POLEMOS - WAR OF SPANISH SUCCESSION
The early years of the Eighteenth Century were dominated by two great European Conflicts. In the fields of Flanders and Germany, the armies of Louis XIV were engaged against those of the Maritime Powers and the Imperialists over the claim of the French Bourbons to the Spanish Throne. Meanwhile the northern countries of Europe were caught up in the great struggle between Russian and Sweden as to who should be the dominant Baltic power.
Welcome to Polemos WSS - two distinct sets of wargames rules which enable you to fight battles set during the War of Spanish Succession 1701-1714 of difering sizes and at different levels of command. By doing so we also hope to recreate the feel of warfare in this period, which was one of rigid linear formations, ponderous manoeuvring and close range musketry duels, but still allow an average game to be played to the finish within 3-4 hours.
Polemos WSS is therefore produced as two sets of seperate rules.
The same wargames figures may be used in both sets of rules, as the basing system is universal - only the nominal scale will differ.
Polemos WSS aimed at enabling the wargamer to fight large scale actions; actual battles, rather than small scale skirmishes. Systems for firing, melee and morale are straightforward and easy to learn, but allow your troops to emulate the tactics used by their historical counterparts.
Basing and Representation
The basic unit of manoeuvre in Polemos WSS is the Base - a group of wargames figures mounted permanently on a single base of a given size. The actual position and number of the figures on the base is not important, nor is it important that the base sizes given below are adhered to. So long as both armies use the same basing system, the rules should not be affected.
In Obstinate and bloody battle
A 60mm x 30mm base of infantry represents an infantry brigade- about 1350-1600 men.
A 30mm x 30mm Officer base is used for Generals and senior officers.
men, well disposed
A 60mm x 30mm base of infantry represents an infantry battalion of 300-500 men.
A 60mm x 30mm base of cavalry represents two to three squadrons- about 200-300 men.
A 30mm x 30mm artillery base represents two to three guns.
All distances in Polemos games are expressed in Base Widths (BW) and Base Depths (BD) in order to allow the use of differing base sizes. A BD is half a BW.
We believe that a 60mm x 30mm base gives the best results in terms of both practical use and visual impact.
All Baccus 6mm Polemos army and booster packs are organised on this basis.