Because I'm writing "Bluebear's Tricorne Wars" for our local group with a secondary purpose of encouraging them to paint lead, my unit sizes are perhaps smaller than I'd really like.
Each stand of 4 infantry (a company) or 3 cavalry (a squadron) nominally represents something between approximately 100 and 150 troops.
To be a valid "battalion", the unit must contain 4-6 companies. This means a 16-man unit up to a 24-man unit. (Actually it means a 17-man unit up to a 26-man unit).
In addition to the 4-6 companies, each unit needs a "colour stand" with one or two flags. Please note that there should be no flags on the command company stand. This is because the position of the "colour stand" indicates the "cohesion" (some might say "morale state") of the unit.
- If positioned in front of unit -- steady (best cohesion)
- If positioned "in the front line" -- rattled
- If placed immediately behind the unit -- disordered
- If placed behind the unit, facing backwards -- shaken
- If moved well behind unit, facing backwards -- broken (routing)
Mounted units also have a "colour stand"; although in their case it is a single figure with flag. Squadrons, as previously mentioned, have three figures each. For "Bluebear's Tricorne Wars", a regiment is comprised of 2-5 squadrons.
Thus a mounted unit could vary from 7 (six + colour) to 16 (fifteen + colour) mounted figures. (note -- see September 13 blog for basing conventions).
Artillery pieces do not use a flag; but rather an officer as their "colour stand". Again, his position (in front, beside, behind, etc.) indicates the current condition of the unit.
I am a great fan of the "look" of the tabletop. I do not like to see any sort of "label" or "casualty cap", etc. cluttering up the look of the battle. So I've tried to find ways to show things without using such items.
More about my rules as this blog progresses.