The League of Augsburg

Feature: Scenario pack: Lighting the fuse. Derry 1688/1689


Lord Mountjoy's Regiment leave the city in November 1688


This is the first in a series of Derry packs. It focuses on the events which sparked the conflict - the arrival of the Earl of Antrim's Regiment to replace Lord Mountjoy's Regiment as garrison. Nothing out of the ordinary there, one unit replacing another however, Derry was a Protestant town populated by planter families, many from London...

Feature: Scenario pack : Lightning Strike! Marlborough at Cork and Kinsale

Marlborough's troops go ashore at Passage West

This one came together very quickly in terms of content and choosing the actions to include. The games mainly use 4playX table sizes with eight units per side and gaming for eight turns. I have not fought these battles before in all my years of gaming the period nor, have I seen them demoed on the circuit. That is a little surprising when the...

Scenario pdfs - Lockdown was the spur and now...

Kinsale scenario on a 4PlayX table

Exactly a year ago I was sitting in a very quiet part of Mallorca planning the next book. It'll be quick I told myself. Six months maybe. Well, it is just about ready and it took a year. It would have been sooner but Lockdown affected the layout process. That's all done now. It is a 128 page scenario book for Beneath the Lily Banners and is called 'A taste of...

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...

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...

Marlborough's amphibious campaign 1690 - pdf release



It is with delight and some pride that we release our latest pdf detailing the campaigns in Ireland between 1688 and 1691.

Charles Fort, Kinsale - scene of a bloody siege, sallies and assaults


This one deals with the ambitious and extremely successful amphibious campaign undertaken by the Earl of Marlborough against Cork and Kinsale in the autumn of 1690. Involving thousands of troops fresh from...

Naval campaign game 5: All hands to the oars!

Darkness and fog - ideal for an escape bid from a potentially hostile harbour

November 23rd, 1688: Copenhagen

Chaos reigns supreme in England. The invasion by Willem of Orange less than three weeks previously has caused the army to disintegrate. The naval service is in turmoil, torn between loyalty to its old commander in chief and King, the officers and men weigh the options for their individual...

The National Museum of Ireland - a lovely wee surprise

The parade ground square at Collins Barracks which is an old British Army facility from the late 18th/early 19th century.

I squeezed this in whilst speaking at a conference in Dublin. What a wonderful find it was. In this first post I thought I would trail the variety of fantastic and interesting militaria contained in a very substantial and well laid out national museum. I visited the Collins...

Marlborough's Danes




Yes, I know. How could Warfare have produced such an important component of the armies of the period without me getting my act together and at least letting everyone see what they look like in battalions?
An unforgivable omission but as always I will trot out my 'one man team' excuse. Well, that and Ottomans, Wagonburgs, wee ships, Cossacks and the like.




Anyway at last I have some units of Danes to...

Against the wind - Bantry Bay May 11, 1689

This second scenario using my 1/2400 ships is based on the events of May 11, 1689 when Admiral Herbert's English fleet attacked a French fleet under Admiral Chateaurenault in Bantry Bay on the south west coast of Ireland. It also gets me back to Ireland and my favourite theatre of the entire period.

The historical action was inconclusive and involved 24 French and 19 English vessels. Most were 3rd,...

Blood & Cutts! Part 2

The second part of my piece on Lord John Cutts of Gowran.

An appraisal of England’s fire eating general


English hero - for sure, Subject of Swiftian satire - definitely!

What he did best

His speciality was leading assaults into the breach. Many of his wounds were received in such situations. He seemed to gravitate towards peers and superiors with a similar disposition to his own. One such, Thomas...

Blood & Cutts! Part 1


This article appeared in issue #379 May 2019 or Wargames Illustrated. I am publishing it on the blog in three parts as it is fairly long.

An appraisal of England’s fire eating general 



   
John Cutts painted by Wissing around 1687, aged about 24
Who?
Like many notable men of his era, John Cutts is difficult to define in terms of good or bad, wrong or right. If considered only by his military deeds it...