Orders of Battle The full English order of battle is as follows:1 battalion of converged grenadiers (all musket), 2 battalions of Marines (all musket), 1 battalion of Guards, 11 battalions of Foot (pike and musket with the possibility that 3-4 could be all musket armed).Here are the battalions which participated in the expedition:1st Foot GuardsJohn Cutts’ RegimentRichard Coote’s RegimentSamuel Venner’s RegimentMarquis de Rada’s RegimentSir David Colyear’s RegimentThomas Erle’s Regiment (one of two)Henry Rowe’s RegimentFerdinando Hasting’s RegimentWilliam Stueart’s RegimentThe French order of battle around Camaret Bay could look as follows:1 battalion of Marines (all musket), 4 battalions of infantry (pike and musket), 3 regiments of Horse, 1 regiment of Dragoons, 1 battalion of Militia. 3-5 field guns in various positions. At least half of the infantry could be in hard cover or entrenchments.Skirmish gaming possibilitiesCamaret offers magnificent scope for skirmish gaming high adventure. I of cours
A map drawn up to wargame the actionWargaming Camaret BayIt does sound unmistakably like D-Day. It took place around 200 miles from and almost exactly 250 years to the day before Operation Overlord as, although the date is now noted at June 18th the old style calendar marks it as June 6th or 7th in most sources. The action can be fought in various ways; as a large scale battle, as a skirmish or even as a naval action with the troops playing no real part.All England wall of firepowerLarger scale gameAlthough Tollemache had as many as 10,000 men in fifteen battalions, his spearhead was apparently a battalion of converged grenadiers supported by 900 pike and shot armed infantry behind. This landing force can be contained in four to six large boat models each representing a cluster of well-boats. In each, half a battalion of infantry could be transported. Reinforcements can be fed in using the same principle from the fleet sitting at the table edge or off table. The Allied attack will continue as long as some uni
Possibly Lord Carmarthen running the GulletConsequence of perfidyWhen the Allied fleet arrived in Camaret Bay it immediately came under fire from the forts around Camaret village and those at Bertheaume Bay on the northern shore opposite. The plan was for men o’ war to run the narrow channel called the ‘Gullet’ between the two headlands and sail into the anchorage at Brest. This gap was exactly one mile wide meaning that any ship attempting to force passage would be subject to a hail of fire from multiple compass points. A private yacht captained by the thrill seeker Lord Carmarthen ran the gauntlet to prove the point and came out to report the defences were far more formidable than expected. This daredevil failed to spot all of Vauban’s numerous positions and the thousands of troops massed behind both Brest and Camaret Bay awaiting any landing should the batteries fail to halt the fleet. Bombardment by at least eight large ships of the line from the English and Dutch fleets made little impression.It was agre
All's been very quiet painting wise at Cassa Rousell over the summer.I, believe it or not have stacks still to paint, but to be honest just couldn't be arsed. I do think the Painting Challenge does have a part to play here.Anyway, as painting was out of the question I thought I'd get some buildings made up.The 4 buildings are all from 4Grounds World at War series, but I'll be using them for the earlierDonnybrook period.I was quite impressed with them to be honest, they fitted together very well and took roughly 5 hours work to complete each one.This is Dutch House 1You buy it with only 1 floorBut I bought extension's for the buildings.3 Foundry figures for scaleDutch House 2This is my favourite buildingRear viewDutch House 2 as you buy it with just the 1 upper floorDutch House 3 & another Dutch House number 2I did have 1 slight problem, 2 of the packs didn't have enough roof tiles, I called the guys at 4Ground and explained my annoying problem.Three days later, I received a parcel in the post. c
The Mission – Destroy Brest!D-Day 300 years before it happened. Camaret Bay was an exptremely ambitious planThe raid was a large scale affair for an action of its type. It was months in the planning with the objective of wreaking havoc on a key strategic anchorage for the French fleet at the port of Brest in western Brittany. Naval bombardments of French ports had been undertaken before, one such being that prosecuted against St Malo shortly before the Camaret expedition. The difference with Brest was that the English planned to put around 8,000 infantry ashore and gain a foothold in order to do some real damage. Tollemache would lead the army attack which was to be transported by Admiral Charles, Lord Berkeley. The fleet was substantial, comprising 38 English and 21 Dutch vessels including fire and hospital ships. Troops began assembling in Plymouth from mid-May 1694.Former enemies sailed together to support the English landing. 69 English and Dutch ships were involved.Transportation was delayed through adve
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?