Last 15 posts from The League of Augsburg

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…

Wandering Around Ireland, Part III

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Clarence Harrison – The next day of our trip took us to lots of different sites!Before leaving Enniskillen, we stopped at Enniskillen Castle and just had a walk around the outside. On March 11th 1689, Gustavus Hamilton formally declared Enniskillen for…

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.

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

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

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.


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

Wandering Around Ireland, Part II

Posted on April 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Clarence Harrison – A little after noon, Barry, Bob, and I rolled into Londonderry proper. We passed through the walls at Ferryquay Gate and climbed a set of stone steps to the top of the wall in a drizzling rain.The walls of Londonderry were built in …

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…

Wandering Around Ireland, Part I

Posted on April 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Clarence Harrison – Now that the dust has settled and I’m back in some sort of routine, I’ve had time to sort through my pics and make some notes on my trip. Of course the first few days were spent in Dumphries at the the LoA Weekender. I’m going to le…

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