The League of Augsburg

It's here! Christmas came a little early..


Despite Brexit, Covid 19, National lockdown and a snap snowfall in Scotland - A one tonne pallet arrived from Lithuania via Thames Gateway and I unloaded it this morning.

A Taste of Victory! will ship to pre order customers on Monday and Tuesday next week which is 10 days earlier than I had anticipated. Hurrah!



I am happy that this project got from drawing board to market quicker than any I have...

With Talon and Claw released in pdf format




With Talon and Claw has proven very popular in printed form and now that it has been available for 15 months, I am releasing it in pdf format at Hi-Resolution.



For those unfamiliar with the book - it is a guide to Wargaming the Great Northern War 1700-1721 and the Eastern Wars involving the Ottoman Empire between 1660 and 1730. 




It contains, supplementary rules for Swedes, Ottomans, Poles and Steppe...

PREORDER NOW OPEN: A Taste of Victory



 All systems appear GO! I am expecting delivery of Taste of Victory! in the third week of December so am gearing up for the pre order. Delivery will be as soon as possible after that pending the usual Christmas postal challenges.

The book is 116 pages, full colour, hardback and printed by the same company who did such a good job on With Talon and Claw.

It contains 18 scenarios for Beneath the Lily...

Playing like a demon


Western Approaches 1651 - Royalist and Irish privateers attack GWC ships


True, I have not been blogging as frequently as usual recently but that is not an indication of lack of hobby time, the opposite is true. A cancelled holiday in the north of Scotland due to raised levels of national restriction gave me an extra week with no work and no travel. That has allowed a real focus on several projects....

Dhow about this? 28mm scale.


Undoubtedly, left field but, when I saw it, several little projects aligned - Tangier, Omani and Indian pirates, 4Play scenarios, Donnybrook and the new naval rules I am devoting a lot of creative time to.


Crew are Warfare Miniatures - Ottoman Irregulars OT11/OT12 packs + new officers

I have warmed up hugely to laser cut models. With a little care they can be lifted from the prosaic to characterful...

Turning two ships into twelve ships


 How do you turn two models into twelve usable pieces? With a little bit of lateral thinking, some balsa wood, paint, glue, sandpaper and time.





I wanted to get the maximum scenario use from the two converted small ships I purchase from Ainsty. I will deal with their masts and sails in a later post but I wanted to get all the serious hull building work completed first before frigging in the rigging....

Sneak peek: BLB scenarios book: A Taste of Victory

 

Wonderful cover art by Neil Roberts

I have been talking about it on an off over the last few months. We are pretty much there now. Over the next few weeks the first full scenarios book for BLB 3rd edition will be sent to print. 


Each scenario begins with some historical context

The book is entitled A Taste of Victoryand offers eighteen scenarios set between 1676 and 1693. The table set ups are all...

With Talon and Claw 25 point army lists

 


A customer asked me to put together some 25 point army lists for  With Talon and Claw. I thought those would be worht sharing as this type of information always comes in useful. 

The three forces in questions are


Cossacks 1650-1720

4 x 18 model infantry All musket,  Drilled (all with wagon defence to the front @ 1pt instead of 0.5 point for chevaux)  8 points
1 x 18 model infantry All musket,...

Ottoman gunners - sculpts completed




 I have been holding back on certain posts for a while simply because I wanted to see how things were unfolding with Covid and supply chain issues such as manufacturing and master moulding. 





Things are slowly getting resolved but overall, I will have to implement wholesale changes in the way that I get products to market.Ultimately, that will be to everyone's benefit but during the transition,...

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...