|Irish defences south of Athlone Castle and the bridge|
Having spent time walking many of the battlefields of the Irish wars I am constantly gaining a better understanding of the actions that took place. The recent Promenades Travel Jacobite Wars tour gave me a chance to do some more sniffing around.
|The Castle and bridge in 1691|
Being based in Athlone allowed considerable time to explore this small...
|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...
|Field guns at Oldbridge|
We packed a helluva lot into four and a half days visiting Oldbridge, Donore, Duleek, Athlone, Aughrim, Portumna, Nena and Limerick. We spent long enjoyable days walking the fields, forts, castles and sites of the campaigns of 1690 and 1691 in Leinster, Connaught and Munster.
|Sean O' Brogain's artwork in the cafe at Oldbridge|
We had an outstanding group of friendly, curious...
|Ottoman positional battery with 15 gunners|
These were sculpted a long time back but Covid scuppered the release in various ways. I have not yet production moulded them but I have a limited number of master casts which I can make available to anyone who wants to get their hands on some now. There are three sets following our established pattern of Firing, Running back and Loading.
|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.
All systems appear GO! I am expecting delivery of Taste of Victory! in the third week of December so am gearing up for the pre order. Delivery will be as soon as possible after that pending the usual Christmas postal challenges.
The book is 116 pages, full colour, hardback and printed by the same company who did such a good job on With Talon and Claw.
It contains 18 scenarios for Beneath the Lily...
|Lord Mountjoy's Regiment leave the city in November 1688|
|Marlborough's troops go ashore at Passage West|
|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...
I have been holding back on certain posts for a while simply because I wanted to see how things were unfolding with Covid and supply chain issues such as manufacturing and master moulding.
Things are slowly getting resolved but overall, I will have to implement wholesale changes in the way that I get products to market.Ultimately, that will be to everyone's benefit but during the transition,...
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