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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694 Part 1

This piece was first run in Wargames Illustrated in 2016. I thought it a solid multi-parter to run on the blog whilst I am holidaying.Contemporaneous notorietyThe disastrous attack at Camaret Bay on June 18th1694 was a very English tragedy. From a distance of 322 years it is easy to understand that a relatively minor operation which went badly wrong and resulted in the death of a largely forgotten general is of little if any significance. Although few may have been aware of the Battle of Camaret Bay or Thomas Tollemache before reading this piece it is likely that most if not all readers have heard of John Churchill and more than a few of King James II and Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Seignur de Vauban, Marshal of France. Each is linked directly or indirectly to a disastrous military adventure which in its own way will have shaped subsequent momentous historical events.Tollemache by Sir Godfrey Kneller.If we hopped into the DeLorean and set the dial to April 1694 the names of our protagonists would be as ub

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Tocht naar Chatham 1667 - The 28mm bit begins

The first unit of Dutch Marines - uniform colours from colonial naval infantry of the same period.Having co written Donnybrook and produced an as yet unpublished extension for Beneath the Lily Banners dealing with small unit actions it was always the plan to deal with some of the 1667 Medway fighting in 28mm.Other units will have different flagsThere appears to be no concensus regarding the long sleeve/elbow length cuff debate nor, the apostles/bullet bag debate. As an example consult the following works covering the period 1660 - 1691 and you will see long sleeves and bullet bags as early as 1667 with short sleeves and almost elbow length cuffs as late as 1691! -  Wars and soldiers in the early reign of Louis XIV (Mugnai - Helion), Charles XI's War (van Essen: Helion), Battle of Aughrim 1691(McNally:Helion).A mob of sturdy English Yeomanry - probably called peasants anywhere else!By way of explaining my choice to use Warfare's earlier period ie 1680+ Military Civilians for the combatants this goes part

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New in the shop from Warfare Miniatures

Some new stuff which can be found in the shop:A Cossack unit equivalent to an infantry battalion. It contains three packs of Cossacks advancing (COS01) with musket and one Command pack (COS02).  Price is £31 ex postage. The flag is not included nor or are the bases.The unit pictured has 18 models but there are 20 models in the battalion pack.Second up, I have a limited number of the excellent Janissary Cauldron Bearer set. This is available at the normal infantry pack price of £8.50 ex postage.

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The Pikeman's Lament: The First Peninsular War

Well I lasted until the final week of the Warlord Games sprue sale before weakening, but yesterday an order for a pile of Marlburian Infantry sprues went in as each sprue has 12 figures on and costs just £2.50! Don't ask how many I ordered, but free postage is such a temptation! Unlike other ex-Wargames Factory plastics, these aren't as slim and fiddly, the main reason I resisted the AWI sprues...Warlord Games Malburian Infantry (photo Warlord Games)The uniforms are pretty generic, so can be painted up as a number of nations, the issue now is which ones... As interesting as Marlborough's campaign is, I have been intrigued by the operations in Portugal and Spain between 1701 and 1710, and there is a book by Nicholas Dorrell coming out at the end of the month (Marlborough’s Other Army: The British Army and the Campaigns of the First Peninsula War, 1702–1712). It looks like it will provide a good overview of all the participants, not just the British (one of the things that interests me is the wide variety of a

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AHPC9 - Donnybrook - Berkley's Dragoons c1689

My penultimate post of the Challenge unless I really get my finger out and finish the unit I'm painting.Can't see it happening though.And yes it is more Donnybrook!!!!!Here we have the 6 figures for the English regt Berkley's DragoonsThe figures are from Dixon minis, which are a real pleasure to paint, they almostpaint themselves!"The Monmouth’s rebellion scared Parliament into forming the first standing Army in 1685, among it six regiments of horse and two of Dragoons. It was constituted of six troops, raised by the honourable John Berkeley and named after him as "Berkeley’s Dragoons" it’s recruiting area for all of the troops was Wessex. Berkeley married Barbera Villiers, an intimate friend of the King’s younger daughter, Princess Anne. Thus came about the first title of the Regiment "The Princess Anne of Denmark’s Regiment of Dragoons". In October Berkeley’s Dragoons rode into London to be inspected by the King, a critical Commander, who was nevertheless impressed with them. For the next three years t

