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.

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

Monday, 7 November 2016

More Muscovite Artillery, 1550-1700

Decided to paint up some figures towards my planned Russian renaissance army. The gunners are converted Hinchcliffe while the light guns are Warrior ECW castings. Three 18 strong streltsy units are also about 40% completed. MGB

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Medieval Russians form up for Battle

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have been running several campaigns set in the 18th century and most of my wargaming time has been spent painting up figures for the AWI and FRW. However, it was a pleasure to return to my Late Medieval/ Early Renaissance Russian army and top-up several understrength units. Well they now total over eighty figures, and while there are some castings which I would like to add to this army, my plan was always to keep this collection small, just enough to have a fun game against my Tartar-Turkish forces. Most of the figures are Hinchcliffe, with a few Essex and TAG Miniatures. I must say the latter manufacturer has furnished some very nice commanders. MGB

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, Crossbowmen

A small unit of Granadine crossbowmen are ready to take the field. The crossbow became a very popular weapon with the civic militia. The banner is based on one which appears on the painting of the Battle of La Higueruela. The figures are mainly Chariot Miniatures with a few from Artisan Miniatures. MGB

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Muscovite Lesser Boyars on Foot, 1350-1550

Work on raising my Russian Medieval army continues. Here are the first ten spearmen, which I am claiming are Lesser Boyars, and will assist in any siege games against the Tartars. MGB

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Russian Artillery, 1550-1700

Here are my two medium cannon for my later Russian army. I'm a strong fan of TAG Miniatures, I have a fair number of their Ottoman Turks, so I decided to order some Russian artillerymen. To my surprise, the castings appeared to be somewhat smaller in scale, but this is not an issue as it was the intention to attach them to my Hinchliffe Streltsy battalions which are actually the same in size. The TAG arrived flash free and were quick to paint up. Their fur headdress was rather flat so I decided to add some milliput. Keen to have a few gunners in coats, I converted two Hinchliffe streltsy drummers, which I think have integrated quite well.The cannon are from Warrior Miniatures, their ECW range. This later Russian army is a light project, often comprising somewhat dated castings, but I will still enjoy owning and using them on the wargames table. MGB