The League of Augsburg

Chinese take- out? VOC v Pirates 1666

South China Seas action

In my continuing Covid-induced privateer laboratory I decided to blood some ships I had painted a few months back just because I had them. A few packs of Chinese pirate junks which I had intended to use specifically to run out against European vessels exploiting the riches of the South China Sea.


VOC Trading station somewhere in modern day Indonesia


By now you know the form -...

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...

Second run of the privateer play test




I considered the first run of this game not a fluke but perhaps a little fortunate for the privateer ship.
So, giving it another go with pretty much everything the same except, the opponents this time were the Dutch West India Company Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie  or GWC.  The ship profiles were exactly the same with Jupiter replacing Elizabeth, Schiedam substituting for Swan and Egmondfor...

Guest post: Gareth Lane's Scots-Dutch Brigade

George Ramsay's Regiment

The Scots-Dutch Brigade had a long and active service but is probably best remembered for its great defeat at the hands of Viscount Dundee's Highland army at Killiecrankie in 1689.


Hugh Mackay of Scourie's Regiment

That it was composed of and largely officered by experienced Scots officers is something occasionally yet deliberately overlooked by those intent on some Scots v...

Naval campaign part 2 preview

A nice day out at Ardnamurchan.... maybe not for some of these ships

With a little help from my friends.....

Dave and Colin came over last week to keep the campaign going. We played three cracking games with me going to pick up the fourth and fifth when I get a chance.

Make ready your guns! Tocht challenges Rochefoucauld at Duinkirk 1672

Scenario number 1 entitled 'King Louis's ships'takes place off...

Painting a 1/2400 scale ship model for the Anglo Dutch War period (1650-1700)



Quite a few people have been asking for a how to guide for painting, rigging and basing the 1/2400 scale Dutch Wars ships. So, here we are..




I have chosen a 4th rate model which costs £2.40.




The contents of a pack are laid out above. The 2mm thick, 20 x 40mm pill base does not come with the model I buy these from Warbasesin packs of 20. The price I don't recall but, it is less than £2 for that...

It's Saturday, I'll build a castle



I have several new scenarios coming up for the 17th century naval campaign. I needed something that resembled a Scottish castle. I thought - just a tower. Then, what about a tower on a rocky outcrop? Then that morphed into... maybe I could expand it to look like the stronghold of a clan chief with outbuildings etc.. yeah...




Now, how was I going to do that. Well, two cups of coffee, various rummages...

I found it in a box....




I obviously bought this for my 28mm projects about the time I was making merchant ships and pinnaces however it was long overlooked in a box, buried under other non started projects. During a recent wargaming colonic irrigation I cleared out much accumulated clutter. Purchases which never got off the stocks or even out of the bubble wrap.



I came across this. I remember buying it at Claymore two or...

Sea, what I mean..

Some 1/2400 scale ships on the finished boards

Sea mats have been very useful so far in my naval adventures and some of them are actually pretty nice. I would however, feel a bit of a phoney if I used one in a demo game at a show. This piece is a short insight into an experiment in making sea boards as opposed to the river boards I am pretty comfortable in producing.


A Nine Years War battle in...

Medway Project: the second board

Completion of the first (and most complex) board for my Medway Campaign fired me up to attack the second. I managed to get it from plain MDF to finished product sans the varnish in less than a week.


Unadorned Board 1 with unpainted board 2 - just sizing it up and getting motivated to begin the paint job.


This section, downriver from the Royal Dockyard stretches from Upnor Castle, an Elizebethan era...

Medway stage 2

A dressed shot of the dockyard looking east from White Wall Creek. 


When I started the project I knew where I wanted it to go but it seemed somewhat of a tall order. Several months down the track and I believe the most difficult bits are behind me. Most of the ships are done. The dockyard board which is the most involved, is done bar the shouting - one minor road change plus the appearance of a...

Walking through 17th century naval rules Part 2 - Hail Mary!

What will happen to the unlucky Eendraght?

The walk through of my evolving naval rules for the 1640-1700 period continues where we pick the action up at the beginning of Turn 4 with the Allies once more winning the initiative which allows them to move first or, compel the French to move.




By the firing step in T4 the Allies had manouevred ships into two opportunities. The first involves Eendraght,...