The War of Three Kings


Media work

Been busy talking to some media moguls in the hobby over the last couple of weeks. I did a podcast interview for Henry Hyde's Battlechat Live 32 which seemed to fly by but actually lasted two hours. Well, Henry and I are never short of a word or dozen and the experience was candid and interesting. He has a nice interviewing style which opens the interviewee up before they know it. Henry is a stalwart of the hobby and always innovating.Battlechat 32 Interview with BarryMr Hyde - Battle Chatter supremeThe podcast format is very nice to participate in and I was pleasantly surprised to actually get some emails to say that listeners had found it a good investment of time. I thought I was just rambling on actually!We discussed doing it again and next time focusing on a shorter more subject specific topic. Let's see if that transpires. I think the broadcast goes out to subscribers first and then on general release this week or perhaps next.  Thanks Henry for the opportunity to witter on and for allowing the kin

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June 1694: Part 5

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

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay 18th June, 1694: Part 4

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

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Fate, Fortune or Faithlessness? Camaret Bay June 18th, 1694. Part 3

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

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Taking Baby out for its first stroll

Partizan was the debut of With Talon and Claw and I am pleased to say it was a sunny day for the new born. Several customers took delivery of their pre ordered books and a brisk trade was had by North Star who were selling the book on the day.The launch weekend has been a success and we've shifted enough copies already to ensure the book will have a healthy life.The game I chose as the launch pad was a bit of a fudge - ensemble cast on the Allied side - Russians, Prussians, Saxons, Danes, Tatars and Cossacks all lining up as the Blue Legions performed a sort of Last Hurrah! against this spectrum of wartime foes.It was a chance to get lots of tricornes on the table and some artillery too.I was next door to Mark Shearwood and the Derby Gang who were refighting a battle from 1689 at the Moyry Pass in Ireland which looked wonderful. Two BLB games on side by side, that was nice.I got a brief  run round the show and caught sight of some nice games including Imrie and Glanville's Medieval bash, The Iron Brigade

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Huzzah for Lithuania!

All the way from Vilnius, bang on time (I always like to under promise and over deliver) and in very good nick.....With Talon and Claw has arrived in Scotland!This means..Pre orders will go out tomorrow and Saturday which is six days ahead of schedule and..If you are going to Partizan you can pay in advance and pick up your copy on the day without a postage charge if you haven't pre-ordered already. Obviously anyone who preordered for pick up at the show will get their books on the day.Quality wise, I cannot fault the production which looks amazing in every way. The printers have done a bang up job and Asun's layout and design have tranferred to hard copy superbly.Companion volumsOn to the next project!

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Marlborough's Danes

Yes, I know. How could Warfare have produced such an important component of the armies of the period without me getting my act together and at least letting everyone see what they look like in battalions?An unforgivable omission but as always I will trot out my 'one man team' excuse. Well, that and Ottomans, Wagonburgs, wee ships, Cossacks and the like.Anyway at last I have some units of Danes to show as I imagined them when first commissioned as sculpts. Smart uniforms, martial air, nice colour combinations - the Danes are one of those wargaming contingents which ticks every box - ubiquitous over an extended period, manageable in size, all arms present, nice uniforms and flags, a considerable amount of glory, some controversy and as I have said before.. the ain't nothing like a Dane!My main interest in the Danish contingent started with their involvement in Ireland. A reputation for professionalism and experience saw them used in the front line and frequently. Off the top of my head The Boyne, Limerick, rapp

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Pre ordering with Talon and Claw

It has taken a while to complete and it is considerably larger than I had first intended however, the Great Northern War and Eastern Wars supplement to Beneath the Lily Banners is finally off to the printers.With Talon and Claw is scheduled for shipment of pre-orders on August 22nd 2019 with general release on September 2nd.The RRP for With Talon and Claw is £30 ex postage Pre orders will be shipped at the discounted price of £26 ex postage. For the customers who have already paid for the book but not shipping, we will send a paypal invoice for the difference after the discount has been netted.The book is 184 pages long, hard backed and full colour.It contains:An extensive Period Primer.Detailed explanation of troop types and tactics used by the main protagonists.Full rule amendments and updates covering The Great Northern War and Eastern Wars for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition.A points system to build armies for small and large games.Army Builder guides for Danish, Imperialist,

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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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Blood & Cutts! Part 2

