The League of Augsburg

4PLAY Sample PDF ready - email me if you want it

Cover of 000 the Free pack

I am delighted to say my second job (wargaming) has been providing plenty of overtime shifts recently. These have allowed me to get my 4PLAY concept well and truly off the ground. The scenarios are all written for Beneath the Lily Banners (unit games), Donnybrook (Skirmish games) and a soon to be published naval set of rules for the naval games. All scenarios can be...

Snorkel up..


Aha! you say, where is he? Locked up at home and not blogging? Yes but...

I have been using all non-core work time to get these scenario pdfs packs produced from scratch. So far I have created six packs and play tested  and photographed 18 scenarios for inclusion. All the games have brief AARs to help players with tips and recommeded rules or adjustments where necessary.



All games are played on...

Campaign report: de Ruyter on the Volta 1664

I have been a bit remiss at not posting this campaign report sooner, but, it was a cracker and worth waiting for... Brilliant game, well played by both Dave and Colin.

The den of iniquity that is Adafoah - target of de Ruyter's squadron.
Mouth of the Volta River, Slave Coast.  August 22nd, 1664

The mission to extinguish Arab slaving activities operating from abandoned Portuguese facilities on the...

MIA? Ma - ma!




I may have appeared missing in action over the last few days... not so. I have been using every spare hour to set up, play and photograph small games for a series of pdfs I hope to release within the next 3-4 weeks. This has already involved nine x 90 minute games since Sunday last, with each of them having to be written up as a scenario, photographed and AAR completed. All are based on research I...

Beneath the Lily Banners 2nd edition - a hidden stash.




A stock clear out has revealed a few copies of the long out of print Beneath the Lily Banners 2nd edition stuffed away where I'd obviously forgotten about them. The hard copies of this book sold out about five years ago so this was a little bit of a find.

Of these, a couple are in perfect condition. The others all have small blemishes on the back covers. Pictures show the extent of that. The inside...

Battles of Goa 1638-39

Da Silva sails out to do battle with Van der Veere

The Portuguese colony of Goa came under repeated pressure from the Dutch VOC during the period of  European expansion in the 17th century. Here is a link to a previous blog post about my visit to Reis Magos - the 16th century Portuguese fort at Goa, still in working order.

Portuguese Fort Reis Magos -Goa

1639 raid by van der Veere on the three...

Easter Parade Final Day and your thoughts on artillery.....





Today is a bit of a consolidation with a commander vignette thrown in. I have other squadrons of Ottoman cavalry on the stocks right now and some riders finished but they are not based yet.




I have been discussing with designers what Ottoman artillery we need. On the short list so far are
a light gun, a field gun, a battering gun and a super heavy gun together with a mortar.





I am considering a...

Easter Parade Day 3



This third squadron of sipahis was built to sit behind the first squadron I posted about two days ago. It has more models with the lance in the upright position.




The 75mm wide by 80mm deep bases I use for cavalry allow for the sense of movement to be built into the unit. Two things moved me away from the older style bases I use at the beginning of collecting in this period.





The first is the movement...

Easter Parade Day 2



I have always preferred to base irregular cavalry, particularly horse archers, on hexagonal bases. I started doing this way back around 1996 or 1997 when collecting large numbers of Huns. An American visitor to Claymore around about the turn of the century made me an offer I couldn't refuse and all of my Huns literally, went west.



Since then I have reprised the basing style for irregular infantry,...

Easter Parade Day 1




Perhaps inappropriate that on the eve of such a Christian holiday, I am showcasing some Ottoman troops but, that is just the way the painting schedule has gone over the last few weeks. 






The enforced home stay has been fantastic news for my projects and here is day 1 of a four day run of Ottoman cavalry in their full tabletop glory.




I knew I was going to be pleased with these even before arranging...

His wonders to perform... God and the Medway Estuary

I actually wrote this piece last year and made a conscious decision to give up flying about two weeks later. I have am pleased to say I have only been in a plane eight times since. Of course, the current situation makes flying almost impossible anyway. Good, we're saving the planet.

The terrain as it stands

Upper middle of shot - Isle of Sheppey and beyond - The Medway Estuary.

I do a lot of flying....

Chinese take- out? VOC v Pirates 1666

South China Seas action

In my continuing Covid-induced privateer laboratory I decided to blood some ships I had painted a few months back just because I had them. A few packs of Chinese pirate junks which I had intended to use specifically to run out against European vessels exploiting the riches of the South China Sea.


VOC Trading station somewhere in modern day Indonesia


By now you know the form -...