Last night we played another War of the Spanish Succession game using the slightly tweaked house rules – Big Wigs. This time we did the great cavalry clash at Ramillies with 25 Allied regiments (100 squadrons) versus 23 French regiments (92 squadrons) in the biggest cavalry game I have ever seen on a wargames table.
To make up the numbers I had to use all of my Seven Years War cavalry as well (Old Glory and some Eureka) but they blended in quite well with their WSS counterparts.
The two villages of Taviers and Ramillies were also represented on the table and separate infantry battles also took place over them as otherwise the game would have been just one continuous dice throw for the cavalry melees.
There was little room for manoeuvre as both sides lined up in an impressive array. The allied cavalry won the day however as they used all of their elite cavalry in the front line whereas the French kept their best regiments in reserve. All of the initial clashes were therefore won by the allies and as French numbers dwindled the Army Morale Test mechanism went against them and the French cavalry withdrew having burned their dice. There is a lesson to be learnt there.
Some photographs below. I have included one or two of the infantry as well. (I am a rubbish photographer).