The League of Augsburg

Janissary Ortas 1530 - 1720

Janissary dress and equipment changed little from the mid 16th to the mid 18th century. The units featured here could easily be from The First Battle of Mohacs in 1526, part of the all conquering armies of the 1500s or, from the forces who fought at the Relief of Vienna 1683,  Second Battle of Mohacs 1687, Battle of Zenta 1697 and Pruth River Campaign 1710-1711 . 




Most of the work was done as a...

Ottoman Commanders



I have always enjoyed building Command vignettes. These three are the very first Ottoman types and utilize models from packs OT01, OT05 and OT06. The rank of the officers is non specific although two have standards whilst the central base features two full dress Janissaries - a senior officer and his bodyguard.



I don't often use purple in my wargaming units but fancied doing a small personal banner...

Ottoman Banners - Table top bling bling!

Part of one of my own painted units

Well, this is somewhat of a bling post but I just enjoyed myself so much doing these flags that I thought I would share. I decided that any Ottoman unit I got the chance to  paint and/or base was going to get one of my old style linen flags.


The Terry's Chocolate Orange Orta - The men listen intently to their Bolouk!

Once I started it was hard to stop! Sometimes...

Release of Janissary Battalion packs

We are delighted to announce the release of three Janissary Battalion packs each containing 20 models;


OTB01 Janissary Orta in full dress advancing




OTB02 Janissary Orta in full dress standing





OTB03 Janissary Orta in campaign dress - firing line


Two stands (12 models) from OTB03


The fine examples above were painted by Rob Goodyear with flags by BH.

Each Orta (Battalion) retails at £31.00 ex shipping and...

Story of a show-game 1 - the trade off

LoA North American Chapter - Clarence did ALL the work for this one at Historicon 2016

Being a Team of two, you have to make decisions which are inevitably a compromise. I have captained some productive groups since starting on the Event Trail around 1992. Sometimes we were two, occasionally three, many times and for several years, I flew solo.


Don't be 'leg-ist' please!


I don't envy larger groups...

Busy painting Ottomans

OT06 Ottoman Command standing painted by Toggy

Some choices are binary - spend time painting on spend time blogging about the things you might paint!

OT01 Janissaries in full dress advancing


So, it's been a wee bit quiet here for a few days but the brushes of Augsburg have not been idle. Both Toggy and I, between other parts of the range, have been busy painting Ottomans for the forthcoming CRISIS...

Lazing on a Monday afternoon!


Close up of road mix going on (top left). The bare hessian backing can be seen on the remainder of the road areas.

Having slept on my idea (well not literally but I am sure the mat would have been soft and sort of comforting), Bank holiday Monday dawned with me getting my 'road building' materials together, to wit; a coarse hair brush, PVA glue, some fine sand and water.

Showing the roads painted...

Lazing on a Sunday afternoon!

12 x 6 custom built and scaled central section of Waterloo I made a few years back


After so many years of doing it, we are getting tired of lugging around car fulls of terrain boards. Storage and transport thereof is a pain. I have admired the teddy-bear massacres of the last few years and recall being impressed by the Waterloo terrain of the Loughton? Strike Force at Salute a few years back and...

Ottomans - keeping them coming!


Managed to complete one full code - Campaign dress Janissaries loading/priming

OK - the big job - prepping 90 models for the production moulds has been done this week, Scraping and filing castings which are not going to be painted is a very tedious job so I punctuated that by quickly painting a few more of the new castings.

One more figure to add to the Campaign dress firing code


These are speed...

1100 up! - Win a painted unit!

Warfare Miniatures' top selling code WLOA01 - Musketeers in firing line


As  the hot summer continues, I am comforted by finally being in the UK for two consecutive weeks having worked as hard as I can remember in the last few years. Cloning technology would have been very welcome in the Hilton house in 2018.


This unit of Irish Foot Guards of James II features WLOA01 


This has been a very successful...

The Walls of Limerick, Part III


Clarence Harrison- I've made some progress on my project for the Guns of August show this summer. It is August 24th-26th and I am definitely attending, though I will only be there Saturday and Sunday. The plan is to run the game twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. I have more detail to do on the walls of Limerick, but some of that will be easier do once the models are attached to the tiles....

Texel ships Part II - returning to Aladdin's Cave


Texel Roads from Den Helder - Texel on the horizon - its a massive anchorage

The area south east of Texel known as the Texel Roads was a massive anchorage for military and merchant vessels throughout the Age of Sail. The kinds of things brought up from frequent salvage dives speaks volumes about Dutch naval heritage. If the French were the Baddies on land the English were definitely the Baddies at...