Tuesday, 15 May 2007


I am new to the Seven Years War (7YW) but I do have a good knowledge of the "Pike and Shot" era - how different can it be? Well quite a lot as it turns out, so I quickly decided that I needed some help to get me going. Three simple steps in the space of 40 days have enabled me to begin my adventure.

Step I: Community
Being part of the Old School Wargames discussion group has enabled me to get up to speed much more quickly than I would have on my own. If you are interested in BIG battalions and OSW then I sincerely encourage you to join. Apart from being very informative it is also a lot of fun.

Step II: Rules & Battalion Structure
The purchase Bill Protz's excellent "Batailles de l'Ancien RĂ©gime 1740 - 1763" rule book. It is very OSW and contains the types and numbers of figures per battalion. "BAR" arrived last week and from it I have been able structure the number and types of figures that I need to order to create my first few battalions.

Step III: History and Uniforms
I have also found several volumes of Osprey's excellent series of uniforms of the Seven Years War. Basic background I already have from "The Collins Encyclopedia of Military History" (Dupuy and Dupuy) and from a quick search on the Internet. I also dusted off my two volumes of "Uniformes de la guerre de dentelle" by Funcken and Funcken.


SteveI said...

Welcome aboard and good luck with the project!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Welcome Andy,

Looking forward to some occasional photos of your painting progress when you get going. Will your uniforms be fanciful or historical?

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

Bluebear Jeff said...

Welcome to the world of Eighteenth century blogging.

-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein


11kilo said...

Thanks for your words of encouragement lads. Much appreciated.

I intend to be as historically accurate as possible.

I'll start with the Prussians then perhaps the Austrians or French.

Ed said...

Welcome! I hope you find the period as interesting, exciting, and fun as the rest of the inmates...I mean hobbyists.

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Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Inmates??!! Hahahahahahahahaha. . . (insane Herbert Lom laughter continues into the dark night).

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

marinergrim said...

Good luck with the project. OSW is an excellent source of information and tips. Funcken still remains, for me anyway, a great reference and inspiration.

MurdocK said...

welcome to the imaginary 18th Century, I came from the Napoleonic periods into this realm and found it a step back...