|The finished War wagon in profile|
|The original wagon from which the war wagon is constructed. All that was used was the flat bed and wheels.|
I had this idea in my head to build a centre piece for the Ottoman wagonburg. I wanted a something practical but distinctive and I gained a lot of valuable experience arsing around with the twelve defensive pieces built for the wagonburg circumference.
Here are some pictures of future releases for our Ottoman Turkish range.
The first piece is a lovely vignette of a Janissary Cauldron party. For those unfamiliar with this tradition the 'cooking pot' was more precious to Janissary units than any flag. Many of their senior officers had titles relating to posts from the kitchen such as the Soup Maker, the Scullion, the Chef and the Baker. The hearth...
This was a big job and involved the sculpting of brand new horses in addition to creating all of the various combinations of weapons used by Ottoman cavalry in the 17th and 18th centuries. Clib has done outstanding work on these and set an amazing benchmark for any future cavalry we release.
We have a Command set - two officers and a standard bearer. One officer has a helmet with turban wrapped...
I promised a look back at the performance of both the Ottoman based infantry force and the Cossack Force which was used in the Skull Mound game.
Let's deal with the Ottomans first. We beefed up the quality of the this force in order to achieve a points match with the enemy. This resulted in two Guard quality units - something that rarely if ever happens in the Western theatre but these ratings are...
|Janissary Vets face European cavalry|
|An Ottoman Wagonburg bristling with menace - Come and get us!|
Ray Roussell blames me for his Donnybrook addiction. I know the term lead pusher could have a totally different meaning in the context of selling minis as opposed to playing with them. I am however probably answerable to both descriptions.
|Four ELITE Janissaries with flintlocks and an Officer character|
|Code OT07 Tufeckci firing|
I know, several months late. C minus on report card and detention for me. Nevertheless, painting these thirty models in five days was not as onerous a chore as it may at first sound.
They were really fun to do. The sculpting is wonderful and the poses interesting and natural.
|Code OT12 Bosniaks/Irregulars loading|
I used the following speedy method:
1. Hand brushed white...
|Neil Roberts outstanding cover with some of Clarence's internal illos|
The new Great Northern War supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition is called
With Talon and Claw
The reason? Eagles and lions with their talons and claws appear in almost all of the arms of the combatant nations of the Great Northern and Eastern Wars - Swedes, Danes, Saxons, Prussians, Poles, Imperialists and...
Well, it was a thought that had been floating around my head for a while. I had some vague ideas about how I might scratch build a defend-able 'wagon barrier' but had never gone practical with it.
No time like the present - about a month or so till Partizan so nothing like a little pressure to focus the mind.
How many? (it was a question to self).. four? six?... how about twelve? OK. That's settled,...
|The Ottoman attack on Skull Mound builds cautiously but steadily.|
With very little cavalry available the Ottomans were relying on firepower in this battle. We upgraded the Janissary units to Veteran with two small units rated with the rare Guard level and all ortas with flintlock muskets. The three field guns forming a baseline would hopefully provide plenty of support fire. 152 infantry, 18...
The Ottoman Empire, allied with Crimean Tatars is pushing north on the west bank of the great Dnieper river into the Ukranian territories. The first line of defence is offered by Cossacks on both sides of the river.
A strong Turkish force composed mainly of infantry has been given the objective of capturing a small Cossack settlement near an ancient Patzinak burial site known locally as...
|Mass charge by Polish cavalry 1683|
My snorkel has just broken the surface as I come up for air before submerging again into SALUTE 19 on Friday and Saturday.
|Brunswick-Celle infantry 1690s|
I have not been blogging with regularity over the last three weeks simply because I have snatched every waking hour to finish off the last photos for the new GNW supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners.
|An Osprey style compilation of Kuruc forces on the march mixing phases of its existence|
The by ways of the late 17th century and early 18th provide magnificently juicy brain food for wargamers. Although I had in passing, read about the Kuruc Rebellion in Hungary during the first decade of the 18th century I had gone no further than a quick skim of what it was all about.
During the compilation of...
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