The League of Augsburg

Medway stage 2

A dressed shot of the dockyard looking east from White Wall Creek. 


When I started the project I knew where I wanted it to go but it seemed somewhat of a tall order. Several months down the track and I believe the most difficult bits are behind me. Most of the ships are done. The dockyard board which is the most involved, is done bar the shouting - one minor road change plus the appearance of a...

Walking through 17th century naval rules Part 2 - Hail Mary!

What will happen to the unlucky Eendraght?

The walk through of my evolving naval rules for the 1640-1700 period continues where we pick the action up at the beginning of Turn 4 with the Allies once more winning the initiative which allows them to move first or, compel the French to move.




By the firing step in T4 the Allies had manouevred ships into two opportunities. The first involves Eendraght,...

Walking through 17th century naval rules Part 1

Let me start by saying thanks to Neil Fox for helping me get onto this path in the first instance. He sent his Solebay Fast play sheets to me and I played many games with them to get a feel for the issues around naval gaming and in particular the period 1650-1700.

The Allied squadron in line astern

The more I played, the more I enjoyed, the more I tinkered. The new situations offered additional...

I bet you thought I'd abandoned this..



On the contrary my friends, or should that be Integendeel, mijn vrienden! It takes focus to get a substantial project finished and I had run out of gas with changing short term priorities after completing three of the four corners of this table during the late summer.


Aerial view of layout to get a feel for how it might build. I completed various buildings before attempting the gorundwork.

The most...

The Big One - The Texel AAR Part 2 and conclusion

Back with the climactic conclusion to the Battle of the Texel...

Tonnant (far left) stern rakes Vrijheid (far right) igniting a magazine. Royal Therese is already on fire(right foreground).

Turn  9  A breath of fresh air



The wind had moved to a light northerly and ships were permitted only to move at half speed to simulate their emergence from the torpor of a flat sea. The most alarming situation for...

The Big One - The Texel AAR Part 1

Into battle! Admiral de Ruyter's Centre squadron at the Battle of The Texel August 21st 1673

It was with great anticipation that I got ready to throw the first dice in this scenario. It was in the planning for weeks. The largest number of ships I had managed to get on the table, probably stretching the limits of a 4 x 4 feet set-up. I had some question marks about how the rules might hold up in...

The Big One - Part 2 The Fleets

For the game I matched the fleets at around 2575 points give or take. The number of line of battle ships was twelve apiece with the Dutch using one frigate and the Allies two. In addition the Dutch used six fire ships and two hoekers whilst the Allies used four fire ships and two yachts.

 Dutch fleet

de Ruyter's Division

De Zeven Provincien (80)
Voorsichtigheid (84)
Spiegel (70)
Maagd van Dordrecht (68)
...

The Big One... Part 1 Getting organized

Cruising off the Dutch coast - d'Estrees White Squadron with the English Red and Blue behind.

I have been motivating myself with the thought of a large-scale fleet type battle for a while. As I have split my painting efforts between English, Dutch, French, Barbary and Chinese vessels I had to find something that would allow me to maximize the number of models on the table within a historical...

Nest of Vipers: Tripoli, July 2nd 1666

Visitors to the blog may remember Sir Jeremy Smith's failed attempt to convoy merchantmen into Tangier past Berber Corsairs:

Weather beaten? Smith at Tangier

Here, Smith attempts to root them out in their home port....


Looking out from Tripoli at Smith's 'Tangier Squadron'

The humiliation suffered within sight of Tangier on March 5thso enraged the King and the Navy Board that Sir Jeremy Smith was...

Just like the Elves....

OTC01 Ottoman cavalry officers
No! Don't turn away, I am NOT blogging about Fantasy models!
Just like Santa's elves I have been hidden away in my man cave working away on painting projects which required a bit of attention. 

OTC04 Ottoman Sipahis with right arm variants

So, here are some more of the completed Ottoman cavalry. I am starting with some finished code shots and a feature on the officer...

Ottoman cavalry available to pre order

mixed codes
I have loaded up the 10 different pack options available to order in the shop for shipping before January 6 2020. With a tail wind I may even get the stock before Christmas.

The variants require a bit of explaining.

Three of the horses

Three more of the horses

Seventh horse is on the far left here

There are seven horse variants. A random selection from the seven will be included in each...

Ottoman mounted archers OTC02



A closer look at the pack OTC02. These split waist archers can be positioned in a variety of poses and with a random selection of three different lower bodies plus the seven different horse types available an astonishing degree of variety is possible. 





The figures were a joy to paint and the sense of movement is tangible. These will be useful for a very wide period of the time from the 1400s to the...