War of the Spanish Succession

1706 British cavalry Ramillies

Last Friday it was the War of the Spanish Succession in the Wargamorium. This is a great period to game with a broad variety of uniforms and plenty of battles.

The figures are all Roundway 15mm which I bought many years ago and the rules were house rules.  These are great little figures and are still available today.

The game was a straightforward clash with the Allies attacking the French in the open.  We kept it simple to try out the rules and overall they worked well so far.  We did not finish in time so the game continues next time.

Photographs below.  I did not take any pictures during the game, only at the end so you will have to imagine the battle unfolding so far.

01. Overview of the battle

Overview of the battle

02. French Maison du Roi cavalry

French Maison du Roi cavalry

03. Retreating Allied cavalry

Prussian and Danish cavalry

04. Allied heavy elite cavalry move up.

Allied heavy cavalry moving up to meet the French Maison cavalry

05. Danes in the front line, Austrians in the second line.

Danish infantry in the front line, Austrians in the second.

06. In the foreground the Prussians in reserve.

The Prussians in reserve

07. The Reichsarmee try to hold back the French Guards

Reichsarmee troops try to hold back the French Gardes Françaises

09. The Gardes Francaises on the march

The Gardes Françaises on the march

10. The Grades Suisse emerging from the mist.

The Gardes Suisses advancing as well.

11. The English advance while the French cavalry withdraws.

The English advance while the French cavalry withdraw.

12. The Allied Commander's HQ.

The Allied Commander’s HQ just off the battlefield. There always seemed to be a convenient chateau nearby in those days.

15. The English Brigade complete with Grenadiers.

The English Brigade complete with Grenadiers about to overrun a French battery. The civilian drivers refused to enter the combat zone to tow away the guns.

17. The French Army Commander.

The French Army Commander

18. The French in firefight with the Dutch

The French in firefight with the Dutch. The Dutch fire was superior during that war.

19. The Irish Brigade in reserve.

The Irish Brigade in the French service held in reserve.

CONCLUSION

The game concluded last night with a victory for the Allies.  The French infantry was eventually worn down and they failed an Army Morale Test.  It was a close run thing because the Allies had also suffered heavily and they would have had to take a similar Army Morale Test had the game gone on for one more move.

Overall we were very happy with the rules.  They are house rules and comprise only 5 pages with a separate sheet of tables.  Brigade and Army morale are applied only to infantry which is organised into 6 brigades each of three regiments a side.   The 3 cavalry brigades (9 regiments) and the four artillery batteries are not included in the morale calculations. Each unit can suffer a number of casualties before it is removed from play and the Army Morale test is applied when the army is reduced to a certain level. An infantry brigade can be individually tested if its flanks are threatened.  The order system is very simple and initiative is diced for at the beginning of every move with the winner deciding which side moves first.  Fire and melee are simultaneous.  Most infantry actions are resolved by firepower and there was very little melee involved which we thought was good.  Another good rule we thought was that cavalry has very little chance of closing with steady infantry if charged from in front.

The principle behind the rules is to produce a simple fast moving game with a minimum of paperwork and as few markers as possible. This first game showed up the inevitable tweaks which need to be made but overall we were very happy with the result and plan to play another game the next time based on an historical scenario.

In the meantime some more photographs taken at the end of the game.

01. The French Line with the Irish in reserve

The French line with the Irish regiments in reserve.

02. Firefight between the Danes and Royal Roussillon

Firefight between a Danish regiment and the Royal Roussillon

03. French Dragoons swirling around a lone English square.

French Dragoons swirling around a lone English square.

05. The Gardes Francaises under pressure.

The Gardes Françaises under pressure

06 Austrian Kurassiers finally break through the French left

Austrian Kürassiers finally break through the French left.

07. The Austrian Kurassiers fianally defeated the last of the Maison du Roi cavalry

The Austrian Kürassiers who defeated the last of the French Maison du Roi cavalry.

08. Austrian and Danish infantry advancing into firefight

Austrian and Danish infantry advance into firefight.

09.  The French infantry near the end of the battle.

The French infantry at the end of the battle.

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2 Responses to War of the Spanish Succession

  1. Steve says:

    10mm?

  2. wargamorium says:

    Hello Steve,

    All of my figures are 15mm. The WSS armies are mainly old Roundway with a few Minifigs. I am afraid my poor photographic skills may have confused you.

    Regards

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