The League of Augsburg

Naval Campaign game 3: Baert's Baptism!

March 19, 1689
Scenario name: Schomberg's reinforcements
Baert has word of a troop convoy bound for either Hoylake or Belfast. It is carrying English and Dutch soldiers to Ireland to fight King Louis's cousin James II. His ships left Dunkirk three days ago and are approaching the convoy from the north and windward. He is ordered to sink or capture as many of the transports as possible. The convoy is...

Naval campaign game 2: Free trade? De Ruyter's first scenario


Set up


Peter's Dutch squadron under legendary commander Michiel de Ruyter has its first outing.

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 English have become increasingly interested in bolstering their cash strapped economy and its own Royal Africa Company has...

Naval Campaign game 1: Sovereign of the Seas?

14th February 1665: Off the Isle of Wight
Scenario name: Sovereign of the Seas

His Majesty King Charles II demands that every foreign vessel passing through English waters acknowledges his position as Sovereign of the Seas. In so doing each ship must lower its colours when an English warship is within sight. Although not at war, tension with France is mounting due to its support for the Dutch...

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...

Meet the Fleets!

It was with interest, pleasure and gamer's curiosity that I opened the mails from participating blog members concerning the construction of their fleets for the occasional games which will be run and retold here.

The first is chosen by a Dutch gamer who will go under his nom de guerre... Jan Baert or as he is known beyond the Dutch speaking world - Jean Bart. 'Terror of the Dutch' and all round...

Your participation if you wish it....

English: From left: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 5th galley-frigate

I mentioned previously that it would be fun to get some small fleets together chosen/owned by blog visitors and that I would where possible, fight out randomly generated actions and feed back the results. If lots of people participate then the game load may get onerous and your fleet may not see action too often but, we can only...

Weather beaten? Part 1 intro : Tangier... but not as we know it Jim!

A representation of Tangier harbour in 1666. The shape is roughly that of the modern port as seen on various pictures
The English colony in Tangier has always fascinated me. I have gamed it on land and am currently in the process of assembling forces for it again in 28mm.

I have gazumped that project with an extension of my Dutch Wars naval adventure. As I always do, I try and stretch any project...

Foulness - what did I learn?


The blue markers indicate ships which have fired and which will need to pass a reload check before firing again.

Firstly I learned that I enjoy naval wargaming as much as I did when aged nine. Then gaming involved hand-drawn and coloured plan views of Napoleonic men o'war which sailed round my blue bedroom carpet using a rule set borrowed from the public library. I have such fond memories of those...

The Battle of Foulness, 1st May 1672, Part 2 - Battle report.

Returning to the Essex coastline to bring you the news from the fleets... whether you align with the Dutch, English or French... here it comes.

The most dramatic moment of the battle seen from the north.

Turn 5 

Many vessels, feeling they had the advantage of opponents in gunnery duels, attempted to back sail and hold position to secure victory. The Ruby, surrounded and taking heavy fire, was shot to...

The Battle of Foulness, May 1st 1672 Part 1 Battle report



The war between the English and Dutch intensifies with King Charles' fleet desperate to expunge the shame of 1667 which haunts the navy, torments national pride and the authority of the Crown.

Dutch admirals are brazen and bold and have little fear of probes and forays into the very heart of home waters. One such 'cruise' is moving down the English coast off Essex and appears to be heading into the...

Spoiling myself

Thick of the action at Foulness.

Work has been pretty all consuming of late and I have been promising myself a gaming treat for a while merely as a little carrot to keeping me wading through the grind. The naval rules have been growing in detail and feel and during my travels. A point system and some of the random elements which I like to incorporate in rule mechanics to remove player control have...

Tales from the riverbank (Medway) - revisiting the battleships

Remember these? I moved to V2 for each

I very much enjoyed customizing the Tumbling Dice models for the large English men o'war 'in ordinary' which I have shown previously in some posts. The more work I do with these 1/2400 models the more confident I get in the scope of conversions.

V2s in the rear V1s to the fore

I was very happy with the versions I did until I thought about simulating their...