Ottomans


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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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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Janissary Ortas 1530 - 1720

Janissary dress and equipment changed little from the mid 16th to the mid 18th century. The units featured here could easily be from The First Battle of Mohacs in 1526, part of the all conquering armies of the 1500s or, from the forces who fought at the Relief of Vienna 1683,  Second Battle of Mohacs 1687, Battle of Zenta 1697 and Pruth River Campaign 1710-1711 . Most of the work was done as a commission by Rob Goodyear. I have based each unit and flagged them. What I like about the way these have been painted by Rob is the interesting mix of colours he has used in each Orta. I used the blend of colours as the inspiration for the banners I did for each. The Orta above mixed blue, green, a soft ochre-green and red pink. This suggested to me that a large, bold and simple green and yellow banner would suit well.The orange which features prominently in the Orta above together with a chocolately - wine shade inspired a very bold flag with arabic writing. I choose a five layered orange field with a c

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Ottoman Commanders

I have always enjoyed building Command vignettes. These three are the very first and utilize models from packs OT01, OT05 and OT06. The rank of the officers is non specific although two hve standards whilst the central base features two full dress Janissaries - a senior officer and his bodyguard.I don't often use purple in my warming units but fancied doing a small personal banner for this senior officer. The base also features an interesting section of dead tree - bleached and burned by the searing south eastern European sun.Traditional Janissary symbol of the two tongued sword on this personal standard of yet another senior officer. The rocks are toned down with a sepia wash.This colourful senior officer has an equally colourful bodyguard Janissary at his side. The base is smaller than the other two featured here.A couple of shots at slightly different angles and orientations. Ottomans certainly draw you away from traditional palette colours.Soon we'll be previewing 10 new Ottoman Command models which are v

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Ottoman Banners - Table top bling bling!

Part of one of my own painted unitsWell, this is somewhat of a bling post but I just enjoyed myself so much doing these flags that I thought I would share. I decided that any Ottoman unit I got the chance to  paint and/or base was going to get one of my old style linen flags.The Terry's Chocolate Orange Orta - The men listen intently to their Bolouk!Once I started it was hard to stop! Sometimes its a bit messy but in the end the results justify the effort. I have made and painted probably 250 to 300 of these since 1986 when I first developed the technique. It has changed a bit since then but fundamentally its the same labour intensive process.Bold and striking colours set off the Janissary OrtasI know a few people have tried to industrialize/commercialize it since then but I always felt there was something missing from these. Printing directly onto material does not work and any flags of that sort I have chanced upon seem a bit insipid and lifeless.A very commonly used symbol in the Ottoman Army - 

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Oh, I should tell you about Crisis..

Saxon skirmishers engage the JanissariesThe key drama temporarily overshadowed a very successful and enjoyable CRISIS 2018. The show was great on several fronts. Trade was the best for about three years, the Ottomans were very well received and sold to expectation, there were some nice games, I bought something big and we were busy chatting to friends and visitors all day.Danes advance to capture back the Holy treasures from the TurksWe were situated next to Jon Sutherland's massive Rugen Island 1715 game. Jon has painted more Warfare Miniatures than I have and his customer now owns more Warfare Miniatures than I do! After last year's equally massive Poltava game it was hard to imagine how it could be topped but Jon managed it this year. On the table was an enlarged Swedish army fighting Prussian, Danish and Saxon forces.Danes at Rugen - Jon SutherlandWe chose to put on a babooshka display. A Donnybrook game contained within a WTK game. In the end we never got to move a single figure because I was trading all

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Release of Janissary Battalion packs

We are delighted to announce the release of three Janissary Battalion packs each containing 20 models;OTB01 Janissary Orta in full dress advancingOTB02 Janissary Orta in full dress standingOTB03 Janissary Orta in campaign dress - firing lineTwo stands (12 models) from OTB03The fine examples above were painted by Rob Goodyear with flags by BH.Each Orta (Battalion) retails at £31.00 ex shipping and we'll have some in Antwerp at CRISIS 2018

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40mm Cossacks versus Ottomans

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.

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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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Busy painting Ottomans

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

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Ottomans on their way

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!

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