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Payment of the Troops

Post  Marc on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:26 am

Hello all!

I can now at last open a topic regarding the scenario of the payment of the troops and economic system of the Allied detachement. Very Happy

All soldiers will, at some point of the event, be assembled to receive their pay with period reproduction money. Prior to the event, most of the soldiers will have some pocket change issued to them (which will depict the rich and poor barrier) prior to starting the event as well. These lucky individuals will be draw out at random from a hat before the weekend of the event.

Below are images of the three different coins that will be in use:

French SOL (small pewter coin)


French ECU (large pewter coin)


British GUINEA (small golden coin)


The smallest value is the ECU, followed by the SOL and the most valuable being the GUINEA. 2 ECUs = 1 SOL and 4 SOLs = 1 GUINEA (therefore, 8 ECUs are equal to 1 GUINEA).

What does this buy?
The Allied detachement will include a canteen that will be run by sutleresses (of which I'm told are accute business women) and will consist of various drinks and certains foods provided by the organisers. This canteen will be carried about on the wagon train. (One more reason to protect it...stop the French getting the liqueur!)

Participants are positively encouraged to use this money to further immerse themselves into their period of predeliction....perhaps some soldiers might want to try and gamble to increase their pot? Volunteers from the ranks to act as batmen to the officers's needs will be rewarded with extra pay, therefore giving soldiers some more drinking money! Perhaps some soldiers could charge their comrades for usage of their particular skills (cooking, sewing, gunsmithing, horse cleaning, etc.)...The possibilites are endless!

Table of Pay (based upon British Army rates in 1800)

Captain = 14 ecus in the cavalry and 9 ecus in the infantry
Lieutenant = 9 ecus in the cavalry and 6 ecus in the infantry
Sergent = 4 ecus in the cavalry and 3 ecus in the infantry
Corporal = 3 ecus in the cavalry and 2 ecus in the infantry
Private = 2 ecus in the cavalry and 1 ecu in the infantry
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Re: Payment of the Troops

Post  Andrew Robertson on Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:08 pm

Marc wrote:
Captain = 14 ecus in the cavalry

Is it too late to mention my field promotion? Wink
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Re: Payment of the Troops

Post  Marc on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:32 pm

No...and if it is not written out in 5x examples of different colours and countersigned by the Duke of York's great-great-grand uncle's second cousin twice removed, it's worthless. Razz
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Post  Andrew Robertson on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:35 pm

I'll have a copy of the document drawn up and sent by courier imediately then.

Please have the payement ready in a un-marked, non sequential coins please...!
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Post  Marc on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:38 pm

Now that does smeel fishy!

Did I mention that the 5x coloured examples must also be from a paper factory that is run by a third-generation British-Indian hamster?
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Post  Andrew Robertson on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:49 pm

I have a hamster that can trace his lineage back to the Rai Dynasty of Sindh on his mothers side and Charlemagne himself down the paternal line.
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Re: Payment of the Troops

Post  Marc on Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:13 am

Just finished counting the coins I have:

149 SOLS
84 ECUS
45 GUINEAS

More than enough to go around! cheers
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Re: Payment of the Troops

Post  Griff on Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:17 pm

The paying of troops was a very nice touch and added greatly to the atmosphere, especially as the sutlers played their roles so well. Like a twit i drank 1/4 of my pay, lost 1/4 in the dust and lent the other to a fellow rider. Mr Larsen you owe me 1 Sol or a mug of wine! Pretty authentic way of going about things I suppose....

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