This game caught my eye at Claymore.On inquiry, it was explained as a mid-17th century Ottoman incursion into the Ukraine.The figures are from Irregular Miniatures. I was taken by the striking nature of the set up and although very Old School in form, the subject matter and unusual visuals created an appealing show spectacle.Banners are interesting too!I thought Blog visitors would also be taken with the set up and it might stimulate some scenarios and painting.I am not sure who the 'captain' of the Durham ship was but I did see Matt and Dave J at the table.Thanks chaps, both captivating and novel.
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
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
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
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
OT06 Ottoman Command standing painted by ToggySome choices are binary - spend time painting on spend time blogging about the things you might paint!OT01 Janissaries in full dress advancingSo, it's been a wee bit quiet here for a few days but the brushes of Augsburg have not been idle. Both Toggy and I, between other parts of the range, have been busy painting Ottomans for the forthcoming CRISIS game more of which in blog posts soon.Nice grouping from packs OT03, OT04 and OT06Back to the moment however. Toggy, a skillful brushman with a gentle and colour full style has clearly been enjoying himself with his paint pallet. I seem to remember him telling he had spent about £300 on paint recently!One of our CRISIS units shaping up nicelyWe are working through as many Ottomans as we can for a very short lead time game in Antwerp and here you can see some of the troops beginning to line up for that event.OT04 OT04 Toggy and I have contrasting styles which sit very well together. His white undercoat shows u
Janissaries on campaign - two thirds of a unit minus CommandThey arrived at 1600 and are on their way to all the pre order customers tomorrow!Which one wasn't speed painted? 2 x 45 minutes, 1 x 90 minutesHere is a taste of what is coming your way in the post. Codes OT001 - OT004 nearly sold out in the first batch so we are barely hanging on with those till we get reinforcements.A base of Janissaries in actionReverse view of another baseThe painting is an iterative process and some progress shots accompany this very brief postShaping up very nicelyOpponents!
A quick update shot of some Ottoman Janissaries in campaign dress - having photographed these for the website I'll be busting them off these little bases and getting them mounted up properly for CRISIS. Anyway, you'll get the idea.We should have some solid news on the production volumes of these and the other codes from the first six sets very soon.We hope also to be able to preview the Segban and Tufeckci infantry over the next few days too.Planning meeting is taking place at Warfare HQ this coming weekend to map out the development of the Ottomans and various other additions to the range.