Battle report: Seven Years War Game 19/09/2009

>> Monday 21 September 2009

by Richard Bradley

Both the Austrian and Prussian armies deployed in 2 lines facing each other.

Both sides deployed strong cavalry corps in the open ground on the Austrian right

The Prussians line outflanked the Austrian left, and it was on this side that the first attack was launched. Sadly, Frederick the Great had allocated this wing to an inexperienced commander, and the subsequent attack was launched piecemeal, allowing the Austrians to move Cavalry and Infantry to oppose it.

Frederick (The Prussian commander), having seen the inaction of his right wing, galloped over and took personal command of the right. Immediately encouraged by the presence of their King, attacked with enthusiasm.

The Large Cavalry corps on the Prussian left, supported by several battalions of infantry and some guns attacked the detached Austrian right. The Austrians, being outnumbered, counter-attacked the Prussians with 4 battalions of Bavarian auxiliaries and their Kuirassiers.

The front line Austrian Kuirassiers put up a hard fight, but they were eventually driven from the field.

The Bavarians engaged the Prussian infantry and were outstanding! - Against all the odds they held the Prussian regiment facing them, despite both causing and taking heavy casualties.

In the centre, both infantry lines advanced, but without much commitment, leaving the wing to decide the day.

Despite much manoeuvring by both sides, neither side engaged heavily. The much vaunted Austrian artillery failed to make much impression – except to discomfit their commander!

At the end of the day, both Austrian wings were on the point of falling back, Fredericks intervention had tipped the balance, though he would have expected more gain for the casualties suffered. Despite Prussian claims, the Austrians were not defeated—and were very keen to fight again another day!

The game was played using Richard's own Seven Year War Rules which are available in the Downloads Section


CANCELLED - Meeting on September 26th 2009

Due to the venue being needed for another group there will be no Club Meeting on 26th September. Normal service will resume the following week.


New Rules for Download - Seven Years War

>> Sunday 20 September 2009

Richard Bradley's Seven Years War rules are now in the download section. Army lists for Seven Years War and American War of Independence to follow...



New rules available for download...

>> Wednesday 16 September 2009

I've just added Richard's Artillery Supplement to his assorted rules. It's on the download page...


Border Reiver - 5th September - AAR - Part 2

>> Thursday 10 September 2009

Here are some more pics of the Tyneside Wargames Club game courtesy of Nikolas Lloyd who can take a far better picture!


New rules available for download...

>> Wednesday 9 September 2009

Richard Bradley's Pike and Shotte Skirmish Rules are now available on the website download page.

Richard says:

The system arose from a wild thought I had that a solo system could be developed which combined morale and movement in one die roll to speed things up. Also, I wanted a game where the player character was 1 man and he had to actually shout orders to his minions, to stop them doing their own thing!

Originally the system was devised for French and Indian war games (IE Last of the Mohicans et al!) – and included casualties in the same chart. After some game play we found it was stretching things a bit, so the current system was developed.

Many of my skirmish sets use the same system, but they have to have their own Action chart. Incidentally, the weapon ranges are designed for each set, so you can't have ECW dragoons being shot down by Martini-henry rifles in the colonial set!

I was thinking that I should describe the play system in more detail, but I am curious if someone from outside our club could work it out from the rules themselves?

So here are the rules – without any extensive pre-amble! – you can post any comments/questions here and I'll endeavor to answer them. I hope you like them – but I don’t mind if you don’t!

Let us know what you think...


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