The League of Augsburg

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...

Late and Early... An in between Anniversary Post


A well received version of Neerwinden at Partizan about 15 years ago. Terrain by Ade Howe.


Thanks once again to Peter the Court Remembrancer! He reminded me of both the anniversary of Landen (just passed) and the imminent anniversary of Steinkirke are upon us. 


Another shot of the Partizan game


I have covered both battles in detail in various scenarios over the years and have visited the field at...

Anniversary Post: Bloody Aughrim - Remembered as a wargame

Jacobite cavarly attack!

The Battle of Aughrim holds a strangely Cinderella like quality when compared with the Battle of the Boyne but in everyway it is more interesting. It was more evenly matched. more brutal and more decisive.
A game I organized at Derby a few years back (terrain by Adrian Howe)




It occurred almost a year later and by that time, despite their myriad tribulations, the Irish army...

The Battle of the Boyne 1st/12th July 1690. Remembered as a wargame

 
Williamite infantry crossing the river

A welcome email from my friend Peter A, reminded me of the significance of the date (days and dates now seem to meld in this Covid world, I got up early this morning thinking it was a work day!). How could I have overloooked this anniversary, particularly as I live in the West of Scotland?


A version displayed at a Scottish show


Whether the Old Style or New...

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 Battle of Livorno 4th March 1653 Part 2: After action report


The lie of van Galen's ships as Badiley approaches from the north west. Mary is escaping.


Start positions. Sole survivor Mary, makes her escape toward Badiley's reinforcing squadron.

With Badiley to windward appearing over the western horizon to the north of Livorno, van Galen’s victorious squadron picked its way through the wreckage of Appleton’s five ruined ships and attempted to reach open water...

The Battle of Livorno 4th March 1653 Refight Part 1 - Set up and background


Barry's Battle of Livorno as refought


Painting of the Battle of Livorno


This is the first time I have refought a historical battle ship for ship and also, my first blogged battle from the 1st Anglo Dutch War.  I have made a couple of small amendments to the rules to simulate the Dutch preference for boarding during the earlier period.

The Dutch ship Zon in action at Livorno


The Battle of Livorno...

Great choice for a wargaming force - The Enniskilleners

Enniskillen companies forward!


It is an ongoing personal mission to make available as much information as possible about the fighting men participating on both sides during the war in Ireland 1688-1691.


Enniskillen infantry in action against Jacobite chevaliers!


Over many years of digging, I have read, compared, sifted, interpreted, dismissed and compiled little bits and pieces of information in an...

New PDF release: Protestant forces in Western Ireland 1689-1690





This PDF will I hope, provide much sought after information on the Protestant volunteer units which kept King William's cause alive in Ireland during the uncertain first years of his reign. 

I have drawn on multiple sources to put together the information contained here and Clarence has delivered his usual excellent standard of illustrations. 

Of course, we had to use some conjecture for flags in...

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...

An excusable digression.. Waterloo Day


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Five years ago today I was in the privileged position to have witnessed one of the two mega events at  Waterloo 200. Little memories include watching Charles and Camilla sweeping up with their entourage as UK representatives, literally almost colliding with Mr Farage as he made political capital at




Hougoumont and, hailing a bunch of HLI drilling in a field near the chateau in my very...