Wargame Rules


I am very keen to keep my wargame rules as simple as possible yet capture the character of the 1790s. Accordingly, most of the French troops are 'levee' battalions, which I have chosen to base in column as their ability to change formation on a battlefield must have been limited, nor do I believe their volley fire had any great value. Of better quality, able to change formation, will be white-coated regular and blue-coated volunteer battalions aided by a fair number of skirmishers. The British, Austrian, Dutch and German armies are often outnumbered, but they maintain the discipline and order of typical 18th century armed forces. Interestingly, French revolutionary cavalry have little in common with their later Napoleonic counterparts, the former are few in number, often poorly mounted, and no match for those in the service of the Allies.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Battle of Callantsoog, 1799 (Diorama)

Follower of this blog, Adrian-Lloyd Pickrell, an acknowledged cartoonist, very kindly forwarded some photos taken during a recent visit to a museum in North Holland. The photos show a diorama of the successful British landing at Callantsoog in 1799, which was initially opposed by Batavian troops, allies of the French republic. I think this amphibious action makes a very interesting wargame and it is my hope to refight it in the near future. Also included here is an attractive print showing Dutch troops in this action. Thank you CB for allowing us to view them. MGB


  1. Its a nice scenario. It is quite nice to read about the battle and then get on a bicycle and ride from place to place where the incidents all happened back in 1799. They are all within reasonable distance of each other and you finish up at the museum. Sorry about the qualitity of the photos, Just a digi cam taking snapshots through the huge glass cabinet. In real life those line infantry figs do look like they are wearing brown though. Maybe the paint job has faded with time and the sun. Best Regards CB

    1. Hi CB, the photos are fine, I uploaded them for others to consider amphibious operations in the FRW, as they work for me. I've put it on my list of actions to refight. Mind you, my games have nothing to do with point armies and everything to do with appreciating some of the difficulties and decisions commanders faced on active service. Making the best of a given scenario is more exciting to me than 'another wargame' with point armies. Yes, I bet that visit was special. I know the Batavian army included several blue faced with sky-blue. And the Batave Legion c.1793 wore black faced with sky blue. Michael