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. Miniatures are mainly 28mm with a growing collection in 54mm. 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.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Solaks, the Sultan's Footguards (Ottomans)

The Solaks were the Ottoman Sultan's personal bodyguard. Recruited from the 60th and 63rd Benluk Janissaries they numbered about 400 men. Where the Sultan went his guards would follow, for they were also entrusted with his personal baggage. Although officially armed with the composit bow they are occasionally depicted on horseback, carrying a lance with a red pennant, but no shield. Another period painting shows some mounted Solaks in advance of the main army, perhaps they also confirmed proposed routes on campaign. Their distinctive headress was exclusive to their corps, although it appears some Janissary officers also wore it. The Solaks certainly received uniform clothing but are also depicted in their own choice of garments. Here are my 28mm Solaks, foot and horse, heavy converts. The other characters are TAG, ESSEX, REDOUBT and some more of my own. MGB


  1. Those look great the use of many manufactures add to the look!
    Can I ask where you got the buildings they look fantastic!!

    1. Hi Willie, regularly visit your blog for great photos. All my buildings are made of card and balsa. You might like a view of my other blog on French Revolutionary Wargames, lots of photos of an 18th century town, all made of rubbish! Will be posting up some photos of my Ottoman fleet shortly, they are constructed in plastic-card. MGB

  2. A beautiful post, love this work!