Why field the 83rd? Well, I picked up several packets of Victrix flag sets at close-out prices from Northstar and this was one of the flag sets! So, why not?
While I am painting and fielding two skirmishers for each British regiment, for Old Trousers play, I am considering reducing the number of skirmishers to only one for line battalions and two for light battalions. This skirmisher reduction may increase play speed and will certainly reduce the number of such markers wandering about the battlefield.
My current replay of Arroyo con Pollo is using reduced skirmisher markers. Thus far, the reduction has not materially changed the outcome but it has reduced the number of skirmisher challenges.
Staying with 28mm Napoleonics, I recently (as of this week) picked up two packets of 28mm Napoleonics at bargain prices through TMP. The first package contained Bicorne Miniatures' dismounted dragoons and horse holders. These are my first Bicorne Miniatures and first glance at the raw lead shows outstanding detail. Bicorne should fit in well with the larger 28mm figures I have and dismounted dragoons will be perfect for scraps in Spain. The second package contained a battalion pack of French line from Elite Miniatures. Once painted this will be my second Elite French infantry to see service. I look forward to tackling both of these in the future.