The League of Augsburg

New FREE 4PlayX pack - let me know if you want a copy

 



4Play has proved to be popular. Visitors to the blog will have noticed the high level of output which has been matched by a lot of inbound emails regarding content. That is just what I need. As an example, requests this week alone have included; more GNW, a pack covering a WTK tutorial game, The Covenanter Rebellions, more on Flanders campaigns, Sedgemoor, more Ireland focused material and,...

Anniversary post: Malplaquet 1709: The pyrrhic victory

Malplaquet - played on a 20 x 12 foot E shaped table

Of Marlborough's four victories Malplaquet was the last and most marginal if it was a victory at all. It is a tactically blunt sledgehammer battle during which horrendously costly frontal assaults incurred casualties at a alarming level for the army of the Alliance. 


The French cavary reserve - over 100 squadrons (50 model squadrons)

Comparing the...

Feature: Scenario pack : Bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee! Killiecrankie 1689


Normally overshadowed by a few myths and tourist-focused, trivial details such as Scotland versus England, the death of the hero Dundee, a Highland charge and Soldier's Leap, the Battle of Killiecrankie receives much less attention than it deserves. 


The outcome was decisive, the tactical approach of both sides markedly different, the armies dramatically different in size, culture and leadership...

Feature: Scenario pack : Lightning Strike! Marlborough at Cork and Kinsale

Marlborough's troops go ashore at Passage West

This one came together very quickly in terms of content and choosing the actions to include. The games mainly use 4playX table sizes with eight units per side and gaming for eight turns. I have not fought these battles before in all my years of gaming the period nor, have I seen them demoed on the circuit. That is a little surprising when the...

New scenario pack releases- In the shop now!

I am absolutely delighted to have completed these four new scenario packs. They are now released and available in the online shop. These cover some exciting and unusual campaigns or, novel twists on better known campaigns. I will detail each in a separate post but suffice it to say, even if you are familiar with these events, you will find a new angle on each in the packs.
These are larger pdfs...

Scenario pdfs - Lockdown was the spur and now...

Kinsale scenario on a 4PlayX table

Exactly a year ago I was sitting in a very quiet part of Mallorca planning the next book. It'll be quick I told myself. Six months maybe. Well, it is just about ready and it took a year. It would have been sooner but Lockdown affected the layout process. That's all done now. It is a 128 page scenario book for Beneath the Lily Banners and is called 'A taste of...

New knowledge from my own doorstep. The Argyll Rebellion 1685.

 



Anyone interested in the period will automatically associate the year 1685 with James II & VII's ascension to the throne and.... The Monmouth Rebellion. The Argyll Rebellion, which overlapped and was inextricably linked with Monmouth's adventure is not very well known and often dismissed in a few lines allowing all gunsights to be retrained yet again on the West Country Protestant rising. 

Royal...

With Talon and Claw 25 point army lists

 


A customer asked me to put together some 25 point army lists for  With Talon and Claw. I thought those would be worht sharing as this type of information always comes in useful. 

The three forces in questions are


Cossacks 1650-1720

4 x 18 model infantry All musket,  Drilled (all with wagon defence to the front @ 1pt instead of 0.5 point for chevaux)  8 points
1 x 18 model infantry All musket,...

Anniversary post- Blindheim and.....

French infantry deploy


Lest I forget! Today is the anniversary of that 'dine out' Waterloo of the 18th century... The Battle of Blindheim. Giving acknowledgement to this great feat of arms is completely justified. It was an astounding and decisive victory. 


British squadrons and Blood's artillery


What should not be forgotten is that in achieving this signal triumph, the bleeding was done by a Grand...

Scenario: 13th June 1667 Medway AAR Part 2




Sorry for the delay in posting the Part 2 of this scenario. No reasons other than I have been really busy on writing and photographing the next wave of 4PLAY scenarios during my annual leave.  More on that soon but meanwhile....

Turn 16

Terrible luck befell the English. The ‘Damn your eyes!’ card was drawn and a nervous, civilian- manned battery at the north end of the New Dockyard loosed its guns...

Scenario: 13th June 1667 Medway AAR Part 1




The Scenario


This scenario represents the climactic day of the spectacular Dutch attack on the English fleet at anchor in the River Medway. The objective is to burn three large ships of the line which have been partially sunk in shallow water down river of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham. The Dutch are led by the mastermind of the campaign Admiral van Ghent and accompanying the expedition is the...

Anniversary Post: Bloody Aughrim - Remembered as a wargame

Jacobite cavarly attack!

The Battle of Aughrim holds a strangely Cinderella like quality when compared with the Battle of the Boyne but in everyway it is more interesting. It was more evenly matched. more brutal and more decisive.
A game I organized at Derby a few years back (terrain by Adrian Howe)




It occurred almost a year later and by that time, despite their myriad tribulations, the Irish army...