The League of Augsburg

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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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It's St Patrick's Day so...


We can't let today pass without featuring some Irish action from the Nine Years War on the blog. So I thought the best way to pay tribute to the theatre and the fighting men which has given me the most stimulation to understand the period in the last thirty years was to simply create a photo montage of action and inspiration in Ireland from the League of Augsburg..



Happy St Patrick's day to...

Epic action in a square foot


Scenario 3 Trial by Fire!


I have finished my intensive activities around the Battle of Vågen 1665 and am duty bound to report that from an English perspective, it is the equivalent of setting your computer AI to Extreme Difficulty level. Three iterations of the battle - the historical, an amended order of battle including some heavier English units which were present but dicnot participate in the...

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...