Do these rules work for the early 18th Cent Marlborough period and the American War of Independence at the other end of the century? Can they include Indians and rangers? I have armies for both periods in 6mm with close order mounted in a single line on 20mm bases because the depth of two lines is very out of scale compared to the frontage. Will that matter. I am asking before buying. Seán
I forgot to ask if these rules work with the struggles between the British and French and their Indian allies in India in the Seven Years' War. I have a large number of Moghuls and the relevant East India Company and Compagnie des Indes Orientales contingents to make a nice looking confrontation.
Sean, as stated in the introduction to the rules, Honours of War were designed with a tight focus on the SYW in Europe. Buying the rules to use for the AWI, Marlburian or SYW in India campaigns has to be a bit of a punt. For example, there are no rules for Indians, North American or otherwise.
However, even before publication various gamers were looking at using the rules for games outside the original remit. Many of their ideas can be found on this forum - see the appropriate threads. For myself, I think the rules can be relatively easily adapted to the WAS and the AWI, as well as the '45 Rebellion. As for India or the WSS, my knowledge of those periods is too limited to attempt an answer.
To use the rules for the periods you mention, you will need to make some changes. How extensive those changes would be, and what they would entail, would be up to you.
That's about as honest as I can be. Best of luck with your choice.
Hi Sean, if you look in downloads you will see the ammnedments my group came up with for "Marlburian". That includes WSS and GNW. Playsheets and rationale for the tweaks are all there. They play well as far as we are concerned but it all depends on what you like in rules. As you can see from the forum there are many gamers who have found them very good to play, they are straightforward. The forum generates a fair amount of questions but it's mainly about minor aspects of the rules, the core system is sound and open to some adaptation. As Keith says, there are no guarantees the rules will suit your preferences or be adaptable but we all take that chance with buying rules. Cheers rol
I game with 15mm miniatures in a 1-20 ratio (24 figures represents a 480 man battalion.) I have been campaigning the War of the Spanish Succession in the Low Countries using Honours of War. For one battle I tried using the WSS variations to Honours of War. I didn't find that the variant made much of a difference; a slight and barely noticeable decrease in infantry firepower. To me the main difference between the WSS and the SYW are the proportion of artillery, the numbers (lack) of light troops and the ratio of cavalry to infantry (leaving aside the actual appearance of the troops.)
It is my considered opinion that if you tailor your army to suit the WSS you can use the Honours of War rules as they stand. I do.
I'll be willing to bet the same applies to the AWI, but even more so.