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.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Battle of Vozha River, 1378 (Muscovite)

Yesterday we fought a war-game based on the Battle of Vozha River. This action took place in 1378 between the Russian principalities (under George) versus the western branch of the Mongol Golden Horde (under Chris). Typically, detailed information on these period battles are slight at best. We do know that the Muscovite army, forming the bulk of the opposition to the Mongols, had found a system to hinder the local fording place, so it was now a difficult and potentially dangerous obstacle. It also appears, they did not seek to physically oppose the Mongols crossing the river, but chose to form up on some nearby high ground. And they won a great victory. Under our rules it took two full moves to cross the river, or one full move if routing or charging, but with the penalty of 50% casualties. We also obliged the Muscovite army to only activate when the Mongols had either charged or loosed off their arrows, this worked to encourage the period correct movements, but not the outcome. Here are some photos from the game. The Mongol horse archers were fast and effective, but the Russian foot on the hill, comprising spear and bow, were resolute. The Boyar cavalry acted on occasions with great bravery but losses eventually saw them rout. One success, however, was the Boyars on the flank destroying the Mongol baggage train, and this was recognised as important. And near twenty Mongols drowned when some units routed. The game concluded with surprising generosity, for the Mongols, some 23 Russians were allowed to vacate the field, the 34 Mongols having decided not to pursue. Lasting just over two hours, all agreed this was a fast play, enjoyable and exciting game, excepting my secret hope that the Muscovites would win! MGB

Thursday, 13 July 2017


In preparation for an upcoming game, finally got round to clearing another batch of Muscovite cavalry. Eighteen more are now ready for service, this now gives a total of 44, but I'm planning to increase several of the units with banner carrying figures, to a strength of sixteen per unit. MGB

Friday, 9 June 2017


Ive just completed two more artillery pieces and eight artillerymen for my Renaissance Muscovites. Many of the original crew have also been redistributed about the seven cannon. The multibarreled piece is a Hinchcliffe medieval model with renaissance wheels and 18th century limber horses. The large iron barrelled cannon is a Dixon 18th century model with renaissance wheels added. The Muscovite rulers were fair collectors of strange artillery weapons and I hope this has partly been recreated here, but expect some more for my earlier Medieval Muscovites. Also shown, is a small unit of town or provincial streltsy, I decided to use some cossacks for this battalion to distinguish them from the Moscow streltsy. MGB

Monday, 29 May 2017

Almohad Moorish Cavalry form up for Battle

I'm working to build up my collection of Moorish/Arab cavalry and the Almohads now have two units of noblemen with their retinues. The colour coordination is somewhat exaggerated but I quite like this feature to my three, small Moorish armies. Many of their dynasties are known to have possessed 'mamluk' cavalry as personal guards in addition to civic stores of arms and armour so I am not going to rule out a measure of uniformity in some units. MGB

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Russian Streltsy regiments form up.

Another small battalion has just been completed and I thought it was time to have a field day with all the battalions. The new unit is the 12th Moscow regiment. MGB

Saturday, 29 April 2017

More streltsy, the 11th Moscow Regiment

This unit of streltsy, or shooters, represents the 11th Moscow. It was not a particularly large unit so twelve figures will suffice to represent it. Another unit, the 12th will follow, and I also have a few spares which I will form into a baggage guard, perhaps another numbered regiment. Just arrived today was a package from Hinchcliffe which included twenty Wallachian halberdiers. The figures arrived flash free as they are new moulds. My intention is to paint them up as Russian guards or dismounted boyars for the 15-16th centuries. MGB

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Muscovite Banners 15-17th Century

With new units being raised for my Muscovite armies, both late medieval and renaissance, I decided to spend some time painting up a few suitable banners. In addition to more Streltsy flags, here are a few of my own designs based on typical Russian iconography. MGB