The League of Augsburg

Did you hear the one about four Dutch Heokers? December 1689.

Eilean Dub Mor, December 4, 1689




A regimental camp at Dundalk October 1689 - King William's soldier die in droves daily.
William III and his army landed at Carrickfergus, Ulster in August 1689 and the international struggle for Ireland began. His army was ill-served by its officers and during the terrible winter camp at Dundalk thousands of men died from disease. The situation was disastrous and...

Against the wind - Bantry Bay May 11, 1689

This second scenario using my 1/2400 ships is based on the events of May 11, 1689 when Admiral Herbert's English fleet attacked a French fleet under Admiral Chateaurenault in Bantry Bay on the south west coast of Ireland. It also gets me back to Ireland and my favourite theatre of the entire period.

The historical action was inconclusive and involved 24 French and 19 English vessels. Most were 3rd,...

Sink the Dreadnought, June 1667

Captain Bogaert's 4th Rate Delft with 40 guns sails south into the Medway

Inspired by discussions with fellow enthusiast Peter A of this parish, my general love of the period and of naval warfare, I took the plunge at Partizan buying two starter fleets in 1/2400 from Tumbling Dice. So far have completed 24 vessels large and small for my Dutch/English/French fleets 1660 - 1700.

Thanks to wonderful...

Battle of the Skull Mound - Part 3: Reflections



I promised a look back at the performance of both the Ottoman based infantry force and the Cossack Force which was used in the Skull Mound game.

Let's deal with the Ottomans first. We beefed up the quality of the this force in order to achieve a points match with the enemy. This resulted in two Guard quality units - something that rarely if ever happens in the Western theatre but these ratings are...

Guest post: Battle of Malatitze 1708 - Dannie Fogleman

Friend of the blog and GNW enthusiast Dannie Fogleman undertook some evangelical work on behalf of Beneath the Lily Banners at South Bend, Indiana recently. 

Here is the tale of his adventures with some BLB novices.....

The Battle of Malatitze 1708 - Ready to rol in South Bend, IN @SYWA


We did a BLB3 GNW game at the Seven Years War Association in South Bend, Indiana recently. It was based on the...

Let's make a wagon fort



Well, it was a thought that had been floating around my head for a while. I had some vague ideas about how I might scratch build a defend-able 'wagon barrier' but had never gone practical with it.



No time like the present - about a month or so till Partizan so nothing like a little pressure to focus the mind.

How many? (it was a question to self).. four? six?... how about twelve? OK. That's settled,...

Battle of Skull Mound Part 2 - Battle report photos


The Ottoman attack on Skull Mound builds cautiously but steadily.

With very little cavalry available the Ottomans were relying on firepower in this battle. We upgraded the Janissary units to Veteran with two small units rated with the rare Guard level and all ortas with flintlock muskets. The three field guns forming a baseline would hopefully provide plenty of support fire. 152 infantry, 18...

Battle of the Skull Mound 1677: The Scenario


1677.....

The Ottoman Empire, allied with Crimean Tatars is pushing north on the west bank of the great Dnieper river into the Ukranian territories. The first line of defence is offered by Cossacks on both sides of the river.

A strong Turkish force composed mainly of infantry has been given the objective of capturing a small Cossack settlement near an ancient Patzinak burial site known locally as...

Breaking the surface.. news on the GNW supplement


Mass charge by Polish cavalry 1683


My snorkel has just broken the surface as I come up for air before submerging again into SALUTE 19 on Friday and Saturday.


Brunswick-Celle infantry 1690s


I have not been blogging with regularity over the last three weeks simply because I have snatched every waking hour to finish off the last photos for the new GNW supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners.

The shot...

A most remarkable army.. Kuruc 1703-1711

An Osprey style compilation of Kuruc forces on the march mixing phases of its existence

The by ways of the late 17th century and early 18th provide magnificently juicy brain food for wargamers. Although I had in passing, read about the Kuruc Rebellion in Hungary during the first decade of the 18th century I had gone no further than a quick skim of what it was all about.

During the compilation of...

Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 3: The Rebel Army


A few militia style clothes may have been the most uniformed anyone got in Monmouth's Army

To describe the rebel forces as an army is probably being somewhat overgenerous. Several of the officer cadre including the Duke himself were soldiers, brave, proven and with battle experience gained in formal, continental wars. There were undoubtedly ex soldiers, deserters from the army, militiamen and...

Donnybrook and the Ottomans - Part 1: Who are these guys?

A scene from the massive panorama at the Army Museum in Istanbul. Photo copyright Barry Hilton

The history of the Ottoman Empire from birth in the 13th century till death in the 20th century is an epic chapter in the story of the human race. Since Warfare Miniatures decided to create a range of Ottomans I have read much more deeply than ever before about their culture, inventions, wars, politics...