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Returning to the scene…. LoA at Partizan 2017

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Toggenhvud points out to Hiltonbock where the enemy are…..Regrettably, The League of Augsburg has been absent from the Partizan show(s) for a couple of years. This was due to lack of bodies and the over-facing effort of single-handedly lugging a demo…

GNW Swedish Brigadier vignettes

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I was very keen to experiment with some test masters of the new Swedish cavalry command. I tried them on the new horses (of which there are 5 variants) and on two of the existing horses.They were easy and fun to paint. The poses are dramatic and the lo…

Warfare GNW Russian releases for May 2017

Posted on May 17th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Delighted to say that we have now officially released four new codes for the ever expanding GNW Russian range.We have R12 – the long awaited musketeers marching which come with shouldered musket – bayonet fixed or bayonet sheathed.R13 The pikemen to ma…

Pike less in Falkirk .. LoA at Carronade 2017

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The LoA GNW game at Falkirk 2017I cannot say the our preparation for the Carronade show in Falkirk was faultless. I spent about 90 minutes the night before the show looking out all the various components from the game we had run at Tactica. Terrain – c…

Warfare Miniatures – new releases and sculpts

Posted on May 11th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Yep, I admit it, things have been pretty hectic over the last six to seven weeks. It may appear that we have not been doing anything here at Warfare Miniatures but a more accurate description of affairs is that we have not had time to tell anyone about…

1693 Start of the campaign season

Posted on May 9th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

On the march once again.. The Army of William III1693 opens with many of the main characters elsewhere… Marlborough held at Versailles, Tollemache garrisoning a small frontier fortress in the low countries, Berwick sent on a diplomatic errand to the …

Warfare Miniatures at Carronade and Partizan 2017

Posted on May 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Swedish battery appearing at Carronade and PartizanAs Toggy and I are working as a two man team with our demo game this Spring I have decided not to trade at Carronade and Partizan.Swedish infantry attackingI am happy to deliver pre orders to customers…

Book Review – Behind the Walls – Nicola Pierce

Posted on April 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Behind the Walls – a novel about the Siege of Derry 1689I don’t normally do book reviews on the blog although I have occasionally written some for the trade press in the past.I thought I’d make an exception for this book which I picked up in the Visito…

Guest post: Williamite Wars in Ireland Part 1 – The Walls

Posted on April 27th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Friend of the Blog Peter A takes us with him on part one of his three part odyssey following the Williamite Wars in Ireland – The Walls, the River and the Fort – wanderings in ancient Ireland

Arms of Cork – a safe harbour for ships

1.      This report is in 3 parts. First, the siege and taking of Cork – the breach and destruction of its medieval walls – which were unfit to resist determined late 17th century artillery. Second, the siege and capture of Limerick – a city girdled by the wide, fast-flowing and fabulous river Shannon that flows round the city and then on to the sea.
Finally the siege and capitulation of Fort Charles in Kinsale – the strongest and best defended starfort in Ireland. State of the art in 1690 but no match for Milord Duke and his allies…

      The city of Cork in southern Ireland. Scene of the Earl of Marlborough’s first independent command.  The city is made of red sandstone and white limestone. And from these two materials come the colours of Cork. Marlborough attacked from the South and East – whilst his colleague the Prince of Württemberg camped on the hills to the north facing the North Gate. Cork, the walled medieval town was virtually an island. It was surrounded by marshy and swampy ground. Almost impossible to manoeuvre on.

2.       The‘map’ taken from Marlborough’s papers showing the dispositions of the troops and the artillery for the siege




Marlborough’s forces first took possession of a small redoubt called ‘The Catt’. This was in an elevated position overlooking Elizabeth fort – a key feature and strong point that lay outside the city

The south gate bridge today

Elizabeth Fort

   

 From the Catt, allied forces rained down artillery fire on Elizabeth fort and the city walls. Further East by The Red Abbey (built of red sandstone), an old Augustinian monastery, Marlborough set up another battery to pour cannon-fire on the walls of East Cork. As was his wont, John Churchill also used the tower of the Abbey as a vantage point to view the prospects and progress of the siege.

The accoutrements of siege artillery – the hook to clear the barrel; the swab to wash out; the powder server and the ball rammer

       


Elizabeth Fort is still today an intimidating presence overlooking the city to the south. It stands next to St Finbarre’s cathedral.

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St Finbarre’s Cathedral

Marlborough determined to capture that fort whilst his batteries established on the ring of low hills that surround the city, hammered away at the walls to create a breach. Marlborough attacked and took Elizabeth Fort promptly. Once in possession of it he had commanding views over the city.

