Wargame Rules

I have set up this blog for my wargaming interests in the 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.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Muscovite Banners 15-17th Century

With new units being raised for my Muscovite armies, both late medieval and renaissance, I decided to spend some time painting up a few suitable banners. In addition to more Streltsy flags, here are a few of my own designs based on typical Russian iconography. MGB

Monday, 17 April 2017

6th Streltsy Regiment takes to the field

Have just completed my second unit of streltsy. These belong to the 6th Moscow regiment. Work on completing two more regiments has already started. I quite like these traditional Hinchcliffe castings. MGB

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Almohad or Marinid Emir's Canopy

Just clearing some more items from my scraps box, bits of card, brush handles etc. I now have a fitting command base for my small Almohad/Marinid army. I have on file some notes showing an Ottoman commander using a canopy, and it makes sense to have such in many climates. The emblem is associated with the Marinids. MGB

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Almohad and Marinid Campaign Additions

My North African Moors have now gained a unit of crossbowmen in their ongoing struggles with the Nasrids of Granada, and the Hafsids of Tunis. Have also increased their baggage train by utilising some rather smallish horses in my spares box. Have furnished a few more of the latter for the Hafsids too. MGB

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