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The Seven Years War

The Seven Years War – Playing the Period

This is arguably my favourite period. Many many years ago I wrote a couple of Osprey books on The Russian Army of the Seven Years War. I suppose then it was inevitable that I would get sucked into gaming the period. Funnily enough, though the Russians were my first Seven Years War (SYW) army, I

The Encounter at Grantsheim, 1758

The Seven Years War, Post of Honour, 28mm This was something of a blast from the past. For starters, the scenario came from a wargaming classic – Charles Grant (Senior)’s The War Game, published in 1971. It was just a small game between Sean and I, just a reinforced brigade a side, and I chose

Attack on the Siege Train, 1758

The Seven Years War, Post of Honour, 28mm I missed the last couple of games due to to Covid striking the club. Fortunately I managed to squeeze in a small Seven Years War game at home this weekend, as a way of trying out the rules before next Thursday’s club game. Post of Honour is

The Battle of Wiedenbrück, 1757

The Seven Years War, Field of Battle, 28mm This was another in our recent games where we try to get our collective heads around Piquet’s Field of Battle rules. Our last 28mm foray was into the Napoleonic era, but for this we moved it back into the Seven Years War. It was a small clash

The Combat at St. Ulrich, 1757

The Seven Years War, Honours of War, 28mm This is going to be the last game played at my house for a while. The wargame club is re-opening next week, so weekly games are back on the agenda! Hurrah! By general consent, this week’s game was a Seven Years War one, a small clash set

The Wagon Train, 1760

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm We had an AGM this week, so we wanted a game that would be fun but quick. So, I came up with a tried and tested scenario called “The Wagon Train”. It was first devised by Charles Grant Senior, and published in the Wargames Digest in 1961. The

The Battle of Volkmarsen, 1758

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm It’s been ages since my last Seven Years War game. That’s unusual, as it’s my favourite period. However, since the fire in my Edinburgh flat last January, I’d steam-leaned the smoke damage to all of my lead collection, apart from my SYW figures,  and the Back of Beyond

The Battle of Mehr, 1758

The Seven Years War, Seven Years, 28mm This week we returned to High Germany, and a refight of the Battle of Mehr (1758). This was a small but strategically important scrap between the Western Allies and the French. That June, Ferdinand of Brunswick moved his army onto the western side of the Rhine, and defeated

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

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