The League of Augsburg

More 4Play Mad for War excitement!



I am delighted to announce the release of a further four - 4Play packs all focused on supporting gamers interested in Mad for War!

This batch is a rich mix covering various aspects of the period 1650-1700. 


Scenario pack 014 Break through the Enemie!covers the exploits of the English Commonwealth Straits Squadron during the 1st Anglo Dutch War 1652-1654. This includes the exciting small battles of...

17th Century Warfare - Online talk - The campaigns in Ireland 1688-1691


Barry Hilton - Late 17th century Warfare: Online Talk
Saturday 22nd May, 2021 1100-1300 BST.


Ihave the pleasure of hosting a talk for Ulster Wargames Society on the above date. The focus of the talk is Warfare in the late 17th century with particular emphasis on the campaigns of King William III and King James II. The society is making the talk open to non members. There is no charge for...

New direction - 4Play meets Republic to Empire




It took a little longer than I thought it would but, the first 4Play Napoleonic pack is available. It is 34 pages long and contains three scenarios laid out for both Republicto Empire AND March of Eagles. Orbats are written separately for each rule system. As I have added a lot of gaming detail into this pack the 4Play game reports are not a feature. 





If these are missed I will re introduce them in...

Free Mad for War scenario pack available




I promised to make some free collateral available for those interested in using ther Mad for War system of 17th century naval gaming. Here is the first free 4Play format scenario pack called Clear for action!




It has 28 pages, full colour throughout, three scenarios including Portuguese versus Dutch, Dutch versus English and Privateers versus French.




Obviously you need the Mad for War Essential guide...

Did you ever wonder.....?


The hard fighting Danish contingent in action

 .....what happened to those Danish troops from  the Dronningens and Oldenburgske regiments that did not make it to Ireland to fight against King James and win glory at The Boyne, Aughrim and Limerick?


Danes in the Mourne Mountains

King Christian V of Denmark appeared to be a lot of things. Headstrong, avaricious, possibly not very bright. When he...

Forget Pirates of the Caribbean - Latest LoA video


The Battle of Bear Bay, Spitsbergen 1693

I have just completed the latest video which focuses on gaming with French privateers during the Nine Years War. Even if you are a landlubber this touches your interest as these corsairs captured hundreds of Danish troops bound for Ireland and many were pressed into service in the Royale Danois. 



The video features one of the most unusual naval battles in...

It's St Patrick's Day so...


We can't let today pass without featuring some Irish action from the Nine Years War on the blog. So I thought the best way to pay tribute to the theatre and the fighting men which has given me the most stimulation to understand the period in the last thirty years was to simply create a photo montage of action and inspiration in Ireland from the League of Augsburg..



Happy St Patrick's day to...

Epic action in a square foot


Scenario 3 Trial by Fire!


I have finished my intensive activities around the Battle of Vågen 1665 and am duty bound to report that from an English perspective, it is the equivalent of setting your computer AI to Extreme Difficulty level. Three iterations of the battle - the historical, an amended order of battle including some heavier English units which were present but dicnot participate in the...

Project Vågen - The smallest large wargame I've ever done?

1664 VOC Return Fleet from Batavia value of cargo: £500,000,000: The 'Mark'.

In my relentless quest to create more wargaming collateral I turned to an action which has long fascinated me - The Battle of Vågen which took place during the 2nd Anglo Dutch War. Vågen is not actually a place, it is the harbour area of the town of Bergen in Norway. A Dutch East India Spice fleet which had avoided passing...

The bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!


The Bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!

The Battle of Killiecrankie, July 27th 1689 is of enduring interest to me. It has all of the romanticism of a Hollywood mini series. A hero, who was long seen as a traitor and villain by his co-religionists and had both the sobriquet of Bluddy Clavers and Bonnie Dundee. A fractious army held together by the strength of his personality and that of other giant human...

First of 2021 and, a new era


My end of year game this year was novel for a two main reasons.  Firstly, it was out of period - An English Civil War era, full scale naval battle. Secondly, my battle report is not being delivered in the traditional way. 

I have chosen to create a 15 minute video battle report. It has taken quite some time to create but I am trying to set myself a new level of aspiration. I wanted it to be as...

Koxinga and Shi Lang - Donnybrook at Sea goes East



Donnybrook at Sea will be released over the next two weeks. Its production has allowed us to indulge our passion for both the 17th century and ships in excess.... oh what fun we've had!

Koxinga leads a flotilla of small vessels against the Dutch at Fort Zeelandia

A little discovery gem for me has been the exploits of Zheng Chenggong a Ming loyalist who, in his short 37 years did enough to guarantee...