After the last battle between my 18th century nations, I had the bug to set out another game this time to something that I had been wanting to try for a while. I have a copy of HG Wells' "Little Wars", and as most of my readers know, Wells included a demonstration battle in the book to illustrate how the game is played. I thought setting up the "Battle of Hook's Farm" with my 18th century stuff would be fun and perhaps a little of the Wellsian "mojo" would color the game.
the original HG Wells sketchmap...
my interpretation for an 18th Century game...
The battle was set up as a classic Austrian vs Prussian matchup using the proportions of 4 Infantry to 2 cavalry to 1 gun plus a gun or Light infantry unit for each side. The Rules were, of course, "The Wargame" by Charles Grant.
The Hovel and the stony ridge
So just some pics of the battle without much comment....
a dramatic moment...Austrian Dragoons overrun the Prussian artillery battery.
the final assault of Prussian fusiliers (actually Bleiherzeners...) on Hooks Farm...the assault ultimately failed, giving the Austrians the win...The battle ended as an Austrian victory and then the battle was reset with some adjustments of the terrain and an increase of both armies to give a more balanced battle.
The second time the Prussians were victorious! A really fun exercise and now I'm hunting for other "classic" games to refight.