The League of Augsburg

End of a dream or, the fate of all traitors? Argyll Rebellion 1685.


The plucky Arran boards St Albans - a bloody fight ensued.

 The concluding episode in the unexpected 1685 saga. Here were the briefs;


ARGYLL

Things have gone badly for Monmouth and he has pleaded with you to help him. His army has been pushed west into Wales and now is positioned with its back to the sea near Milford Haven. You have agreed to sail south to extricate the Duke and the remnant of his...

King Campbell? or king-maker.. 1685 Argyll Rebellion - a remarkable tale

It started with the 4Play pack #17 The Campbell's are coming! which begat the 4Play Mad for War pack #35 Ne Obliviscaris! dealing with the naval aspects of the Argyll Rebellion. Dave and Colin helped play through scenario #2 the historical encounter at Loch Ruel which developed into a full scale action rather than the chaotic abandonment of his ships that Argyll actually presided over.


The...

Walking the Talk - Battlefields in Scotland 1660-1692

Glencoe - view from near Signal Rock


Scotland in May can be heaven. Anywhere after 16 months of looking out of your home office window is nice but managing to spent that first trip away in glorious weather walking historical sites in Argyll was just the tonic I needed. I had a very strong urge to visit once more, some of the sites I had written about in the 4Play packs  003 One Thousand Irish and...

Barry does WSS? Yes, but not as you know it!

De Pointis breaks clear of Bahia de Gibraltar

Inspired by a post on the Mad for War Facebook Group I created and played the Battle of Punta Cabrita(Marbella) March 10th 1705, within 24 hours of reading the historical background. A French squadron which had been attempting to recapture Gibraltar for the Bourbon cause is attacked as it withdraws from Bahia de Gibraltar, off Punta Cabrita which is...

Spring Offer - A Taste of Victory! 33% off




In the spirit of optimism which Spring always brings I thought I would do a little special offer on A Taste of Victory!




The recent negative adjustment in postal rates and introduction of various random taxes by European countries on British goods have in truth, dented international buisness. Shipping prices to the US in particular are prohibitive and farcical. 



Best way round that is to make things...

New direction - 4Play meets Republic to Empire




It took a little longer than I thought it would but, the first 4Play Napoleonic pack is available. It is 34 pages long and contains three scenarios laid out for both Republicto Empire AND March of Eagles. Orbats are written separately for each rule system. As I have added a lot of gaming detail into this pack the 4Play game reports are not a feature. 





If these are missed I will re introduce them in...

Free Mad for War scenario pack available




I promised to make some free collateral available for those interested in using ther Mad for War system of 17th century naval gaming. Here is the first free 4Play format scenario pack called Clear for action!




It has 28 pages, full colour throughout, three scenarios including Portuguese versus Dutch, Dutch versus English and Privateers versus French.




Obviously you need the Mad for War Essential guide...

Assault on La Haye Sainte



Republic to Empire has quietly but steadily carved a little niche in the Napoleonic gaming canon over the years. It has continued to sell well both in digital and hard copy. We have neglected it solely due to lack of time capacity to cover and support everything else we produce. This first Republic to Empire video takes a step to redress that support gap.




This video takes a brief tour around...

Did you ever wonder.....?


The hard fighting Danish contingent in action

 .....what happened to those Danish troops from  the Dronningens and Oldenburgske regiments that did not make it to Ireland to fight against King James and win glory at The Boyne, Aughrim and Limerick?


Danes in the Mourne Mountains

King Christian V of Denmark appeared to be a lot of things. Headstrong, avaricious, possibly not very bright. When he...

Forget Pirates of the Caribbean - Latest LoA video


The Battle of Bear Bay, Spitsbergen 1693

I have just completed the latest video which focuses on gaming with French privateers during the Nine Years War. Even if you are a landlubber this touches your interest as these corsairs captured hundreds of Danish troops bound for Ireland and many were pressed into service in the Royale Danois. 



The video features one of the most unusual naval battles in...

By way of a thank you - Any 10 from the list

For Post #1,001

I thought it would be nice to give our visitors an opportunity to pick up a little bargain if they are so inclined. The pdf uniform and scenario packs have proved to be very popular. The fact the the range continues to expand is testimony to that. 

We now have 27 Uniform guides and 25 4Playpacks excluding the 2 FREE packs. The prices vary on these between £2 and £6 with most being in...

Mad for War 4Play releases

Assurance versus Constant Reformation 1649

 I am very pleased to announce the release of the first 4Play scenario packs specifically designed for Mad for War. There are 16 packs which will be released over the next few weeks but the first batch of four is a nice cross section of some of the different conflicts of the late 17th century which will be covered by the series.

The Commonwealth Fleet

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