Wargame Rules

BLOG BACKGROUND AND WARGAME RULES
I have set up this blog for my wargaming interests in the Reconquista Wars, the Barbary Coast Pirates, and the early campaigns of the Ottoman Turks and Saracens. Some lesser known crusades will also be covered. All miniatures are 28mm scale, if my photographs serve to encourage others to complete their collections I shall be pleased. I will also be mentioning other sites with interesting collections on the above. Do join the 'Friends' if you like what you see.

I prefer to use my own rules which are kept simple and involve eight-sided dice. These allow for fast results with various types of weaponry. Morale dominates my games.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

History of Islam, Part 1 of 5: Reign of Abu Bakr

The Early Arab Conquests and Caliphate

Here is a link to an informative yet easy to follow account of the rise of the Arab (Umayyad) Empire, and how a division occurred between the Sunni and Shia forms of Islam. It comprises five short videos, see link above. CaspianReport https://youtu.be/no5RCHRbknk

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Early Moorish Artillery

I have always preferred wargaming the later period of the Spanish Reconquista, the 14-15th centuries, as opposed to the more usual 10-13th centuries (El Cid, if you like). The main reason is the vast range of weaponry in the 1400s utilised by both sides for their constant campaigns. Many involved raids by the Moors, for Christian slaves and plunder. Others were small scale actions by the Christians to capture fortified villages by surprise or siege. In the later period we find traditional medieval and early gunpowder weapons in common use. With a fair number of bombards, it was time for my collection to have a really archaic weapon, for the fun of it! MGB

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Tartar raiders on foot

Have just completed another batch of Tartars, this time they are dismounted. I decided to add some of my spare shields to these castings although I will classify them as skirmishers without armour on the wargames table. MGB

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Ottoman Sword Bearer Cavalry

Have spent some time revamping my Ottoman horse guards; new horses, a new banner, the removal of lances and their replacement with curved swords, and some tidying up of the original paintwork, and finally rebased. These are my own castings, and show the distinctive head-dress that members of this corps adopted. The Ottoman name is Silahdar, but I have an additional four spellings for this unit so will in future stick to the English translation 'Sword Bearers'. It was important to change the banner as the corps is known to have carried a yellow banner, and two white crescents have been suggested as their ornamentation. MGB

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hafsid Cavalry take to the field

More work on my Arab-Moorish cavalry has started the year off. The Hafsids belonged to the Hintata tribe. The Abu Hafs clan were originally pro Almohad but later became hostile and carved out their own state based in Tunis and Tripoli. They ruled from 1228 to 1534, before being taken over by the Ottomans. With quite a few medieval maps showing red and blue banners for the area I have adopted these colours for my Hafsid army. There is also some evidence that a purple lion was also linked with the kingdom. In addition I have increased my Almohad/Marinid cavalry to twelve figures. MGB

Thursday, 22 December 2016

7th Moscow Streltsy Regiment 1550-1700

Here is the first of my streltsy units. This is to form part of a small force of Renaissance Russians for service against my Tartars and Ottomans. The figures are traditional Hinchcliffe and I feel these castings, designed many decades ago, still have a lot going for them. MGB