The League of Augsburg

Deep in it.... some of the collateral

Russian Force #1 details below in the text

Where have I been then? Up to my armpits in getting the GNW/Eastern Wars supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition moved forward.


Russian field gun in a log redoubt

The book is being laid out right now and the early views are very encouraging. Despite a pretty extensive archive of shots, I knew I didn't have enough of the right kind. I have thus...

Rawdon Raises an Army, Part Three


Thomas Grove - I've finally finished all my horse for Rawdon's army! Here they are arrayed for battle. No doubt just fleeing Dromore. LOL


Hugh Magill anchors the flank with his veteran troopers. While Rawdon leads is huge dragoon regiment of 3 squadrons personally.



The man himself Arthur Rawdon the Gardner of Ireland! I gave him a fancy uniform laced with gold, and went for a smart Bone colored...

Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 3: The Rebel Army


A few militia style clothes may have been the most uniformed anyone got in Monmouth's Army

To describe the rebel forces as an army is probably being somewhat overgenerous. Several of the officer cadre including the Duke himself were soldiers, brave, proven and with battle experience gained in formal, continental wars. There were undoubtedly ex soldiers, deserters from the army, militiamen and...

One to One wargaming - table top reality

A real life soldier! Musketeer Sean of a Jacobite regiment in Ireland circa 1689. Copyright B Hilton.

Figure gaming usually falls into some broad categories in terms of scale. Firstly there is the model scale and secondly, the model to man ratio.

Typically 40mm, 28/25mm, 20mm, 15mm, 10mm, 6mm are the most common categories for the former. Of course there are several intermediate scales and some...

GNW Russian Horse Grenadier squadron



These chaps have been languishing on my painting table for some time. Finished but un-photographed. They are the first completed squadron of a large Horse Grenadier Regiment for a Petrine Russian Army.

The Horse Grenadiers were grenadier companies drawn from dragoon regiments and consolidated into discrete regiments. New Grenadier companies were recruited as back fill in the existing dragoon...

One to one wargaming: expanding the idea

Three 48 man companies of musketeers from the garrison of Derry. A company of Mountjoy's Regt at the centre.

I was very pleased that the first post on this subject was popular and that visitors were stimulated to consider the implications of frontages, deployment, fire methodologies and movement around the battlefield and its table top imitation.

A battalion of Jacobite Foot based for Beneath the...

One to one wargaming: A visual study in British company deployment 1685-1698


Company six deep

I have been planning this particular post for about three years. Why has it taken so long? I needed to get a run at it. I am fascinated by the compromises necessary in wargaming particularly in relation to scales. Vertical scale distortion, ground scale distortion and finally the challenges in representing the depth of formations relative to their width. This last one has always...

Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 2 - The Royal Army

Rather than focusing on a history of the Royal Army I have chosen to feature several of the wargaming units built up and in some cases, let go over the years. All were based for Beneath the Lily Banners and several have been in involved in over 100 wargames over the years.

The Royal Army fielded at Sedgemoor in 1685 was modest in size but when compared to its opponents, infinitely more professional...

Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 1

Royal cavalry approach a hostile Somerset hamlet - the villagers are assembling on the Green


The Battle of Sedgemoor, July 6 1685 stimulates a variety of responses when discussed amongst wargamers. I almost added - and the wider population  but realized how unlikely such an occurrence might be! Who actually knows much about it? (or cares!)


Those infamous 'Lambs' Kirke's Tangier veterans used for...

Ottomans on their way


Janissaries on campaign - two thirds of a unit minus Command



They arrived at 1600 and are on their way to all the pre order customers tomorrow!

Which one wasn't speed painted? 2 x 45 minutes, 1 x 90 minutes

Here is a taste of what is coming your way in the post. Codes OT001 - OT004 nearly sold out in the first batch so we are barely hanging on with those till we get reinforcements.

A base of...

Rawdon Raises an Army, Part Two


Thomas Grove - Rawdon's forces begin to muster!

So that's two units of Horse finished! Hugh Magill's Dragoons with Hugh Magill himself as a personality. As well as the 3rd squadron of Rawdon's Horse!


I went with a drab uniform for Rawdon's dragoons using Foundry Granite and Forest Green for the cuffs.


Magill's dragoons I went with a red (foundry terracotta) uniform with green (forest green)...

Militia - all painted

various pikemen - Sedgemoor? Derry? Boston?


It took a while but I finally got the lot painted and Toggy did some too! This post is just to illustrate the potential of these beautiful models.

Armed wth scythes, polearms and short pikes - Raparees? Huguenots? Town mob?


I really enjoyed painting them - so easy.

The musketmen - each has 4 arm variants so multiply the horde by four and there is still no...