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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...

Mad for War Essentials - Release at 1700 GMT (1200 EST) February 4 2021

 



Mad for War Essentials will be availabe today at 1700 hours (1200 EST N. America) from both leagueofaugsburg.com online store and warfareminiaturesusa.com online stores. 


Meanwhile, a new video, the first of the example scenarios featured in Mad for War Essentials is already available to view on YouTube here:Finding your sea legs!



You will be able to get you game on the table tonight (or in the...

Mad for War Essentials - play without painting a single ship!

 


I  have been blogging less frequently these past days because.... Clarence and I have been rushing to get Mad for War Essentials  ready for release later this week. 



What is Mad for War Essentials ?  The core rules to get gamers started with the new system. It contains everything you need except the tape measure, dice and table to get  Mad for War launched and find your sea legs. Eh, everything...

Latest 4Play scenario releases




I have been working on these behind the scenes to get them ready for release before Christmas. The first is the missing #18. As many blog members are collecting the series, a few of the sharp eyed had noticed that this number was missing from the sequence and had asked about it. 





I had partially finished it during the last release but held it over to make a few tweaks. Here it is at last. The first...

Donnybrook at Sea - a Q & A summary


 Why?

My lifelong interest in naval wargaming has only recently been allowed to flourish. The research needed to complete a comprehensive set of rules for the period 1630-1720 made it clear that the vast majority of naval action involved a handful of small ships. The mega sea battles of which there were many, are the mere tip of an enormous berg. By ignoring the small ship action anyone interested...

The Ketch Fox. Royalist Navy 1649


The first iteration of this converted Ainsty kit is as a 6 gun ketch Fox serving with the Royalist privateers sailing out of the Scilly Isles.



The vessel started life as a single masted sloop. I decided on a bit of conversion work and ended up with something which I am pretty pleased with. As time goes by and I feel less inclined to be lugging stuff to shows, I decided that permanently rigging some...

Dhow about this? 28mm scale.


Undoubtedly, left field but, when I saw it, several little projects aligned - Tangier, Omani and Indian pirates, 4Play scenarios, Donnybrook and the new naval rules I am devoting a lot of creative time to.


Crew are Warfare Miniatures - Ottoman Irregulars OT11/OT12 packs + new officers

I have warmed up hugely to laser cut models. With a little care they can be lifted from the prosaic to characterful...