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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Ottoman Turkish intervention in Spain 1490-1529

Preoccupied with campaigns elsewhere in the Mediterranean, the Ottomans limited their support for Moorish Spain to coastal raids. Even so, the fear of a large scale intervention must have been a constant concern to all the Christian states on the Iberian Peninsular. It was the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II that sent Admiral Kemal Reis with a fleet to cooperate with the Emir of Granada, Abu Abdullah. During 1490-5 this naval force assaulted Malaga, and even captured Almeria, in addition to raiding the Balearic Islands. Despite the fall of Granada in 1492, the Ottomans continued to terrorize the coastal population with further raids in 1501, during 1513-14, and in 1529. Here are some Ottoman galleys. Constructed of plastic card with wood masts, they are surprisingly robust models. Bold paintwork and exotic cloth coverings were typical for all the states using such vessels. With detachable bombards these galleys can cover quite a few centuries of armed conflict, providing interesting wargame scenarios. Not sure if any Janissaries actually participated on these raids but I've included a yellow-coated orta armed with composite bows (TAG Miniatures). MGB

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