Category: War of Spanish Succession

Most rulers in Europe agreed that the Elector of Bavaria would succeed Charles II of Spain when the latter died. Unfortunately the Elector predeceased Charles, which left two contenders for the throne: Philip, the grandson of Louis XIV, and Charles, brother of Leopold I, the Holy Roman Emperor. Charles II died in Nov 1700 leaving his throne to the Bourbon Philip and the result war was nominally to put the Hapsburg Charles on the throne instead. Philip was supported by France and Spain less the Catalan territories, where as Charles had the support of the Grand Alliance including most other nations in Europe. The war was fought over a large part of southern and western Europe including the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Even though Charles withdrew his own claim to Spain in 1711, the war dragged on until 1715.


What is the origin of the term ‘Tercio’?

Early Spanish tercio

What is the origin of the term ‘Tercio’ – the name adopted by the large Spanish pike and shot units of the Renaissance? The word literally means a bundle, or a one-third part of something (Notario Lopez & Notario Lopez, 2012) but he origin of the term for a military unit is not known. There are, however, various theories.

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Almanza – A Twilight of the Sun King Battle Report

Chris Harrod and I played my Almanza scenario using my 5mm figures on a newly painted 3’x2′ gaming board.

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Optional Rules and Musings for Twilight of the Sun-King

The Yahoo Group: TwilightSK discuss various tweaks to the standard rules. In particular Tom Loback and Vincent Tsao of the Corlears Hook Fencibles generate lots of suggestions. This is my list of optional rules and/or musings based on that discussion. It is largely the suggestions of Tom and Vincent but with some twists of my own. Feel free to pick and choose from this list to tweak the official rules.

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Twilight of the Sun-King: Fast Play Rules for the Malburian Period

In 2001 I published a set of Fast-Play Rules for the Marlburian Period on this site. Andrew Coleby took these as a basis, refined them through play testing, and arranged for them to be published. They have since appeared as:

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Sources for the Twilight of the Sun-King

Annotated bibliography for Twilight of the Sun-King rules.

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Painting Guide for the War of Spanish Succession in the Peninsular

Painting Guide for the War of Spanish Succession. Just the Portuguese so far. All details from Condray (1992), which, apparently is hard to get now. .

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Paul Mitchell’s 6mm Gallery for the War of Spanish Succession

Paul Mitchell kindly sent me pictures of his 6mm War of Spanish Succession figures. Paul didn’t mention it but I assume these figures are based for Volley and Bayonet or Grande Armee.

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Timeline of the War of Spanish Succession in the Peninsular

The War of Spanish Succession was mostly fought in northern Europe, but as my particular interest is Spain and Portugal, I’ve restrict my history to the campaigns in the Iberian peninsula.

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Sources for the War of Spanish Succession in the Peninsular

Annotated bibliography for the War of Spanish Succession.

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Wargaming Figures for the War of Spanish Succession

15mm Wargaming Figures for the War of Spanish Succession.

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Almanza Project for the War of Spanish Succession in the Peninsular

The idea was the refight the Battle of Almanza (25 April 1707) during the War of Spanish Succession.

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Twilight of the Sun-King (2001 version)

This is a set of fast play rules for the War of Spanish Succession including the campaigns of the Duke of Marlborough.

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Almanza – A Twilight of the Sun King Scenario

A Twilight of the Sun-King scenario for the War of Spanish Succession featuring the Battle of Almanza.

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Design Notes for Twilight of the Sun-King

When writing Twilight of the Sun-King (specifically the original 2001 version) I kept in mind these principles.

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Army Lists and Points System for Twilight of the Sun-King

Some suggestions for army lists for my Twilight of the Sun-King rules.

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