The League of Augsburg

Guest post: The Williamite Wars in Ireland - Part 2 - The River

Friend of the blog Peter A -  wanderings in ancient Ireland – part two


It is along road from Kinsale to Limerick. But much harder on foot or on horseback than by car. The first tough haul is the twisty, tortuous undulating road up to Cork – that caused Marlborough’s men so much trouble in bringing his heavy artillery down to take part in the siege of Charles Fort, Kinsale.

Once beyond Cork, we head...

Guest post: Williamite Wars in Ireland Part 1 - The Walls

Friend of the Blog Peter A takes us with him on part one of his three part odyssey following the Williamite Wars in Ireland - The Walls, the River and the Fort – wanderings in ancient Ireland


Arms of Cork - a safe harbour for ships

1.      This report is in 3 parts. First, the siege and taking of Cork – the breach and destruction of its medieval walls - which were unfit to resist determined late 17t...

A weekend with the League of Augsburg…..

With another Weekender looming on the horizon Mark Shearwood shares his view of some wargaming Rock n' roll...

Mark's first killing ground near Taunton.. lucky he was defending!

I have followed the reports of previous weekends with interest and I must admit a little envy, so when a thread appeared by Barry on Fighting Talk on the Monday following Salute 2016 putting out feelers for a autumn weekend...

William of Orange - Warfare Miniatures by Mark Allen

Mark Allen was one of the main influences on my obsession with the period which has given its name to this Blog. I drooled over Mark's inspirational figures and games photographed so carefully by Duncan Macfarlane as far back as 1991 when they were a staple of Wargames Illustrated. His series on the armies of the period is still a go to resource for me and I am certain, many others.

It therefore...

The Battle of Aughrim 1691-2016 325th Anniversary


I am delighted to feature a post by Alan Larsen explaining the role his Re-enactor group 'The Troop' played in the commendable commemorative event which took place in the Summer of 2016.

Photo: John Finnerty (By permission)


As many readers will know, Aughrim tends to be the forgotten major action of the Williamite Wars in Ireland. This is quite remarkable given that it was a larger and more decisive...

Battle of Reunion Concluding Part - Bob's view - The Williamites speak out

Toggy walks us through his conclusions about BLB3, the Reunion Priory scenario and gaming with an army composed entirely of Raw Williamite troops....


A hard fighting Enniskillener from Warfare Miniatures


An eagerly awaited game with Barry and Dave and another chance to play test the latest version of BLB which we had briefly played at Claymore in August.

As usual a very simple looking table, a ruin...

Battle of Reunion Part 5: Dave's Debrief - The Jacobite view

Dave O'Brien walks us through his conclusions about BLB3, the Reunion Priory scenario and gaming with the Jacobites..

soon to be no more - the dragoon advanced guard unit


Not having really gamed together for about a year apart from putting on demo games at shows I was
really looking forward to this game with Barry and Bob especially as we would be using BLB3 which 
we had first tried out at the...

GUEST POST: Mark is STILL marching.. into poverty?

For a variety of reasons (mostly my fault) a standard bearer for the 17th century - Mark Shearwood's piece on building a multi use force had been delayed... sorry Mark. Here, Mark continues with his tales of triumph and challenge building armies in the 17th century...
The Earl of Antrim's Regiment from Mark's collection
Now in my mind there are generally two schools of thought, the first that...

Paint your wagon.. WLOA944.. lovely job!

beautiful effect with the wood grain

I wanted to share this fantastic version of WLOA944 painted by Nick Armiger in New Zealand. He has used the Foundry triad combinations to get an amazing effect on the piece.


great contrast between wood and canvas

Nick used peaty brown B for bringing out the grain, charcoal black B with a wash of dark tone and all three boneyard colours for the tarp.

He is going to...

Warfare Miniatures Big Russian Battalion by Der Alte Fritz


Jim Purky is doing some sterling work with our new GNW figures right now. We've already seen his Swedes and now Jim has just sent me some wonderful pictures of his Russians.

 

Again he has gone for big units and the 3 deep 'illusion' which works very well on this spacing and depth of base.

The mixture of poses has given a very realistic look to the unit. although I often favour a closer spacing...

Scottish Battlefields Trust 2016 Wargaming event



Warwick Louth a trustee of the SBT explains the thinking behind a new wargaming event to be held at the famous location of Prestonpans near Edinburgh......

Churchill once said “Battles are the punctuation marks of history”. Naturally, as wargamers, our interest gravitates towards military history, with miniature battlefields accurately researched down to the smallest detail to attempt to replicate...

Jim Purky moves on to Swedish cavalry

nice shot of the charge

Moving on from Jim's previous post featuring a fine unit of Swedish GNW infantry here are some shots of a unit of cavalry and very fine they are!
The deep bases create some wonderful movement

Jim has opted for the deep basing I myself prefer which permits a nice arrangement of the horse relative to each other. He has contrasted the traditional blue and yellow colour combo with...