I've done some thinking about which of my figure collections I could use for a stab at Bob Cordery's The Portable Wargame rules and a terrain set inspired by Ian Dury's tabletop set.
For those of you who missed out it looks a bit like this!
Not knowing a lot of details about this setup I surmised that the figures must be 15mm, I could be wrong, but I have access to a club set of 15mm Peter Laing Crimean War figures and I thought that they would do nicely for an experiment.
A 4 base Russian battalion looks like this on a 3 inch square grid.
The same battalion in column of companies is slightly deeper than the 3 inch grid.
There is plenty of room when a skirmish company is deployed.
On a 2 inch grid the battalion takes up most of 2 squares.
A double line of companies almost fills one square.
Even with a skirmish company thrown out one 2 inch square is not big enough.
Moving up to a 3.5 inch square leaves plenty of room for 4 companies in column.
Likewise leading with a skirmish company is OK.
A battalion in double line of companies has plenty of room.
So much so that a second battalion can be brought into close support.
This experiment has given me great food for thought. Can I develop this plan further without straying too far from Bobs original ideas and also emulating the visual impact of Ian Dury's setup.