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. 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.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Andalusian, Almohad/Marinid, and Hafsid garrison flags

Just completed a few more garrison flags for my several Arab and Moorish dynasties. As these are based on Christian manuscripts , their accuracy may be in some doubt, but they are too colourful to reject completely. The top two are for my Hafsids. The checkered flag and the field command flag will be used by the Almohad/Marinid army. The six pointed star flag is influenced by one used by Moors in Spain, but could also represent Jewish allies. Even when staging small war-games these large banners add a great deal to the visual impact. MGB

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Landscape addition, on a budget

A visit yesterday to a local charity shop furnished an item which has made a nice landscape addition. It was originally some kind of resin table light ornament on an African theme. Quite tacky really, and missing the internal light, but they were only asking £1. At that price it was worth a gamble. With the project finished, scatter materials added to the trees, the waterfall narrowed and rejuvenated, here we see an Ottoman baggage train passing through Transylvania. (The elephants are not badly cast, and they too have been saved for a future project?) MGB

Friday, 9 February 2018

CAMPAIGN NEWS (No.1) RECRUITS preparing for War

With Muscovy preparing a campaign against the Crim Tartars the Tsar has approved further recruiting. The first batch of the 1st Moscow Streltsy (in red) are now complete. This being a large regiment, authorised to have 1500 men, a second batch of recruits are expected. Both the 7th and 10th Moscow Regiments have now been increased to 1000 men each with the arrival of their colonels. The water cart has gained a driver, a large garrison flag is ready, and the first of some irregular light horse has made an appearance. It appears a Dutch gentleman with naval experience has been hired to command the gun boat, he is still having his uniform tailored. Reports have been received that a substantial force of Ottomans have disembarked on the Crimea peninsular, this was to be expected. MGB

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

Friday, 1 December 2017

More Streltsy take the Field

Here is my latest regiment of Muscovite Streltsy, this is the 10th Moscow Regiment, in their orange coloured coats. Having completed this unit, it was time to have a December muster of Streltsy, rumours are circulating that the Tartars and Ottomans are planning a major raid for slaves and plunder during the Christmas festivities. I'm now busy re-organising the Muscovite command bases. MGB