The League of Augsburg

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 1

This piece was first run in Wargames Illustrated in 2016. I thought it a solid multi-parter to run on the blog whilst I am holidaying.

Contemporaneous notoriety

The disastrous attack at Camaret Bay on June 18th1694 was a very English tragedy. From a distance of 322 years it is easy to understand that a relatively minor operation which went badly wrong and resulted in the death of a largely forgotten...

One Saturday at mine... Building 1/2400 terrain

I have been researching how to bring this important campaign to the table top for a while now. That activity has paid off. I originally planned to build the entire river in 1/2400 which would have been a mammoth task however, I have now identified five important stretches:

1.The Mouth/Sheerness
2. Musselbank
3. Gillingham Reach and St Mary's Creek
4. The Chatham Dockyard stretch
5. Chatham to Rochester...

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...

Verbrand hun slagschepen! (Burn their battleships!) June 13th 1667: Part 1

Restoration idyll. Lying at anchor in the calm of a June morning - Three men o'war in ordinary.

I was keen to run this scenario and determine whether it made an exciting  two player wargame or, whether it was a 'play against the house' type affair.

I have explained the background in a previous post - During the Medway Raid (Tocht naar Chatham) the ultimate phase was the Dutch attack on the pre-sunk...

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Having co written Donnybrook and produced an as yet unpublished extension for Beneath the Lily Banners dealing with small unit actions it was always the plan to deal with some of the 1667 Medway fighting in 28mm.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

Going large(er).. Small squadron action 1666 2nd Dutch War - Suffolk coast.

The year is 1666.......


A moment from T3...The Fireship Rotterdam explodes!

Getting more used to the rules, having added in some of my own detail and generally loving the game play, I decided it was time to get a bit more ambitious with the Dutch Wars naval action.

I now have enough ships painted and had so far resisted putting anything larger than a 3rd Rate on the table but that self-denying rule...

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,...