Looking down across Cork to the South Gate bridge from Elizabeth fort

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He could look down on the South Gate bridge and further round to where the Grenadiers and Forlorn Hope were now making progress towards the breach – which had been swiftly made in the weak south-east wall.

Grenadier making a grenade

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The final assault on the city of Cork was an episode of famous bravery and derring-do that would repay representation on the wargames table. From the North a group of Württemberg’s Danish grenadiers mounted an attack. They were joined by 4 companies of Grenadiers under the command of Marlborough’s brother Brigadier Churchill and the Lord Colchester who started off from the Red Abbey. Both groups made progress through the East marsh but the final assault required them to cross the river Lee up to their necks in water. This they did until they hit a deeper channel close to the City walls which had been dug to allow ships to access – and was too much for even these brave men. They broke off.

Two allied ships moored off the city shelled the town as the Grenadiers retreated. As the barrage was kept up the breach in the wall just south of the Ormond gate was already substantial. Lord Tyrone the Irish commander and the city Governor by then knew the game was up. They beat parley to surrender.

8.       The fate of Irish rebels is seen here in this image. A similar fate no doubt awaits the LoA member who goes rogue…






9.       From the North this image shows the view looking down on the city. This was the Danish position. Shandon church with its tower, white one side, red the other is on the right. The river Lee is in the middle ground. The two Tricorned gentlemen of the 1690’s survey the scene






1  The derivation of the phrase ‘as cold as brass monkeys’ is shown here on this plaque. (Other explanations are also available. This being Ireland never let the truth get in the way of a good tale…)






1  A stack of cannon balls formed into the brass monkey stack is shown here in Elizabeth Fort.



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1This image shows the base of the Eastern wall – now in the Bishop’s gardens. This was the wall that was breached and is all that remains of those medieval walls…




1  This image shows the Shandon tower in close up – you can see the red sandstone and white limestone

Campaign hard facts

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

For all you ‘Stato’ types out there (and in my experience that is most gamers), I have included the casualties from the main battles in the 1692 campaign season here. It will be followed by the Roll of Honour/Dishonour in a subsequent post.As many of t…

Unashamed Williamite Wars LoA nostalgia trip..

Posted on April 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Glorying in the spectacle of the game…I have hundreds, perhaps thousands of gaming images from our many years of gaming the Williamite Wars. Sometimes it is nice just to look and not necessarily to read. Not in chronological order (of the war nor of …

Russian GNW Dragoon flags now available

Posted on April 16th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

We are delighted to announce the immediate availability of five superb sets of Russian Dragoons standards for the Great Northern War.

Sheets are £6 each ex postage. I will have a limited quantity at SALUTE 2017 next weekend

The Battle for Britain 1692… concluding the 1692 story

Posted on April 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Here is last year’s final chapter, leading into our 1693 adventures….

Infamy! The English Life Guards treacherously turn on the Gardes te Voet

The guile of the Lord Lucan in persuading the venal Kirke combined with the grit of the brave Irish soldiers to serve up a delicious victory in the cause of the true King and the true religion– This is the tale King James’s counsellors would have us swallow whole for our supper. Some but not all of this purple prose can be ascribed to men boasting in their cups some is also largely true yet something is missing from the Caesarian style jubilees.


Famous regiments like Oxford’s went down fighting


What mention of Lord Marlborough ? Was it not his volunteer infantry from the ancient shire of Oxford that threw themselves upon the hot fire from the Danes within the village fortress of  Netherhythe?  Did not he, the architect of triumph at Kinsale and Cork conceive to deliver a wondrous flanking manoeuvre around the right of the enemy to come upon their rear, destroy their trayne, burn their powder and scatter their shot? And, with this masterstroke he truly did deprive them of the will to continue the fight and thus ultimately gift to his true King that which proved impossible before now?A glaring and to most dispassionate commentators, deliberate omission from the official accounts of the victory are the casualties borne by My Lord Marlborough’s volunteer army. One thousand and seven hundred of his men were lost at the battle. Only the King’s son James Fitzjames was able to surpass this sacrifice at the altar of Mars and that but through a blunt frontal assault against the Danish mercenaries whose discipline and well dug positions made progress bloody and slow.


