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.

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

Monday, 17 April 2017

6th Streltsy Regiment takes to the field

Have just completed my second unit of streltsy. These belong to the 6th Moscow regiment. Work on completing two more regiments has already started. I quite like these traditional Hinchcliffe castings. MGB

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Almohad or Marinid Emir's Canopy

Just clearing some more items from my scraps box, bits of card, brush handles etc. I now have a fitting command base for my small Almohad/Marinid army. I have on file some notes showing an Ottoman commander using a canopy, and it makes sense to have such in many climates. The emblem is associated with the Marinids. MGB

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Almohad and Marinid Campaign Additions

My North African Moors have now gained a unit of crossbowmen in their ongoing struggles with the Nasrids of Granada, and the Hafsids of Tunis. Have also increased their baggage train by utilising some rather smallish horses in my spares box. Have furnished a few more of the latter for the Hafsids too. MGB

Sunday, 19 February 2017

History of Islam, Part 1 of 5: Reign of Abu Bakr

The Early Arab Conquests and Caliphate

Here is a link to an informative yet easy to follow account of the rise of the Arab (Umayyad) Empire, and how a division occurred between the Sunni and Shia forms of Islam. It comprises five short videos, see link above. CaspianReport https://youtu.be/no5RCHRbknk

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Early Moorish Artillery

I have always preferred wargaming the later period of the Spanish Reconquista, the 14-15th centuries, as opposed to the more usual 10-13th centuries (El Cid, if you like). The main reason is the vast range of weaponry in the 1400s utilised by both sides for their constant campaigns. Many involved raids by the Moors, for Christian slaves and plunder. Others were small scale actions by the Christians to capture fortified villages by surprise or siege. In the later period we find traditional medieval and early gunpowder weapons in common use. With a fair number of bombards, it was time for my collection to have a really archaic weapon, for the fun of it! MGB

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Tartar raiders on foot

Have just completed another batch of Tartars, this time they are dismounted. I decided to add some of my spare shields to these castings although I will classify them as skirmishers without armour on the wargames table. MGB

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Ottoman Sword Bearer Cavalry

Have spent some time revamping my Ottoman horse guards; new horses, a new banner, the removal of lances and their replacement with curved swords, and some tidying up of the original paintwork, and finally rebased. These are my own castings, and show the distinctive head-dress that members of this corps adopted. The Ottoman name is Silahdar, but I have an additional four spellings for this unit so will in future stick to the English translation 'Sword Bearers'. It was important to change the banner as the corps is known to have carried a yellow banner, and two white crescents have been suggested as their ornamentation. MGB

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hafsid Cavalry take to the field

More work on my Arab-Moorish cavalry has started the year off. The Hafsids belonged to the Hintata tribe. The Abu Hafs clan were originally pro Almohad but later became hostile and carved out their own state based in Tunis and Tripoli. They ruled from 1228 to 1534, before being taken over by the Ottomans. With quite a few medieval maps showing red and blue banners for the area I have adopted these colours for my Hafsid army. There is also some evidence that a purple lion was also linked with the kingdom. In addition I have increased my Almohad/Marinid cavalry to twelve figures. MGB