The League of Augsburg

Escape with Serious Injury - a solo odyssey from 1666



If you don't know much about the Four Days Battle of 1666 there is a hole in your life! This epic sea battle between the Restoration English Navy and that of the Dutch Republic involved a massive number of ships - around 160, over 40,000 men and in excess of 9,000 guns. It was fought over four days (hence the name!) with some fighting also happening at night.



It is crammed full of desperate...

Where was I hiding?

 


This took a while but it was worth it purely from a personal point of view. Having been a bit unwell I needed something to motivate me and cheer me up. I decided to play a big solo wargame but with a difference. I wanted to do it slowly, recorded everything in text and photos and produce an analysis and compendium reference work for others to learn from and enjoy. 



That meant, playing the game in...

Action from St James's Day 1666


6 x 4 table 1/4800 scale

An express taken by the yacht Zwole from Michiel de Ruyter to The States General following an action on July 24th 1666

It is my misfortune to report to the States General that in an encounter with the English fleet under His Highness and the Lord Albemarle, my own squadron was unable to impress upon the enemy that a conflict between our nations leaves no winner. With the...

Action Replay - the MIGHTY Fighting White

 

Set up on a 6 x 4 table

Where to begin? The last battle was a decisive victory for the English fleet. This encounter sees de Ruyter’s large 1stsquadron of the Dutch fleet, badly battered after a day of engaging the Duke of Albemarle off the Suffolk coast. Having broken off in the late afternoon, the Dutch are heading southeast to regroup, repair and replenish when to windward, they spot twenty-one...

Fighting White!


The action begins with John Harman's lead ships engaging van Nes's vanguard



Whilst I am still smarting from the total drubbing I received at the hands of Admiral Colin, I thought it might be useful to get down on e-paper what actually happened. 

The setting was 1666 - a big year for fires. We are in North Sea, off the Suffolk coast and Prince Rupert with a clutch of admirals meets Michiel de Ruyter...

Release of WSS 4Play 040 Heat of the day!

 


Release of first Mad for War - War of Spanish Succession 4Play pack - 040 Heat of the day!

This deals with three actions in the Tropics which are all historical battles - Benbow's battle against du Casse off Colombia in 1702, Leake's action at Gibraltar against de Pointis in 1705 and Wager's attack on the Spanish Treasure fleet off Cartagena in 1708.





Mad for War!

Clarence Harrison - While I will probably be messing with this right up until we send it to the printer, I thought I’d share the cover painting…

Mad for War, by Clarence Harrison


Happy New Year Freebie



I worked on a lot of scenario stuff during the holiday break being confined to bed with the lurgy. One such was the latest free 4Play scenario set focused on Mad for War. 


It is imaginatively titled - Mad for Wargaming! It features three unusual scenarios


The first has a lone VOC ship facing a flotilla of Chinese pirate junks and fireships of various sizes in the spice islands of Indonesia. If you...

Down in the laboratory.......




I have been working on a Fleet level version of Mad for War which slots in very well with the current rules. It is a while since I managed to make any videos so I crammed this one in before the turn of the year.


It is a walk through the mechanics as worked out using 2D ship counters before I go for the 3d model versions. I chose a section of the fleets from the famous Four Days Battle of 1666. 






Happ...

Stretching a euphemism to breaking point

Neither glorious nor a revolution - 1688 Invasion of England


Down to two men for our weekly game I turned to a small scenario I really enjoyed writing and playing solo. It comes from a pair of 4Play packs which I created model the Dutch invasion of England in 1688. I hesitate to use the euphemism which has now become a common descriptor for this foreign takeover. The pool of words deployed around...

Ark Royal 1/1200 Ancient ships range

 

Dekeres, Hexeres, Quinqureme

Here is the scope and detail of the range as we come close to launch. All packs contain metal bases for each ship.Sails and masts can be bought separately as many who game with galleys do not use sails on the their models and making them an accessory seemed the best way to offer the range. I will go to a pre order stage first with delivery scheduled for January 2022....

Sicilian milk run 259 BC

 

The game set up - 1/1200 scale, 2 x 4 table Mad for War rules

This encounter, set around 255 BC sees a Carthaginian relief fleet attempting to land supplies to support a hard-pressed army on the western tip of Sicily near Trapani. The Romans are blockading the island and the escort must penetrate the screen of Roman ships and navigate through narrow island channels to reach a bay in which other...