The League of Augsburg

Guest post: Gareth Lane's Scots-Dutch Brigade

George Ramsay's Regiment

The Scots-Dutch Brigade had a long and active service but is probably best remembered for its great defeat at the hands of Viscount Dundee's Highland army at Killiecrankie in 1689.


Hugh Mackay of Scourie's Regiment

That it was composed of and largely officered by experienced Scots officers is something occasionally yet deliberately overlooked by those intent on some Scots v...

BLB Head to Head #2: Jacobite Highlander v Williamite infantryman




Williamite infantry march into the Highlands

Of course not all Highlanders were Jacobite but, in our period of interest the terms fit together well to describe the feudal warriors who supported the Stuart cause. Men from the Highlands adhering to an individual method of fighting as opposed to a collective one. Highland forces were often small. At Killiecrankie it is doubltful whether Dundee had...

Warfare Miniatures Tatars - a preview


 Tatars- a preview.

Tatars fighting Swedish cavalry at Warsaw 1656, Lemke

As a follow on from the Ottoman Sipahis recently released, I've been hard at work on some Tatar cavalry. 
Though the idea to add them to the range was originally as a supplement to the Ottoman forces, they certainly can be considered to be an important power in their own right, being a major headache for the fledgeling Russian...

Happy New Year from Quindia Studios!

Clarence Harrison - I hope the turn of the calendar finds everyone well! Looking across my various blogs, 2019 was a very poor year for posting, even though I was quite productive. I painted loads of things I didn't bother with photographing.

I wanted to start off the year with some new units for Beneath the Lily Banners!

The first was painted for my collection by THE Barry Hilton and based by me to...

BLB Head to Head #1: Gardes Francaises v Garden til Fods

The epitome of a XVII Guard unit for Beneath the Lily Banners

I thought it might be an idea to explain some of the BLB mechanisms by directly comparing opposing troops types in a gaming context both from a shooting and close combat perspective and adding a little detail on the units involved for those interested in collecting or building a particular formation.

Where better to start than with two...

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...

More WiP shots of the wagonburg construction - mobile gateway

During the evolving construction process


I fancied making a towed, mobile gateway for my wagon burg. The idea it that this feature guards the main entrance to the wagon fortress and, when necessary, can be towed out of the space it plugs to let troops in our out.



Creating a towing bar - probably need a lot of oxen for this beast

The design had no drawing or plan, it is built from instinct and evolved...

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...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June 1694: Part 5




Orders of Battle

 The full English order of battle is as follows:

1 battalion of converged grenadiers (all musket), 2 battalions of Marines (all musket), 1 battalion of Guards, 11 battalions of Foot (pike and musket with the possibility that 3-4 could be all musket armed).Here are the battalions which participated in the expedition:

1st Foot Guards

John Cutts’ Regiment

Richard Coote’s Regiment

Samuel...

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...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay June 18th, 1694. Part 3

Possibly Lord Carmarthen running the Gullet

Consequence of perfidy

When the Allied fleet arrived in Camaret Bay it immediately came under fire from the forts around Camaret village and those at Bertheaume Bay on the northern shore opposite. The plan was for men o’ war to run the narrow channel called the ‘Gullet’ between the two headlands and sail into the anchorage at Brest. This gap was exactly...