The second part of my piece on Lord John Cutts of Gowran.An appraisal of England’s fire eating generalEnglish hero - for sure, Subject of Swiftian satire - definitely!What he did bestHis speciality was leading assaults into the breach. Many of his wounds were received in such situations. He seemed to gravitate towards peers and superiors with a similar disposition to his own. One such, Thomas Tollemache, a rival of John Churchill and another fire-eater, died after being hit in the groin by a cannonball during the disastrous Camaret Bay amphibious landing. Cutts himself performed insanely reckless feats there yet, lived to tell the tale.Man on the make - Cutts at 24 leading Transylvanian locals against the hated TurksBeing point-man or any man for that matter, during the storming of a breach was generally recognized as a suicide mission. It was a task normally assigned to an army’s biggest, baddest head-bangers – the grenadiers. Tooled up with flintlock muskets, bags of hand grenades, hatchets, occasionally be

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Blood & Cutts! Part 1

This article appeared in issue #379 May 2019 or Wargames Illustrated. I am publishing it on the blog in three parts as it is fairly long.An appraisal of England’s fire eating general     John Cutts painted by Wissing around 1687, aged about 24Who?Like many notable men of his era, John Cutts is difficult to define in terms of good or bad, wrong or right. If considered only by his military deeds it is easy to be seduced and never get beyond the evocative sobriquet of Salamander - the man who can be found where the action is hottest and the danger most parlous. For wargamers, this may be enough. A Hector on the field of battle with more tales to tell in a single life than many others combined. Job done.Read about his political career and the portrait loses some of its lustre. Driven by chronic financial problems, the story of a wheeler-dealer, schemer, and petitioner involved in countless intrigues emerges to cast shadow across a previously sunlit vista. A hero who became the subject of Swiftian s

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Dismounted Cossacks now available to order

We are delighted to announce that two new codes of dismounted Cossacks are now available to order.Price £8.50 per pack excluding postage.They can be found in the online shop here:https://www.leagueofaugsburg.com/shop/products-subcat-58.htmlSuitable for a wide period between around 1600 and 1750 or even beyond.

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The War Wagon

The finished War wagon in profileThe original wagon from which the war wagon is constructed. All that was used was the flat bed and wheels.I had this idea in my head to build a centre piece for the Ottoman wagonburg. I wanted a something practical but distinctive and I gained a lot of valuable experience arsing around with the twelve defensive pieces built for the wagonburg circumference.The finished wagon. Not from a written plan but from a process of evolving ideas.The centre piece was going to be a one off and I decided to pimp it up a bit with bits and bobs. The first thing was to raise the deck above the level of the back wheels. I did this by placing balsa rods along the flatbed with a height of circa 20mm which allowed me to build the deck out again but over the top level of the large back wheels.Some of the additional pimping visible in this shot. The hay is dry brushed static grass added to the hay net metal partStraight sides were the most practical option as it allowed models to stand directly agai

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Battle of the Skull Mound - Part 3: Reflections

I promised a look back at the performance of both the Ottoman based infantry force and the Cossack Force which was used in the Skull Mound game.Let's deal with the Ottomans first. We beefed up the quality of the this force in order to achieve a points match with the enemy. This resulted in two Guard quality units - something that rarely if ever happens in the Western theatre but these ratings are relative to their opponents in this battle and not absolute. So, comparing one eight and one twelve model Janissary formation to their opponents, the quality differential between the Raw Ukrainians and the grizzled Turks justified the Guard rating. The other Janissary units received the Veteran rating which was also generous but for the same reason. The irregular infantry were Drilled making the overall quality of the Ottoman Foot vastly superior. This was compounded by providing all Janissaries with flintlocks and providing three field guns.The Cossacks on paper appeared to be a pushover - six units of matchlock arm

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The War of Three Kings Goes Digital!

Take the field and win the crown of England for your chosen liege Lord! Fight for King James and aided by your French allies, lead the Irish Army to victory against the usurper and his foreign horde. Support King William’s claim to the throne and captain an international army of English, Irish, Dutch, Danish and French Huguenot soldiers to wrest the crown from the hands of the tyrant!The War of Three Kings offers the opportunity for games set between 1660-1721 to be played with simple yet elegant mechanisms which deliver a smooth playing experience, authentic period flavour and loads of fun.The system covers pike and shot warfare in all western and central European theatres. This third edition of Beneath the Lily Banners (first released in 2009) has refined the game play allowing users to focus on enjoying the spectacle created by miniature gaming one of history’s most colourful periods!Available at the League of Augsburg Shop for £12.99Or at Warfare Miniatures USA for $17US.QRS available

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