The League of Augsburg

And progress is good too..



The overnights are in on the two small warships for the Anglo Dutch Wars period. I have blocked in basic colours only on everything except the decks which habe been drybrushed  UP 3 as I would say (ie basic coat + 3). 





Some of the colours shown are not the end coulours which will be used for example, the yellow will be overlaid in gilt. The ochre hull will be darkened down to a more oaken shade.

 




No...

New FREE 4PlayX pack - let me know if you want a copy

 



4Play has proved to be popular. Visitors to the blog will have noticed the high level of output which has been matched by a lot of inbound emails regarding content. That is just what I need. As an example, requests this week alone have included; more GNW, a pack covering a WTK tutorial game, The Covenanter Rebellions, more on Flanders campaigns, Sedgemoor, more Ireland focused material and,...

Anniversary post: Malplaquet 1709: The pyrrhic victory

Malplaquet - played on a 20 x 12 foot E shaped table

Of Marlborough's four victories Malplaquet was the last and most marginal if it was a victory at all. It is a tactically blunt sledgehammer battle during which horrendously costly frontal assaults incurred casualties at a alarming level for the army of the Alliance. 


The French cavary reserve - over 100 squadrons (50 model squadrons)

Comparing the...

Feature: Scenario pack : Bonnets o' Bonnie Dundee! Killiecrankie 1689


Normally overshadowed by a few myths and tourist-focused, trivial details such as Scotland versus England, the death of the hero Dundee, a Highland charge and Soldier's Leap, the Battle of Killiecrankie receives much less attention than it deserves. 


The outcome was decisive, the tactical approach of both sides markedly different, the armies dramatically different in size, culture and leadership...

Feature: Scenario pack : Lightning Strike! Marlborough at Cork and Kinsale

Marlborough's troops go ashore at Passage West

This one came together very quickly in terms of content and choosing the actions to include. The games mainly use 4playX table sizes with eight units per side and gaming for eight turns. I have not fought these battles before in all my years of gaming the period nor, have I seen them demoed on the circuit. That is a little surprising when the...

New scenario pack releases- In the shop now!

I am absolutely delighted to have completed these four new scenario packs. They are now released and available in the online shop. These cover some exciting and unusual campaigns or, novel twists on better known campaigns. I will detail each in a separate post but suffice it to say, even if you are familiar with these events, you will find a new angle on each in the packs.
These are larger pdfs...

Scenario pdfs - Lockdown was the spur and now...

Kinsale scenario on a 4PlayX table

Exactly a year ago I was sitting in a very quiet part of Mallorca planning the next book. It'll be quick I told myself. Six months maybe. Well, it is just about ready and it took a year. It would have been sooner but Lockdown affected the layout process. That's all done now. It is a 128 page scenario book for Beneath the Lily Banners and is called 'A taste of...

New knowledge from my own doorstep. The Argyll Rebellion 1685.

 



Anyone interested in the period will automatically associate the year 1685 with James II & VII's ascension to the throne and.... The Monmouth Rebellion. The Argyll Rebellion, which overlapped and was inextricably linked with Monmouth's adventure is not very well known and often dismissed in a few lines allowing all gunsights to be retrained yet again on the West Country Protestant rising. 

Royal...

With Talon and Claw 25 point army lists

 


A customer asked me to put together some 25 point army lists for  With Talon and Claw. I thought those would be worht sharing as this type of information always comes in useful. 

The three forces in questions are


Cossacks 1650-1720

4 x 18 model infantry All musket,  Drilled (all with wagon defence to the front @ 1pt instead of 0.5 point for chevaux)  8 points
1 x 18 model infantry All musket,...

Ottoman gunners - sculpts completed




 I have been holding back on certain posts for a while simply because I wanted to see how things were unfolding with Covid and supply chain issues such as manufacturing and master moulding. 





Things are slowly getting resolved but overall, I will have to implement wholesale changes in the way that I get products to market.Ultimately, that will be to everyone's benefit but during the transition,...

Peter's amazing 15s



Peter is a very active and valuable contributor to our little blog community. He and I have shared many a  wargaming conversation in various parts of Europe over a refreshment or two and some nice food.
His contributions often take the form of photos, comments and perspectives on the period and this post





features some of Peter's own massive collection of 15mm models. The first gaming shots show an...

Guest post: Gareth Lane's mega NYW project Allied left wing

 

Gareth's long running project is nearing completion. He has been kind enough to share the photos as it has developed over the months.


I am sure you will recognize many of the units he has chosen as I did. His lovely, warm painting style combines excellently with attractive basing and Quindia Studios wonderful flags to produce truly breathtaking forces for the tabletop. 



I understand Gareth and...