The League of Augsburg

Escape with Serious Injury - a solo odyssey from 1666



If you don't know much about the Four Days Battle of 1666 there is a hole in your life! This epic sea battle between the Restoration English Navy and that of the Dutch Republic involved a massive number of ships - around 160, over 40,000 men and in excess of 9,000 guns. It was fought over four days (hence the name!) with some fighting also happening at night.



It is crammed full of desperate...

Down in the laboratory.......




I have been working on a Fleet level version of Mad for War which slots in very well with the current rules. It is a while since I managed to make any videos so I crammed this one in before the turn of the year.


It is a walk through the mechanics as worked out using 2D ship counters before I go for the 3d model versions. I chose a section of the fleets from the famous Four Days Battle of 1666. 






Happ...

To 3D or not to 3D? A modelling experiment -Sophia Amalia (Amelia) - Danish Navy


Sophia Amalia - 3D printed @ 1/1200 with scratchbuilding on masts

I bought a 1/600 scale 3D print file of a 17th century ship and got a friend to print the Sovereign of the Seas file in 1/1200 scale as I have no printer. I wanted to see the quality and have a go at painting the model. We also printed in 1/600 scale. The file was from Gilded Sails/Wargaming 3D.


Photo show the 3D print in 1/600 beside...

Ark Royal Prep and assembly video tutorial





 It's easy to put these little beauties together. Here is a quick five minute run through...




Latest Mad for War video tutorial - Boarding combat

 

Who captured whom?

It does what it says on the tin. A smooth walk through of boarding and capturing an enemy ship:



Free Mad for War scenario pack available




I promised to make some free collateral available for those interested in using ther Mad for War system of 17th century naval gaming. Here is the first free 4Play format scenario pack called Clear for action!




It has 28 pages, full colour throughout, three scenarios including Portuguese versus Dutch, Dutch versus English and Privateers versus French.




Obviously you need the Mad for War Essential guide...

Forget Pirates of the Caribbean - Latest LoA video


The Battle of Bear Bay, Spitsbergen 1693

I have just completed the latest video which focuses on gaming with French privateers during the Nine Years War. Even if you are a landlubber this touches your interest as these corsairs captured hundreds of Danish troops bound for Ireland and many were pressed into service in the Royale Danois. 



The video features one of the most unusual naval battles in...

Mad for War Gunnery tutorial - video



Another in the series of the Mad for War series of short Tutorial videos aimed at making entry into the world of late 17th century naval gaming easy and fun.  I am so pleased at the feedback I have received on these videos. Obviously making them is a bit of work but the fact that they are being viewed and used is reward enough.




More info on Mad for War collateral here very soon. Lots of scenarios...

Epic action in a square foot


Scenario 3 Trial by Fire!


I have finished my intensive activities around the Battle of Vågen 1665 and am duty bound to report that from an English perspective, it is the equivalent of setting your computer AI to Extreme Difficulty level. Three iterations of the battle - the historical, an amended order of battle including some heavier English units which were present but dicnot participate in the...

Mad for War Movement tutorial video



 I have uploaded a easy guide to movement and turning which should oil the wheels for those Admirals now finding their sea legs.


You can find it here:




Mad for War Game turn sequence video uploaded

 I have just uploaded a new video running through the game turn sequence of Mad for War to YouTube. 

Actually starting to see some games being played by groups now, so that's really nice.


Working on some Swedish ships right now for the Scanian War. More of that soon. 


Meanwhile here is the link;






Fighting Talk Forum - Mad for War Board just created



Fighting Talk has not featured heavily in my prioirities for a couple of years now. I simply do not have time to do everything and I definitely get a D on my report card for my contributions. However, the arrival of Mad for War Essentials has provided the impetus to attempt to do better all round on the Boards. I will visit as often as I can and make contributions which add some value.


Interestingl...