The League of Augsburg
Santiago - Lost Treasury ship - somewhere on The Gambia 1652
The Treasury galleon
On a mission to collect valuable trade items including ivory, salt, gold and beeswax, the galleon Santiagowas scuttled by her commander in a remote stretch of the Gambia river after an abortive attack by pirates, the nationality of which has never been established. She was already laden with riches from the East which unusually, were being brought to Europe on the westerly...
Rupert kills more men than Cecil B. de Mille
|Thousans of 'em!|
Thursday's visit to The Gambia was indeed a doozy. Having spent two days capturing a stranded slaver and then taking another day to drag her off the shoal on which she was glued, Rupe and the lads were just sitting down to breakfast when what charges over the horizon?
|Remember the heroics to capture Temperance in the first place?|
A swarm of deadly little pirate craft full of angry...
The Battle of Ocracoke - Blackbeard's last stand.
This is a great scenario to play and getting the historical feel was relatively easy with Donnybrook at Sea. I have always found Blackbeard an interesting character as his pantomime persona is at odds with his thoughtful approach to piracy and his victims.
He seems to have given thought to persuasion, been reluctant to kill unnecessarily and a lot more cerebral than many of his more...
Battle Royal - Maurice at the Careenage
|The work party crossing open ground from lagoon to careenage|
Maurice watched the attack develop from an observation platform near the river. Groups of warriors emerged from the undergrowth and under a hail of arrows, parties ran toward the log barricades. The irony of English muskets in African hands, turned upon their former owners was not lost on the defenders as the sailors came under fire. The...
Prince 2 - You're up!
|Maurice atop the observation platform at the Careenage.|
Simultaneous with Rupert's epic capture of the slaver Temperance on the northern shore of the Gambia, his younger brother, in charge of the careenage and lagoon used for repairing the damaged Revenge of Whitehall, has really stirred up the locals.
|The Kombans attack!|
Their continuing failure to deliver promised fresh water supplies to the...
This is why we wargame...
|Master Darbyshire prepares his ship for the Royalist attack.|
After a work enforced pause which lasted three weeks, our Rupert on the Gambia campaign resumed last night. It brought one of those golden moments in gaming the always come unexpectedly. The campaing resumed on Day 9 of the thirty day odyssey with Rupert haveing failed to capture a grounded English slaver lying in a difficult position on...
Augsburg Partizan Candy..
|Ottomans and Tatars to the left, Cossacks and Commonwealth to the right.|
Following on from the Candia Magnificence, my bijouterie lived next door at Newark, offering the Partizan audience an intense little corner of Turkish Delight which seemed to please them.
|Timariot ad Kapikulu Sipahis representing about 1,500 high quality cavalry|
It's been a curious thing, but over the last few months the number...
Candia Candy - Ian Cluskey's Epic
|Sense the scale of this epic!|
Devotion to the cause is the mark of the 17th century gamer. It doesn't come at any higher level than Jean de Dieu Labedoyere's (aka Ian C) game modelling the epic 21 years siege of Iraklion (Heraklio), Crete between 1648 and 1669.
|Close in naval support|
I am told it was perhaps seven years in the making. My game and this tour de force were side by side at The Other...
Battle of Lepanto 1571 - a small (1/1200 scale) homage
|Christians approach through the narrows|
With the anniversary of this enormous sea battle occurring yesterday, I thought I would fight a little game to mirror the setting and the ships. This is a 1/1200 scale game using Ark Royal Miniatures and a few Langton Christian ships.
|The Ottomans are holding a strong defensive position|
I used Mad for Warcombining the galleys and square rigged rules sections...
And here is how it played out....
|Héros close in during the heat of the action!|
Although co-architect of the attack on the stranded English slaver Temperance, Rupert was prevented from playing anything but the role of spectator on account of a strong north westerly wind. Thomas Darbyshire, master of the grounded vessel, used his long experience at sea to make the best of a difficult position. Lying high and dry in an extremely...
Tales from the river bank.. Rupert in the Gambia
|Off the Bakendik Bolong, Rupert attacks the stranded Temperance.|
Eight days (15 turns) into the campaign, we are at the 25% mark. It has been an eventful journey so far and the Royalists are no further than four miles from the mouth of the Gambia River. They have had two encounters with Berber pirates coming off worst in the first encounter and being mere spectators to a French victory in the...
Tooling up for some 4Play in the 1650-1690 period Eastern style
I really don't remember having this much stuff, but I guess it has been accumulating over the past few years. Although I will have to top and tail a few units the armies are pretty solid in terms of numbers and troop types. Here are a few shots of Polish, Cossack, Ottoman and Tatar forces.
They will feature in a few new foreplay scenario packs I am currently working on so, if you are a fan of With...