Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ireland - the book is definitely coming!

Many of our members have been patiently waiting for what seems like an age for this mythical book on the Irish Campaigns which I seem to have been promising for years.

The story is simple and up till recently typical of projects which are poorly handled. A 'fuzzy' brief, non specific time frames, confusing allocation of responsibilities, no project manager, scope creep and conflicting priorities on other projects. This caused the whole idea to languish in the doldrums.

Inspired in a moment of clarity to fix it, I put aside everything else and got down to taking the shell of the idea and the disjointed pieces lying around in various files to bring it together. That took about 80 days of 'hobby time'.

What I have ended up with has both inspired and surprised me. It is no longer one book on Ireland, it is already three books. The first to be issued will come over the summer. It is likely now to run to approximately 200 pages. Its focus is unashamedly on wargaming. It will be profusely illustrated. I have been trawling the archives and editing the pictures which will appear in the book and assessing how many new shots need to be taken.

I have already seen the draft layouts and am very pleased with what the designers have come up with as the fabric and feel of the book. Having spent about £400 on raw materials over the last two shows I am pleased to report that all of it is painted! This includes lots of boats, harbour walls, churches, bridges, trees, city pieces and other Irish flavoured touches. Some of this stuff will be featured on the blog very soon as I develop the Irish theme leading up to the book's release. All of it was bought with the sole purpose of including it in the book scenarios.

I am also delighted to say the Clarence is now engaged in the project and his first feedback on seeing the manuscript and content was extremely encouraging. "This is the book I've been waiting for" was the very kind comment I enjoyed hearing.

And what of the other two books? One is already finished and focuses on the armies of the campaigns in Ireland and the third is a part two to the first book.

So, it is really coming together. This post shows some of the shots which will not make it into the book but are pretty interesting in their own right.


  1. Perhaps a Great Northern War book next?

  2. Wonderful news, not one but three books to look forward to, one very happy gamer eagerly awaiting release.

  3. Barry all I can say is, when can I send you the Money for my copies

  4. The prospect is thrilling - the (Irish) blood stirs... where do we sign...?

  5. I am really excited about this too. The amount of cooperation I received from sources in Ireland was truly impressive. I have spoken with Sean and Thomas O'Brogain about battle site locations and I understand that Richard Doherty was also involved in those conversations at their end. Clib has assisted as has Mark Shearwood and various Government organizations in Northern Ireland. That added several extra layers of quality data into the process.

  6. I'd better start saving up... ��

    Really looking forward to seeing these long-awaited tomes!

  7. Great stuff!

    I do have a somewhat OT question Barry.....

    How well would Donnybrook work for the Border Reivers? It's the only one of the LoA publications that I don't own.....?


    1. Darrell, it should work great. I've used Donnybrook for everything from medieval fantasy to Darkest Africa, though various periods need modifications (i.e. more armor in early periods, modern weapons don't require the use of the reroll card, etc). Others have adapted them for the Dark Ages and World War II. Border Reivers should be doable with very few, if any, modifications...

  8. Wow! This is very exciting news. This will be a definite buy and well worth the wait. Looking forward to it guys.


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