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Donnybrook and the Ottomans - Part 1: Who are these guys?

A scene from the massive panorama at the Army Museum in Istanbul. Photo copyright Barry HiltonThe history of the Ottoman Empire from birth in the 13th century till death in the 20th century is an epic chapter in the story of the human race. Since Warfare Miniatures decided to create a range of Ottomans I have read much more deeply than ever before about their culture, inventions, wars, politics and society. Up until that point my wargaming view of them was limited to touch points in periods where I had an interest - Transylvania in the 15th century, Siege of Vienna, The Crimea.Saviours of Europe - Polish Hussars who possibly dressed in imitation of Ottoman Rumelian sipahis. LoA collection.My un-engaged perception  was of a brutal, faceless, savage, corrupt, incompetent and militarily inept horde. Unfair I know but ignorance informs opinion however inaccurate. I did not conclude all of these things simultaneously but each negative hovered out there in the general orbit of my lack of understanding. In some

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New Ottoman Command packs

We will be releasing these probably before Christmas. They are quite outstanding sculpts.Both are designed for generic use with Janissary or non Janissary infantry. Several can be painted as senior officers. The dress styles cover a wide span of time and will look in keeping with Tufeckci, Sekban and Irregulars.Some will fit well with Janissaries.This is a sneak preview. They are currently being master moulded with production volumes to follow close behind.After these - the Cauldron bearers and the first cavalry sometime in the early New Year.Merry Christmas!

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Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 1

Royal cavalry approach a hostile Somerset hamlet - the villagers are assembling on the GreenThe Battle of Sedgemoor, July 6 1685 stimulates a variety of responses when discussed amongst wargamers. I almost added - and the wider population  but realized how unlikely such an occurrence might be! Who actually knows much about it? (or cares!)Those infamous 'Lambs' Kirke's Tangier veterans used for rural pacificationWhether you subscribe to the point of view of King James II/VII as religious tyrant backed up by a brutal army and vicious judiciary or, that James Scott was what might be called in west of Scotland vernacular - a wee chancer - the campaign was the opening act of a much bigger play interestingly dubbed 'The Glorious Revolution' by the winners.One of Trelwaney's musketeersWas Monmouth's short campaign a 'Peoples' revolt' or, political agitation by disaffected men of power using a gormless figurehead to test out the country's appetite for overthrowing the monarchy? A tune-up game as Americans might

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Six new Ottoman codes - Non Janissary infantry

We are delighted to announce that the next six codes of Ottoman Turks are now available in the online shop: Hooray!OT007OT007 Tufeckci musketeers firingOT008OT008 Tufeckci musketeers loadingOT009OT009 Sekban musketeers firingOT010OT010 Sekban musketeers loadingOTO11OT011 Bosniak/Irregular musketeers firingOTO12OT012 Bosniak/Irregular musketeers loading

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Story of a show game 5 - Forces : The Ottomans

Janissaries in full dressPutting the Ottoman force together for Donnybrook required a little thought. Should it fall under the Army Faction or under the Tribal Faction? Categorization under the latter may seem to be bordering on racist bearing in mind the Ottomans were for centuries one of the most formidable cultures and imperial powers in the known world yet, their army falls into an area somewhere between state organization and feudalism. This caused a bit of head scratching.Janissaries in campaign dressWhat was going to make it a little easier for us was the fact that at the point of writing this piece, we only have the Janissaries commercially available and these troops were most definitely state organized and regular! When we come to dealing with Tufeckci, Sekban and irregulars the real flavour of the Ottoman Army will surface in gaming terms.Commanders painted by Toggy - lovely!I proved to myself that I can still do it despite very limited available time. Using the method I first perfected as far back

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Story of a show game 4 - Forces : The Imperialists

This was a hoot! 1693 and riding roughshod over the French but it's 20 years on.. can the Turk be vanquished too?I very much enjoyed the German Grand National 1693 game which we ran at Tactica and elsewhere in the first half of 2018. The competition between four German ally states against a common enemy was colourful and fun and even spawned an X rated version which I think was called the W hores? Race which a friend of this blog rand successfully over the summer.Saxon, Prussian and Dane - all fighting for the Empire against the TurkWith limited time to paint large forces we decided to do three things. Try and finish some BLB style Ottoman units ourselves. Sub contract some painting of Ottoman units to our highly productive painting partner Rob. Muster some Donnybrook forces which would do the fighting.It is unlikely that Kurassier will be used for the extraction - it's an infantryman's job!The BLB style multi based units will form the 'lines' of the opposing armies but not move on the day. The single based m

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Story of a show game 2 - The scenario

The Panzer Division will watch from the sidelines whilst the infantry slug it outThe scenario for CRISIS 2018 is called Brahms & Liszt. It is set in 1713 on the south-eastern frontier or, north-western if you are Turkish! This is twenty years after our previous show effort of 2018 at TACTICA which also involved Imperial forces racing to over run the French in the German Grand National 1693.Prussians, Saxons etc in action on the Rhine 20 years before (Tactica 2018)Unlike the previous effort which used The War of Three Kings and was a participation game, Brahms & Liszt is a Donnybrook tale in which a little vignette is played out in front of the main forces. Lined up against each other are a large Imperial cavalry force which is on the offensive and an Ottoman infantry force protecting prepared positions.Jolly Friars and their religious and kunst treasures - regrettably acquired by the enemy.The Ottomans have once again been acquiring plunder and this time it happens to be in the shape of treasures

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Story of a show-game 1 - the trade off

LoA North American Chapter - Clarence did ALL the work for this one at Historicon 2016Being a Team of two, you have to make decisions which are inevitably a compromise. I have captained some productive groups since starting on the Event Trail around 1992. Sometimes we were two, occasionally three, many times and for several years, I flew solo.Don't be 'leg-ist' please!I don't envy larger groups but they do offer a division (rarely equal) of labour and the opportunity to game-explain-shop-rest-travel in a proportion, permitting all the bases to be covered and preventing burn out.Epics of this nature are hard yards for a two man team. Great to see but very challenging from a logistics perspective.This is often forgotten when comments such as 'well nothing seems to move on that table', 'it's just a static display', 'why didn't they engage with the public?' etc are bandied. Not a complaint I hasten to add and of no matter to the punter, but significant as an influencing factor nonetheless. You can't do it all esp

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