David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

The Battle of Bickelburg

Jon and I managed to fit in a Black Powder SYW game recently. As usual it pitted Lord Walton's British force against the French under De Bykli, the Comte du Merde. Like many Black Powder games it veered first one way, then the other, finally seeing the French concede the field with half their army Broken. I was so involved with the game that I forgot to take many pictures, but the few I have might suffice to give the general  overview of how the game turned out `
The French army, commanded by De Bykli,the Comte du Merde.

An early,and sadly not to be repeated, success for the Cuirasier du Roi!

Lord Walton's right wing have pinned back the French left although in the
centre Du Merde's infantry have pressed forward.

The Grenadiers Royale have been forced to retire, while the Gendarmes de
France have been routed!

The French centre crumbles! Sacre Bleu! Poor powder I think...

The French cavalry on Du Merde's right flank were a great disappointment,
despite their early success.
So, a triumph once more for Lord Walton's command.There will be a bit of a gap now in games here in GHQ as Phil and I are away for a while and I'm not due to host Jon until next month.


  1. A splendid array of fighting men, the first picture is particularly striking, a mass of men and all those flags flying.

  2. I agree, the first photo is very evocative. A great looking game overall.

  3. Great looking game, lovely period if unfortunate result!
    Best Iain

  4. Nothing like the lace Wars. Great photos and AAR.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Christopher, a period I think always looks good.

  6. Looks lovely, David. More pictures next time! :-)

  7. Replies
    1. Thank you George. If I might venture to say, much better than that CoC rubbish you are wasting money and time on.

  8. A lovely looking game David... as always.
    A very pretty period indeed... especially all those flags.

    All the best. Aly

    1. Thank you for your encouragement Aly, we do our best with the look of the game.