The League of Augsburg

Book review: Wars and soldiers in the early reign of Louis XIV : Bruno Mugnai


This first volume of a series is another example of the gusto with which Helion's Century of the Soldier series managing editor is attacking his subject. A decade ago finding books like this was like looking for hen's teeth, these days Charles Singleton is issuing them like the belt feed of an MG42.

It's a weighty tome with more than 250 pages and a broad spread of content from period background...

Verbrand hun slagschepen! (Burn their battleships!) June 13th 1667: Part 2

The battleships lie at anchor watched over by the Eastern Shore Battery commanded by Spragge.

Turn 1.

The Dutch sailed upriver from Upnor Reach in line ahead with the frigate Harderwijck leading the way followed by the Fireships CatarinaPro PatriaRotterdam and Drak in that order. Ahead lay gun batteries on both the east and west bank consisting of heavy artillery transported from Gravesend and...

Back down on the river...... Medway project update



At the weekend I got a chance to push on with the Medway multi scale project. One of the little (appropriate description) pieces I was keen to finish was my very first foray into 2mm figures. I must again refer to Mark Backhouse's 2mm Siege of Portsmouth project as I used this as inspiration and my template for a little experimentation.



These pieces may be deployed for limited tabletop gaming but...

Tocht naar Chatham 1667 - The 28mm bit begins

The first unit of Dutch Marines - uniform colours from colonial naval infantry of the same period.

Having co written Donnybrook and produced an as yet unpublished extension for Beneath the Lily Banners dealing with small unit actions it was always the plan to deal with some of the 1667 Medway fighting in 28mm.


Other units will have different flags


There appears to be no concensus regarding the long...

Garrison Point Fort in 1/2400 completion

The finished piece is about 100mm square.

I finally got a chance to build Sheerness today. It's not often you get to type that! Took about 90 minutes to finish the first major piece of terrain for the 1/2400 part of the Tocht naar Chatham (Medway Raid 1667) project.


Here is how it all started.


I used some of the simpler country style buildings from Brigade Models lovely range to to this. These...

Building Garrison Point Fort in 1/2400 scale

Rough mock-up shot of Garrison Point Fort in 1667. Van Ghent's squadron attempting to sail past.

My ideas for the Medway Campaign 1667 involve it being conducted by map, in 1/2400 scale and finally, in 28mm for small land and naval actions.I thought I would begin building the small scale terrain with the first significant defensive work encountered by the Dutch.

On the north western tip of the Isle...