The League of Augsburg

A weekend with the League of Augsburg…..

With another Weekender looming on the horizon Mark Shearwood shares his view of some wargaming Rock n' roll...

Mark's first killing ground near Taunton.. lucky he was defending!

I have followed the reports of previous weekends with interest and I must admit a little envy, so when a thread appeared by Barry on Fighting Talk on the Monday following Salute 2016 putting out feelers for a autumn weekend...

William of Orange - Warfare Miniatures by Mark Allen

Mark Allen was one of the main influences on my obsession with the period which has given its name to this Blog. I drooled over Mark's inspirational figures and games photographed so carefully by Duncan Macfarlane as far back as 1991 when they were a staple of Wargames Illustrated. His series on the armies of the period is still a go to resource for me and I am certain, many others.

It therefore...

The Battle of Aughrim 1691-2016 325th Anniversary


I am delighted to feature a post by Alan Larsen explaining the role his Re-enactor group 'The Troop' played in the commendable commemorative event which took place in the Summer of 2016.

Photo: John Finnerty (By permission)


As many readers will know, Aughrim tends to be the forgotten major action of the Williamite Wars in Ireland. This is quite remarkable given that it was a larger and more decisive...

Battle for Britain Part 8.. In the North, it's complicated

Right Lads! Where are we stashing this blagged gear? The story from the North



After a short interlude of news and other stuff we are back in 1692 Britain and joining the confused commanders about to do battle for their chosen King and take control of Britain...

In the three weeks running up to the weekender I sent campaign summaries to the commanders. The idea was to get everyone in the groove and...

Battle for Britain Part 7 - Players enter stage left

von Tettau, Marlborough and Tollemache left, Sarsfield, Hamilton and Berwick on the right
Three weeks before the event each player was sent a '1692 State of the Kingdoms' summary, a brief regarding their own situation and an order of battle giving details of the forces with which they would enter the campaign.

The master view campaign positional map - players saw a limited view of this


Over the...

Battle for Britain Part 6 - The Earl of Marlborough's command

Marlborough's interesting and challenging Command


Now then, saving the most interesting till last? What to do with Mr Churchill? I had cast him in the role of undecided. He had played little part in the alternative history between 1690 and our current point the summer of 1692.

He appeared to have retired to country life, taking time to be with his family, explore alternative sources of income to...

Battle for Britain Part 5 - The Williamite troops

General Mackay's attack against Wauchope's French at Ripon 14th September 1692

Continuing the story of our Battle for Britain campaign with a focus on the Williamite forces participating in the war...

King William's forces were even more heterogeneous than those of King James. Dutch, English, Danes, Scots, Scots-Irish and French Protestant all contributed. Our commanders reflected this multi...

Battle for Britain Part 4 - The French

The experienced Regiment La Couronne


Continuing the story of our Battle for Britain campaign with a focus on the French troops participating in the war...

Clearly the most important power in Europe and the grand puppet master of the continent Louis XIV had to have a key role in the battle for the British islands and the crown.

Since we allowed St Ruhe to survive the Battle of Aughrim and score a...

Battle for Britain Part 3 - the Jacobite Commands

The climactic Battle of Badon Hill

Continuing the story of our mini campaign of the battle for Britain in 1692 created around an alternative history post July 12, 1691.

Creating the forces for each commander was enjoyable and challenging in equal measure. I had to think about balancing the number, quality, fighting style, weaponry and durability with the character of the commander and the player...

Blogging for Britain Part 2 - the preparation


The Battle of Badon Hill September 19th 1692

Let's pick up the tale of the Battle for Britain 1692 weekender event with some more background and some appetite whetting shots form the actual weekender....

The magnificent seven Jacobite commanders were Viscount Dundee, Patrick Sarsfield, Marquis de St Ruhe, Richard Hamilton, John Wauchope, Dominic Sheldon and the Duke of Berwick. Weighing in for King...

Blogging for Britain Part 1 - the preparation

1692 The fight has moved to England.. Ireland is almost all under Jacobite rule.


Organizing our Battle for Britain 1692 weekender has taken more creative effort than any of our other multiplayer events in the last decade. The main reason being that I wanted to run a campaign style ramp up in the immediate few weeks before the event. This meant creating orbats and a back story for the fifteen...

Battle of Reunion Concluding Part - Bob's view - The Williamites speak out

Toggy walks us through his conclusions about BLB3, the Reunion Priory scenario and gaming with an army composed entirely of Raw Williamite troops....


A hard fighting Enniskillener from Warfare Miniatures


An eagerly awaited game with Barry and Dave and another chance to play test the latest version of BLB which we had briefly played at Claymore in August.

As usual a very simple looking table, a ruin...