First try at "To The Strongest".

Back in November I finally concluded that I had enough units completed to give "To The Strongest" a try.
My friend Dennis had been urging this for a while and so, even without the casualty figures that I wanted to represent disordered status which forced the use of poker chips in their stead, I decided to put on a test game.
Dennis commanded the English who, typically, hid behind a wall of stakes with flanks secured by terrain, and I commanded the French.
Initial thoughts were that the command and control and ammunition rules work extremely well, but that somehow we must've been doing melee wrong as it seemed virtually impossible to kill anything.
Here are few shots of the action.

The only other set that I'd given serious consideration is "Arte De La Guerre" but my basing system isn't really suitable for it.
Then, I came across these videos from Little Wars TV on YouTube featuring an out of print but still available via pdf set called "Days of Knig…

Over Halfway There!

As the long wait for Pragmatic Sanction to be released by Avalanche Press continues I've been grinding away at the Hundred Years War project.
Here's an update. Another decades-long dream was having a study with display cases full of figures.
The Seven Years War stuff occupied the two cases against one wall (with a few shelves free for players to be named later).

The 28mm collection (with a top shelf earmarked for getting into Malifaux) got their own case a couple of months back.

I'm approaching the point where I can't do any more units using plastic Perry and Fireforge figures (with the odd Perry metal thrown in) and the remainder will have to be metals figures ordered from Foundry.
Here's what's completed so far.
Three units of dismounted English Men at Arms. Two more to go. Mounted counterparts for the above. All eight units of Longbows allowed by the "To The Strongest" army lists. A unit of English Billmen and one of Hobelars. Hank the Fifth in the…

What now?

So, the Three Years War is at an end. The peace conference would be interesting. For example, the Russians would surely use their newly acquired Italian provinces as leverage for other, more defensible, concessions.
The big winners were the Russians (obviously) and the British who accomplished their historical objectives of kicking the French out of North America, and India.
The Dutch gained a foothold in West Africa, but would have likely had to return Senegal to the French in return for the fleets, and troops captured by the French navy in the Caribbean.
Frederick held on to Silesia, and got himself a third of Poland so likely came away from the latest round of bloodshed satisfied.
Maria Theresa's primary objective, the recovery of Silesia, eluded her, and Austria was ejected from Italy, but the latter situation seems like it might have been recoverable via post-bellum negotiation with the Russians (most likely at the Ottomans' expense). In Germany the Austrians had also mad…

FALL 1758.

In September Frederick withdrew the main Prussian army from a devastated Saxony where it was proving difficult to sustain his troops even before the onset of winter, and concentrated at Magdeburg.
Once news of this reached Browne in Mecklenburg, he immediately shelved plans for a follow up drive in that direction, and instead chose to pursue Keith into Pomerania. The Scottish general, once again eyeing the odds, fell back south to Berlin, allowing Browne to lay siege to Straslund. The city fell on the 26th and Browne left a token garrison of Saxons there, before falling back with the rest of his army to safer Winter quarters in Mecklenburg.
Daun, with the other major Austrian field army added Zinnsburger's veterans newly returned from Italy to his command early in September. This allowed him to dispatch his Bavarian contingent to Bohemia to keep an eye on the Prussian border, before finally marching to restore Maria Theresa's authority in Hungary. Over the duration of the Fall…

Tortona was a logical place for the Spanish and Piedmontese to come to grips. The town sat astride the road from Genoa as it debouched from the Apennine foothills along the bank of the Scrivia River.
The plain around the town was heavily cultivated, and largely open with the only woods being either on the foothills to the south or clustered along the banks of the Scrivia.

The battlefield around Tortona
Charles Emmanuel had led the Piedmontese army south from Turin, attempting to either relieve Genoa, or at least keep the Spanish from being able to deploy north out of the Apennines onto the plain of the upper Po valley where their superiority in cavalry might prove decisive. The collision of advance guards near Tortona on the 17th told Charles that he had at least achieved the latter aim.
Moving over familiar terrain, and well-organized, the Piedmontese managed to seize Tortona and collect themselves in a solid defensive position. Their right, un…

The Campaigns of 1758.

With the newly launched Italian expedition going badly, Spain could ill afford to still be at war with Britain. Were the Royal Navy to reappear in the Mediterranean in strength then Spanish communications with their beach-head in Tuscany would likely be severed.
After the Treaty of Vienna, the Austrians were no longer a presence blocking Spanish ambitions in Italy, but they had been replaced by the Russians, and the Empress Elizabeth, unlike Maria Theresa didn't have an ongoing war with Prussia to distract her. In addition to this problem, the Spanish possessions in the new world looked increasingly vulnerable to the Anglo-Dutch alliance. Thus, early in 1758 Spanish diplomats began making overtures in London regarding a separate peace with Britain. The British, dismayed at the recent turn of events in India, were receptive, and on February 28th 1758 the Treaty of Greenwich brought hostilities between Britain and Spain to a close. Spain agreed to return Minorca to the British, and …

The efforts of France to utilize local allies to capture Madras from the British in 1756 had come to naught in part due to a lack of modern, European artillery and engineers. These had arrived at the French colony of Pondicherry in July 1756 aboard the fleet of the Duc de Bergereau, but had not been ready to move north to Madras by the end of that year's campaigning season. When the bulk of the sepoys besieging Madras disbanded towards the end of 1756, it looked like the French effort to drive out their British rivals was at an end for the foreseeable future. However, French diplomacy on the subcontinent continued to be highly proficient, and in the summer of 1757 native armies returned to follow the fleurs des lys in a renewed offensive.
The bulk of these troops were sent against the British possessions in Bengal. The rest attacked Madras from the direction of Mysore supported by the French army that…