The League of Augsburg

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...

Naval campaign game 5: All hands to the oars!

Darkness and fog - ideal for an escape bid from a potentially hostile harbour

November 23rd, 1688: Copenhagen

Chaos reigns supreme in England. The invasion by Willem of Orange less than three weeks previously has caused the army to disintegrate. The naval service is in turmoil, torn between loyalty to its old commander in chief and King, the officers and men weigh the options for their individual...

Whiskey in the Jar-oh! Part 6: Characters and stuff

Hogan?
Galloping Hogan

Hogan’s role in this scenario is as a scout and not a fighter. He provides the Jacobite player with some extra options which emphasize his local knowledge and cunning.                                                               


·       Hogan and the Shannon: Hogan can change the position of the ford! When he writes down the designated crossing point at the start of the game...

Whiskey in the Jar-oh! Part 5: The game

The river Shannon at Portumna - near where Sarsfield's cavalry are thought to have forded.


What happened? I had originally started posting this seven parter back in 2016 but for some reason never posted the final three parts which I have just come across and realized they were finished!
So, picking up from Part 4 which you can link back to here:

Whiskey in the Jar-o Part 4

Here is Part 5 to be...

Naval campaign missions - the first five

Here are the first five missions for the chosen fleets in overview. One has already been fought, I have written orders from another and await the instructions of the remaiing Generals at Sea.

In no particular order:




De Ruyter - September 1664 off the Gold Coast/Ghana
Scenario name: Free trade?


The Dutch East India Company (VOC) has been building trade via Gold Coast ports for several years. The...

Media work





Been busy talking to some media moguls in the hobby over the last couple of weeks. I did a podcast interview for Henry Hyde's Battlechat Live 32 which seemed to fly by but actually lasted two hours. Well, Henry and I are never short of a word or dozen and the experience was candid and interesting. He has a nice interviewing style which opens the interviewee up before they know it. Henry is a...

The dust is settling.. With Talon and Claw reflections and a QRS!





The book reached its first customer on August 16th and now seems to have arrived in most corners of the globe. It was a massive relief to finish this project which had been all consuming for over eighteen months.

The final decision to print is always a bit like betting £50,000 on red. You know there is a risk that something will not be right but having checked and checked, you can't find it. It was...

Guest Post: The work of Gareth Lane Dutch troops 1690s



I have the privilege of receiving photos of the work of many talented gamers add collectors interested in our period.




Recently I was sent some wonderful pictures of units from the collection of Gareth Lane. I was very taken with the style of the units and the painting.




Gareth has used wonderful castings from North Star's 1672 range and has depicted some fine units from the forces of the Dutch...

Book review: Wars and soldiers in the early reign of Louis XIV : Bruno Mugnai


This first volume of a series is another example of the gusto with which Helion's Century of the Soldier series managing editor is attacking his subject. A decade ago finding books like this was like looking for hen's teeth, these days Charles Singleton is issuing them like the belt feed of an MG42.

It's a weighty tome with more than 250 pages and a broad spread of content from period background...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694: Part 4


A map drawn up to wargame the action
Wargaming Camaret Bay
It does sound unmistakably like D-Day. It took place around 200 miles from and almost exactly 250 years to the day before Operation Overlord as, although the date is now noted at June 18th the old style calendar marks it as June 6th or 7thin most sources. The action can be fought in various ways; as a large scale battle, as a skirmish or...

The National Museum of Ireland - a lovely wee surprise

The parade ground square at Collins Barracks which is an old British Army facility from the late 18th/early 19th century.

I squeezed this in whilst speaking at a conference in Dublin. What a wonderful find it was. In this first post I thought I would trail the variety of fantastic and interesting militaria contained in a very substantial and well laid out national museum. I visited the Collins...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 1

This piece was first run in Wargames Illustrated in 2016. I thought it a solid multi-parter to run on the blog whilst I am holidaying.

Contemporaneous notoriety

The disastrous attack at Camaret Bay on June 18th1694 was a very English tragedy. From a distance of 322 years it is easy to understand that a relatively minor operation which went badly wrong and resulted in the death of a largely forgotten...