Wargame Rules

BLOG BACKGROUND AND 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.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

RUSSIAN NAVAL CREW, 1600-1700

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

NEW YEAR, NEW TERRAIN FEATURES

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

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wallachians or Dismounted Boyars

Among the newly painted castings is this unit of Wallachian warriors armed with halberds. These can serve as allies or enemies of the Ottomans, but I think they can also represent dismounted Boyars in any siege games involving the Muscovites, something different from the Streltsy. MGB

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Muscovite Baggage Train with Guards

Having had a rest from painting miniatures during October (busy painting my house), got back to clearing some more Muscovites. For starters, have raised a baggage train, just needing a suitable rider to complete. And any spare figures I now pick up will be drafted into this Provincial Streltsy unit, uniformed in blue, which will be attached to the train for its protection. Expect several more posts very shortly as I typically like any new units to have their own posting on this blog.
No copyright infringement intended, I just love this 1909 painting by Appolinary Vasnetsov showing life in the City of Novgorod. MGB

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Spanish Windmill 14th to 18th century

Finally decided to build a generic windmill, suitable for use in several periods. This is based on the type that appeared in Spain in the 14th century but continued as a popular style for many centuries more. The basic wood cylinder was originally part of a sugar container picked up in a charity shop for £1. My plan included, however, the incorporation of a Swiss music box that was previously part of my late mother's jewellery box, which also included a spinning ballerina. The tune being a fairly well known Spanish melody. With no intention of keeping the jewellery box, I could see a fun potential if I could include it in my windmill model; music and moving sails no less. Pleased to report, it works, and I can't help smiling each time I wind the key inside the cylinder. (Some of my 15th century Spanish are here making an appearance, presently in the process of converting my Italian Wars armies into Spanish and Portuguese.) MGB

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Muscovite 'German' regiments 17th century

Strange how a frugal, waste-not policy can produce some interesting and useful ideas. A friend recently gave me a parcel of unwanted ECW figures. It comprised 22 pikemen in helmets, 7 pikemen in wool hats, and 9 musketeers in wool hats. Having removed the flash and undercoated them, I began to contemplate how they might be integrated, I'm not planning on an ECW collection. Several sources for the Muscovites referred to mercenary regiments of pike and arquebus that were raised in the 17th century. Styled 'German', but actually recruited from many nationalities, they were apparently dressed in typical European gear. My helmeted figures were a touch on the small scale but a piece of card sorted out that problem. I may have taken a slight liberty in granting the two pike blocks a generous measure of uniformity, but it is meant to be a fun collection. Later I will recruit some helmeted musketeers to go with them. Officially, these regiments mustered 600 pike and 900 muskets so units of 12 pike and 18 with firearms will suit my plans. The flags are based on some surviving 17th century examples. Concerning the remaining figures, I'm looking at converting them into a small force of Muscovite renaissance naval crew. MGB