The League of Augsburg

Your participation if you wish it....

English: From left: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 5th galley-frigate

I mentioned previously that it would be fun to get some small fleets together chosen/owned by blog visitors and that I would where possible, fight out randomly generated actions and feed back the results. If lots of people participate then the game load may get onerous and your fleet may not see action too often but, we can only...

Weather beaten? Part 1 intro : Tangier... but not as we know it Jim!

A representation of Tangier harbour in 1666. The shape is roughly that of the modern port as seen on various pictures
The English colony in Tangier has always fascinated me. I have gamed it on land and am currently in the process of assembling forces for it again in 28mm.

I have gazumped that project with an extension of my Dutch Wars naval adventure. As I always do, I try and stretch any project...

Foulness - what did I learn?


The blue markers indicate ships which have fired and which will need to pass a reload check before firing again.

Firstly I learned that I enjoy naval wargaming as much as I did when aged nine. Then gaming involved hand-drawn and coloured plan views of Napoleonic men o'war which sailed round my blue bedroom carpet using a rule set borrowed from the public library. I have such fond memories of those...

The Battle of Foulness, 1st May 1672, Part 2 - Battle report.

Returning to the Essex coastline to bring you the news from the fleets... whether you align with the Dutch, English or French... here it comes.

The most dramatic moment of the battle seen from the north.

Turn 5 

Many vessels, feeling they had the advantage of opponents in gunnery duels, attempted to back sail and hold position to secure victory. The Ruby, surrounded and taking heavy fire, was shot to...

The Battle of Foulness, May 1st 1672 Part 1 Battle report



The war between the English and Dutch intensifies with King Charles' fleet desperate to expunge the shame of 1667 which haunts the navy, torments national pride and the authority of the Crown.

Dutch admirals are brazen and bold and have little fear of probes and forays into the very heart of home waters. One such 'cruise' is moving down the English coast off Essex and appears to be heading into the...

Spoiling myself

Thick of the action at Foulness.

Work has been pretty all consuming of late and I have been promising myself a gaming treat for a while merely as a little carrot to keeping me wading through the grind. The naval rules have been growing in detail and feel and during my travels. A point system and some of the random elements which I like to incorporate in rule mechanics to remove player control have...

Media work





Been busy talking to some media moguls in the hobby over the last couple of weeks. I did a podcast interview for Henry Hyde's Battlechat Live 32 which seemed to fly by but actually lasted two hours. Well, Henry and I are never short of a word or dozen and the experience was candid and interesting. He has a nice interviewing style which opens the interviewee up before they know it. Henry is a...

The dust is settling.. With Talon and Claw reflections and a QRS!





The book reached its first customer on August 16th and now seems to have arrived in most corners of the globe. It was a massive relief to finish this project which had been all consuming for over eighteen months.

The final decision to print is always a bit like betting £50,000 on red. You know there is a risk that something will not be right but having checked and checked, you can't find it. It was...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June 1694: Part 5




Orders of Battle

 The full English order of battle is as follows:

1 battalion of converged grenadiers (all musket), 2 battalions of Marines (all musket), 1 battalion of Guards, 11 battalions of Foot (pike and musket with the possibility that 3-4 could be all musket armed).Here are the battalions which participated in the expedition:

1st Foot Guards

John Cutts’ Regiment

Richard Coote’s Regiment

Samuel...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694: Part 4


A map drawn up to wargame the action
Wargaming Camaret Bay
It does sound unmistakably like D-Day. It took place around 200 miles from and almost exactly 250 years to the day before Operation Overlord as, although the date is now noted at June 18th the old style calendar marks it as June 6th or 7thin most sources. The action can be fought in various ways; as a large scale battle, as a skirmish or...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay June 18th, 1694. Part 3

Possibly Lord Carmarthen running the Gullet

Consequence of perfidy

When the Allied fleet arrived in Camaret Bay it immediately came under fire from the forts around Camaret village and those at Bertheaume Bay on the northern shore opposite. The plan was for men o’ war to run the narrow channel called the ‘Gullet’ between the two headlands and sail into the anchorage at Brest. This gap was exactly...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 2

The Mission – Destroy Brest!

D-Day 300 years before it happened. Camaret Bay was an exptremely ambitious plan

The raid was a large scale affair for an action of its type. It was months in the planning with the objective of wreaking havoc on a key strategic anchorage for the French fleet at the port of Brest in western Brittany. Naval bombardments of French ports had been undertaken before, one such...