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PM brothercrow
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Guilford Courthouse Project
16th May 2017 10:51:49

I've been working on forces for Guilford Courthouse for a few years now on and off (I think I even posted pictures when the website/forum was the old green design) - it kept stumbling because I have been unable to find a set of rules I was happy with that suited my basing. Black Powder just doesn't do it for me, and I've also tried Patriots and Loyalists, Volley and Bayonet, Principles of War and many others! I had pretty much settled on Principles of War until I picked up the new Polemos: RDG which I like very much.

Now cards on the table here, we played the Franco Prussian version when it first came out and I really didn't like it...it felt, to me at least, as though there were some great mechanisms (I like tempo in particular) but it felt very clunky, and too much like hard work....however, I always felt there was a decent game waiting to get out...so step up RDG!

Anyhow, I have worked out my army lists at 1 Infantry Stand = 100 Men; 1 Cavalry Stand = 50 Men & 1 Artillery Stand = 2 Guns.

So here goes:

British Army

Lt. Gen. Charles, 2nd Earl Cornwallis

Webster’s Brigade (Lt. Col. James Webster):
23rd Foot (3 Bases)
33rd Foot (3 Bases)

Leslie’s Brigade (Major General Alexander Leslie):
2nd Battalion, 71st Foot (3 Bases)
Von Bose Regiment (4 Bases)

The Brigade of Guards (Brigadier General Charles O’Hara):
1st Battalion (2 Bases)
2nd Battalion (2 Bases)
Guard Grendier Company (1 Base)
Guards Light Infantry Company (1 Base)

Auxiliary Troops
British Legion: Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton (5 x Legion Cavalry; 1 x 17th Light Dragoons)
Jaeger Company: Cpt. Wilhelm von Roeder (1 Base)

Royal Artillery: 
1st section – 2 6lb field guns (1 Base)
2nd Section – 2 6lb field guns (1 Base)
3rd section – 2 3lb field guns (1 Base)

Now for the Pictures:


Webster's Brigade

23rd Foot:
23rd Foot

33rd Foot:
33rd Foot

Leslie's Brigade

2nd Battalion, 71st Foot:
71st Foot
Technically these should be wearing trousers, rather than kilts!

Von Bose Regiment
Von Bose
The Hessians tended to have a standard per company, hence the way I've done it...I need to replace the flags, as these are not correct....just filler until i found an accurate flag!

O'Hara's Brigade


Guards Battalion:
Guards Battalion
The Guards did not carry standards in the colonies, so neither do mine!

Grenadiers and Light Foot:
Grenadiers and Light Foot


Hessian Jagaers:

Tarleton's Legion:
Tarleton's Legion
I chose 8 figures per base rather than 9, as I think of them as Light Cavalry, so prefer a bit more "space" on the bases.

Tarleton's Legion


That's it - I still need to paint up figures for the 17th Light Dragoons (only 1 Stand) and a Command figure for Tarleton himself...

The Continentals need about 8 stands doing and I am finished, so I will post pictures for these later...

Best wishes,
Durham Wargames Group

PM Hecoma
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Guilford Courthouse Project
16th May 2017 11:08:36

Very impressive! Superb painting.

PM Glenn Pearce
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Guilford Courthouse Project
Glenn Pearce
16th May 2017 08:33:17

Hello Graeme!

Wow, that puts tears in my eyes. How wonderful it must be for you to find a rule set that exactly matches your basing. I did notice your photos on the old site and knew that the rules had to be designed to accomodate people just like you, as well as a number of other styles. So take some comfort (and bragging rights) in knowing that your pictures did actually play a part in the development of RdG.

I've studied, played and read a lot of rules over the years. Always trying to sort out what actually works and what does not. What is just too complicated and what can be made simplier. So I'm not surprised to learn that none of the rules in your list work for your AWI collection. They wouldn't work for me either.

By design every Polemos rule set has a lot in common with each other. However, every author is able to put their own spin on their specfic period which won't appeal to everyone. No rule set does. I can only say that I've played hundreds of Polemos games and that RdG was developed over a very long period and play tested by a lot of people. I lost track of the number of versions that I went through. So hopefully I have managed to hit your sweet spot. I certainly tried to do so.

I can't wait to see your Continentals and hear more about your project.

Best regards,


PM brothercrow
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Guilford Courthouse Project
17th May 2017 09:36:53

Ha ha, you will make me blush! I'm not actually sure where I took the bases sizes from...if my memory is correct, I bought them initially to do Principles of War at 25mm base sizes!

I'm a fan of simple rules for display/club games (though I like complex as well....I also play on the FoG tournament circuit) - of all the ones I tried, Volley and Bayonet was probably the favorate, but there was a tad too much paperwork (and you needed labels on the bases). I liked the way cohesion worked.

Anyhoo, onwards and upwards - I hope to finish the 6 bases of Militia I need this week, then there is only a couple of other things to do (Lee's Legio being the main one) and i will post the pix.

Got a couple of questions on the rules (nothing major), so will post those in another thread.

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