Tollemache’s camp ransacked by Marlborough’s militia cavalry on their flanking manoeuvre


The losses sustained by Sheldon, Sarsfield and Hamilton combined barely surpassed those of Marlborough alone which is why, supporters of the gallant Earl smart visibly when the ‘Irish’ victory is trumpeted. Having delivered such a gift, the hero is derided as a traitor, denounced by the King’s bastard and confined to a life of imprisonment first in Dublin and now, with a more sinister turn in St Germain-enlaye.
The battle for the throne is not ended. New agendas emerge from the depths of winter. The spring breezes blow away the smoke of intrigue which fugs the air of long closed and reeking apartments.
‘To war !’is the cry in England, in Scotland, in Ireland and further afield.
The throne of England and the chance of future world domination is the great prize!
Anon.


The Jacobite triumph is complete



The Battle for Britain 1692: The story so far, almost completed..

Posted on April 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Leading up to the start of the 1693 campaigning season with the climax of 1692..

The Jacobite Army on the left delivered a stunning victory at Badon Hill
The ire of the populace at large has turned like a rabid dog upon prominent men who once had the world at their feet. General Tollemache, erstwhile darling of the army and hero of the battlefield is now become a figure of derision and the corporeal manifestation of gullibility. His signal lack of perspicacity in determining the true intentions of the wily Kirke will forever blight his reputation and judgment. He has further smudged his profile by first agreeing to assume a position of prominence in the army of King James and then, once at liberty, scooting like a Tory amongst the shadows thence on to York and the relative safety of King William’s lands.
That the Dutch thought it expedient to whisk him swiftly to the continent and place him in command of foreign troops in a backwater fortress garrison speaks volumes. These habitually political men will doubtless see a use for the disgraced Hector in their future schemes but for now he is an embarrassment to be hid from view.


Irish dragoons fought all day to control the river valley with considerable success


Sarsfield, Richard Hamilton and the pious prig Dominic Sheldon have become omnipresent since delivering to His Gracious Majesty the colossal triumph at the ancient and legendary site of Badon Hill. Have we not read in some of the more lurid publications that Sarsfield is King Arthur reborn, come to save Britain from the foreign heathen? Hyperbole is of course the stock in trade of pro Jacobite scrivener’s surpassing even the diatribes issued by Cromwell’s counsellors during the unhappy period of the Commonwealth. Would the Irish Army have prevailed had not Kirke turned upon his co-commander Tollemache?
Marlborough lost hundreds of men attempting to capture the village from the Danes
Dear reader, I hear you say, ‘And what of the most maligned man midst the muddle? What of Marlbrook? The Fox? The Judas? The Betrayer?’ Aha! The conqueror has never let truth stand in the way of a legend to be spun.
The victory of Badon Hill was, according to all Jacobite sources resounding. Five thousands of King William’s soldiers killed, wounded or lost in battle with a further three thousands captured in the aftermath and almost every English regiment deserting or coming over to King James. All this achieved through the endeavours of brave, loyal, religiously true Irishmen who have saved England and Ireland both from the darkness of Protestantism and foreign rule.
Was it not Sarsfield’s dragoons who tirelessly defended the cut of Running Brook against any incursion with cries of ‘None shall cross!’.


The Grand Prior’s Regiment break the Danish Guards


Did not Berwick’s Irish infantry smash the Danes and break their Guard? All know of the mighty deeds performed by the regiment of Colonel  Richard Butler in staying the hand of the English Guards.  The war trophies amassed include the golden standards of Sir John Lanier’s five hundred cuirassiers and the argent tassled banners of Donop’s Danes. 



Sheldon and Berwick press von Tettau hard


The Battle for Britain 1692: The story so far continued..

Posted on April 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

More of the background tale leading to our April 2017 weekender….

Complicit in the Jacobite defeat? St Ruhe’s French may have fought hard enough
Dundee’s own losses amounted to no  greater than thirteen hundreds of the total four and one half thousands lost for King James. So, can it truly be believed that the legions of King Louis the Magnificent did not shoulder more than adequate share of the burden or, that some ulterior plan may have been in train? The web of misinformation appears to well serve interests in various quarters.
And since the disaster has not Dundee rejected the French and kept the Irish at arm’s length?  The unlikely truce with Mackay seemingly continues raising eyebrows and furrowing brows in every corner of the land. Most opposition in Scotland is broken or fragmented. It is true that certain elements and not without just cause, are openly discussing the rise of the ‘House of Graham’ in the northern kingdom. With the vaulting ambition of the King’s man in Albany, can anyone be certain of the future of the Crown’s influence beyond the line of the Tweed?


