The League of Augsburg

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...

Warfare Miniatures - figure availability update




I thought it would be useful to update on the stock situation at Warfare Miniatures. Firstly, we are all healthy here (thank goodness and touch wood). The company is also healthy so we are not in any trouble, packing up, going bust, dying off, fleeing the country (some chance).

Covid has however, interupted what is commonly known as 'the supply chain'. Our main contract casters have not been...

The Battle of the Boyne 1st/12th July 1690. Remembered as a wargame

 
Williamite infantry crossing the river

A welcome email from my friend Peter A, reminded me of the significance of the date (days and dates now seem to meld in this Covid world, I got up early this morning thinking it was a work day!). How could I have overloooked this anniversary, particularly as I live in the West of Scotland?


A version displayed at a Scottish show


Whether the Old Style or New...

Great choice for a wargaming force - The Enniskilleners

Enniskillen companies forward!


It is an ongoing personal mission to make available as much information as possible about the fighting men participating on both sides during the war in Ireland 1688-1691.


Enniskillen infantry in action against Jacobite chevaliers!


Over many years of digging, I have read, compared, sifted, interpreted, dismissed and compiled little bits and pieces of information in an...

Great work

The return of Piet van der Valk ...as a brigadier



I have the privilege of seeing the creative work of some of the 17th century gaming community now and again and am happy to share that with Blog members. This post shows work from Nick in New Zealand, Gareth in Wales,Yuriy in Russia and Charles in England. 




Dutch brigadier from Gareth... Warfare Miniatures WLOA20


Below you can see a fantastic piece of...

Warfare Miniatures product availability update



Just a quick note to let everyone know that Warfare Miniatures is still very much open for business. We do have some depleting/out of stock situations but those products have now been removed (temporarily) from the online store. Everything visible in the store is available right now.


The situation is directly related to the lock-down. Whilst we are all bunkered-down, gamers and collectors are still...

Easter Parade Final Day and your thoughts on artillery.....





Today is a bit of a consolidation with a commander vignette thrown in. I have other squadrons of Ottoman cavalry on the stocks right now and some riders finished but they are not based yet.




I have been discussing with designers what Ottoman artillery we need. On the short list so far are
a light gun, a field gun, a battering gun and a super heavy gun together with a mortar.





I am considering a...

Easter Parade Day 3



This third squadron of sipahis was built to sit behind the first squadron I posted about two days ago. It has more models with the lance in the upright position.




The 75mm wide by 80mm deep bases I use for cavalry allow for the sense of movement to be built into the unit. Two things moved me away from the older style bases I use at the beginning of collecting in this period.





The first is the movement...

Easter Parade Day 2



I have always preferred to base irregular cavalry, particularly horse archers, on hexagonal bases. I started doing this way back around 1996 or 1997 when collecting large numbers of Huns. An American visitor to Claymore around about the turn of the century made me an offer I couldn't refuse and all of my Huns literally, went west.



Since then I have reprised the basing style for irregular infantry,...

Easter Parade Day 1




Perhaps inappropriate that on the eve of such a Christian holiday, I am showcasing some Ottoman troops but, that is just the way the painting schedule has gone over the last few weeks. 






The enforced home stay has been fantastic news for my projects and here is day 1 of a four day run of Ottoman cavalry in their full tabletop glory.




I knew I was going to be pleased with these even before arranging...

Ottoman cavalry update




I have been slowly but surely painting Ottoman cavalry in between other projects and am just about to base the first units.



I had to get at least one of each figure done in the six packs for the shop and seeing them all together demonstrates how nice this range has turned out.




Recent reading and referenceto source material has reassured me that these figures will be usable for the north African...

Warfare Miniatures Cossack Cavalry- a preview


Zaporozhian Cossack, 17th Century, unknown artist.

Following on from the recent preview of Tatar cavalry, the new mounted cossacks are nearing completion. Though obviously close to the Tatars in space and time Cossacks undoubtedly occupy a more prominent place in Western culture. Though not everyone you could meet would necessarily know who the cossacks are, most would have some vague notion that...