The League of Augsburg

Release of WSS 4Play 040 Heat of the day!

 


Release of first Mad for War - War of Spanish Succession 4Play pack - 040 Heat of the day!

This deals with three actions in the Tropics which are all historical battles - Benbow's battle against du Casse off Colombia in 1702, Leake's action at Gibraltar against de Pointis in 1705 and Wager's attack on the Spanish Treasure fleet off Cartagena in 1708.





Flags for the Austrians!

Clarence Harrison - With the imminent arrival of the new Austrian foot from Warfare Miniatures, I thought it was only right to give the lads some banners to wave martially about. These are based on the designs for 1705 to 1712, but may work for a little after as changes in regulations and changes in the field were often different things.

To get things started, we have five sets...


DEUTSCHMEISTER,...

Warfare Miniatures update



I am sitting on a pile of gold, well, what I mean is I am in possession of a large quantity of mastered greens/sculpts which as yet, I have not managed to get master or production moulded.






Covid is at the root of the backlog but the complete reorganization of production facilities at Warfare Miniatures and the introduction of Ark Royal Miniatures had contributed to the production line constipation....

Barry does WSS? Yes, but not as you know it!

De Pointis breaks clear of Bahia de Gibraltar

Inspired by a post on the Mad for War Facebook Group I created and played the Battle of Punta Cabrita(Marbella) March 10th 1705, within 24 hours of reading the historical background. A French squadron which had been attempting to recapture Gibraltar for the Bourbon cause is attacked as it withdraws from Bahia de Gibraltar, off Punta Cabrita which is...

Hilton's revenge! New Pirate flags!


I am sure you have heard of Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge. When we started with Donnybrook a few years back Mr. Harrison, of this parish, got me all fired up to the extent that I painted and based the thick end of 200 miniatures which feature liberally in Donnybrook. He, on the other hand, painted... none!

Old score's are best settled cold. So this is Hilton's Revenge! I have worked on...

Playing like a demon


Western Approaches 1651 - Royalist and Irish privateers attack GWC ships


True, I have not been blogging as frequently as usual recently but that is not an indication of lack of hobby time, the opposite is true. A cancelled holiday in the north of Scotland due to raised levels of national restriction gave me an extra week with no work and no travel. That has allowed a real focus on several projects....

Anniversary post: Malplaquet 1709: The pyrrhic victory

Malplaquet - played on a 20 x 12 foot E shaped table

Of Marlborough's four victories Malplaquet was the last and most marginal if it was a victory at all. It is a tactically blunt sledgehammer battle during which horrendously costly frontal assaults incurred casualties at a alarming level for the army of the Alliance. 


The French cavary reserve - over 100 squadrons (50 model squadrons)

Comparing the...

Peter's amazing 15s



Peter is a very active and valuable contributor to our little blog community. He and I have shared many a  wargaming conversation in various parts of Europe over a refreshment or two and some nice food.
His contributions often take the form of photos, comments and perspectives on the period and this post





features some of Peter's own massive collection of 15mm models. The first gaming shots show an...

Anniversary post- Blindheim and.....

French infantry deploy


Lest I forget! Today is the anniversary of that 'dine out' Waterloo of the 18th century... The Battle of Blindheim. Giving acknowledgement to this great feat of arms is completely justified. It was an astounding and decisive victory. 


British squadrons and Blood's artillery


What should not be forgotten is that in achieving this signal triumph, the bleeding was done by a Grand...

Quindia flags for the British infantry at Blenheim



Can you believe it? We are releasing flags for Marlborough's British infantry at the Battle of Blenheim. Of the fourteen battalions present, the flags for only a few have been definitely identified over the years. In our conjecture we have followed certain conventions which are reasonably safe and have existing precedent.



Where we have differed from existing conjectural flags which have been...

It's Saturday, I'll build a castle



I have several new scenarios coming up for the 17th century naval campaign. I needed something that resembled a Scottish castle. I thought - just a tower. Then, what about a tower on a rocky outcrop? Then that morphed into... maybe I could expand it to look like the stronghold of a clan chief with outbuildings etc.. yeah...




Now, how was I going to do that. Well, two cups of coffee, various rummages...

Waving some flags! Ottoman, Holstein Gottorp, Brunswick, Celle

If you are into Ottoman flags or the smaller nations participating in the Great Northern Wars and War of the Spanish Succession look no further than eleven new flag sheets now available:

Here they are:




4 Ottoman sheets from my designs as seen here;










Holstein Gottorp Foot, Horse, Dragoons





Brunswick, Celle, Hanover - Foot and Horse


Find them all in the shop here: