The League of Augsburg

Project Vågen - The smallest large wargame I've ever done?

1664 VOC Return Fleet from Batavia value of cargo: £500,000,000: The 'Mark'.

In my relentless quest to create more wargaming collateral I turned to an action which has long fascinated me - The Battle of Vågen which took place during the 2nd Anglo Dutch War. Vågen is not actually a place, it is the harbour area of the town of Bergen in Norway. A Dutch East India Spice fleet which had avoided passing...

Mad for War Movement tutorial video



 I have uploaded a easy guide to movement and turning which should oil the wheels for those Admirals now finding their sea legs.


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The bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!


The Bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!

The Battle of Killiecrankie, July 27th 1689 is of enduring interest to me. It has all of the romanticism of a Hollywood mini series. A hero, who was long seen as a traitor and villain by his co-religionists and had both the sobriquet of Bluddy Clavers and Bonnie Dundee. A fractious army held together by the strength of his personality and that of other giant human...

A demi century of opportunity 1650-1699


I was asked to deliver a talk on the merits of the 17th century as a wargaming opportunity yesterday evening for the Phoenix Wargames Club of Glasgow, Scotland. I happily agreed to that and was rather surprised to see attendees from Kent, Holland and Texas also on the Zoom dashboard. I thought it was a wee local thing for West of Scotland gamers but of course the internet makes us all local!

What I...

Mad for War tutorial - Single ship combat video


Brederode versus James 1652

I have been working furiously on preparing a whoe series of Mad for War support materials including tutorial videos dealing with all of the main aspects of the rules in short 3-6 minute bites. These will begin appearing on the League of Augsburg YouTube channel soon. In advance of that, I have completed a slightly longer walk through battle report as a video. 


It features...

Battle of the Boyne video tutorial


I have made a Battle of The Boyne video focusing on how to get the most from the wargaming opportunities presented by this iconic battle.


It features information on the armies, features some tabletop examples and offers tips on how to set up your own games.


I am still experimenting with the format for videos but am trying very hard to keep both my mug and my mits out of shot! I don't like either in...

Sharks, blast furnaces and me


Apparently sharks die if they stop swimming. I don't know if that is true but it is an interesting thought. As a trained metallurgist, I do know that if you let a blast furnace cool down too much, it is 'gubbed'. And then I realized that I need to find the next project or.....


Of course, Clarence and I are well advanced with Mad for War,  but the 4Play scenarios combined with the proof of concept...

Latest 4Play scenario releases




I have been working on these behind the scenes to get them ready for release before Christmas. The first is the missing #18. As many blog members are collecting the series, a few of the sharp eyed had noticed that this number was missing from the sequence and had asked about it. 





I had partially finished it during the last release but held it over to make a few tweaks. Here it is at last. The first...

Every bullet has its billet and Helion Special Offer




This has been a productive year. Helion have released Every bullet has its billet exactly on time. Congratulations to Charles and his team for delivering the goods on time and to the right quality.


I received my author's copies by the Saturday lunchtime post and am very happy to report that the product is very much up to expectation. The finishing is very nice. layout easy on the eye and the...

Donnybrook at Sea - a Q & A summary


 Why?

My lifelong interest in naval wargaming has only recently been allowed to flourish. The research needed to complete a comprehensive set of rules for the period 1630-1720 made it clear that the vast majority of naval action involved a handful of small ships. The mega sea battles of which there were many, are the mere tip of an enormous berg. By ignoring the small ship action anyone interested...

It's here! Christmas came a little early..


Despite Brexit, Covid 19, National lockdown and a snap snowfall in Scotland - A one tonne pallet arrived from Lithuania via Thames Gateway and I unloaded it this morning.

A Taste of Victory! will ship to pre order customers on Monday and Tuesday next week which is 10 days earlier than I had anticipated. Hurrah!



I am happy that this project got from drawing board to market quicker than any I have...

Koxinga and Shi Lang - Donnybrook at Sea goes East



Donnybrook at Sea will be released over the next two weeks. Its production has allowed us to indulge our passion for both the 17th century and ships in excess.... oh what fun we've had!

Koxinga leads a flotilla of small vessels against the Dutch at Fort Zeelandia

A little discovery gem for me has been the exploits of Zheng Chenggong a Ming loyalist who, in his short 37 years did enough to guarantee...