Too Much Football Too Little Time

The South Africa World Cup; the Champions; the Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup); and of course the national leagues all conspire to pack close together a lot of interesting Football matches (Soccer for Americans).

For example, today and tomorrow there are Spanish league matches; Thursday there was Europa League; Wednesday and Tuesday Champions League; last weekend Spanish matches closely preceded by another Spanish date Tuesday and Wednesday and yet another one the weekend before the last… that’s 13 match days in two weeks.

So what does this mean? that between work, family and football I’ve got almost no time for anything else, including painting miniatures. And the situation is not likely to get better in the near future!

In any case I’m just trying to build an Imperial Roman Army for Basic Impetus so I’m currently painting 4 roman archers and I will need 4 more (Impetus uses at least two DBA bases for each unit), I’m also trying to produce some fences (a first prototype looks good, so I expect to do at least 3 more) and I would like to make some woods terrain pieces.

Let’s see if I got some time this weekend…

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Russian Infantry Battalion 1812

The  Battalion of 1812 was composed of four Companies, one Grenadier and three Musketeer companies. In the Grenadier Company the first platoon consisted of Grenadiers and the second of Jagërs.

Each company had three officers, a cadet, seven NCOs, three drummers and 141 men formed on 50 files and 3 ranks occupying a frontage of 90 feet when deployed in Line. The most experienced men usually were in the front rank, the rear ranks was filled with reliable soldiers and the middle one with new ones of doubtful quality.

Russian Company in Line

Grenadier Companies were numbered the same as its Battalion while Musketeer Companies were numbered sequentially all over the regiment. For example, the 1st Battalion comprised the 1st Grenadier Company and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Musketeer Companies while the 2nd Battalion included the 2nd Grenadier Company and the 4th, 5th and 6th Musketeer Companies.

When the Battalion formed in Line the Grenadier Platoon formed up on the right flank, the Jäger Platoon on the left flank and the Musketeer Companies in the middle; for that reason the Musketeer Companies were also known as Center Companies.

Russian Battalion in Line

The Grenadier and Jäger Platoons formed in the back when the Battalion used a Column of Companies formation; there were several Column formations depending on the width (Company, Platoon), the distance between elements (normal, closed) and where the Battalion staff was located (on the right, on the middle).

Russian Battalion in Column of Companies

Russians like others used Square formations against Cavalry even if they considered it too dangerous for Europe due to the large number of artillery pieces.