The League of Augsburg

Gone live - 7 4PLAY scenarios now available in the LoA online store




After some final UAT modifications the first seven scenario packs in the 4PLAY series are noe commercially available in the LoA onlone store. Click on each in the shop to get a description of content. All contain 16-17 full colour pages


 All are priced at £3. Use the pdf postage charge which is 1p. 




001 1667 Medway campaign (land and sea)




002 1689 Scotland (land and sea)




003 1689 Western Ireland (land...

Snorkel up..


Aha! you say, where is he? Locked up at home and not blogging? Yes but...

I have been using all non-core work time to get these scenario pdfs packs produced from scratch. So far I have created six packs and play tested  and photographed 18 scenarios for inclusion. All the games have brief AARs to help players with tips and recommeded rules or adjustments where necessary.



All games are played on...

The perfection of military discipline by Mark Shearwood

I was delighted to open a package from Helion delivered by our trusty postal service this lunchtime because, I knew what it would be:






The perfection of military discipline: The plug bayonet and the English Army  1660-1705 

The book is written by Mark Shearwood, friend of this blog, good friend of mine, wargamer and modeller extraordinaire and most significantly of all, an authority on 17th century...

Marlborough's amphibious campaign 1690 - pdf release



It is with delight and some pride that we release our latest pdf detailing the campaigns in Ireland between 1688 and 1691.

Charles Fort, Kinsale - scene of a bloody siege, sallies and assaults


This one deals with the ambitious and extremely successful amphibious campaign undertaken by the Earl of Marlborough against Cork and Kinsale in the autumn of 1690. Involving thousands of troops fresh from...

Launching a privateer - Small ship action using my naval rules


The game setting... tropical paradise or, mosquito infested hell hole? Europeans in the Caribbean.

I  took an inevitable diversion into the world of piracy by painting a 4th rate up and flagging it as a late 17th century privateer of indeterminate nationality.

The frgiate Elizabeth set sail to meet the privateer threat

Having further developed the points system for my rule set I thought it would be...

Campaign report: One thousand Irish 19th March 1689



The game is underway... Akkerman hugs the coast and O'Brien has to reposition to block the channel at Duncriege.

Dave O'Brien's nautical Jacobites are once again, all at sea!................


Late in the action - Indomitable pounds Komeetster from an advantageous angle.


King James, newly arrived in Ireland is mustering his forces to take possession of the entire island and reinforce his loyal troops...

I found it in a box....




I obviously bought this for my 28mm projects about the time I was making merchant ships and pinnaces however it was long overlooked in a box, buried under other non started projects. During a recent wargaming colonic irrigation I cleared out much accumulated clutter. Purchases which never got off the stocks or even out of the bubble wrap.



I came across this. I remember buying it at Claymore two or...

BLB Head to Head #2: Jacobite Highlander v Williamite infantryman




Williamite infantry march into the Highlands

Of course not all Highlanders were Jacobite but, in our period of interest the terms fit together well to describe the feudal warriors who supported the Stuart cause. Men from the Highlands adhering to an individual method of fighting as opposed to a collective one. Highland forces were often small. At Killiecrankie it is doubltful whether Dundee had...

Williamite Army, 1690

Clarence Harrison - Just eye candy... not sure I've posted these as a set before... I still want to add more units (two Huguenot battalions and three squadrons of Eppinger's Dragoons), but I am well pleased with the collection. 







Somehow, I've never managed a series of photos for my assembled Jacobite army so I'll have to add to my 'to do' list!

BLB Head to Head #1: Gardes Francaises v Garden til Fods

The epitome of a XVII Guard unit for Beneath the Lily Banners

I thought it might be an idea to explain some of the BLB mechanisms by directly comparing opposing troops types in a gaming context both from a shooting and close combat perspective and adding a little detail on the units involved for those interested in collecting or building a particular formation.

Where better to start than with two...

Campaign Turn 1 complete - Round up





One turn down and five great games each with interesting results. Apart from the plenary information made available to everyone below, each player received a private breifing of events in their campaign orbit. The table shows the raw points scores after ship repairs but before purchases and upgrades for turn 2. The limit is 200 points spent per turn and players can go into debt and spend the 200...

8 battlefields.... and a wedding!

Is that possible?

In Scotland it is! Between leaving home in East Kilbride and arriving at the Craigellachie Hotel near Dufftown we passed through or within one mile of eight battlefields.
Craigellachie bridge over the Spey in the heart of whisky country. Manufactured in Wales!

The destination was a beautiful Georgian era bridge over the River Spey at Craigellachie on which three famous Highland...