CAVALRY CLASH AT RAMILLIES 1706

 

1706 Ramillies

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).

01. French infantry have fortified the village of Ramillies

French infantry have fortified the village of Taviers on the French right.

03. 23 French cavalry regiments in the French centre

French cavalry drawn up between the villages

07. Aerial view of some of the French cavalry in the centre.

French cavalry before the start of the game.

08.  The Allied cavalry in all its splendour

The Allied cavalry in all its splendour

13. The French cavalry in all its splendour

The French cavalry in all its splendour

15. Another view of the Maison du Roi Gardes du Corps

The Gardes du Corps of the Maison du Roi in reserve.

19. French and Allied cavalry move towards each other.

The cavalries converge.

20. Danish and Reichsarmee brigades advance towards Taviers

Danish and Reichsarmee brigades advance towards Taviers

22. The first cavalry clashes on the French left.

The first cavalry clash took place on the French left

27.  Allied cavalry advancing aginst disorganised French Dargoons

Allied cavalry charge disorganised French Dragoons

28. Another cavalry clash.  This time the odds are equal.

Prussian and Dutch cavalry versus French – this time the odds are equal.

32. More Allied cavalry

Allied cavalry moving up.

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2 Responses to CAVALRY CLASH AT RAMILLIES 1706

  1. Adam Chance says:

    What rule system?

  2. wargamorium says:

    Hi Adam

    We use our own house rules which sometimes work well and sometimes not. They are still in development but we got some good games out of them so far.

    Regards

    Robert

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