The League of Augsburg

The Siege of Gerona, 1684 - Part Two

Jose Maria- After a few years in which tension with France was common, and in which Alejandro Bournonville, viceroy of Catalonia, was especially concerned about the defenselessness of the Principality of Catalonia, the official start of the war in November 1683 meant that the viceroy had to face the most difficult moments of his long political and military trajectory. The situation of the French...

Battle of the Boyne video tutorial


I have made a Battle of The Boyne video focusing on how to get the most from the wargaming opportunities presented by this iconic battle.


It features information on the armies, features some tabletop examples and offers tips on how to set up your own games.


I am still experimenting with the format for videos but am trying very hard to keep both my mug and my mits out of shot! I don't like either in...

Armiger's Armies

Happened to see these on Facebook last week, from the collection of the talented Nick Armiger! With his kind permission, we are able to display a small sample from his collection - in this instance, a Dutch brigade...






This is only a teaser... there are many more where these came from and Nick has promised to pen a proper 'guest post' for us in the future. We'll make sure to add more pics from this...

The Siege of Gerona, 1684 - Part One

 Jose Maria- Hello friends, for this year 2021 I have started a very ambitious project - a 28mm campaign, using actual period characters as leaders for my armies, perhaps introducing role-playing elements in skirmish-type games (like Donnybrook, Pikeman's lament or Encamisada) and also other games in traditional wargame field battles with rule sets such as Beneath the Lily Banners or Pike &...

Sharks, blast furnaces and me


Apparently sharks die if they stop swimming. I don't know if that is true but it is an interesting thought. As a trained metallurgist, I do know that if you let a blast furnace cool down too much, it is 'gubbed'. And then I realized that I need to find the next project or.....


Of course, Clarence and I are well advanced with Mad for War,  but the 4Play scenarios combined with the proof of concept...

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...

Every bullet has its billet and Helion Special Offer




This has been a productive year. Helion have released Every bullet has its billet exactly on time. Congratulations to Charles and his team for delivering the goods on time and to the right quality.


I received my author's copies by the Saturday lunchtime post and am very happy to report that the product is very much up to expectation. The finishing is very nice. layout easy on the eye and the...

It's here! Christmas came a little early..


Despite Brexit, Covid 19, National lockdown and a snap snowfall in Scotland - A one tonne pallet arrived from Lithuania via Thames Gateway and I unloaded it this morning.

A Taste of Victory! will ship to pre order customers on Monday and Tuesday next week which is 10 days earlier than I had anticipated. Hurrah!



I am happy that this project got from drawing board to market quicker than any I have...

A Taste of Victory - some insights into content and focus

The climax of Fleurus is one of the larger scenarios. Orbat is from the the previous chapter- Walcourt.

When pulling together the content for A Taste of Victory!I had some choices to make. I am bothered by rehashing as an activity. Often when a subject is covered by various authors the same topics get hit again and again. This means when deeper research or enquiry need to take place, the same old...

With Talon and Claw released in pdf format




With Talon and Claw has proven very popular in printed form and now that it has been available for 15 months, I am releasing it in pdf format at Hi-Resolution.



For those unfamiliar with the book - it is a guide to Wargaming the Great Northern War 1700-1721 and the Eastern Wars involving the Ottoman Empire between 1660 and 1730. 




It contains, supplementary rules for Swedes, Ottomans, Poles and Steppe...

PREORDER NOW OPEN: A Taste of Victory



 All systems appear GO! I am expecting delivery of Taste of Victory! in the third week of December so am gearing up for the pre order. Delivery will be as soon as possible after that pending the usual Christmas postal challenges.

The book is 116 pages, full colour, hardback and printed by the same company who did such a good job on With Talon and Claw.

It contains 18 scenarios for Beneath the Lily...

Who Knew?


Clarence Harrison - I just learned today there is a Facebook group page for Beneath the Lily Banners! It was originally posted by Paul Kirk for his club (the Elimination Gaming Club), but he's opened it up to other fans of the period to generate more discussions and currently has over 60 members... I'm thinking it may grow quite a bit after mentioning it here!

While we're at it, there is a Facebook...