Mackay’s victory came from this massive left wing sweeping inwards (Ruvigny and Hamilton contemplate)


And what of the victorious army of General Mackay? A masterful holding action on his right counter balanced perfectly by a majestic sweeping manoeuvre by his left or, was this a cynical sacrifice of the brave but somewhat troublesome Protestant Irish of Ulster to buy an easy victory? Of the near three thousands of King William’s army reported lost at Ripon half were from the Enniskillen regiments. These men and their regimental officers were known to rub against the smooth grain of the Dutch army and its art of war. Blunt speaking and forthright ways remain unwelcome amidst the inner quorum and byzantine protocols of the Williamite military hierarchy. Closed ranks indeed, particularly to simple and straightforward country men of conviction little diverted by the machinations of European power politics.


The high water mark of the Jacobite attack – stopped by South western militia

 And, Mackay himself? The pure and loyal knight whose principled stand has been his mark through a score of years in the service of many great princes. Is he without stain? Has he no agenda beyond tireless fealty to his latest Lord? The sharp witted amongst us will recall the sublime deception played upon the Dupe of Berwick who was tricked into sending a warship full of troops, guns and supplies to the wily highland chieftain.
The latest intrigue to ooze from the leaking barrel alleges the Frenchman de Ruvigny has been sent to the Indies on a flimsy pretext at the request of none other than honest Sir Hugh. This able Huguenot’s absence removes a rival and furthermore, closes a channel of information to King William from the closed room that now exists north of York.
 This leaves, on both sides of Hadrian’s ancient wall, three Scots controlling more than two thirds of all the British mainland – General Mackay, Lord George Hamilton and Viscount Dundee. All Protestant men, all to some extent a little out of step with their peers, all with much to gain by keeping at arms length friend and foe alike . Conspiracy theorists will ponder without abatement.


Burnt on the altar of victory – the Enniskilleners


The Battle for Britain 1692: The story so far..

Posted on April 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Was de Ruvigny fully committed at Ripon

For those blog followers interested in our 1692 alternative history of the struggle between Jacobites and Williamites for control of Britain, here is a summary of where we left off BEFORE we share our latest experiences of April 2017/ April 1693.

Written in a suspect narrative style, it covers the main events although, not necessarily as all players may recall ….

It will appear in a couple of parts as it requires detail…

Mackay – puppet or Puppeteer?

A pamphlet entitled ‘Commitment to the cause?’ thought to have been conceived in Tower Hamlets by an informed source in March of the year 1693.
In the aftermath of the two great battles, one fought in the North and the other in the South the recriminations and accusations flew as densely as a murmuration of starlings.
The righteous fury of Viscount Dundee and the voracity of his denunciation of French commitment at Ripon is well known from the crofts of Lewis to the coffee houses of Chelsea yet, measured evaluation of the available reports both from Versailles and York reveal an alternative perspective. It is true that the defeat suffered by King James’s army before Ripon was resounding and the fracturing of the coalition forces in the aftermath dramatic yet, can this all be laid at the feet of Le Marquis de St Ruhe alone?
Was it not Claverhouse who, having hurled his Highlanders upon the fiery muskets of Mackay made the unilateral choice to quit the field without a nod to his French ally and naught save a glancing apology to his fellow Scot Wauchope?
Examination of the statistics evidence that nine tenths of Dundee’s casualties fell cruelly upon his clan regiments. Near one thousand brave Highlanders were cut down at Ripon driving the point of the Jacobite attack. It has been remarked upon that several of these noble clans have territory immediately bordering the great estates of the House of Mackay in Sutherland. As a consequence of the defeat, their inherent strength is much depleted leaving these ancestral lands all but indefensible against predatory neighbours or malcontents who might exploit a weakness created through loyalty, valour and sacrifice.


Gallant Wauchope’s bloody last stand

Cynical men have pointed to the hecatomb endured by that bold and true officer General Sir John Wauchope whose warriors fought to the death with French troops in the van. What price this? At the storm’s eye as he desperately called for reinforcement it is said he cast his gaze to the rear to see his last reserves – those of Colonels Currie and Zeitzinger march north with Dundee at which soul destroying sight his shoulders slumped in despair.
For only at that moment did he realize that he was sacrificed on the altar of a hidden agenda and a mere catspaw in a larger game played behind a heavy brocade of deceit, ambition and lies. It is a truth that after the cataclysmic battle, his command was no more. The tattered remnants of French under his order marched away with St Ruhe to Maryport and its great camp whilst Dundee had already many Scots miles tramped upon the road to Perth.


