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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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Do we call it Christmas now? Warfare Dec 2 - Jan 10 offer

Are we allowed to call it Christmas anymore or is that banned? Yule? End of the Year Holiday? Non religious away-from the workplace downtime interval?Anyway, to make it simple, Warfare Miniatures is offering every order made between December 2 2018 and January 10 2019 over the value of £40 post free anywhere in the world Also, I will include a random pack of 5 infantry models FREE in every order - yup that is right!M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S !Even if your order is for books, flags or accessories, as long as it is over £40 you'll get the freebie.When selecting postage, click on 2018 Christmas offer option

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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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WSS/GNW Prussian, Danish & Norwegian flags

Clarence has been very busy completing a commission for a customer which we are now in a position to put on general release.The compliment our existing Prussian and Danish flags for the WSS/GNW period. The Prussian designs are from 1710 onward. Some flags are conjectural but most have drawn on existing sources for detail.We now have five sheets of Prussian infantry flags, two of cuirassiers and two of dragoons.The Danes have four sheets of infantry, two of cavalry and one of dragoons.The Norwegians have two sets of infantry flags.Like all of our flags these can be printed in sizes to fit any collection and for any scale of models.

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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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What a F*****g day!

We had such a great show.. what could go wrong?I do not usually resort to expletives in my blog contributions but today is an exception. Having completed a very successful and enjoyable CRISIS 2018 in Antwerp, Toggy and I had planned an early start on Sunday - breakfast at 0830, on the road for 0900 - Ramillies by 1015, Neerwinden by 1400.Having checked out at 0900 I reached the car and fumbled in my pocket..... no keys. Eh?We are supposed to be here!  Where are the f*****g keys!!!!!This cannot be. I have OCD. Where are my keys? Both bags emptied in an underground car park, pockets emptied, coat emptied, no keys. We walked round two floors of a large underground car park for fifteen minutes... nothing on the ground. Back to reception, the bar, the lounge... nothing. Re activate the room key - search the vacated bedroom - nothing. We have to be in Ijmuiden at 1500 tomorrow! Today we have to be in Leuven as a hotel is booked. Back to last night's restaurant - no keys.We are trapped.... in AntwerpOK - phone

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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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Flying visit - home for a day

Nice, but it's not getting those Ottomans painted!Being on the road pretty continuously gets in the way of serious stuff like painting wee soldiers, making terrain and binge watching old detective shows as is my want.Gaming inspiration where you can find it! See the Portsmouth 2mm game later. Any takers for this harbour?Whilst travelling I find myself restricted to surfing wargaming sites and blogs and making the occasional comment on one or the other of these as I bounce from location to location.I was inspired by this ECW set up at Partizan - I want to do it for Ireland 1690This year has not offered the opportunity to run weekenders for a variety of reasons and it looks like the next time we'll be able to do that will be 2019 although Toggy is always on the hunt for a venue and date.To stay sane I occasionally put pictures like this under my nose... and sniffThe hobby event calendar will close for LoA at CRISIS 2018, roughly two weeks from now. Between then and now there will be scant opportunity to get muc

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Warfare and WSS by stealth

A very large Malplaquet game I organized and ran about 10 years ago - spots the Minifigs!The War of the Spanish Succession (WSS) may appear to have been some sort of enormous elephant in the room for Warfare Miniatures but not so. Rather than being a conflict which I have no interest in, the Nine Years War is a conflict when has voraciously consumed my interest leaving little time for anything else.WLOA9 - These grenadiers can serve in several armies 1700-1714Notwithstanding, Warfare Miniatures has quietly being building availability of forces for the WSS over a long period. Since the entire 1670-1720 period was one of military evolution and transition, it can be robustly argued that the original codes offered by Warfare were adequately suited to at least the 1701-1707 span of the WSS.It is likely that for the fist several years of the 18th century - the tricorne did not abound!Pikes, floppy hats and matchlocks continued to appear both in contemporary illustrations and on campaign. Those who would have us bel

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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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