The League of Augsburg

First Gambia scenario packs released


The first two scenario packs from the Gambia Campaign 1652 are now available in the shop. More will be released before Christmas so keep and eye out if your imagination has been stimulated by this fascinating wargaming opportunity. See the pdfs here: https://www.leagueofaugsburg.com/shop/products-subcat-84.html





Gambia campaign pdfs in the works

 

screen grab from #5 All Ashore! which has 38 pages


Working on five so far and we are  just past the one third mark of the campaign. The actions have come thick and fast and have divided into clear groups - naval actions using Mad for War, small naval actions using Donnybrook at Sea and land actions using Donnybrook. Looming up is a small land battle for which we'll use Beneath the Lily Banners








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Santiago - Lost Treasury ship - somewhere on The Gambia 1652

 


The Treasury galleon

On a mission to collect valuable trade items including ivory, salt, gold and beeswax, the galleon Santiagowas scuttled by her commander in a remote stretch of the Gambia river after an abortive attack by pirates, the nationality of which has never been established. She was already laden with riches from the East which unusually, were being brought to Europe on the westerly...

Mad for War is Coming!

Clarence Harrison- No! Really! We have nearly reached the summit of this mountain. We have one final chat scheduled within days and a final walk through. A few minor tweaks and we can send this project off to the printer! Weighing in at 180 pages, this tome is all you need (apart from a small fleet of model ships... have we mentioned we offer those, too?) to launch your bid for supremacy of the...

Rupert kills more men than Cecil B. de Mille

Thousans of 'em!

Thursday's visit to The Gambia was indeed a doozy. Having spent two days capturing a stranded slaver and then taking another day to drag her off the shoal on which she was glued, Rupe and the lads were just sitting down to breakfast when what charges over the horizon?


Remember the heroics to capture Temperance in the first place?


A swarm of deadly little pirate craft full of angry...

And here is how it played out....

 

Héros close in during the heat of the action!

Although co-architect of the attack on the stranded English slaver Temperance, Rupert was prevented from playing anything but the role of spectator on account of a strong north westerly wind. Thomas Darbyshire, master of the grounded vessel, used his long experience at sea to make the best of a difficult position. Lying high and dry in an extremely...

Tales from the river bank.. Rupert in the Gambia

Off the Bakendik Bolong, Rupert attacks the stranded Temperance.

Eight days (15 turns) into the campaign, we are at the 25% mark. It has been an eventful journey so far and the Royalists are no further than four miles from the mouth of the Gambia River. They have had two encounters with Berber pirates coming off worst in the first encounter and being mere spectators to a French victory in the...

An extract from the Rupert in Gambia story


The campaign has a full and detailed narrative which accompanies the turn by turn mechanics. All of the narrative is based on events which happen in the table-top wargames combined with the role-play conversations and the umpire controlled activities. 

So far, the narrative runs to over 5,000 words for the first ten turns. Below is an extract from 5th March, five days into the campaign and it...

1652 Prince Rupert in the Gambia campaign

 


We've recently begun a campaign recreating the adventures of the itinerant Royalist Fleet on the West African coast in 1652. Under Prinz Ruprecht von der Pfalz known more commonly in Engish as Rupert of the Rhine, a small battered squadron 'privateered' between the Islas Cabo Verde and The Gambia for some weeks. 


Campaign Map

I have manipulated a few facts but nothing too outrageous. We have...

Crush the Calvanists? Incinerate the Idolators? War in brown waters 1605

 



Tomorrow sees a return to Claymore for me. Last time I was there was three years ago and I was lucky enough to win the Best Display game with a land based Ottoman Wars effort in 28mm. This time I am significantly downscaling in line with my green-policy of getting rid of the German tank of a car and opting for a quiet little Nipponese hybrid with much less space inside. 




Having downscaled the...

Climbing out of the pit...


Being just one of millions hit by the blight makes me nothing special. Some of my friends have had it three times. All I can say is that my usual drive to get things done disappeared for over two weeks and a couple of sobering visits to the local hospital led me to even more admiration for health care professionals and calibrated my expectations about going to bed early and having less energy than...

League of Augsburg All at Sea 1666/1667 - Partizan May 22nd 2022

A grand fleet - Charles II's battleships 1666

At Partizan this year I am doing something different. I am running a 'demo rules-workshop' where anyone curious about Anglo-Dutch naval wargaming can come along, throw a few dice, try a few mechanisms and ask lots of questions. 


Line of battle developed between 1652 and 1660

I will set up gaming scenarios in three different scales to explain the scope of...