The League of Augsburg

Scenario: 13th June 1667 Medway AAR Part 2




Sorry for the delay in posting the Part 2 of this scenario. No reasons other than I have been really busy on writing and photographing the next wave of 4PLAY scenarios during my annual leave.  More on that soon but meanwhile....

Turn 16

Terrible luck befell the English. The ‘Damn your eyes!’ card was drawn and a nervous, civilian- manned battery at the north end of the New Dockyard loosed its guns...

Scenario: 13th June 1667 Medway AAR Part 1




The Scenario


This scenario represents the climactic day of the spectacular Dutch attack on the English fleet at anchor in the River Medway. The objective is to burn three large ships of the line which have been partially sunk in shallow water down river of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham. The Dutch are led by the mastermind of the campaign Admiral van Ghent and accompanying the expedition is the...

Book Review: Cromwell's Wars at Sea - John Barratt





My interest in Cromwell's naval campaigns came indirectly in that, I was interested in the Anglo Dutch Wars and the first of these was fought by the Commonwealth Navy. I was conscious that my focus appeared to be creeping further and further back into the 17th century and had now started bumping into the latter stages of the English Civil War and Thirty Years War. Not a problem in and of itself...

The Battle of Livorno 4th March 1653 Part 2: After action report


The lie of van Galen's ships as Badiley approaches from the north west. Mary is escaping.


Start positions. Sole survivor Mary, makes her escape toward Badiley's reinforcing squadron.

With Badiley to windward appearing over the western horizon to the north of Livorno, van Galen’s victorious squadron picked its way through the wreckage of Appleton’s five ruined ships and attempted to reach open water...

The Battle of Livorno 4th March 1653 Refight Part 1 - Set up and background


Barry's Battle of Livorno as refought


Painting of the Battle of Livorno


This is the first time I have refought a historical battle ship for ship and also, my first blogged battle from the 1st Anglo Dutch War.  I have made a couple of small amendments to the rules to simulate the Dutch preference for boarding during the earlier period.

The Dutch ship Zon in action at Livorno


The Battle of Livorno...

Now here's a thing..



I have been delighted by the number of mails and comments I have received regarding my burgeoning interest in 1/2400 - 17th century ships. As always during a surge of enthusiasm for a period or new strand of wargaming interest, I scoured the internet to find alternative options to the Tumbling Dice models of which I have now painted 150+.





Finding such, is not easy. Of the rare options uncovered,...

4Play quo vadis?



Firstly,  a big thank you to those who have bought some 4Play scenarios. They got off to a good start and I am happy with the response. Of course, the rub will be the play feedback but on format and content, they seem to have hit the mark.

With the first releases I wanted to try and avoid the common trap of re-hashing what is already out there in some form or another. By focusing on different...

Every bullet...



I was keeping my head down and quietly getting on with this but now it is out there I guess it's OK to mention it here.

I am working on a book for Helion which is a guide to wargaming the period from the 2nd Anglo Dutch War through to the Nine Years War. It is not a beginner's guide. It is an enthusiast's guide. I have tried to distill 30 years of digging in this patch of earth into something which...

Gone live - 7 4PLAY scenarios now available in the LoA online store




After some final UAT modifications the first seven scenario packs in the 4PLAY series are noe commercially available in the LoA onlone store. Click on each in the shop to get a description of content. All contain 16-17 full colour pages


 All are priced at £3. Use the pdf postage charge which is 1p. 




001 1667 Medway campaign (land and sea)




002 1689 Scotland (land and sea)




003 1689 Western Ireland (land...

Snorkel up..


Aha! you say, where is he? Locked up at home and not blogging? Yes but...

I have been using all non-core work time to get these scenario pdfs packs produced from scratch. So far I have created six packs and play tested  and photographed 18 scenarios for inclusion. All the games have brief AARs to help players with tips and recommeded rules or adjustments where necessary.



All games are played on...

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...

Battles of Goa 1638-39

Da Silva sails out to do battle with Van der Veere

The Portuguese colony of Goa came under repeated pressure from the Dutch VOC during the period of  European expansion in the 17th century. Here is a link to a previous blog post about my visit to Reis Magos - the 16th century Portuguese fort at Goa, still in working order.

Portuguese Fort Reis Magos -Goa

1639 raid by van der Veere on the three...