Betrayal.. by both commanders of their troops?


Hapless John Wauchope stood alone amidst the heaps of dead who fell vainly upon the blood drenched Yorkshire sod. Abandoned and forgotten, the good Wauchope is now thought to be suffering a malady of spirit preferring seclusion and a life of contemplation in an undisclosed monastery.
No less a personage than Louvois himself has confirmed over one thousand and seven hundreds of French soldiers were lost at Ripon.

More of the pamphlet to follow… 

Warfare Miniatures at SALUTE 2017 – 10% pre-order discount!

Posted on April 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Toggy and I will be on duty at SALUTE 2017 with the full range of Warfare Miniatures products.Find us on the Victrix stand. We will be carrying everything in the range including the new Marching Russian Musketeers and Pikemen from the GNW range.six dif…

Lots to blog about.. did we REALLY do that?

Posted on April 6th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

New Dutch West India Company forces attack English Creoles on JamaicaWell, Clarence is on his flight west, Bob is back studying 18 wheelers and I am back at LoA HQ trying to make sense of the last seven days. We’ve manage to cram a lot into a week. Fiv…

Polish Panzers – Pancerni

Posted on March 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Pancerni Green BannerAs part of the Eastern Expansion initiated by Toggy I received a large box containing 47 painted Polish cavalry from the brush of talented Rob Goodyer.Pancerni Red BannerPerry Brothers’ sculpting has come a long way form the 1990s …

A weekend with the League of Augsburg…..

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

With another Weekender looming on the horizon Mark Shearwood shares his view of some wargaming Rock n’ roll…


Mark’s first killing ground near Taunton.. lucky he was defending!

I have followed the reports of previous weekends with interest and I must admit a little envy, so when a thread appeared by Barry on Fighting Talk on the Monday following Salute 2016 putting out feelers for a autumn weekend my interest was sparked.




Saturday morning was just a warm up… Mark’s main event!



So quickly moving through time and with finances checked I booked my place and waited with bated breath for the plans for the weekend to evolve, the hotel where all the action was happening sat on English Street in Dumfries – how appropriate for the subject matter of the weekender!




The Duke of Berwick’s forces for the weekend’s campaigning



In the months prior to the weekend Barry informed us the action would be the conclusion to a campaign where the Jacobites invaded England to regain King James crown from the forces of William III.  We were allocated commands, mine being the King’s love-child(aka Bastard) James Fitzjames, Duke of Berwick.



von Tettau’s Danes- featuring prominently in Mark’s tale



So after several campaign turns where more than a little skulduggery occurred (I still want my ship back General Mackay you git!) and units were lost or recruited depending on the campaign Gods (well Barry actually), we were all set.




Mark’s pickets surprise Kirke’s advancing Dutch.. did Kirke betray his own men?


So with car full of figures and terrain I set forth on the morning of the 10th November up to Scotland to play a French born English duke invading England to take back the Crown for his Father. After checking in I found the game room, unloaded and over the next couple of hours all those involved arrived. There followed much discussion about who was playing whom.


The Jacobite assemble.. according to Mark, too few troops are as challenging as too many



The evening was spent (around a good dinner) sorting commands and assembling the 200  or so units needed. Eight collections were used and Barry and Toggy setting up four set up games for Saturday morning.


Some of Kirke’s battalions changes sides, some went down fighting, some fled… all at Badon, not here


Replete with a hearty ‘full Scottish’ we headed into the hall to discover what surprises Barry had in store. The four tables represented Somerset, Oxfordshire, Shropshire and the a spit over the Esk into England. I knew my force along with Richard Hamilton’s had been campaigning in Devon and Somerset. 


The Williamite attack is giving Mark the collywobbles



We knew which table was ours the question was were attacking a fortified camp uphill or defending it. The good news from Barry was that we were defending; the bad news was that combined, we had three battalions (all asleep) and four detachments in front of the camp.




The Young Duke Victorious!    Kirke calls off the attack


The Mornings game was great fun. We were warned that casualties would be transferred to the main event I never knew it was so hard commanding so few forces, we were saved by some of my horse returning from a foraging trip and in the end it was a Jacobite win, overall the morning was a two-two draw.




Upscaling – Berwick scans his command in the centre of the Jacobite Team



During lunch the tables were changed into two 14 foot games, one in the north of the country and one in the south where my forces were located. We were set for the grand event with all commanders having secret victory conditions (more of that later). On our table the Jacobites were; the Duke of Berwick (myself), Richard Hamilton (Jacobite commander),Patrick Sarsfield and Dominic Sheldon. 



