The League of Augsburg

Way off period... but it was fun

Triremes - aphract and cataphract - very common for over 200 years.

Warfare Miniatures will soon be releasing an extensive range of 1/1200 metal warships covering the period 500 BC till the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. This is a further consolidation of our naval offer. The ships are designed by the same talented artist who created the Anglo-Dutch Wars ships range.


The scenario...

Stuff happens - Warfare Miniatures not trading at SALUTE


Stuff happens. I normally ride to SALUTE on someone else's wagon and up until very recently that arrangement was good to go. Unfortunately, my partner's organization is now unable to trade at SALUTE.

This means my logistics have collapsed and other arrangements made it impossible to re-cut the plan and get all the trade commodities, racking, stock etc to London. 


The good news is I personally WILL...

Continuing with ECW naval adventures and tales of Prinz Ruprecht


 This one has been a long time coming because I rearranged the content of the ECW 4Play packs as more data and scenario opportunities evolved. Seas Ablaze! 4Play pack 036 is now in the shop.



This pack features Prince Rupert in the first scenario based upon the near miss off the North Foreland in August 1648 when the fleet was led by the future king - Charles, Prince of Wales and Rupert himself was...

Pimping up polystyrene terrain boards - Tutorial video

 


An end to end walk through of how I made the boards for the Scilly Isles game between Blake / Tromp and the Royalists. Watch the 10 minute video here:



Some shots of the game here. 






Full scenario in the soon to be released 4Play pack 036 Seas Ablaze!




Pimping up terrain

28mm set up for Prince Rupert's shore foray at Dakar, Africa 1652 - finished boards

I recently acquired a number of TSS terrain boards. I have always tinkered with these when using them and decided to do a quick terrain building project just to stimulate my creative needs. There has been too much business, casting, orders, packing etc recently and I needed to get back to what I really enjoy which...

Warfare Miniatures update



I am sitting on a pile of gold, well, what I mean is I am in possession of a large quantity of mastered greens/sculpts which as yet, I have not managed to get master or production moulded.






Covid is at the root of the backlog but the complete reorganization of production facilities at Warfare Miniatures and the introduction of Ark Royal Miniatures had contributed to the production line constipation....

A Clash of Titans - Stora Kronan v Sophia Amalia 1676


Niels Juel's ships sailing off Rugen Island in 1676

This scenario and video brings together the two largest warships in the navies of Sweden and Denmark. The 108 gun Sophia Amalia takes on the 124 gun Stora Kronan in an epic duel off Rugen Island in 1676. 





Clin and I played this one out last week and I just finished the video tonight. It was another really enjoyable game but this time we really...

Armour... Turkish style


I managed to complete three of the 15 sipahis which will be released in the Autumn. I really enjoyed these. Simple, easy to paint and very dramatic looking. I intend to share them all mounted singly first before I put them into units which will be at the core of the strike force for the Ottoman Army.



These fellas will be suitable across an extremely wide time span depending on what equipment I...

To 3D or not to 3D? A modelling experiment -Sophia Amalia (Amelia) - Danish Navy


Sophia Amalia - 3D printed @ 1/1200 with scratchbuilding on masts

I bought a 1/600 scale 3D print file of a 17th century ship and got a friend to print the Sovereign of the Seas file in 1/1200 scale as I have no printer. I wanted to see the quality and have a go at painting the model. We also printed in 1/600 scale. The file was from Gilded Sails/Wargaming 3D.


Photo show the 3D print in 1/600 beside...

No bears were harmed in the making of...

Recent Facebook posts featuring my teddy bear fur terrain mat has generated a lots of questions. I realized I was going to be typing the same thing again and again to answer queries so thought I just post it all here and direct anyone interested to the blog. Knock yourself out and get messy!



 So here are some tips - 

  1. Think big and be bold. This will give you the best results.
  2. It is not really...

Kronan - a bit of unnecessary but enjoyable modelling

 

Kronan heels over in a gust of wind - WiP shot - not yet finished

I am working on various projects right now including several in 28mm but none of those are quite ready for sharing. This little flight of fancy however, is.


The Battle of Öland which occurred on June 1st1676 during the Skåne War was a major fleet engagement and a disastrous defeat for Sweden. In terms of drama on the high seas, it...

Little known but exciting.. Skåne War at sea

Svärdet (Sword) 94 guns, flagship of Admiral Claes Uggla in the scenario

The naval dimension to the Skåne War is both exciting and less well known that the land campaigns. Many know of battles like Halmstad, Landskrona and Lund. Often the Swedes are seen as the the sharper, ascendant military power and the Danes as somewhat bumbling and plodding. Whether right or wrong, at sea the picture was...