Wednesday night wargame - Jacobites

Last night two secret wargaming friends fought a fictional battle set in the seven years war. 

A new Jacobite rebellion has begun, and the Duke of Athole, in command of around 15,000 men, sought to smash a Goverment Army of around 5,000 men under the command of Lord Falmouth.

The battle was fought using the computer moderated rules Carnage&GloryII.

Even with the assistance of this rule set we did not finish the battle, and it was paused at a potentially significant point.

The player playing the part of the Duke of Athole immediately recognised that his main problem would be command and control, and bringing his full might to bear on the much smaller army.

Lord Falmouth, in this scenario, is an experienced commander, and as such, began his battle in a strong defensive position. The field in front of him would funnel his foe into a smaller front, slowing and preventing them using their superior numbers.

However Falmouth was outnumbered by at least 3-1 and his main issue would be fatigue in his troops.

Both commanders were faced with an 'interesting' tactical battle.

Just to add to their distress, the command and control of their units would take place using written orders. This would build in delays in changing tactical orders in the heat of battle.

The scene was set.....oh, did I mention that Carnage and Glory builds in commander skill and leadership abilities? - so even when their orders arrive at brigade staff, they may not be carried out as intended........

Lord Athole ordered a General advance on a broad front by four of his five brigades. The fifth held back in reserve. Even by reducing his numbers in the assault by a fifth, it would still be tight fit to attack the Goverment lines.

The general advance of the Jacobites.

Lord Falmouth held his breath, but told people near to him that he was confident he would hold the line. Meanwhile Athole was contemplating the huge number of troops moving toward the enemy, he knew his sheer numbers would be his main problem.

The right wing of the Jacobite behemoth. I took this 'action shot' for you grass roots wargamers....

The Goverment artillery soon found targets to fire at.

Artillery began to fall on the advancing clans men as they closed on the 'thin red line'.

It wasn't long before the first Jacobites closed on the Goverment first line. Even Falmouth held his breath at this point (and it was nothing to do with the pickled gherkins he had been munching).

The disparity in army size can be seen from this angle, as can Duke of Atholes problem with his 'room to manoeuvre'

Soon the battle was joined.

The Duke of Athole watched has his fearsome clansmen charged toward the Goverment battalions, they found themselves under sustained fire, and one Jacobite Regiment after the other failed to charge and break the line, choosing to find cover in the face of the wall of lead. It was at this time their lack of professional training began to show.

Only his musket men successfully engaged the enemy, and two cavalry charges were blunted by canister shot on his left flank.

Despite the urging of senior commanders, the raw troops in the clan regiments failed to make their charges.

Sustained fire by the Goverment troops kept the horde at bay.

Both sides exchanged musket fire

The arrival of more Jacobites added to the general confusion.

You can see the 'log jam' developing in front of Falmouths defences. It was not all one way, the Goverment forces were beginning to tire.

' Why us Sarge?' - 'Cos we are here laddy, nobody else'

The Goverment line held, despite significant pressure from the Jacobite forces.

'Do you have a flag?' - 'No Flag? - no country!'

Then, one of the Goverment battalions, who had been engaged for an hour in heavy fire pulled back, running through the battalions behind. Falmouth had seen the signs earlier, but had hoped they would hold. It was a gamble.

Moral in nearby battalions was affected.

It was at this point the battle was be continued next Wednesday.

Stay tuned.


  1. How do you say Athole. Did he have a lisp.

  2. Wow what great figures, are they 28mm? The computer rules are very good, I have used them in my own campaigns from time to time. I must admit that they are however still not as good as rolling the dice and hoping that your troops pull off that chance victory. Technology is our friend. Great write up Secret Wargamer.

  3. Ooops sorry, came upon this site by accident as I was looking for tartan cloth designs for the great sewing bee competition. Like the site with those toy soldiers though. Do they actually do tartan paint? I do like a man in a skirt :] Keep up the good work. x

  4. Great write up secret wargamer. Can't wait to read the outcome next week. My money's on the good old British troops. Lord Falmouth appears to be a very steady and professional leader.

  5. Great looking game SW. Do you have your own wargames room to be able to leave the game where it is. That's awesome if you do. Keep up the good work.

  6. Great looking game, I do prefer your reports on naval warfare being an ex sailor myself. Have you ever thought about doing a campaign which includes supply. Great film to show this is the cruel sea. Wonderful film. I'd be very impressed if someone copied that as a campaign. Keep up the good work.

  7. Herbert flamethrower the 3rd8 February 2015 at 11:51

    Hello secret wargamer, where do I get those rules from and can I play them on my old computer? They seem to be pretty exciting and look like you have loads of fun. Have you ever dressed up.

  8. Great write up, stopped at an exciting point in the game. I will be watching with interest to see who starts to struggle with fatigue first. My money's on the boys in skirts. Great pictures, keep it up. It would be good to see some 28mm action on the table. Now that would be exciting.

  9. Love the write up buddy, good to see you've moved on from Hawaiian shirts to tartan skirts

  10. Wow those kilts are so authentic. Which clans do they belong to? Keep up the great work.

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  12. Hi buddy, me again. Just thought, have you ever thought to use warrior miniatures as they are so life like. Think about it and think about how much of a difference it would make to the look on the table.

  13. Maximus Decimus Meridius9 February 2015 at 15:56

    Wow great looking game reminds me of a similar game I played against the Germanic tribes. Good times. Unleash the dogs of war.

  14. Cool game. Wish I could be there for the conclusion. I like your 28mm scale figures that you've used.

  15. Great report SW. Who is the foxy chick called Betty? Any chance of hooking me up with her please.

  16. SW - It seems that you have a lot of followers for this post? - I hope none of them are an infelicity?


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