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Wednesday 12 June 2024

Battle of the Boyne - Part 2

 Yesterday, Bob Black came over with the aim of completing our unfinished Battle of the Boyne game.  We left the game a couple of weeks ago with the Williamite forces struggling to gain a foothold on the Jacobite side of the river.  Several attempts had been thwarted with the loss of two foot regiments.  

Jacobite cavalry charges had also succeeded in pushing back William's advance, destroying a Dutch unit, but the Jacobite cavalry had suffered with two horse regiments having to leave the field.

We catch up with the action once again over on the Williamite left, as Schomberg's cavalry crash into Dillon's Irish Piquets.  Kirke's regiment crosses the river in support. The Irish infantry are pushed back as William gains a toe hold on the left.

In the centre, James orders more infantry to advance down to the river bank, facing Danish and English troops.
In a counter move, William advances into the river once more in the centre and the Dutch advance on the right.  The Lord High Admiral Regiment, in yellow, moves up in support.
A major action ensues as William's army begins to gain ground on the Jacobite side of the river.
Meanwhile on the opposite flank, alarmed by the advancing Williamite cavalry, King James orders the Jacobite cavalry to charge into Schomberg's dragoons.  A large cavalry melee takes place.
The battle in the centre swings back and forth and despite heavy casualties the Williamite troops continue to edge into the Jacobite lines.
In an attempt to restore the situation Bob's Jacobites make a determined counter attack.  It does not go well and despite damaging the Danes they fail to destroy them and William's force clings onto their gained ground.
The Jacobites are forced back, losing more troops in the process.
Then King Jame's army collapses.  A cavalry charge by Schomberg's horse, supported by Oxford 's blue regiment destroys the Jacobite cavalry.  Their rout causes the Jame's men to break and head for the rear.  the battle is over and William wins 6 - 4, although most of his units are severely damaged.

This was an excellent game which we both enjoyed.  Plans are being hatched for a rematch, possibly an early Jacobite Rebellion action set in Scotland.


  1. Hello there Bob,

    Splendid looking stuff! I have to say those 54mm figures really look good and add a certain swagger to the tabletop. I am looking forward to the Punic Wars stuff for sure!

    All the best,


    1. Hi DC, thanks for your comment. The Boyne battle was the culmination of several months planning and preparation. As you say the 54mm figures do add to the charm and the Jacobite Rising rules made for a fast paced game.

  2. Cracking looking game, really enjoyed seeing this one unfold and a hard won victory for the Williamites, your collection looks great, really like them a lot.

    1. As someone else said, it was a close run thing. The result could have gone either way.

  3. A cracking finish to your game Bob…
    This really is a lovely looking collection…

    All the best. Aly

    1. Thanks Aly. The game looked attractive and was great fun to play, with Bob providing a tough opponent.