Sunday, 31 August 2014

Journeying towards an 18th century wargame (1)

Today is a very sunny Sunday in the Duchy of Tradgardland. After Mass and coffee at home I cut the grass. During the grass cutting ( often a good time to think over things) I was musing on my desire to do a "Portable Wargame" set up for the 18th Century.This was sparked off yesterday by finding some 40mm Prince August chaps in a drawer.They would look great in a gridded game with simple terrain I thought...
So far various of us in various places have played many different periods as small,gridded games. I myself have tried Napoleonic ,Interwar and WW2 to name but some. So is anyone out there working on a 18th century gridded game- European theatre? Are there rules out there ( Wargames Miscellany for example) which I have missed? The project seemed just right for Autumn evening- easily set up & away,simple to play and most of all hopefully fun.
Has anyone got any thoughts ideas to share with me...


  1. I had a couple of goes earier this year, although they have never really got past the In My Head stage:

    If I find anything written down, I'll send it to you.

  2. I'm not sure, but you might ask Ross Macfarlane if he's done anything like that. I know he has figures, writes rules and has done a lot of "squares" gaming/rule writing:

    -- Jeff

  3. Some time ago I downloaded "Risky Horse and Musket" which uses Risk (or in the alternative 15mm) figures on a chessboard. Army lists for French and Indian War through the Napoleonic Period are appended. I unfortunately lost the link to the original, but would be happy to send you a copy of my copy if you wish.

    Best regards,


  4. I think the Prince August figures would be perfect for a portable game with 2" or maybe 60mm squares. I did some experimenting last year ( see Nov 2013 Quebec game but haven't gotten around to finishing up the rules.

    You might want to check out Wars of Wine and Roses .

  5. Just found another user of a chessboard+Risk figures--our friend at the Stronhold Rebuilt:

    Chris again

  6. Tradgardmastare,

    One or more of the earliest versions of the PORTABLE WARGAME might be of use to you. Have a look at; there might be something you can use.

    All the best,