Welcome to Real Time Wargame Rules from Bernie, Brian, Gareth, Keith & Martyn
“MALBROUGH S’EN VA-T-EN GUERRE” *
Wargame Rules for the War of the Spanish Succession
* “Marlborough goes off to the war” a famous bawdy song of the period
The wars in the Low Countries followed a ritual of a campaigning season in the spring
till autumn followed by a long period in winter quarters. This allowed the troops
to rest and the following year’s strategy to be formulated.
The novel campaign system using playing cards to create the theatre of war on which
the army counters manoeuvre, besiege fortresses or fight battles. At the end of each
campaigning season tests are made as to the success of the strategy they are operating
under. Battles are suitable bloody and emphasise the importance of deployment, reserves
and many other features of the period.
Scope: Included in the pack is a set of army level figure rules with a campaign system
to fight the war in the Low Countries. Thus your battles will have a context of when
and why they were fought. There is also a system for fighting one-off battles.
Book: It consists of a 35 page Ring bound rules with colour cover with b&w content.
There is a two-page playsheet (one for the Campaign System one for the Battlefield),
which is also the back cover.
Game Aids: 1 colour page of campaign counters, 1 French Army Strategy Sheet, 1 Confederation
Strategy Sheet, 1 French Contingent Sheet, 1 Confederation Contingent Sheet, 1 sheet
of weekly weather counters & Lines of Supply Markers, 1 Calendar sheet for VP's,
Campaign Year & Battlefield Clock. You will also need two packs of playing cards
SCALES & BASING
Ground Scale: 1" = 100 yards
Time Scale: 1 Turn = 1 Hour
Table Size: 6 x 4 ft
Figure/Base ratio: Figures per base according to pocket. In the rules using 10 mm
figures bases have 10 infantry (but can use 1 rank of 5), 6 cavalry (but can use
1 rank of 3), 3 mounted & 3 dismounted for Dragoons bases, 4 Hussars or 1 gun or
approx 1:40 to 1:50.
Game Length: 2 - 4 hours depending on size of battle
40 x 20 mm
25 x 50 mm
50 mm Oval
15/20/30 x 20 mm
Size of base representing battalion, field & heavy guns. Each base = 2 guns
French Cavalry massed behind their centre at the start of a battle.
Dragoons, Hussars & Game Markers
View from behind the slowly crumbling French centre
Allied Left & Centre. A mixture of Dutch, German states & Austrians