Of course one of the most important focal points was the main Redoubt the Russians built. The other, the Fleches, I think would make good victory points in recreating the battle. Russians have them, the French need them for the points. While historically the battle became pointless, for wargamers it is pride in that of the taking, just as it was in real life.
So without further ado, my Raevski's "Grand Redoubt" ......
|Raevski's Redoubt ....|
Yeah, not all that grand, eh?
Well, in size, it really wasn't. While I have seen very large renditions with 8 or more model cannons, those were for battalion scaled games and might well have been even overlarge for that. Indeed the redoubt was only less than 200 meters (~200 yards) in length and having only 18 guns or 1.5 Russian batteries within.
I viewed several maps and have made the tabletop scale approximately 1 foot of table to 1 kilometer (0.62 miles). The table will be only 8 by 5 feet. So at 200 meters the redoubt is about 1/5 of a foot which, if all my math is correct - never a sure bet - is about 2.5 inches or under 6 cm. So my redoubt at 4 inches is oversized!! Yes, the vertical and horizontal scale problem of wargaming rears annoyingly again.
|The French attack in masse. The Pavlovski Grenadiers help defend.|
The Fleches are similar in their small footprint. Rather than have the proper three separate earthworks in the correct configuration - resulting in a model more suited to 6mm than our 28mm - I went for only one earthwork, not particularly tall, to portray the rather inadequate protection it offered. Due to its open nature, in the game it will offer no combat protection at all and only to forward fired cannon shot.
Again, as historically, it becomes a focal point, a marker almost, to be fought over.
The models have the necessary dice frame holder for the rules however the crew are detached to allow placement on other stands should they be required. The figures are Foundry and were acquired from MikeB who got them, poorly painted, in an ebay lot but he did not require. So with a quick repaint, their small bases are ideal for these field fortification models.