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, 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