Hi folks, I've checked through past feeds and couldn't find the topic discussed so I'd thought I'd put my foot in it and ask away.
Has any tried fielding infantry battalions without battalion guns and then fielding small and or inferior light artillery units to represent the brigades attached battalion guns? I'm think something like BP's (don't lynch me yet) idea of one battalion gun per 3 battalions but making them fragile and less powerful like the Ferdinand of Brunswick scenarios.
I've got my battalions in 24s - 6 bases of 4. Adding a battalion gun would muck up my ascetics plus I'm OS enough to want to field my guns separately damn it! Cheers Peter
In a generic battle of ours, I fielded brigades where the front rank battalions were of good quality and fielded battalion guns, while the rear battalions were inferior (garrison, recruits etc) and they had not.
Fortunately, I had already visited a friend of mine and looted his arsenal of little guns to make 4x2cm bases, I play in 15mm scale.
I had also some battalion guns from our Field of Glory Renaissance games, where some Swedish, German or French units could have the benefit of battalion guns (payed extra).
My interpretation was to field the guns in front of the battalion, but measure the shooting distance from the front of the actual battalion bases.
I've no real comment to make on this Peter except to say that if it works for you, go ahead. I thought the BP ideas on using battalion guns were interesting and at one stage I toyed with using something similar for HoW. Obviously, in the end I chose the current system but I don't reckon your ideas are going to affect the game in any serious way, and if they help your preferred aesthetic that has to be good.
For the record, I game in 10mm and add the battalion gun to the fourth base - I use four 25mm frontage bases which gives me the exact width for the 15mm play sheet. Unfortunately 20mm squares would prove too fiddly. Besides, aesthetically this works for me: