I have always had a desire to play games representing some of the bigger battles, with several corps or complete armies involved. I have looked at some of the Command and Colors scenarios and also Bob Cordery's Portable Napoleonic Wargames systems. Both rule sets are very good and work for me; however, the one thing that does not is the representation of the units and formations on the table.
Obviously, to make a game portable it has to be quite small and involve just a few playing pieces, but for me, wanting to use the rules on a bigger table, having a corps made up from nine figure divisions does not work.
So, for the past year or so, I have been looking at ways of addressing this and finally came to the conclusion that 2mm figures provide the answer. I have replaced each figure used in the Portable game with around 70 in 2mm scale. Thus a corps, in this case Anglo Dutch Napoleonic, would like this:
It occupies the same space on the board (I am using four inch hexes) as the 25mm figure version, but I think it actually looks more like an army corps. Three or four of these would make up a complete army.
Furthermore, painting is quick. Once based and primed in black using a rattle can, the above corps took me less than a day to paint. It is possible to get a bit of detail onto these figures too. here is and artillery unit:
I have also started my French army:
I plan to continue to build up my armies and will play out a scenario to see how it works with small figures.