Wargame Rules

I have set up this blog for my wargaming interests in the Muscovite-Tartar Wars, 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, 20 January 2018

Muscovite River Boat and Crew

I already have a small flotilla of sailing ships constructed out of plastic-sheets, including several coastal/river craft. Here I've added some suitable Muscovite flags to one of them. The naval crew was recruited from ECW figures kindly given to me by a friend. Those in green have been given head swaps for others with AWI jockey caps, while their original heads were reused on several castings going spare that could handle the rigging. I drill and pin all my conversions and then super-glue for a very strong join. Next job is to commission a suitable 1650-95 captain. No plans to increase this contingent any further as this will suffice for the type of games likely to be played. MGB

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


I still had a few English Civil War castings in my spares box which I was keen to find a service for. As I also had a naval cannon, it dawned on me that mixed with other figures, I could raise an early naval gun crew for my Muscovites. On the internet, several prints and photos gave me an indication of what I should be aiming for. It does appear the Russian crews probably didn't look that different to other European seafarers of the 17th century. I can see this section of my Muscovites increasing, well we have got the Crimea to capture from the Tartars and I could also use some river support elsewhere lol. MGB

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Several new units are almost ready for the table, but I wanted this first post of 2018 to show some terrain extras. The first is a pond or small lake. The second is a Christmas decoration which I purchased in a charity shop for £1. The base is constructed from modelling clay, mdf board, and wine bottle corks. It covers a plastic cylinder which holds two batteries. When switched on, small lights start flashing. I hesitate to describe this event as miraculous but anything that aids a victory for my Muscovite army is welcome. HAPPY NEW YEAR! MGB

Friday, 1 December 2017

More Streltsy take the Field

Here is my latest regiment of Muscovite Streltsy, this is the 10th Moscow Regiment, in their orange coloured coats. Having completed this unit, it was time to have a December muster of Streltsy, rumours are circulating that the Tartars and Ottomans are planning a major raid for slaves and plunder during the Christmas festivities. I'm now busy re-organising the Muscovite command bases. MGB

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wallachians or Dismounted Boyars

Among the newly painted castings is this unit of Wallachian warriors armed with halberds. These can serve as allies or enemies of the Ottomans, but I think they can also represent dismounted Boyars in any siege games involving the Muscovites, something different from the Streltsy. MGB

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Muscovite Baggage Train with Guards

Having had a rest from painting miniatures during October (busy painting my house), got back to clearing some more Muscovites. For starters, have raised a baggage train, just needing a suitable rider to complete. And any spare figures I now pick up will be drafted into this Provincial Streltsy unit, uniformed in blue, which will be attached to the train for its protection. Expect several more posts very shortly as I typically like any new units to have their own posting on this blog.
No copyright infringement intended, I just love this 1909 painting by Appolinary Vasnetsov showing life in the City of Novgorod. MGB

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Spanish Windmill 14th to 18th century

Finally decided to build a generic windmill, suitable for use in several periods. This is based on the type that appeared in Spain in the 14th century but continued as a popular style for many centuries more. The basic wood cylinder was originally part of a sugar container picked up in a charity shop for £1. My plan included, however, the incorporation of a Swiss music box that was previously part of my late mother's jewellery box, which also included a spinning ballerina. The tune being a fairly well known Spanish melody. With no intention of keeping the jewellery box, I could see a fun potential if I could include it in my windmill model; music and moving sails no less. Pleased to report, it works, and I can't help smiling each time I wind the key inside the cylinder. (Some of my 15th century Spanish are here making an appearance, presently in the process of converting my Italian Wars armies into Spanish and Portuguese.) MGB