Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wargaming 18th century: kudos to JR

On the list of possible future projects, it seems that 18th century is perennial second. It's always up there, yet there is always something else taking precedence. I think the linear order warfare is very appealing to me, and so the variety of uniforms in the period; on the other side, the idea of painting so much detail on 15mm miniatures, and a somewhat lack of maneuvering (compared, for instance, with the Napoleonic age) are large liabilities in my assessment.

Of course, being a wargamer, I am fickle by nature, and it doesn't take much to bring me a little closer, or a little farther, to jump into a new era. Last year I went real close to investing some bucks into Marlburian armies, then the tide pulled me in a different direction. But I still have a couple of very attractive rules are on my shopping list (Cartouche, the Piquet module; Sam Mustafa's Might and Reason; GaPa.) And now, to whet my appetite even further, James of the Ikley Lads group offers some fantastic pictures in his blog, which of course earns a permanent spot in my links bar. Excellent job, OlicanaLad! A true inspiration for the rest of us!


Bluebear Jeff said...


A few other blogs that you might well want to take a look at:




There are many others, but I don't want to inundate you with too many.

The 18th century, whether early or late is a very colorful and interesting gaming period.

-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

Bluebear Jeff said...


If painting uniform detail is something that you don't care for, then I'd suggest the earlier part of the 18th century.

There is a lot less "lace" and detailing in the WSS and GNW . . . and more cavalry as well (if you like horses).

In addition, there's also less artillery (and it is less effective as well).

In fact you can go back to the "League of Augsburg" battles as well if you'd like to add pikes:


(go to gallery and click on areas of interest).

-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein


Thankyou for your kind words,

James Roach (Olicanalad)