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.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Zaporozhian Cossacks,

As a policy, I don't purchase painted figures. My reasons are in part a lack of funds to pay for such a service, and the likelihood I will still want to repaint them, or at the very least rebase them. But having looked at these on several occasions, I decided to take the plunge. I paid £24 including postage from my friend Ian Hinds, the figures were formerly part of John Tuckey's massive collection, also an old time friend. I'm very pleased with this purchase. The drummer will be converted and repainted, and then drafted either into the artillery or the provincial Streltsy baggage-guards. The Orthodox priest is a character I've been wanting for some time, I would welcome any information on who cast this excellent figure? Yes, it will be repainted. As for the eighteen cossacks however. These are OOP Essex castings, a shame really as they are very fine. I already have two in my collection, and although some of these additions have had their bardiche axes converted into a more conventional style, they don't look out of place. On the positive side, the figures really only require tidying up, shading, some highlighting, and rebasing. MGB


  1. I used to have this unit [not exactly this one] in my Cossack army. It is a lovely figure.

    1. Yes Robbie, I think this Essex cossack figure was around for some time, and only replaced a few years ago. I wanted some more, and I also wanted an Orthodox priest. Have already revamped 12 cossacks and the clergyman, and they are ready for rebasing.