Every Bullet has its Billet

A Guide to Wargaming the Late 17th Century

Barry Hilton

A guide to collecting armies and fleets of the period 1660-1697 covering all of the major European powers and many important minor states.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Helion Wargames
Illustration :
108 color photos, 9 b/w illustrations, 4 color maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336622
Pages : 124
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Available


From the Restoration of England’s monarchy until the end of the War of the League of Augsburg, nearly every country in Europe experienced conflict. Until recently, this period was perceived as a wargaming backwater overshadowed by the Thirty Years War fought 1618-1648 and the War of the Spanish Succession which followed from 1701-1714.

It is one of military history’s most colorful and exciting eras which saw the birth of regular armies and navies for most major European powers. Massive battles were fought on land and at sea from the frozen winters of Scandinavia to the searing summer heat of North Africa. Alliances were agreed, broken and remade and thrones changed hands in the name of religion and the pursuit of power.

This guide provides the kind of information wargamers require to take the step into a new period or, begin collecting a new army. It overviews the main conflicts and outlines major, minor and unusual battles.

How to create and paint your troops, information on uniforms and flags, which regiments fought where, the evolution of tactics and battlefield doctrines together with information on the legendary commanders who created them is all included. The book is designed to act as a reference source and is not aligned with any particular rule set.

The title is a quote from a man who was a major influence on the entire period; Willem van Oranje, King William III.

About The Author

Barry Hilton has spent twenty-eight years painting, gaming, writing about and researching the period. He has published many rules sets, articles and books about various aspects of the numerous wars. He has organized and run massive participation wargames games, lectured on several topics and delivered battlefield tours.


"My knowledge of the period is limited, but it expanded after reading this book. And the photos are exquisite!"

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"...probably the best reference book to this historical period for the wargamer, figure painter and historian."

- Mataka.org

"…this book certainly conveys the author’s enthusiasm for late seventeenth century warfare that may inspire them to embark upon a new period and contains much useful basic information that will assist them initially."

- Miniature Wargames

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