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Ray's Request - Donnybrook Ottomans and Donnybrook force offer

Janissary Vets face European cavalryAn Ottoman Wagonburg bristling with menace - Come and get us!Ray Roussell blames me for his Donnybrook addiction. I know the term lead pusher could have a totally different meaning in the context of selling minis as opposed to playing with them. I am however probably answerable to both descriptions.Four ELITE Janissaries with flintlocks and an Officer characterAt Salute, Ray told me I needed to get the finger out and produce a Donnybrook force for gaming with Ottomans. I'll do that I casually responded. Ray is much bigger than me and its best to agree with him.Twelve RECRUIT Anatolian Irregulars with muskets and a Musician characterI thought about the request and them thought about a couple of variants of such a force might look like.I finally came up with three frames of force. I also seem to remember at I am typing this that I sent a full Ottoman Donnybrook Faction piece to Clarence for consideration a few months back, now where the heck did I put that?Nine RECRUIT Crimea

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Pardon the Interruption

Clarence Harrison - It has been a very long time since I've posted. In fact I haven't really painted anything since.. err.. last November! I don't ever remember sitting out of the hobby for that long. There have been other things going on in my life and it seems like when I've had free time, the painting desk just wasn't calling to me.As Barry has mentioned, I've been working on artwork for Talon & Claw and the book is almost ready to send to the printer. There is something about this stage of a project that seems to linger and it always takes longer to wade through the final edits, but the end is definitely in sight!I'm also ready to turn my full attention to Donnybrook Dark, a kind of Gothic horror setting for our popular skirmish rules...The Mourne Vale lies between the kingdoms of Scandavia and Rusland. This fell region is a land of brooding forests, lonely hills, and haunted ruins, but amid it's desolation lies treasures of a forgotten empire. The king of Scandavia is wedded to a Fey Queen

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Hmmm? Oh.. yes, I'm still here..

It has been a very long time since I've posted. In fact I haven't really painted anything since.. err.. last November! I don't ever remember sitting out of the hobby for that long. There have been other things going on in my life and it seems like when I've had free time, the painting desk just wasn't calling to me.I've been working on artwork for Talon & Claw, the Great Northern War supplement for The War of Three Kings and the book is almost ready to send to the printer. There is something about this stage of a project that seems to linger and it always takes longer to wade through the final edits, but the end is definitely in sight!I'm ready to turn my full attention to Donnybrook Dark, a kind of Gothic horror setting for our popular skirmish rules...The Mourne Vale lies between the kingdoms of Scandavia and Rusland. This fell region is a land of brooding forests, lonely hills, and haunted ruins, but amid it's desolation lies treasures of a forgotten empire. The king of Scandavia is wedded to a F

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I painted them thar Ottermans

Code OT07 Tufeckci firingI know, several months late. C minus on report card and detention for me. Nevertheless, painting these thirty models in five days was not as onerous a chore as it may at first sound.They were really fun to do. The sculpting is wonderful and the poses interesting and natural.Code OT12 Bosniaks/Irregulars loadingI used the following speedy method:1. Hand brushed white undercoat2. Paint flesh and wash with a watered skin tone3. Paint flat colours on all other areas4. Wash with water based soft tone Army Painter (except skin areas).5. Hand brushed matt varnish - solvent basedCode OT010 Segban loadingI avoided certain colours such as - red (except for a couple of hats) and used a very controlled and muted palette selection around stone, browns, buff, sand, off white etc with an  occasional shot of pink, black, green and light blue.I wanted these troops to look poorer, less military and more paramilitary - volunteers, conscripts, booty soldiers, borderers and similar.Code OT08 Tufeckci

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AHPC9 - Donnybrook 25mm Hanged Man

Still posting some of my entries from the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, not many more left I promise!! It's bit Macabre I know, its just a piece of scenery though for my Donnybrook Shenanigans!The figure is from Black Tree designs, bought to paint up in AHPC8, along with quite a few similar bits and bobs. Sir Michael Awdry posted loads of these in last years Challenge and mine got pushed to the bottom of the leadpile.Not much more I can really say about the figure really?