The Duke of Berwick bears down..



We hoped the Earl of Marlborough would join us.  Facing us were three Williamite commanders  vonTettau (holed up in a village), Kirke and Tollemache. On our left flank was Marlborough (allegiance suspect).  Due to my victory conditions I deployed next to Marlborough and opposite the village. With all the forces deployed it was left to Mr Hilton to unleash the dogs of war….





Putting the Preusser under pressure – von Tettau feels the heat 



We were playing the new variant of Beneath the Lily Banners,called The War of Three Kings which worked extremely well regardless of how familiar players were with BLB2.
Berwick sent a rider with a note asking Churchill’s intentions and requesting he attend in person to agree a plan and to discuss a Dukedom (more of that later). I headed up to a half way point supported by two squadrons of my father’s Life Guard.


Who will blink first? Berwick’s Life Guards or Churchill’s Horse Guards?


Churchill arrived with two squadrons of his Elite Regiment of Horse. These faced off from Saturday pm till early Sunday morning  neither fully trusting the other and waiting for who blinked first.

Our plan, which worked to some degree, was to pressure the village to push the enemy into reinforcing it thus leaving the centre of the Williamite line weak. 


These Danish lads are putting up some fight for Mercenaries!

The rest of Saturday’s gaming was immense fun with Barry handing out event cards which just added to everyone’s enjoyment. We broke about 7 for dinner followed by some liquid refreshment and not a little more skulduggery.



The gaming moments we live for.. The Grand Prior’s charge to glory!



Around 9 on Sunday morning we re-convened with both Churchill’s and my forces concentrating on the Danes in and around the village. Churchill sent several squadrons of cavalry off table to try and come around behind the Williamites whilst I was sending my infantry against the now thinning line of Danes. The Danish Guards were in the firing line. All the time I kept a close eye on Mr Churchill and had a squadron of Horse Guards ‘protecting’ his rear.




You can’t see these moments too often, can you Mark?? 


After lunch, we continued with more skulduggery. It culminated with Kirke changing sides and charging into his former ally’s flank. As this happened on the far side of the battle my lead infantry 1st Battalion The Lord Grand Prior’s Regiment was about to engage with the Danish Guards but were taking considerable fire from the village. In fact, they took eleven casualties in one turn. With the help of a good Catholic Priest they passed the morale check.


General Kirke, you are a very bad man… turning on your Allies!

 The following turn with dice gods on their side (and a well played event card) forcing the Guards to fire on their own men in the village) the now depleted Grand Prior’s charged with such force they won the melee and forced the enemy from the field.




Churchill politiks his way to redemption


With the battle all but one, Hamilton sent terms to the Williamites. There was some disagreement between the Jacobites as my Father had instructed that Tollemache and Kirke be arrested or killed, Kirke escaped and we agreed that Tollemache and his Danish troops be allowed to leave the field with full honours and colours flying.



Snouts in the trough – Churchill’s cavalry loot the Williamite baggage train



Know back to Churchill, who had supported my flank all battle but was also on my Father’s hit list. I instructed that squadron of Horse been behind Churchill arrested him. This had the room in hysterics as no one else knew about my victory conditions.




Wargaming with the LoA



The weekend was a narrow victory for the Jacobites and we had taken about half of the country but more importantly it was a great weekend of gaming with friends old and new. We all said we’d like to do again, so much that we are keeping the campaign on a slow burn and planning the next instalment in 2017… That takes place in three weeks… alas The Duke of Berwick is currently on tour in Eastern Europe as will be seen..


James Fitzjames, Duke of Berwick, aka. Mark

Taking liberties with the Russians

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Garrison of?Is nothing sacred? Hilton bastardizes yet more conventions to get result…..Two years ago I got Clibinarium to create ten test sculpts for the GNW which have developed into a large and rapidly growing range. One of the first sculpts was a …

Inspired by Gunter and PC games

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Test base of Saxon cuirassiers – I used WLOA53 with tricornesI have grown fond of the Saxons but have not yet seriously started painting any. Gunter Heim’s mammoth Saxon Army of the GNW used almost exclusively Warfare Miniatures and I have had the plea…

Toggy’s Cossacks – a splash of colour

Posted on February 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Nothing quite like polish on the Polish! – Toggy’s winter work.A splash of colour in a dull world, no. I am not talking about Toggy Bob I am talking about his lovely unit of Cossacks!.. although, Toggy has his moments!In an effort to persuade him to sp…