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, 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

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Almohad/Marinid Cavalry

This is the first of my revamped Arab or Moorish cavalry. Black banners crop up quite a lot with the Almohad dynasty, and also with their former allies and successors called the Marinids. These figures have new banners and horses, and have been rebased. MGB

Wednesday, 7 December 2016


Decided to clear my spares box of various middle eastern figures. What I particularly needed were diverse cannon crew, suitable to man Ottoman galleys, Arab fortifications, spare bombards and cannon. I think this has been quite successful, and fixing them on small, planked bases seems to have sorted out this problem. Milliput also helped to add diversity, in addition to replacing some of the heads. I was also keen to develop one of my medieval bombards in my collection by adding some suitably ad hoc field defences as part of the model. MGB

Monday, 21 November 2016

More Arab/Moorish Crossbowmen (Hafsids)

Just completed another batch of Arab or Moorish crossbowmen. These figures are mainly Black Tree Miniatures and I must say they were a pleasure to paint, there being little or no flash, and the designs lending themselves very well to the paint brush. A couple of converted javelin men are also serving with this unit. MGB