The League of Augsburg

Gareth Lane's Gard te Voet

More lovely work from Gareth's growing collection. It will be a real joy to see this collection on a table at a show somewhere when we finally settle down to normal once more. 

Gareth's lovely warm painting style is set off by great basing and of course, Clarence's wonderful flags. 

What better unit to show case the work than the Gard te Voet.

The Siege of Gerona, 1684 - Part Three

Jose Maria
- On May 20th, the French began their siege and artillery settlement works. In the early morning of the 22nd the wall canvas began to be beaten between the half moons of "Santa Clara" and the "half moon of the Governor", continuing the bombardment until the 24th, firing between 1,500 and 2,000 gunshots of 20 to 36 pounds of field balls. It was considered a miracle of Saint Narcissus that...

Campaigning in Ireland with Ben Waterhouse

Benjamin William Champley Waterhouse- I’ve wargamed for over forty years now in most historical genres and scales. I am fascinated by those pivotal moments in history where nothing is the same again; the last successful foreign invasion of England being one. As a child I was a great fan of Joan Aitkin’s books, many of which were set in a nineteenth century where James II had not been overthrown....

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...

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 &...

The irrepressible Henry Hyde....Battlechat 64

 I don't know how long these are supposed to last but Henry and I were talking for almost two hours today (the shortest daylight day of the year... and my longest conversation of the day). We were recording Battlechat #64 and Henry reminded me that the last time I was on his show was #32 so, a nice bit of symmetry there. 

We also talked about whether I would have to wait till #96 to do it again! I...

GNW Swedes from.. Russia! The work of Alexey Kovshikov

Thanks Alexey for sending these fine images of GNW Swedes. I am happy to say I now have several customers in Russia and GNW is proving of course, pretty popular. 

I am even more curious abut the other period which seems to be popular with my Russian customers.... King William's War in Ireland!

A mixture of Warfare and I think, Ebor? miniatures.

Dino Todaro's troops for Northern Italian campaigns 1689-1714

Guardie Regiment of Savoy

Friend of the Blog Dino, lives in one of the most beautiful parts of the world - Tuscany. He has told me he was born a Roman and moved north. He also told me he served in the regiment which descended from the Savoy Guards. That's a lot of Italy for one man - don't be so selfish Dino, share more! :)

The Guards from the back. A view the enemy would not see!

As he also helped...

Jeff Shaw adapts 4Play - Dutch v Portuguese

I am delighted to share some gaming experiences from Jeff Shaw involving the Dutch and Portuguese in the mid 17th century. That gives us an opportunity to cover Canada, Brazil, The Arabian Gulf and  India in a single post!

Portuguese and Spanish in Dutch Brazil - Jeff's cracking looking game!

Fellow enthusiast Jeff has been busy adapting 4Playscenarios which was precisely why I created them in the...

DOB's Donnybrook ding-dong on the Costa del Plunder


Dave (DOB) O'Brien has been a gaming buddy for a long time. Covid has kyboshed our usual get togethers and we both have been filling in with alternative gaming options. 

He sent me some cracking pictures of a recent Donnybrook game which I know he has already shared on Facebook but some more detail here and links to other useful threads of the Moorish connection for gaming. 

Tangier and North...

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...