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.

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


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    1. Thanks Willie, the Sultan must have his horse guards!

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    1. Thank you Phil, the Ottomans will be a colourful opposition to my Russians on the wargames table.

  3. Michael thats a wonderful looking unit of Silihdar's, well done.

    1. Thanks Robbie, I'm in the process of rebasing much of the cavalry, the Silahdars will be serving with the Guard Sipahi regiment, it will be a powerful force.