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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 This is arguably my favourite period. Many 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 get suckered into gaming it. True to form my first

The Battle of Detmold, 1759

The Seven Years War, Seven Years , 28mm This week saw a return to the Seven Years War, and the playtesting of the new Seven Years rules (working title). Michael has been tinkering again, so this was all about seeing if these modifications made any sense. As usual it pitted a Western Allied army against a

The Battle of Lauterbach, 1759

The Seven Years War, Seven Years, 28mm We returned to the Seven Years War this week, and the rules we’re playtesting, under the paternal guidance of Michael Schneider. For this game Michael fielded a Western Allied force led by Maj. Gen. von Wutginau, leader of the Hessian contingent of the Allied army. He had nine

The Battle of Bruno-Kretchnau, 1759

The Seven Years War, The War Game, 28mm Once every now and again you take part in a wargame that becomes an instant “classic”. This was one of them. I’ve been playing games up in Kirriemuir with the League of Gentleman Wargamers for a bit over a decade, and through the years we’ve staged several

The Battle of Zwieback Hügel, 1759

The Seven Years War, Seven Years, 28mm We’d planned to have another playtest of these nascent Seven Years War rules, so that’s exactly what we did this week. the battle was fought between the French and the Western Allies, with two brigades of foot and one of cavalry per side, plus a battery of guns.

The Battle of Vogelgrippe, 1759

The Seven Years War, Seven Years, 28mm It seems we’ve all been tinkering with Seven Years War rules. My own revamp of Die Kriegskunst comes on slowly, with progress hindered by tons of real world work. However, Michael Schneider belted out a set of rules in what seemed a week or so, based on some

The Battle of Saltzkotten, 1760

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm I missed last Thursday’s club night game due to a book launch (not one of mine though), and I’ll miss the next two Thursdays as I’ll be in Florida. So, I grabbed the chance to fit in a Sunday game at the club. Michael Schneider brought along his

Blowing the Beiseforth Bridge 1758

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm For our last game of the year we scaled things down a bit, partly because a lot of the regulars were away, but also because this was just a little playtest. I’ve been tinkering with my new version of Die Kriegskunst, and this was a chance to try out

The Defence of Königswinter, 1757

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm Having tinkered extensively with the draft set of Die Kreigskunst 2 (DKK2) we thought it was time to try out the rules again. So, in this battle, my Reichsarmee were pitted against the forces of Hesse-Kassel. The game was very loosely based on a Charles Grant scenario – “The

The Foss Heide, 1760

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm Last week, Dave Imrie suggested laying on a midweek daytime game, to entertain the gifted Thomas Foss, who was visiting from California. Thomas is the man behind those Renaissance galleys and rules we use, and a bunch of other projects, although his day job is working as a

The Battle of Die Wildnis, 1759

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst v2, 28mm This week we were off to High Germany, for our first proper playtest of Die Kriegskunst 2, or Son of Kriegskunst, or whatever we’re going to call it. Essentially the rules are a modified version of Dave Brown’s General d’Armee, with a lot of the original Die Kriegskunst thrown into the

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