December 28, 2020

A YouTube Channel for the League of Augsburg!

Barry Hilton has started his long promised commitment to video content. He has made a short introductory video to Mad for War which I have uploaded to YouTube on a League of Augsburg channel. My hope is that both Barry and I will use this channel to support Donnybrook, Beneath the Lily Banners, Republic to Empire, Victory Without Quarter and Mad for War

We have a few instructional videos to upload over the next few days. These provide a walk through the core mechanics of the rules for Mad for War and a couple of short example games.

It would be great if you would subscribe to the channel and support our continuing crusade to bring 17th century gaming to the wider wargaming community. Thanks in advance!

The link is here. Click and have a look!

Mad for War Trailer

Learning all the way but was fun to do.

December 25, 2020

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Not really miniature related, but something I made for my sister for Christmas. She and I are both fans of H. P. Lovecraft. I saw something like this offered commercially, though it was only 3.5” tall and didn’t come with a box. The photograph for the item DID display it, packed in moss and nestled in a beat up crate and that pic is what inspired me.

The idol is of great Cthulhu, variations of which are mentioned in The Call of Cthulhu. I sculpted the little monster out of DAS clay. I read a few tutorials because it's been decades since I've messed with the stuff. There was lots of advice on avoiding the surface cracking as it dries - I wanted this thing to look ancient, so I did the opposite of what they said to do!

After beating the lump into the rough shape I wanted, it was really just a matter of patiently gouging out some straight lines. It took a few to get the knack of producing these without leaving crumbling edges, but I soon had the hang of it and it went rather quickly after that.

After letting it partially dry (so the paint would soak into the material, not just lie on the surface), I used Citadel shades to add color...

I produced a letter from a 'colleague', explaining the reason for sending the strange thing to my sister and packed the whole into a box I purchased from a craft store (and subsequently battered and painted).

I'm really happy with how this project turned out! My girlfriend says she is really glad the spooky critter is going to someone else's house...

Right, back to more serious work soon...

Oh, Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 12, 2020

Donnybrook at Sea!

Avast! We are very excited to launch Donnybrook at Sea

Donnybrook at Sea has 58 pages packed with naval rules for Donnybrook, unit guides, ship type guides, a full example scenario and extensive period primers for exciting naval combat from 1640 to 1783 (and a bit farther in either direction... many of you use Donnybrook for periods beyond the ones it was designed for).

Donnybrook at Sea has an extensive ship type reference section

The supplement is available in pdf only for now. It is important you have Donnybrook to play with the naval rules because many of the core mechanisms are applied for figure activation and combat.

To help you choose your units there are pages of examples

We are offering Donnybrook at Sea for $13.25 and if you don't already have Donnybrook you can pick up both pdfs at a special price of $22.50.

There is an exciting and challenging scenario set in Brazil between two naval powerhouse nations

You can get it in the shops here:

Donnybrook at Sea (League of Augusburg Shop)
Donnybrook at Sea (Warfare Miniatures USA)