The League of Augsburg

Scenario: 13th June 1667 Medway AAR Part 2




Sorry for the delay in posting the Part 2 of this scenario. No reasons other than I have been really busy on writing and photographing the next wave of 4PLAY scenarios during my annual leave.  More on that soon but meanwhile....

Turn 16

Terrible luck befell the English. The ‘Damn your eyes!’ card was drawn and a nervous, civilian- manned battery at the north end of the New Dockyard loosed its guns...

Scenario: 13th June 1667 Medway AAR Part 1




The Scenario


This scenario represents the climactic day of the spectacular Dutch attack on the English fleet at anchor in the River Medway. The objective is to burn three large ships of the line which have been partially sunk in shallow water down river of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham. The Dutch are led by the mastermind of the campaign Admiral van Ghent and accompanying the expedition is the...

Book Review: Cromwell's Wars at Sea - John Barratt





My interest in Cromwell's naval campaigns came indirectly in that, I was interested in the Anglo Dutch Wars and the first of these was fought by the Commonwealth Navy. I was conscious that my focus appeared to be creeping further and further back into the 17th century and had now started bumping into the latter stages of the English Civil War and Thirty Years War. Not a problem in and of itself...

Now here's a thing..



I have been delighted by the number of mails and comments I have received regarding my burgeoning interest in 1/2400 - 17th century ships. As always during a surge of enthusiasm for a period or new strand of wargaming interest, I scoured the internet to find alternative options to the Tumbling Dice models of which I have now painted 150+.





Finding such, is not easy. Of the rare options uncovered,...

Campaign report: de Ruyter on the Volta 1664

I have been a bit remiss at not posting this campaign report sooner, but, it was a cracker and worth waiting for... Brilliant game, well played by both Dave and Colin.

The den of iniquity that is Adafoah - target of de Ruyter's squadron.
Mouth of the Volta River, Slave Coast.  August 22nd, 1664

The mission to extinguish Arab slaving activities operating from abandoned Portuguese facilities on the...

Battles of Goa 1638-39

Da Silva sails out to do battle with Van der Veere

The Portuguese colony of Goa came under repeated pressure from the Dutch VOC during the period of  European expansion in the 17th century. Here is a link to a previous blog post about my visit to Reis Magos - the 16th century Portuguese fort at Goa, still in working order.

Portuguese Fort Reis Magos -Goa

1639 raid by van der Veere on the three...

Chinese take- out? VOC v Pirates 1666

South China Seas action

In my continuing Covid-induced privateer laboratory I decided to blood some ships I had painted a few months back just because I had them. A few packs of Chinese pirate junks which I had intended to use specifically to run out against European vessels exploiting the riches of the South China Sea.


VOC Trading station somewhere in modern day Indonesia


By now you know the form -...

Campaign report: Run for home, Mull October 8th 1689

The third report from round two of the campaign.. Jan Baert kidnaps a very important person dear to King William and burns some Scottish assets in the process. Taking on no less than twelve enemy ships he runs for home!

Baert's ships approach the island chain.
Turns 1-4

The fresh westerly winds created heavy seas and made sailing extremely challenging for Baert’s four ships as they nosed northward.


Th...

Continuing the privateer scenario play tests: Portuguese man o'war

Rainha Santa Isabel - 52 guns Portuguese man o'war

Lots in this post for those interested in more involved ship to ship combats and small actions involving boarding and character play.....


The three iterations of the three on one ship scenario produced thought provoking results. The single privateer vessel won all encounters although the final run against the Martinique based French was a very close...

10 Reasons why this is my favourite wargaming period

Neerwinden/Landen 1693


I have been gaming the period 1666-1720 for thirty years this year. Despite forays into other periods of which I am fond, I always return to my favourite. Recently, I have agreed to write a title for Helion about wargaming the period 1666-1697 specifically and that has made me reflect on why I maintain an enduring fascination for this 60 year span of history.

So, here are my...

Saved the best to last.. Caribbean test 3



It's a funny old game (to paraphrase Greavsie). Having experienced two wins from two for the single 'blinged up' privateer Sea WolfI thought I'd give the European power trio's third leg a chance to prevail over the pirates. It turned out to be the best game of all with so many little twists that I played on for 15 turns to get the final result. It took about 90 minutes altogether but of course I...

Second run of the privateer play test




I considered the first run of this game not a fluke but perhaps a little fortunate for the privateer ship.
So, giving it another go with pretty much everything the same except, the opponents this time were the Dutch West India Company Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie  or GWC.  The ship profiles were exactly the same with Jupiter replacing Elizabeth, Schiedam substituting for Swan and Egmondfor...