The League of Augsburg
Jungle Warfare (see what I did there?)
|Two Arab slavers observe the advance of 'al ainjiliz' through the jungle|
The first 'full scale' land battle of the campaign is about to be fought thirteen days of 40% of the way through. 200 English sailors accompanied by Berber PoWs now incorporated into Royalist ships' crews and some local Christian African villagers have moved inland to raid the Komban Royal enclosure.
Prince Rupert had...
Gambia campaign pdfs in the works
|screen grab from #5 All Ashore! which has 38 pages|
Working on five so far and we are just past the one third mark of the campaign. The actions have come thick and fast and have divided into clear groups - naval actions using Mad for War, small naval actions using Donnybrook at Sea and land actions using Donnybrook. Looming up is a small land battle for which we'll use Beneath the Lily Banners.
Down on the river.. Captain Marshall goes brawling
|waterfront at Albadar|
The Gambian Odyssey continues unabated. Running low on all sorts of supplies Captain Marshall of Honest Seaman has been sent to Albadar, the Couronian trading post to gather intel, supplies and collect Doctor Mautrin, Rupert's personal physician. Things go awry when his shore parties clash with locals, the French privateers and discover Mautrin and eight of the ship's company...
Santiago - Lost Treasury ship - somewhere on The Gambia 1652
The Treasury galleon
On a mission to collect valuable trade items including ivory, salt, gold and beeswax, the galleon Santiagowas scuttled by her commander in a remote stretch of the Gambia river after an abortive attack by pirates, the nationality of which has never been established. She was already laden with riches from the East which unusually, were being brought to Europe on the westerly...
Mad for War is Coming!
Clarence Harrison- No! Really! We have nearly reached the summit of this mountain. We have one final chat scheduled within days and a final walk through. A few minor tweaks and we can send this project off to the printer! Weighing in at 180 pages, this tome is all you need (apart from a small fleet of model ships... have we mentioned we offer those, too?) to launch your bid for supremacy of the...
Rupert kills more men than Cecil B. de Mille
|Thousans of 'em!|
Thursday's visit to The Gambia was indeed a doozy. Having spent two days capturing a stranded slaver and then taking another day to drag her off the shoal on which she was glued, Rupe and the lads were just sitting down to breakfast when what charges over the horizon?
|Remember the heroics to capture Temperance in the first place?|
A swarm of deadly little pirate craft full of angry...
The Battle of Ocracoke - Blackbeard's last stand.
This is a great scenario to play and getting the historical feel was relatively easy with Donnybrook at Sea. I have always found Blackbeard an interesting character as his pantomime persona is at odds with his thoughtful approach to piracy and his victims.
He seems to have given thought to persuasion, been reluctant to kill unnecessarily and a lot more cerebral than many of his more...
Battle Royal - Maurice at the Careenage
|The work party crossing open ground from lagoon to careenage|
Maurice watched the attack develop from an observation platform near the river. Groups of warriors emerged from the undergrowth and under a hail of arrows, parties ran toward the log barricades. The irony of English muskets in African hands, turned upon their former owners was not lost on the defenders as the sailors came under fire. The...
Prince 2 - You're up!
|Maurice atop the observation platform at the Careenage.|
Simultaneous with Rupert's epic capture of the slaver Temperance on the northern shore of the Gambia, his younger brother, in charge of the careenage and lagoon used for repairing the damaged Revenge of Whitehall, has really stirred up the locals.
|The Kombans attack!|
Their continuing failure to deliver promised fresh water supplies to the...
This is why we wargame...
|Master Darbyshire prepares his ship for the Royalist attack.|
After a work enforced pause which lasted three weeks, our Rupert on the Gambia campaign resumed last night. It brought one of those golden moments in gaming the always come unexpectedly. The campaing resumed on Day 9 of the thirty day odyssey with Rupert haveing failed to capture a grounded English slaver lying in a difficult position on...
Understanding the Irish campaigns of 1689-1691- Storming of Athlone
|Irish defences south of Athlone Castle and the bridge|
Having spent time walking many of the battlefields of the Irish wars I am constantly gaining a better understanding of the actions that took place. The recent Promenades Travel Jacobite Wars tour gave me a chance to do some more sniffing around.
|The Castle and bridge in 1691|
Being based in Athlone allowed considerable time to explore this small...
Tatars and Sipahis - close-in work
I am getting more and more excited about amassing Muslim armies and these examples of what can be done with Warfare Miniatures Ottomans and Tatars are working out exactly the way I anticipated.
The number of horse and arm variants offer enormous scope for creating totally unique units. I am swithering about using the Ottomans to build a Safavid army too (although we may need a few variants for...