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Steady Bayonets 1756 V1.5


Steady Bayonets 1756 is a set of rules for playing tabletop wargames representing battles in the middle part of the 18th Century, using 15-30mm size model soldiers. The rules cover the period roughly 1740-1790 in Europe.

In these rules, battles are won with lines of well-drilled, bayonet-armed infantry delivering coordinated volleys of musket fire. Cavalry in general cannot take on steady infantry frontally and artillery is not yet powerful enough to be a battle-winning arm.

A typical game has about a dozen units per side. A game like this should take under four hours for a pair of opponents familiar with the rules to complete.

The rules work best with units of 24 infantry models, 12 cavalry models and batteries of 2-4 gun models but this is not a strict requirement.

Game setup usually involves two opposing forces facing one another across a table laid out with terrain models representing hills, woods, streams, etc. The usual table size is 4-6 feet deep by 6-8 feet across.

Figure and Ground Scales:
• One infantry model = 20 actual men.
• One cavalry model = 20 actual men.
• One cannon model = two actual guns.
• One gunner model = 5 actual crewmen.
• One inch = 20 actual paces (50 feet).

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Wesley R August 07, 2021 5:29 pm UTC
I am play-testing a new edition, V1.42. It will feature more powerful defensive fire, some slight changes to troop ratios, plus a few optional rules regarding command, control, and maneuver.
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Andrey K September 04, 2021 9:20 am UTC
I made a translation into Russian of your rules "From Austerlitz to Waterloo", and began to translate "Steady Bayonets 1756".
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Wesley R September 25, 2021 10:21 pm UTC
Wow that is great. If you have any feedback on how to improve them please let me know. I will be uploading V1.42 soon but it does not have any big changes.
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This title was added to our catalog on November 27, 2020.
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