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The Seven Years War

The Seven Years War – Playing the Period

Dealing with those Prussian Bullies The Seven Years War in the Journal Several years ago I wrote a couple of Osprey books on the Russian Army of the Seven Years War, so I suppose it was inevitable I would opt for the Empress Elizabeth’s lads. The Foundry range is superb, with a great range of

The Warburg, 1760

The Seven Years War, For King and Parliament, 28mm This week the game was a little unusual. Simon Miller visited the club, and laid on a game. Strangely, it wasn’t one using his To the Strongest Ancient rules (which I really like). Simon and my wargaming friend Andrew Brentnall has been developing an English Civil War

The Battle of Chotusitz, 1742

The Seven Years War, Piquet – Field of Battle, 40mm Yes, I know the Battle of Chotusitz took place during the War of the Austrian Succession, but I don’t have a slot for that conflict. So, it morphs into the Seven Years War. This game was fought during the AMG 2016 weekend, a wargaming event

The Battle of Munchhausen, 1757

The Seven Years War, Honours of War, 28mm   This week we staged a Seven Years War game, using the new Honours of War rules. The gamers are divided over these rules – some like them, others don’t. the nay-sayers claim – with some justification – that artillery is far too effective, and they’re slower

The Wagon Train, 1760

Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm This old Charles S. Grant scenario always produces a good game, however we play it. The thing is, we haven’t run one for a couple of years, so Dougie and I decided to give it a go this week. The premise is, a wagon train full of plunder has

The Battle of Munchwitz, 1758

Seven Years War, Honours of War, 28mm Our first game of the year was another of our test runs for Osprey’s Honours of War rules – – and our largest game yet. This was to be a largely Prussian – Austrian clash, but Dave Imrie developed “man flu”, and wimped out. So, my ineffective Reichsarmee

The Battle of Liliane-Funcken, 1758

Seven Years War, Honours of War, 28mm Our second December clash using Honours of War was a more straightforward clash than our last game. It saw two reasonably balanced forces line up along opposite sides of an 8×6 foot table, and then get stuck in. In theory there was an objective. there were two villages

The Battle of Kutzdorf, 1760

The Seven Years War, Honours of War, 28mm This week we decided to give the new Osprey Seven Years War rules a go using my French and Michael Schneider’s Hessians. The battle was lifted straight from one of the scenarios in the book – The Battle of Kutzdorf – and saw 2red” force holding two

The Battle of Weissenfels, 1759

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm In Battlegames magazine’s special – Tabletop Teasers Vol. 1 (published in 2008), Charles S. Grant published a teaser called “Seizing the “Pass” – a scenario which had previously been published in Charles’ regular Teaser column in the magazine. In it, the pass consisted of a valley with a

The Battle of Antonsberg, 1759

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm This is another game with my bad old camera, hence the funny tinge to the photos. They all came out overwashed, and this is the best I could manage – sorry! Anyway, Lombardia and Nuestria are two fictitious countries, invented to get round the problem that I have

Leipowitz, Saxony, 1757

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm This was another “teaser” from Scenarios for Wargames – a real classic. The wagon train scenario has been refought many times, and pictures of one of my games (using the very same wagons) was published in Charles S’ Grant’s Wargamers’ Companion. Anyway, in this little game we decided

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