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Breaking the surface.. news on the GNW supplement

Mass charge by Polish cavalry 1683My snorkel has just broken the surface as I come up for air before submerging again into SALUTE 19 on Friday and Saturday.Brunswick-Celle infantry 1690sI have not been blogging with regularity over the last three weeks simply because I have snatched every waking hour to finish off the last photos for the new GNW supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners.The shot pool now stands at 307 pictures considered and about a further 200+ rejected for various reasons.The defence of Vlasivka 1709 - from the Battle report in the bookOf the 190 shots which appear in the book, 183 are finalized and in place. I have 7 little troublemakers to complete three of which should be done by the time this post appears. Taking wargaming pictures is great fun but very intensive. I remember watching Duncan Macfarlane do it about twenty years ago without the benefit of a digital camera and Photoshop. You really had to get it right then.Janissary columnNow at least, my process involves:1.Set up.2.Test shot

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Reiver Castings Militia

 Oh look, yet more Donnybrook!!!!I do like it when you can have versatile figures, and that's exactly what these are.The figures are from Reiver Castings, and can be purchased here.For the princely sum of £11 They can and hopefully will be used in the following armies.Monmouth's RebelsKing Phillip's War Militia&Irish RappareesThese 10  bad boys were worth 5 points each so earned me 50 points.

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - NYW Prisoners, Guard & Wagon

More Donnybrook goodness!This time its back to Col Bill's with a little help from Foundry.The figures are from Col Bill's Depot Battalion range and are named,17th Century Prisoners and Guard. and cost £6.I've swapped the original Guard figure over with an Infantry figure from Foundryrather than convert the figure.The wagon is also from Col Bill's, although I can't seem to find it on their website?I decided to have it as a piece of scenery, so left one wheel off.So as for the points it should be....4 x Foot = 20 points1 x Wagon = 20 points

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Highlander Master of Hounds & Bard

Yes I know.....more Donnybrook!But you can never have enough of a good thing....right?In the Highlander army list in Donnybrook, one of the characters you may use is"The Master of Hounds"The Scots figure is a standard bearer from pack SKU : JFR20 in Reiver Castings Jacobite range.With his left arm chopped off a repositioned.I wasn't sure how and what to use for the dogs lead or whether or not to have one at all.In the end I went with some plane and simple fuse wire.Which I think works pretty well?The Hounds are from Gripping Beast pack PCT14 Pict pack Master & Hounds"The Master of Hounds controls a pack of hunting dogs bred by the Clan. He is armed with a short sword and controls 3 dogs. When they attack the player rolls a d3. The result is the number of dogs who lunge that turn. Add the Master to the attack. So at full strength there will be 4 attacks, while the minimum is 2. The dogs do not check morale when taking casualties and fight to the death. If the Master loses all his dogs he fights on alo

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AHPC9 - Donnybrook - The Duke of Osuna Spanish Horse 1680's

Another entry into the Painting Challenge and its yet more Donnybrook, but this time we're heading to the far away fields of Africa, well Tangier to be precise.The Treaty of Windsor, signed on 10th June 1680 between England and Spain, gave rise to an offer by the King of Spain to provide a body of Horse to support the English at Tangier. The Duke of Osuna's Trozo of Horse was well placed being based 80 miles north of Tarifa to be that body of Horse. They were said to have worn an all white uniform, including their hat!Which I'm sure you'll agree makes for a rather unusual looking unit of Horse.In the field they were commanded by Don Salvador de Monforte.They fought in several skirmishes and battles in their time at Tangier.I've been wanting to paint this unit for quite a whileThe figures are from Warfare Miniatures and will be added to my Tangier collection, they may well find there way onto the fields of Flanders and Ireland too!!! 7 Mounted 25mm figures should give me 70 points.

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