etc as with an Osprey am on a strict word count for the text. But I am working on a fully expanded one for a different project.
Would be interested to see what you think when you have read the book.