The League of Augsburg

A remarkable life - Prinz Ruprecht von der Pfalz

First release in the series on Prince Rupert's campaigns

I have enjoyed reading and exploring the exploits of a quite remarkable figure form the 17th century. Not the fairly well trodden but brief path of his adventures in the land campaigns of the War of Three Kingdoms between 1640-1647, but the far more sustained period of his contribution to history. His activities as a naval commander between...

Pimping up terrain

28mm set up for Prince Rupert's shore foray at Dakar, Africa 1652 - finished boards

I recently acquired a number of TSS terrain boards. I have always tinkered with these when using them and decided to do a quick terrain building project just to stimulate my creative needs. There has been too much business, casting, orders, packing etc recently and I needed to get back to what I really enjoy which...

A Clash of Titans - Stora Kronan v Sophia Amalia 1676


Niels Juel's ships sailing off Rugen Island in 1676

This scenario and video brings together the two largest warships in the navies of Sweden and Denmark. The 108 gun Sophia Amalia takes on the 124 gun Stora Kronan in an epic duel off Rugen Island in 1676. 





Clin and I played this one out last week and I just finished the video tonight. It was another really enjoyable game but this time we really...

To 3D or not to 3D? A modelling experiment -Sophia Amalia (Amelia) - Danish Navy


Sophia Amalia - 3D printed @ 1/1200 with scratchbuilding on masts

I bought a 1/600 scale 3D print file of a 17th century ship and got a friend to print the Sovereign of the Seas file in 1/1200 scale as I have no printer. I wanted to see the quality and have a go at painting the model. We also printed in 1/600 scale. The file was from Gilded Sails/Wargaming 3D.


Photo show the 3D print in 1/600 beside...

Kronan - a bit of unnecessary but enjoyable modelling

 

Kronan heels over in a gust of wind - WiP shot - not yet finished

I am working on various projects right now including several in 28mm but none of those are quite ready for sharing. This little flight of fancy however, is.


The Battle of Öland which occurred on June 1st1676 during the Skåne War was a major fleet engagement and a disastrous defeat for Sweden. In terms of drama on the high seas, it...

Little known but exciting.. Skåne War at sea

Svärdet (Sword) 94 guns, flagship of Admiral Claes Uggla in the scenario

The naval dimension to the Skåne War is both exciting and less well known that the land campaigns. Many know of battles like Halmstad, Landskrona and Lund. Often the Swedes are seen as the the sharper, ascendant military power and the Danes as somewhat bumbling and plodding. Whether right or wrong, at sea the picture was...

Much requested- Video on rigging ships


I have finally finished this slightly longer video. There is a lot in it and hopefully, it will decode the dark art of rigging for everyone remotely interested in trying it!




Ark Royal Prep and assembly video tutorial





 It's easy to put these little beauties together. Here is a quick five minute run through...




King Campbell? or king-maker.. 1685 Argyll Rebellion - a remarkable tale

It started with the 4Play pack #17 The Campbell's are coming! which begat the 4Play Mad for War pack #35 Ne Obliviscaris! dealing with the naval aspects of the Argyll Rebellion. Dave and Colin helped play through scenario #2 the historical encounter at Loch Ruel which developed into a full scale action rather than the chaotic abandonment of his ships that Argyll actually presided over.


The...

Ark Royal Miniatures - Launch video now available to view

 


The range has been launched for preorder and we are already having to cast more stock after 24 hours. Thank you for that everyone!




To accompany the launch I have prepared a video explaining the range in a coordinated way. Reading the previous blog post and watchgin the video should provide almost everything that you need to know about what we are relwasing now and a hint of what is to come and let...

It's getting near the time


We are getting a complex and wonderful project very near to launch now and it's time to update followers of the blog on where we are and where we are going. 


Ark Royal Miniatures 1/1200 metal models, is a sub-brand of Warfare Miniatures providing accurate models to recreate the naval actions on the period 1640-1720. The first 14 codes will be released for pre order within the next week and shipping...

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...