The League of Augsburg

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:

Release of Danish battalion packs



 Regiment Prinds Georg or Jorgen



Regiment Jyske or Jutland


Our Danish figures have proved quietly popular. Like the Danes themselves, they have gotten on with it without too much fuss. For wargamers with a practical approach the Danish army during the period 1675-1720 is a great choice. It was almost continuously at war. It can fight in theatres from Ireland Hungary. It can take the field for its...

Wargames Illustrated primer on With Talon and Claw




This is another well produced video from WI walking through the new book in some detail. I didn't even know it existed till I found it by accident on YouTube!

With Talon and Claw in depth look from WI




WI is also running a couple of articles soon. One is a battle report from a game I ran for Dan Faulconbridge and Mark Shearwood (Hi Mark!). The second is a scenario for gaming the Battle of...

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...