The League of Augsburg

Anniversary post: Malplaquet 1709: The pyrrhic victory

Malplaquet - played on a 20 x 12 foot E shaped table

Of Marlborough's four victories Malplaquet was the last and most marginal if it was a victory at all. It is a tactically blunt sledgehammer battle during which horrendously costly frontal assaults incurred casualties at a alarming level for the army of the Alliance. 

The French cavary reserve - over 100 squadrons (50 model squadrons)

Comparing the...

Peter's amazing 15s

Peter is a very active and valuable contributor to our little blog community. He and I have shared many a  wargaming conversation in various parts of Europe over a refreshment or two and some nice food.
His contributions often take the form of photos, comments and perspectives on the period and this post

features some of Peter's own massive collection of 15mm models. The first gaming shots show an...

Anniversary post- Blindheim and.....

French infantry deploy

Lest I forget! Today is the anniversary of that 'dine out' Waterloo of the 18th century... The Battle of Blindheim. Giving acknowledgement to this great feat of arms is completely justified. It was an astounding and decisive victory. 

British squadrons and Blood's artillery

What should not be forgotten is that in achieving this signal triumph, the bleeding was done by a Grand...

Quindia flags for the British infantry at Blenheim

Can you believe it? We are releasing flags for Marlborough's British infantry at the Battle of Blenheim. Of the fourteen battalions present, the flags for only a few have been definitely identified over the years. In our conjecture we have followed certain conventions which are reasonably safe and have existing precedent.

Where we have differed from existing conjectural flags which have been...

Release of Danish battalion packs

 Regiment Prinds Georg or Jorgen

Regiment Jyske or Jutland

Our Danish figures have proved quietly popular. Like the Danes themselves, they have gotten on with it without too much fuss. For wargamers with a practical approach the Danish army during the period 1675-1720 is a great choice. It was almost continuously at war. It can fight in theatres from Ireland Hungary. It can take the field for its...

Marlborough's Danes

Yes, I know. How could Warfare have produced such an important component of the armies of the period without me getting my act together and at least letting everyone see what they look like in battalions?
An unforgivable omission but as always I will trot out my 'one man team' excuse. Well, that and Ottomans, Wagonburgs, wee ships, Cossacks and the like.

Anyway at last I have some units of Danes to...

St John's disciples strike back - The case FOR Marlbrook!

The truth is so dazzling I had to wear shades

A light hearted meander right back into the crosshairs...............

Clearly my quest to shine the light of truth into the darkest corners of historical propaganda-fiction is having some effect. At SALUTE 2016 I was lobbied by several members of the pro-Johnno faction for my criminally pitiless pursuit of one of England's national treasures St John of...

Storming the Schellenberg 1704 Diorama

These shots show a nice diorama which resides in the Guards Division Museum on Birdcage Walk.

I thought blog followers would enjoy the construction on the defences and the interesting combinations of figures used in the diorama.

There was not a lot of information of who made it, when it was made and what make the figures are but it is a super piece of work.

The attack on the Schellenberg took place...

My Blenheim Project - Palmes' Brigade of Horse

Ray King - Here are the first of the horse and dragoon regiments...
Brigadier General Palmes
Painted by Paul Armer

Cadogan's Regiment of Horse
Major Commanding Robert Napier
Raised in 1685 and in 1751 renamed the 5th Dragoon Guards.
The 1704 campaign establishment was 14 officers & 135 men (1 Squadron)
Painted by Paul Armer

Wyndham's Regiment of Horse
Lt.Colonel Commanding Francis Palmes.
Raised in 1685...

My Blenheim Project - Ferguson's Brigade

Ray King - This brigade was the third line of Lord Cutt's troops, but were the 2nd brigade to assault the village of Blenheim.
Ferguson's Regiment of Foot "The Cameronians" 
Lt.Colonel Commanding Alex Livingstone (Wounded in Action).
Raised in 1689 and in 1751 renamed the 26th Foot Regiment.
Their 1704 campaign establishment was 40 officers & 692 men.
Painted by LoA forum member 'Me Paints Good".


My Blenheim Project - Webb's Brigade

Ray King - Webb's brigade only consisted of 4 battalions and positioned in the centre of the field...
Churchill's Regiment of Foot "The Buffs" 
Lt.Colonel Commanding Henry Peyton (Wounded in Action)
Raised in 1664 and in 1751 renamed the 3rd Regiment of Foot.
Their 1704 campaign establishment was 31 officers & 559 men
Painted byBob Lorton

Webb's Regiment of Foot 
Lt.Colonel Commanding Richard Sutton.

My Blenheim Project - Rowe's Brigade

Ray King - Lt. General Lord Cutts commanded the allied left wing at Blenheim composed of twenty battalions and fourteen squadrons of English troops. His front line was the brigade of five battalions was commanded by General Rowe and they would lead the assault on the village of Blenheim.

Rowe's Regiment of Scots Fusiliers 
Lt.Colonel Commanding John Dalyell (K.I.A.)
Raised in 1678 and in 1751 renamed...