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.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Tartar Horse Archers, PAINTED & READY

Well here are the twenty-four Tartar horse archers finally painted and based. I have issued two flags influenced by those thought to have been used by the Tartars of Kazan. Some historians have suggested that the dragon is a Russian distortion of a winged snake, the latter does have some historical links to the legends of the founding of their khanate. The figures are mainly Hinchliffe but I have added some Essex Miniatures to some spare horses for variation. All are on larger bases to confirm they are irregular raiding cavalry, and they can operate in bands of six, eight or twelve. These figures will also serve with my Ottomans, providing a much needed element to their army. MGB
NB.The flag renditions are taken from the excellent CRW FLAGS website for purposes of research.


  1. Looking very good. I am working on the assumption that Tartars looked much the same over the years so it is okay to mix together different ranges(?) I like the idea of a winged snake banner, might have to try that for mine.

    1. Hi Adam, I've been rather conservative with these as I wanted them to be clearly Tartar and horse archers. I have seen another collection that has integrated many Ottoman types, and I would have done the same were it not for my wish to make them distinct from my Ottoman Akinji etc. Historically, some historians have claimed there was a gradual decline in Tartar prosperity as slavery became less viable, so common dress might also have declined? Michael