A Proto-linear system
A Proto-linear system
A period specific extension of Warhammer English Civil War wargaming system foruse in the wars of William of Orange: the Franco Dutch War 1672-78
(La Guerre de Hollande)
, the Wars of the Glorious Revolution
1688-90 and the Nine Years War1689-98.
: This is not a stand alone wargaming rules system but relies upon the corerules of Warhammer English Civil War.AcknowledgementThis is an extension of the Warhammer English Civil War wargaming system(WECW) originally designed and developed by John Stallard , produced by
Warhammer Historical Wargames Ltd
. © 2002. I would also like to recognise thesignificant contribution of Dave Watson whose
The Art of War
adapted WECW forapplication in wargames for the late 1680s to 1730 period, as published in WargamesIllustrated 2006. Without either of these designs and adaptations,
would not have been possible.ScopeThis adaptation seeks to represent the transitory and experimental styles of lateseventeenth century warfare as it evolved into the Western linear model. Developingfrom Maurice of Nassau, Gustavus Adolfus and innovators of the previous generation,this ‘Proto-Linear’ period saw the introduction and increasing adoption of theflintlock musket over the matchlock; the plug and socket bayonet over the pike; anuptake of prepared cartridges for small arms and artillery; new infantry firingdoctrines and the reintroduction of cavalry shock tactics. I have attempted to allow fornational peculiarities and a balanced impact of new technologies through rulemechanisms and corresponding army lists as they applied over the last three decadesof the seventeenth century.This extension includes additions or amendments only where specific differencesoccur from WECW and either adopts or provides alternatives to the abovementioned
Art of War
adaptation. It aims to be as simple as possible within the confines of representing specific peculiarities of the period and aims to keep within themechanisms of the original WECW. Whilst appearing extensive, many of the featureslaid out in the following extension are options which will apply to specific armiesover specific campaign periods.