The League of Augsburg

Ottoman cavalry update




I have been slowly but surely painting Ottoman cavalry in between other projects and am just about to base the first units.



I had to get at least one of each figure done in the six packs for the shop and seeing them all together demonstrates how nice this range has turned out.




Recent reading and referenceto source material has reassured me that these figures will be usable for the north African...

Nest of Vipers: Tripoli, July 2nd 1666

Visitors to the blog may remember Sir Jeremy Smith's failed attempt to convoy merchantmen into Tangier past Berber Corsairs:

Weather beaten? Smith at Tangier

Here, Smith attempts to root them out in their home port....


Looking out from Tripoli at Smith's 'Tangier Squadron'

The humiliation suffered within sight of Tangier on March 5thso enraged the King and the Navy Board that Sir Jeremy Smith was...

Just like the Elves....

OTC01 Ottoman cavalry officers
No! Don't turn away, I am NOT blogging about Fantasy models!
Just like Santa's elves I have been hidden away in my man cave working away on painting projects which required a bit of attention. 

OTC04 Ottoman Sipahis with right arm variants

So, here are some more of the completed Ottoman cavalry. I am starting with some finished code shots and a feature on the officer...

Ottoman cavalry available to pre order

mixed codes
I have loaded up the 10 different pack options available to order in the shop for shipping before January 6 2020. With a tail wind I may even get the stock before Christmas.

The variants require a bit of explaining.

Three of the horses

Three more of the horses

Seventh horse is on the far left here

There are seven horse variants. A random selection from the seven will be included in each...

Ottoman mounted archers OTC02



A closer look at the pack OTC02. These split waist archers can be positioned in a variety of poses and with a random selection of three different lower bodies plus the seven different horse types available an astonishing degree of variety is possible. 





The figures were a joy to paint and the sense of movement is tangible. These will be useful for a very wide period of the time from the 1400s to the...

Terrain and something out of nothing

A rough mock up of a North African harbour. Stuff just placed on for effect nuthin' fancy.

There is nothing more boring than a plain blue cloth for naval gaming. As many Age of Sail fights took place very close to shore, I wanted to model terrain for coasts from Ireland to the Tropics.

I have made a fair old stab at it over the last week and by accident discovered a very useful purpose for what...

Weather beaten? Part 1 intro : Tangier... but not as we know it Jim!

A representation of Tangier harbour in 1666. The shape is roughly that of the modern port as seen on various pictures
The English colony in Tangier has always fascinated me. I have gamed it on land and am currently in the process of assembling forces for it again in 28mm.

I have gazumped that project with an extension of my Dutch Wars naval adventure. As I always do, I try and stretch any project...

I painted them thar Ottermans

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...

Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 2 - The Royal Army

Rather than focusing on a history of the Royal Army I have chosen to feature several of the wargaming units built up and in some cases, let go over the years. All were based for Beneath the Lily Banners and several have been in involved in over 100 wargames over the years.

The Royal Army fielded at Sedgemoor in 1685 was modest in size but when compared to its opponents, infinitely more professional...

Militia - all painted

various pikemen - Sedgemoor? Derry? Boston?


It took a while but I finally got the lot painted and Toggy did some too! This post is just to illustrate the potential of these beautiful models.

Armed wth scythes, polearms and short pikes - Raparees? Huguenots? Town mob?


I really enjoyed painting them - so easy.

The musketmen - each has 4 arm variants so multiply the horde by four and there is still no...

Exploring the possibilities - New Military civilians



The possibilities with these figures are enormous. With fifteen marching /advancing musketeers in three sets of five, each with four arm variants we offer 60 variants on the musketeers.




With the open handed models depending on the weapons used - scythes, short pikes, pole-arms, long pikes etc the options are there for a further 60 variants.



These are the first of a series of 'real' people in 'real'...

The Abbey of Vaca Sagrada - Part Seven

Clarence Harrison- After letting all of the glue dry (again), it was finally time to start painting! I painted swatches of the colors from Games Workshop paints and carried them to my local hardware store to have pints mixed to match them. It is not important to use the same colors I use as you can get great results with many different earthtones, but I will include them here and use them in the...