Sunday, April 23, 2017

Campaign hard facts

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 these units have gained experience and have featured in the 1693 campaign the information does have some gaming relevance.

Some of the players have I know, started to record the performances of their units - a subject dear to my own heart although in recent years my record keeping has been somewhat haphazard.

So here are the hard facts from the battles of Badon Hill and Ripon both fought in September 1692

Williamite casualties at Badon Hill

Dutch casualties at Badon Hill

Jacobite casualties at Badon Hill

Jacobite casualties at Badon Hill continued

Badon Hill summary

Williamite losses at Ripon

Jacobite losses at Ripon

Casualty summary for Ripon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wandering Around Ireland, Part I

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 leave the details of the games to Mr. Hilton as I was busy killing Jacobite horses (yes, I was playing on the Jacobite side) and like the commanders of the 17th century have very little idea of what was going on beyond my hill (though the Williamites might have won... Lord Galmoy survived despite my attaching him to every cavalry charge he was in range of). I will say I greatly enjoyed the weekend and it was fantastic to meet so many people I've only had contact with through the web.

There was a surreal moment Saturday night when the entertainment at the hotel turned out to be a Johhny Cash impersonator. I traveled 3500 miles to the Old Country and the locals packed the place to see a guy in a rhinestone studded jacket. He didn't even have bagpipes. Maybe I should have went out with Tam... ok, maybe not...

Late Sunday afternoon, we packed up the toys and Barry, Bob, and I made our way to the ferry bound for Larne, Ireland. On the way I learned that Bob can't hear sentences with the word 'truck' in them and 'ship-wit' doesn't only apply to 16th and 17th century sailing vessels. Light was failing as we slipped away from the brooding Scottish coast...

On Monday morning we set out for Londonderry, at points following the same route the Jacobites took as they marched on the town. A journey that took them weeks took us hours. Shortly after leaving Coleraine we were treated to a fantastic view of the Irish Sea before it narrows to become the Foyle River.

Barry climbed a hill to get a better shot and I trained my camera on him in case he fell down it (to make sure Bob and I could help him quickly, of course - no, that would NOT have ended up on YouTube... well, probably not).

Just before reaching Londonderry, we took a detour down to the Foyle River to see if we could find the area where the Jacobites placed the boom to block the river and cut off the town from naval support and supplies. Not only was Barry spot on (it's a bit like having Google in the car with you), we came out opposite Culmore Fort (at the base of the tower, just to the right).

A quick trip south, west across the first bridge we found, and back north and we were standing at the fort.

No gates, no barricades, no caretaker, not even a sign unless you count the 'Lough Foyle Yacht Club' one that now adorns the building. Not for the last time on this trip I was struck with wonder that such a historic building was simply sitting at the end of a common lane beside a residential district. In the US, they would have built a park around the place and you probably couldn't really get near it.

I took a stupid amount of photos of stonework with an eye to building a couple of castles for my table top collection. The place must once have had a wall and probably outbuildings because there was a fair size garrison stationed there in 1689 and they wouldn't have all fit in the tower.

Standing on the beach below the fort in the wind and the rain we had another stunning view of the Irish Sea, this time looking north along the route of the Foyle. Looking east, you can see how narrow the river is even at this point, Any ship braving this corridor would have been at point blank range for cannons along the shore.

As we turned south towards the town, we passed directly through the spot where the Pennyburn Mill would have been. Now it is the proud site of the Pennyburn Condominiums and a McDonalds.

In part II, we venture into Londonderry!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Unashamed Williamite Wars LoA nostalgia trip..

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 when they were played), here is a trip through the images if you need some inspiration...
1693 Drax, Battle for Britain campaign played in Dumfries 2017

1690 Scotland played in Derby in 2013 or 2014

1692 - Ripon, Battle for Britain campaign played in Dumfries in 2016

1692 - Taunton - Battle for Britain campaign - played in Dumfries 2016

1691 - Aughrim played at Derby in 2014

1689 - Killiecrankie played at The Goth in Prestonpans in 2016

1689 - Pennyburn Mill, Derry played at Historicon 2016

1690 - The Boyne played at Partizan possibly around 2009

1691 - Bloody Aughrim played in my wargames room in 2013

1690 - The Boyne played in Dumfries in 2014 or 2015

1690 small action played at Crisis,Antwerp around 2012 or 2013

1690 -First siege of Athlone played at Partizan in 2012 or 2013

1689 - small action play test for BLB 3 played in my kitchen in 2016

1690 - The Boyne played at Historicon in 2010 or 2011

1692 - Witney Battle for Britain campaign played in Dumfries

1689 Killiecrankie played at Perth Museum on 2008 or 2009

1691 Ireland game played at Derby in 2013 or 2014

1691 Ireland game played at Derby in 2012 or 2013

1690 - The Glen and Ireland scenario fought in Derby in 2012 or 2013

1690 The Boyne played at Falkirk in 2016

1690 Ireland - fought at Crisis Antwerp in 2011 - first appearance at the show

1692 - Badon Hill, Battle for Britain campaign played in Dumfries 2016

1693 - Spanish Town, Jamaica -Battle for Britain campaign played in Dumfries 2017

Russian GNW Dragoon flags now available

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Battle for Britain 1692... concluding the 1692 story

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-en- laye.

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!


The Jacobite triumph is complete

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