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.
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.