Some years ago I started a project to recreate the great battles of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1:300/6mm with a figure ratio of 1:10.
After foolishly painting up several British, Dutch, Irish, Scottish and Danish units but very few French I have abandoned the project in favour of more “bathtubbed”, (reduced scale)representations.
I am using Irregular Miniatures 18th century models with one block of 6×3 infantry as a “battalion”, one block of 4×1 cavalry as a “squadron” and 1 base of cannon+3 gunners as a “battery”
In the reduced version, each block will represent far more men.
My provisional order of battle for Blenheim (Hoechstaedt) is:
Franco-Bavarians: 16 infantry, 29 cavalry, 3 guns.
Allies: 13 infantry, 36 cavalry, 2 guns.
Rather than try to represent every unit I have decided at this scale on a generic national appearance, which will help when fighting other battles.
English troops have red coats, blue cuffs, vest and breeches and white stockings. Irish contingents have yellow cuffs, vests, breeches and stockings. Hanoverians have green facings.
Dutch have grey coats, red cuffs, blue vest and breeches and red stockings.
French have off-white coats, red cuffs, vest and breeches and white stockings.
Bavarians have pale blue coats, vests and breeches with white cuffs and stockings.
German principalities all wear blue coats and generally white facings, vests and breeches for simplicity.
Likewise any flags represent the nation rather than the regiment. All English regiments carry the St. George red cross on a white field. Scots carry the St. Andrew saltire (white on blue). The French have a white St, denis cross on a pale blue field. The Austrians carry the imperial eagle on a white field, etc. Flag/command units are based separately and can be allocated as needed.