Excellent set of rules that really captures the flavour of 18th century warfare, highly recomended if you enjoy old school gaming. I too have a range of Prince August moulds which I mould and paint up in my spare time and with the number of figures required to play, it just makes such a viable option. Some percentage driven army lists would have been a nice touch to go with the points system but are not a stumbling block. Great fun set with clever simple mechanics which brings out realistic results.
I've had some Prince August moulds stuck in a box under a table in my study for ages. They're the Holger Erikson C18th ones and once in a while I've cast a few up and painted them in a toy soldier style. I had considered some 'old school' wargaming BUT that usually involved loads of figures and some dense rules trying to recreate esoteric issues like the morale effect an Austrian Szeckler hussar losing his Czackelhaube!
These rules are ideal for the sort of wargaming I had in mind ie 'old stle' C18th lite, the chance to create middle European states with made up names and with the option to add more chrome. Low physical troop numbers, formation modelling and it trundles along at a fair old pace- smiles all round!
The game is as advertised, a wargame in the old school style. I am partial to such games as these because they are simple and easy to play without getting bogged down in the minutia of other "modern: wargames rules. The writing is easy to read and the rules are well explained.
One minor gripe deals with the deployment of infantry in the various firing systems. The rules suggest that platoon firing infantry should normally be deployed in a long single line while the rank firing troops should be deployed in a double line. While platoon firing infantry were deployed in shallower lines, it was not to the order of 2-1! The firing tables already take into account that rank firing was less efficient than platoon firing so I think it would be better to have them deploy the same with the front rank firing.
I would have giving this game 5 stars if there were a few army lists and maybe even a scenario. So it gets 4 but in my opinion it is well worth the money. Anyone who is interested in getting a quick play set of rules for 18th century warfare in the "old style" should give these a try.