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, 20 January 2018

Muscovite River Boat and Crew

I already have a small flotilla of sailing ships constructed out of plastic-sheets, including several coastal/river craft. Here I've added some suitable Muscovite flags to one of them. The naval crew was recruited from ECW figures kindly given to me by a friend. Those in green have been given head swaps for others with AWI jockey caps, while their original heads were reused on several castings going spare that could handle the rigging. I drill and pin all my conversions and then super-glue for a very strong join. Next job is to commission a suitable 1650-95 captain. No plans to increase this contingent any further as this will suffice for the type of games likely to be played. MGB

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


I still had a few English Civil War castings in my spares box which I was keen to find a service for. As I also had a naval cannon, it dawned on me that mixed with other figures, I could raise an early naval gun crew for my Muscovites. On the internet, several prints and photos gave me an indication of what I should be aiming for. It does appear the Russian crews probably didn't look that different to other European seafarers of the 17th century. I can see this section of my Muscovites increasing, well we have got the Crimea to capture from the Tartars and I could also use some river support elsewhere lol. MGB

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Several new units are almost ready for the table, but I wanted this first post of 2018 to show some terrain extras. The first is a pond or small lake. The second is a Christmas decoration which I purchased in a charity shop for £1. The base is constructed from modelling clay, mdf board, and wine bottle corks. It covers a plastic cylinder which holds two batteries. When switched on, small lights start flashing. I hesitate to describe this event as miraculous but anything that aids a victory for my Muscovite army is welcome. HAPPY NEW YEAR! MGB