Saturday 27th August saw the culmination of a project I have been planning for a considerable time. The Grimsby Wargames society has several players who have an interest in the War of the Spanish Succession. That interest has led us to collect a large number of figures, for a wide variety of manufacturers, for the period. Saturday was one of the few occasions when we can get most of these on to a tabletop and fight a large battle.
As the title of the post says, the battle for this occasion was Ramillies. Arguably Marlborough's greatest victory. The battle pits almost evenly matched numbers of troops against each other in a confrontational engagement in almost a classic style.
|The view an hour before start as the final figures are put in place. Ramillies is in the centre left of the photograph.|
|The first wave of the French horse with the Maison du Roi in the front.|
|Bavarian foot from the paintbrush of Ashley. Very nice they looked and they performed admirably on the day.|
|English horse and dragoons from Mark.|
|with Tilly on the allied left conducting marching exercises to try and confuse the French. The French saw a large gap opening and began a descent from the slope between Offus and Autre-Eglise.|
|Just one of a series of large sprawling cavalry melees that were fought over the course of the morning.|
|Bavarian foot deploying into lines.|
|Robbie, James & Ashley wondering how they lost to Mark & Mike|
A close run thing and a marginal victory to the allies based on the number of victory conditions fulfilled.
The rules were our own "Corporal John & the Sun King" set. Quick, simple and brutal which reward historical play and punish unhistorical tactics. Easy to understand and with three players unfamiliar with the rules there was little need to discuss them after a few moves.
Figures from the collections of Mark, Andy H, Ashley and Andy S.
Scenery & layout from the extensive resources of the Grimsby Wargames Society.
A terrific day and a great looking game played in a friendly and well mannered way, despite the lack of spots on Robbie's dice.