The League of Augsburg

The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645 -1719 - a review




It is difficult to know where to begin in describing the importance and value of this book. Bruno Mugnai has created what may become the definitive reference work on a remarkable military machine. The legacy of its achievement echoes across the Balkans and central Europe even to this day.

The Ottomans engendered terror in Christendom. Absorption into their cultural, economic and religious orbit was...

4Play and 4PlayX scenarios available for GNW

I am delighted to announce the release of the first 12 GNW scenarios including six 4PlayX games. 

All are centred around the Poltava campaign. Two have 17 pages and the other two 27 pages.

Here they are



Scenarios:

1. Man down - Masuria 1708
2. Bloody Baturyn! Ukraine 1708
3. Veprik. Swedish attack on Russian town. 1709



Poltava Part 1

1. Attack! Roos's battalions attack the redoubts
2. Rehnskiold take...

Summer cheer.. pick up that Warfare Miniatures book you've been meaning to buy


17th century rules sets


The lockdown has had a very practical impact on Warfare Miniatures... our casters have stopped working during the self isolation period and consequently, with lots of games stuck at home and ordering figures, we've run out of stock of a huge number of items. This is very frustrating as can be imagined. Of course, the situation will be temporary but it is a king sized pain in...

Working in the man cave...



It is not the hot weather which has slowed down posting over the last couple of days. I have been hard at work on various separate projects - a long term, large slower burner which will begin to rear its head visually over the summer, writing work on the Naval rules based on play test feedback and an expansion of scope, the Helion title and the second series of PDF scenarios for 4Play and 4PlayX.

R...

Campaign report: de Ruyter on the Volta 1664

I have been a bit remiss at not posting this campaign report sooner, but, it was a cracker and worth waiting for... Brilliant game, well played by both Dave and Colin.

The den of iniquity that is Adafoah - target of de Ruyter's squadron.
Mouth of the Volta River, Slave Coast.  August 22nd, 1664

The mission to extinguish Arab slaving activities operating from abandoned Portuguese facilities on the...

MIA? Ma - ma!




I may have appeared missing in action over the last few days... not so. I have been using every spare hour to set up, play and photograph small games for a series of pdfs I hope to release within the next 3-4 weeks. This has already involved nine x 90 minute games since Sunday last, with each of them having to be written up as a scenario, photographed and AAR completed. All are based on research I...

Easter Parade Final Day and your thoughts on artillery.....





Today is a bit of a consolidation with a commander vignette thrown in. I have other squadrons of Ottoman cavalry on the stocks right now and some riders finished but they are not based yet.




I have been discussing with designers what Ottoman artillery we need. On the short list so far are
a light gun, a field gun, a battering gun and a super heavy gun together with a mortar.





I am considering a...

Easter Parade Day 3



This third squadron of sipahis was built to sit behind the first squadron I posted about two days ago. It has more models with the lance in the upright position.




The 75mm wide by 80mm deep bases I use for cavalry allow for the sense of movement to be built into the unit. Two things moved me away from the older style bases I use at the beginning of collecting in this period.





The first is the movement...

Easter Parade Day 2



I have always preferred to base irregular cavalry, particularly horse archers, on hexagonal bases. I started doing this way back around 1996 or 1997 when collecting large numbers of Huns. An American visitor to Claymore around about the turn of the century made me an offer I couldn't refuse and all of my Huns literally, went west.



Since then I have reprised the basing style for irregular infantry,...

Easter Parade Day 1




Perhaps inappropriate that on the eve of such a Christian holiday, I am showcasing some Ottoman troops but, that is just the way the painting schedule has gone over the last few weeks. 






The enforced home stay has been fantastic news for my projects and here is day 1 of a four day run of Ottoman cavalry in their full tabletop glory.




I knew I was going to be pleased with these even before arranging...

Ottoman cavalry update




I have been slowly but surely painting Ottoman cavalry in between other projects and am just about to base the first units.



I had to get at least one of each figure done in the six packs for the shop and seeing them all together demonstrates how nice this range has turned out.




Recent reading and referenceto source material has reassured me that these figures will be usable for the north African...

10 Reasons why this is my favourite wargaming period

Neerwinden/Landen 1693


I have been gaming the period 1666-1720 for thirty years this year. Despite forays into other periods of which I am fond, I always return to my favourite. Recently, I have agreed to write a title for Helion about wargaming the period 1666-1697 specifically and that has made me reflect on why I maintain an enduring fascination for this 60 year span of history.

So, here are my...