The League of Augsburg

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...

The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645 -1719 - a review




It is difficult to know where to begin in describing the importance and value of this book. Bruno Mugnai has created what may become the definitive reference work on a remarkable military machine. The legacy of its achievement echoes across the Balkans and central Europe even to this day.

The Ottomans engendered terror in Christendom. Absorption into their cultural, economic and religious orbit was...

Every bullet...



I was keeping my head down and quietly getting on with this but now it is out there I guess it's OK to mention it here.

I am working on a book for Helion which is a guide to wargaming the period from the 2nd Anglo Dutch War through to the Nine Years War. It is not a beginner's guide. It is an enthusiast's guide. I have tried to distill 30 years of digging in this patch of earth into something which...

The perfection of military discipline by Mark Shearwood

I was delighted to open a package from Helion delivered by our trusty postal service this lunchtime because, I knew what it would be:






The perfection of military discipline: The plug bayonet and the English Army  1660-1705 

The book is written by Mark Shearwood, friend of this blog, good friend of mine, wargamer and modeller extraordinaire and most significantly of all, an authority on 17th century...

Wargames Illustrated walk through of With Talon and Claw game




Here is a link to a video I recorded with Dan behind the camera a couple of weeks back. Mark Shearwood played Dan in the game which will be featured in Wargames Illustrated in a forthcoming issue.


Wargames Illustrated - With Talon and Claw interview

Book review: Wars and soldiers in the early reign of Louis XIV : Bruno Mugnai


This first volume of a series is another example of the gusto with which Helion's Century of the Soldier series managing editor is attacking his subject. A decade ago finding books like this was like looking for hen's teeth, these days Charles Singleton is issuing them like the belt feed of an MG42.

It's a weighty tome with more than 250 pages and a broad spread of content from period background...

Huzzah for Lithuania!



All the way from Vilnius, bang on time (I always like to under promise and over deliver) and in very good nick.....

With Talon and Claw has arrived in Scotland!

This means..

Pre orders will go out tomorrow and Saturday which is six days ahead of schedule and..

If you are going to Partizan you can pay in advance and pick up your copy on the day without a postage charge if you haven't pre-ordered...