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Friday, April 29, 2011

Black Powder at Little Wars

Barcephus and I ran a Seven Years War game at the local wargaming convention, basically it was refight of the Battle of Krefeld.  Instead of the French trying to hold off a Hanoverian led assault, we had the Austrians trying to deal with the Prussians.  I guess thats what comes from not having a Hanoverian army lying around.  (We could have easily put out the French!)  I know this comes as a surprise to friends who think I have every wargaming army out there, sorry, no redcoats.  But maybe soon.  (I did buy some flags...its a start)

The game itself went very well, especially for a convention game.  We were fortunate to have one player who had used the rules before, so he had a clue.  The Prussians could have gotten lucky, but they got bogged down in the same situation we had the first couple of dry runs.  The guy commanding the Prussian flanking force got distracted by Austrian light troops holding a couple of built up areas, and he sacrificed a brigade of grenadiers, the best troops he had, to dig them out.  He did however, destroy the Bavarians and Wurttemburgers fighting alongside the Austrians, but they were enough of a speed bump to allow the Austrians to reposition and win the game.

Our group has been playing with these rules now for just over a year, and I have to say they are really popular with the lads.  We've used them for a couple of other periods, American Civil War as well as Zulu War, and we always get a good result.  I'm hoping by later this summer to have enough of my stuff for the mid-19th century reorganized to run either an Austro-Prussian War of 1866 or Franco-Prussian War of 1870 game.  I'll keep you posted.


  1. Can I use Black Powder for my 28mm Victorian War of the Worlds game? How would my 6 Martian warmachines fight in BP? this is a serious (geek but serious) question.
    Steve Miller
    DFW Irregulars

  2. I honestly don't know. I imagine as horse artillery?