As I reported recently, we used the Sharp Practice rules to generate the characters of a selection of officers from the Borsetshire Regiment. I intend to come back to these guys on an occasional basis as we follow the Regiment through the War in the Peninsula. Having done this I thought it would be a good idea to record the result here in case the original paper copy gets lost.
We start with some of the battalion officers and then go on to the officers of the Light Company, who will be the main focus of our games.
Lt Col Pargeter is the commanding officer of the battalion. He comes from new money and has extravagant wealth. He is of average build and a good looking chap. Honourable and charming, he is a stunning linguist. He's a Level IV leader.
The first of the battalion majors is Major Markham (a Level II leader). An honourable chap, he rose from the ranks to his current elevated position. Though fair of face he is a sickly cove. He is thoroughly disliked by officers and men alike (the men prefer to be led by a real gentleman).
The other major in the battalion is Major Tavington. Like the Colonel he comes from new money but is personally impoverished. Perhaps his mill-owner father disapproved of his career choice? Tavington is of average stamp and fair of face. He is affable but is secretly a cad. He's another Level II leader.
Sergeant Major Horsham is the Borsetshires' Quartermaster. Thoroughly disliked (but what efficient Sergeant Major isn't?), Horsham is a good looking chap but a sickly cove, having suffered greatly from an ague contracted during the campaign in the Low Countries. He's a Level II leader.
We now come to the officers of the Light Company. Captain Archer (of course) commands the company. He's a Level III leader and a former gentleman ranker. Diminutive and of plain and unremarkable looks he is a thoroughly dislikable cad.
The light company's senior lieutenant is Lt Villiers (a Level II leader). Coming from a military family he is very conscious of the honourable behaviour expected of a gentleman and an officer. Though fair of face he is a diminutive chap and very sensitive about his height. His short temper and wicked tongue lead others to regard him as a vile individual. Despite this, the Colonel was happy with is performance at Rolica.
In that regard he is matched by the company's junior lieutenant. Beastly Lt Rogerson shares his brother lieutenant's military background but unlike the poverty-stricken Villiers, Rogerson's uncle is a General and he enjoys money and influence. A giant of a man, Rogerson is fair of face. He's another Level II leader.
Sergeant Grundy (Level I leader) is a strapping fellow but hideously scarred. He's a vile individual who rules his men with a rod of iron.
The other light company sergeant is Sergeant Walter (also a Level I leader). Another strapping fellow and a handsome devil he is affable and popular with the men.
The company's three corporals are all Level I leaders. Amos Able is a sickly cove, though a handsome devil. He's a vile individual despised by all. Michael Norris is a strapping fellow, though plain and unremarkable of visage. He manages to make himself thoroughly dislikable. And finally we have John Brown. He is something of a mystery, rumour having it that he is the illegitimate offspring of some noble house. This flashing blade taught fencing to gentlemen before joining the army. He is fair of face and an affable fellow. Brown did a solid job when the light company first encountered the French near Rolica.
So there we have it. With the exception of Colonel Pargeter, Sergeant Walter and the mysterious Corporal Brown, the current crop of leaders don't have a great deal to recommend them. I wonder if the Borsetshires are a happy regiment at this time?