The League of Augsburg

Red Bog - 12th July 1691




I've been threatening to do an Aughrim video for the YouTube Channel for a while and finally got round to completing it. The Red Bog scenario is a regimental sized BLB game with 1:10 model to man ratio and is played in the 4PlayX format - 4 x 4 table, 8 turns .




It turned out rather well and got me fired up to continue with the Irish output for BLB, 4Play and background reading and reference...

The War in Ireland - A trip through the archives Part 2

Warfare Miniatures - infantry in Ireland mostly from codes V01-V06

Having hungrily sucked up as much of what little collateral I could find in the early days of being interested in the period, I began to assemble my own bits and pieces and make that available. Of course, this is a continuous work in progress as new information occasionally appears or I decide to revisit certain aspects and...

Walking the Talk - Battlefields in Scotland 1660-1692

Glencoe - view from near Signal Rock


Scotland in May can be heaven. Anywhere after 16 months of looking out of your home office window is nice but managing to spent that first trip away in glorious weather walking historical sites in Argyll was just the tonic I needed. I had a very strong urge to visit once more, some of the sites I had written about in the 4Play packs  003 One Thousand Irish and...

Spring Offer - A Taste of Victory! 33% off




In the spirit of optimism which Spring always brings I thought I would do a little special offer on A Taste of Victory!




The recent negative adjustment in postal rates and introduction of various random taxes by European countries on British goods have in truth, dented international buisness. Shipping prices to the US in particular are prohibitive and farcical. 



Best way round that is to make things...

17th Century Warfare - Online talk - The campaigns in Ireland 1688-1691


Barry Hilton - Late 17th century Warfare: Online Talk
Saturday 22nd May, 2021 1100-1300 BST.


Ihave the pleasure of hosting a talk for Ulster Wargames Society on the above date. The focus of the talk is Warfare in the late 17th century with particular emphasis on the campaigns of King William III and King James II. The society is making the talk open to non members. There is no charge for...

Did you ever wonder.....?


The hard fighting Danish contingent in action

 .....what happened to those Danish troops from  the Dronningens and Oldenburgske regiments that did not make it to Ireland to fight against King James and win glory at The Boyne, Aughrim and Limerick?


Danes in the Mourne Mountains

King Christian V of Denmark appeared to be a lot of things. Headstrong, avaricious, possibly not very bright. When he...

By way of a thank you - Any 10 from the list

For Post #1,001

I thought it would be nice to give our visitors an opportunity to pick up a little bargain if they are so inclined. The pdf uniform and scenario packs have proved to be very popular. The fact the the range continues to expand is testimony to that. 

We now have 27 Uniform guides and 25 4Playpacks excluding the 2 FREE packs. The prices vary on these between £2 and £6 with most being in...

It's St Patrick's Day so...


We can't let today pass without featuring some Irish action from the Nine Years War on the blog. So I thought the best way to pay tribute to the theatre and the fighting men which has given me the most stimulation to understand the period in the last thirty years was to simply create a photo montage of action and inspiration in Ireland from the League of Augsburg..



Happy St Patrick's day to...

Ottoman armoured sipahis - due for release late Spring.


Clib has done and absolutely outstanding job on these armoured sipahis which could be used from the mid 16th to early 18th century with a bit of a stretch either side. The variety is superb and uses the same design principles that have been adopted for much of the cavalry for the last couple of years - split waist style for missle weapon armed men. 



I am honestly unsure whether we have completed 15...

4Play workshop

Action between Clan Chattan and Keppoch Macdonalds - from Crann Tara

I have been working on new 4Play scenarios including a dozen naval packs to support Mad for War. Here is a peek at what in coming up. 




CRANN TARA - Clan warfare between 1660 and 1690.

This one fascinated me after Dave sent me some information on little known clan actions which took place during my core period of interest. This pack...

The bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!


The Bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee!

The Battle of Killiecrankie, July 27th 1689 is of enduring interest to me. It has all of the romanticism of a Hollywood mini series. A hero, who was long seen as a traitor and villain by his co-religionists and had both the sobriquet of Bluddy Clavers and Bonnie Dundee. A fractious army held together by the strength of his personality and that of other giant human...

Battle of the Boyne video tutorial


I have made a Battle of The Boyne video focusing on how to get the most from the wargaming opportunities presented by this iconic battle.


It features information on the armies, features some tabletop examples and offers tips on how to set up your own games.


I am still experimenting with the format for videos but am trying very hard to keep both my mug and my mits out of shot! I don't like either in...