The League of Augsburg

The Battle of Livorno 4th March 1653 Part 2: After action report


The lie of van Galen's ships as Badiley approaches from the north west. Mary is escaping.


Start positions. Sole survivor Mary, makes her escape toward Badiley's reinforcing squadron.

With Badiley to windward appearing over the western horizon to the north of Livorno, van Galen’s victorious squadron picked its way through the wreckage of Appleton’s five ruined ships and attempted to reach open water...

The Battle of Livorno 4th March 1653 Refight Part 1 - Set up and background


Barry's Battle of Livorno as refought


Painting of the Battle of Livorno


This is the first time I have refought a historical battle ship for ship and also, my first blogged battle from the 1st Anglo Dutch War.  I have made a couple of small amendments to the rules to simulate the Dutch preference for boarding during the earlier period.

The Dutch ship Zon in action at Livorno


The Battle of Livorno...

Campaign report: de Ruyter on the Volta 1664

I have been a bit remiss at not posting this campaign report sooner, but, it was a cracker and worth waiting for... Brilliant game, well played by both Dave and Colin.

The den of iniquity that is Adafoah - target of de Ruyter's squadron.
Mouth of the Volta River, Slave Coast.  August 22nd, 1664

The mission to extinguish Arab slaving activities operating from abandoned Portuguese facilities on the...

Battles of Goa 1638-39

Da Silva sails out to do battle with Van der Veere

The Portuguese colony of Goa came under repeated pressure from the Dutch VOC during the period of  European expansion in the 17th century. Here is a link to a previous blog post about my visit to Reis Magos - the 16th century Portuguese fort at Goa, still in working order.

Portuguese Fort Reis Magos -Goa

1639 raid by van der Veere on the three...

His wonders to perform... God and the Medway Estuary

I actually wrote this piece last year and made a conscious decision to give up flying about two weeks later. I have am pleased to say I have only been in a plane eight times since. Of course, the current situation makes flying almost impossible anyway. Good, we're saving the planet.

The terrain as it stands

Upper middle of shot - Isle of Sheppey and beyond - The Medway Estuary.

I do a lot of flying....

Chinese take- out? VOC v Pirates 1666

South China Seas action

In my continuing Covid-induced privateer laboratory I decided to blood some ships I had painted a few months back just because I had them. A few packs of Chinese pirate junks which I had intended to use specifically to run out against European vessels exploiting the riches of the South China Sea.


VOC Trading station somewhere in modern day Indonesia


By now you know the form -...

Campaign report: Run for home, Mull October 8th 1689

The third report from round two of the campaign.. Jan Baert kidnaps a very important person dear to King William and burns some Scottish assets in the process. Taking on no less than twelve enemy ships he runs for home!

Baert's ships approach the island chain.
Turns 1-4

The fresh westerly winds created heavy seas and made sailing extremely challenging for Baert’s four ships as they nosed northward.


Th...

Continuing the privateer scenario play tests: Portuguese man o'war

Rainha Santa Isabel - 52 guns Portuguese man o'war

Lots in this post for those interested in more involved ship to ship combats and small actions involving boarding and character play.....


The three iterations of the three on one ship scenario produced thought provoking results. The single privateer vessel won all encounters although the final run against the Martinique based French was a very close...

Saved the best to last.. Caribbean test 3



It's a funny old game (to paraphrase Greavsie). Having experienced two wins from two for the single 'blinged up' privateer Sea WolfI thought I'd give the European power trio's third leg a chance to prevail over the pirates. It turned out to be the best game of all with so many little twists that I played on for 15 turns to get the final result. It took about 90 minutes altogether but of course I...

Second run of the privateer play test




I considered the first run of this game not a fluke but perhaps a little fortunate for the privateer ship.
So, giving it another go with pretty much everything the same except, the opponents this time were the Dutch West India Company Geoctroyeerde Westindische Compagnie  or GWC.  The ship profiles were exactly the same with Jupiter replacing Elizabeth, Schiedam substituting for Swan and Egmondfor...

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...