28mm Warlord Games – Janissaries with Halberd.

28mm Warlord Games – Janissaries with Halberd.

Last in this initial batch for the Ottoman army, are these Janissaries armed with halberds.
One more time we have all the figures sided the same, in quite similar poses, some of them a bit odd.
After have painted (except muskets, next in the pipeline) almost all the Warlord Janissaries range… i think they lost an opportunity to do something really good, making something just acceptable. The mix in the boxed set, prevent them of do enough poses for nothing, all the musket guys are firing, they all looks exactly the same, and overall, it happen to bows, archers and halberds.
Janissaries are one of the most beautiful topics to paint in Late Medieval or Renaissance era, and Warlord was unable to do a great job on them, as if they had hurry to launch them. When you have all the figures in hand, a lot of them seems to share legs. Ans almost all the army is looking to the same side.. and flat. A pity.
This is my 3rd Janissaries regiment, i opted this time by a light blue colour, the only MSP (Master Series Paints by Reaper) bottle i have. I love this paint, i should buy more. They have a matt finish that Vallejo haven’t. And it’s still in good shape after 3 years opening and closing the bottle.
I did some special decoration for officers, similar to the one done on Janissaries with Sword, but choosing a different pattern.

Guy on the right, showing a self print decal in the “skirt”.
Free-hand decoration on coats, by repeating a “three dots” pattern.

NCO also got a few of the “three dots” pattern.

28mm Warlord Games – Janissaries with Bow.

28mm Warlord Games – Janissaries with Bow.

Janissaries with Bow, Ottoman Turkish’s elites troop.
Bows, compared with Muskets, were a cheap and still quite efficient weapon in the time, so it was extensively used in the Ottoman army.
Warlord offer two different blisters for these guys, firing and advancing. As happened on the sword armed ones, figures are all sided the same way and looks some flat, overall group appearance looks like not much variation in the pose because this, and some odd poses, happen here too.

28mm Walord Games – Azabs (Azap).

28mm Walord Games – Azabs (Azap).

Azabs (Azaps) were an irregular volunteer infantry of the Ottoman empire, they were only paid during war times, so they mainly only existed during wars. As volunteers they were free to left the army at any time. they hadn’t any kind of train or uniformity, and commonly they were armed with swords and bows as Warlord has depicted, although in the time, wasn’t uncommon to see them armed with their own fire arms.
Warlord offers only one blister for this subject, with 4 different poses, and no specific command. So i used here Janissaries’ command figures (i swapped heads of NCOs by Gripping beast plastic arabs heads).
Irregular troops are the pain of the painter… you have to use many variations to depict this lack of uniformity. I chosen several main colours in groups of 2 or 3 figures per colour and then i painted 3 stripped single figures to give the group more diversity. Again a bit of special work have been done in the officer.
Opposite to Janissaries figures, these ones aren’t flat at all, they even seems to be wearing a sort of great coat, as in winter times.

28mm Warlord Games – Janissaries with Sword.

28mm Warlord Games – Janissaries with Sword.

Janissaries were a military elite during a few centuries in the Ottoman-Turkish empire who evolved from military to socio-cultural ambit of the Ottoman empire.
It’s a very interesting topic to research, they did an extensive use of the fire-arms, but as any other army of the era, other weapons were part of their corps. To start to learn more i suggest to take a look at wikipedia. They are usually considered as the first modern army.

Warlord have several options for these guys, but in consideration here, we have Janissaries armed with sword and shield, plus some command figures.
All the poses are mainly looking forward and sided… so once ranked the unit looks a bit ugly, they trends to look a bit flat. One of the poses, advancing, is terrible odd. A part of that, sculpture is good, mould are news, and you don’t have too much work cleaning metal from figures. No metal excess, no many mould lines.
Red and blue are two common colours associated to Ottoman-turkish armies, although as uniformity it belongs to more modern times than the ones depicted by these guys, they are the main colours i choose for this unit.
A constant in this army, i tried to do something special for the Officers.

Free-hand decoration pattern on officer’s capes.
On the left figure i used a self printed decal for the pattern in the “skirt”.

28mm Warlord Games – Wallachian Voynik Infantry.

28mm Warlord Games – Wallachian Voynik Infantry.

Wallachian Voynik, Ottoman Turkish’s auxiliary troops. Wallachian is a region in the nowadays Romania, and in the time was under the Ottoman Empire control.
During the second siege of Vienna, 1683, Wallachian Corps was given task to bridging Danube.
Warlord have 2 different sets for this topic, one of troop and another for command. Appearance of these guys is clearly based in one Osprey illustration depicting these men. all the troops are armed with halberds, two variants, and come in 4 different poses, although the one opening the shield is a bit odd, seems to be asking for an arrow or shoot.
Command contains 4 figures in 4 poses, 3 officers and one drummer.

Attending to the Osprey’s illustration as well as the Warlord’s show case paint work, there was not much range choose. I used Vallejo Prussian blue as main colour. Vallejo has two references for this colour, i used the darker one as base, and then the lighter, and lighter + white, to highlight the colour. I avoided the use of blue wash in this case, so they look cleaner at the end.
For shields decoration i used “Veni Vidi Vici” transfers. They didn’t look too well, as white one are quite transparent. So i repainted a bit over transfers, not achieving a great look at the end, but in any case, better than a free-hand paint by me.

This is the only regiment of this kind in the big Ottoman army i started with this. A commission work.