The League of Augsburg

Wrecked - sinking and sunken vessel markers


A French 1st rate sails past a wrecked English 1st rate

I wanted to make visual representations of ships that had taken a bit of a hammering during action and used some of the Tumbling Dice wreck markers as made whilst doing some work myself with

Dutch wrecks for 4th/5th rates and Fireships


bits and pieces of other ships which I had cannibalized for various reasons. These all came out quite well. The...

The dust is settling.. With Talon and Claw reflections and a QRS!





The book reached its first customer on August 16th and now seems to have arrived in most corners of the globe. It was a massive relief to finish this project which had been all consuming for over eighteen months.

The final decision to print is always a bit like betting £50,000 on red. You know there is a risk that something will not be right but having checked and checked, you can't find it. It was...

Guest Post: The work of Gareth Lane Dutch troops 1690s



I have the privilege of receiving photos of the work of many talented gamers add collectors interested in our period.




Recently I was sent some wonderful pictures of units from the collection of Gareth Lane. I was very taken with the style of the units and the painting.




Gareth has used wonderful castings from North Star's 1672 range and has depicted some fine units from the forces of the Dutch...

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...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 2

The Mission – Destroy Brest!

D-Day 300 years before it happened. Camaret Bay was an exptremely ambitious plan

The raid was a large scale affair for an action of its type. It was months in the planning with the objective of wreaking havoc on a key strategic anchorage for the French fleet at the port of Brest in western Brittany. Naval bombardments of French ports had been undertaken before, one such...

Taking Baby out for its first stroll





Partizan was the debut of With Talon and Claw and I am pleased to say it was a sunny day for the new born. Several customers took delivery of their pre ordered books and a brisk trade was had by North Star who were selling the book on the day.




The launch weekend has been a success and we've shifted enough copies already to ensure the book will have a healthy life.



The game I chose as the launch pad...

Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 1

This piece was first run in Wargames Illustrated in 2016. I thought it a solid multi-parter to run on the blog whilst I am holidaying.

Contemporaneous notoriety

The disastrous attack at Camaret Bay on June 18th1694 was a very English tragedy. From a distance of 322 years it is easy to understand that a relatively minor operation which went badly wrong and resulted in the death of a largely forgotten...

Templar Museum - Monteriggioni, Tuscany



This was a wee bit of a find. 1.5 Euro entry fee, a laminated six page guide in English - up a back stair inside a restaurant in the 'Assassin's Creed' castle of Monteriggioni - but, I loved it!



A series of vignettes from the 1st Crusade and Capture of Jerusalem to the Teutonic knights, Landsknechts and the dreaded Swiss coming to town in Siena - it was all good stuff.



I definitely got a hint of...

The Chatham Board - the tide is coming in

Looking north(down river) and from the west bank.

Things are progressing. I have concentrated on the western bank of the river and focused on flora and dwellings.



The perspective on the landscape is better with trees and buildings in place. The wooded areas and hedges are glued down with slow setting Bostik.



Some 2mm troops on this base - Dutch Marines face off local militia


The village is place on...

Huzzah for Lithuania!



All the way from Vilnius, bang on time (I always like to under promise and over deliver) and in very good nick.....

With Talon and Claw has arrived in Scotland!

This means..

Pre orders will go out tomorrow and Saturday which is six days ahead of schedule and..

If you are going to Partizan you can pay in advance and pick up your copy on the day without a postage charge if you haven't pre-ordered...