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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. 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, 2 December 2018

More Muscovite/Cossack Cavalry completed

A recent Ebay purchase furnished me with 37 Essex-made Cuman, Pecheneg, Byzantine, and other tribal figures, supplied with 28 suitable horses. The whole lot delivered came to £35, a real bargain. Only one mounted figure turned out to be a lost cause, and two horses needed paint stripping. Most of the others were bare metal, and in excellent condition. The Pechenegs have now been painted up and based, and have received a Cossack banner with an appropriate design of a composite bow. These figures are really quite useful, they can serve as Balkan tribes, Byzantine allies, early Cossacks, medieval Hungarians, the list goes on. Several more Byzantine and armoured Arabs have been drafted into the Muscovite Boyar horse archers, and they now muster two units of eight. All these figures are based as skirmishers. MGB

6 comments:

  1. Awesome, beautiful figures and banners!

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    1. Thanks Phil, completed eight banners today, including the saint with sword, and the Cossack archery banner. Look forward to completing the Boyar heavy cavalry, they too have several new banners.
      Cheers,
      Michael

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  2. Excellent work on these. Funny how, if one ignores the moniker attached to a figure by the manufacturer, how they can be 'imagined' in other contexts. We can be driven like sheep, but your flexible approach looks superb and appropriate.

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    1. Thats kind of you Chris. If you are collecting 28mm it really is useful to have some units which can be utilised in other armies and periods. But when I started seeking out artistic renditions of Steppe and Balkan armies it became clear that the overlaps in fashion etc were too obvious to be disregarded. I'm much more fussy with my other blog, devoted to the 18th century, but who hasn't used AW1 Hessians as SYW Prussians, if needs must.
      Cheers,
      Michael
      ps. I might just upload some pictures which have inspired my generic Ancient-Medieval approach.

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  3. Great looking units and very sensible approach, you can still be using these as Tartars in the 30years war! Be nice to see your reference pictures if possible too.
    Best Iain

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    1. Cheers Iain. Yes, I should really include some photos that inspired war-game units. I already have 40 Crim Tartar horse archers with a further 20 Ottoman akinji, so that element is pretty strong. However, it appears that the Pechenegs, Cumans, and even a few Tartar and Turkic tribes converted to Christianity so there is no need to change the banner. (These Essex figures really mix well with my Hinchcliffe castings too.)
      Michael

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