The League of Augsburg

English Bottoms - The Navigation Act

Set up. Ayscue sweeps in on the westerly.

The Navigation Act was a piece of legislation designed to annoy the Dutch and wrest back some control over the global movement of trade commodities from the commercially adroit GWC/VOC and trade bodies of the Dutch Republic. 


T2. The faster English ships break away from Rainbow.

It went a considerable distance in starting the 1st Anglo-Dutch War as the...

First Gambia scenario packs released


The first two scenario packs from the Gambia Campaign 1652 are now available in the shop. More will be released before Christmas so keep and eye out if your imagination has been stimulated by this fascinating wargaming opportunity. See the pdfs here: https://www.leagueofaugsburg.com/shop/products-subcat-84.html





Jungle Warfare (see what I did there?)


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Two Arab slavers observe the advance of  'al ainjiliz' through the jungle

The first 'full scale' land battle of the campaign is about to be fought thirteen days of 40% of the way through. 200 English sailors accompanied by Berber PoWs now incorporated into Royalist ships' crews and some local Christian African villagers have moved inland to raid the Komban Royal enclosure. 



Prince Rupert had...

Gambia campaign pdfs in the works

 

screen grab from #5 All Ashore! which has 38 pages


Working on five so far and we are  just past the one third mark of the campaign. The actions have come thick and fast and have divided into clear groups - naval actions using Mad for War, small naval actions using Donnybrook at Sea and land actions using Donnybrook. Looming up is a small land battle for which we'll use Beneath the Lily Banners








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Down on the river.. Captain Marshall goes brawling


waterfront at Albadar

The Gambian Odyssey continues unabated. Running low on all sorts of supplies Captain Marshall of Honest Seaman has been sent to Albadar, the Couronian trading post to gather intel, supplies and collect Doctor Mautrin, Rupert's personal physician. Things go awry when his shore parties clash with locals, the French privateers and discover Mautrin and eight of the ship's company...

Santiago - Lost Treasury ship - somewhere on The Gambia 1652

 


The Treasury galleon

On a mission to collect valuable trade items including ivory, salt, gold and beeswax, the galleon Santiagowas scuttled by her commander in a remote stretch of the Gambia river after an abortive attack by pirates, the nationality of which has never been established. She was already laden with riches from the East which unusually, were being brought to Europe on the westerly...

Rupert kills more men than Cecil B. de Mille

Thousans of 'em!

Thursday's visit to The Gambia was indeed a doozy. Having spent two days capturing a stranded slaver and then taking another day to drag her off the shoal on which she was glued, Rupe and the lads were just sitting down to breakfast when what charges over the horizon?


Remember the heroics to capture Temperance in the first place?


A swarm of deadly little pirate craft full of angry...

The Battle of Ocracoke - Blackbeard's last stand.



This is a great scenario to play and getting the historical feel was relatively easy with Donnybrook at Sea. I have always found Blackbeard an interesting character as his pantomime persona is at odds with his thoughtful approach to piracy and his victims. 


The Pirates

He seems to have given thought to persuasion, been reluctant to kill unnecessarily and a lot more cerebral than many of his more...

Battle Royal - Maurice at the Careenage

 

The work party crossing open ground from lagoon to careenage

Maurice watched the attack develop from an observation platform near the river. Groups of warriors emerged from the undergrowth and under a hail of arrows, parties ran toward the log barricades. The irony of English muskets in African hands, turned upon their former owners was not lost on the defenders as the sailors came under fire. The...

Prince 2 - You're up!


Maurice atop the observation platform at the Careenage.

Simultaneous with Rupert's epic capture of the slaver Temperance on the northern shore of the Gambia, his younger brother, in charge of the careenage and lagoon used for repairing the damaged Revenge of Whitehall, has really stirred up the locals.


The Kombans attack!

Their continuing failure to deliver promised fresh water supplies to the...

This is why we wargame...

Master Darbyshire prepares his ship for the Royalist attack.

After a work enforced pause which lasted three weeks, our Rupert on the Gambia campaign resumed last night. It brought one of those golden moments in gaming the always come unexpectedly. The campaing resumed on Day 9 of the thirty day odyssey with Rupert haveing failed to capture a grounded English slaver lying in a difficult position on...

Augsburg Partizan Candy..

Ottomans and Tatars to the left, Cossacks and Commonwealth to the right.

Following on from the Candia Magnificence, my bijouterie lived next door at Newark, offering the Partizan audience an intense little corner of Turkish Delight which seemed to please them. 


Timariot ad Kapikulu Sipahis representing about 1,500 high quality cavalry

It's been a curious thing, but over the last few months the number...