I am working on some campaign scenarios set during Marshal Soult's Invasion of Portugal in 1809, and am looking to use a mix of Portuguese forces, including militia and Ordenanças
, with some of the latter also serving as guerrilha
. None of these are represented in the core lists and I haven't found anything in the forums, so I have been thinking of the following:
- Portuguese milícia: as per Spanish Provincial Militia + Poor Shots
- Portuguese Ordenanças: Type = Wallahs; Weapon = Musket; Size = 12; Formation = No; First Fire = Yes; Controlled Volley = No + Hearth and Home
- Portuguese Guerrilha: as per Spanish Guerrilla Skirmishers
The rationale for making the milícia
"Poor Shots" is to align with the 1808-10 Portuguese Fuzileiro
from the core lists. I thought making the Ordenanças
"Wallahs" would reflect their numbers but limit their firepower, and the "Hearth and Home" characteristic would give them speed when fighting locally (local knowledge) but make them "weedy" in fisticuffs when away. The alternative is simply making them "Weedy Coves" all the time - which perhaps better reflects their general performance.
I'd be grateful for people's thoughts/feedback, and interested to know what others have done if and when fielding these troops.