28mm – Tercios Miniatures by El Kraken Released – Ottoman Sipahi.

Ottoman Empire XVI-XVII

My last entry in a few.. more things from Tercios Miniatures.
Honestly i don’t know what to think about this guys.. there are good and bad things.. the worst to me, some design problems on the riders.. horses are quite fine, and problems to fit the 2 valves of the dromedary..
As not an specially good metals painter, they have too much metal to my taste. there isn’t a single piece of fabric on the riders, all is metal and few leather strips here and there..
I like the lancers poses aiming to the opposite side.. but musketeers poses are some odd to me.. as well as the musket itself.. first time i saw them..
The worst to me, on the riders, are the disc plates in the chest and back.. many of them are distorted, not a circle at all.. some are curved.. some have the center as pin-out. some as pin-in.. , some are bigger, some smaller.. problems of the 3D design.. not corrected after see prototypes.. but that discs are one of the few elements you have to play to some decoration on that riders..
The two drummers are really nice figures, specially the one on the dromedary.. he’s so perfectly proportioned.. and the other drummer’s horse is really beautiful.
Well.. that’s all. Thanks for looking.

28mm – Tercios Miniatures by EL Kraken Released – MIscellaneous things.

Ottoman Empire XVI-XVII

It’s the first time i face this brand, who has some interesting (and growing) renaissance ranges. This batch includes a big siege gun, Suleiman the Magnificent and Roxolana (Suleiman design is clearly inspired in a famous picture, just search Suleiman on Google images and you will see), and cart with gods for the siege gun. 
– About the Gun, a crew of 3 isn’t enough for such big thing (no one is ready to fire the gun).. it’s cast in resin, but due a probably early mold release, it’s curved  🙁 .. a big fail for a big piece. On the other side the muscle man is a very nice figure. 
– Suleiman and Roxolana looks good, maybe Suleiman feet are some odd. but proportions and details on the figures are very nice, not very crispy, so be careful while priming. 
– The cart is also cast in resin, some bubbles, nothing major, but some curved too because early mold release. About the oxen pair.. well.. all the animals are mold in 2 valves.. and these oxen, doesn’t fit specially fine, i need quite a lot filler for them, but sculpture and proportions are very nice again, perfect i would say. The guy driven the oxen is my favorite figure in this batch. Again perfect proportions. 

This brand do 3D Desing & 3D Print for master, this allow them to do such really nice and perfect proportions, and avoid a too crispy detail, making things some harder for bad painters as me. I don’t like the 2 valves for animals, even if they fit, it’s more work preparing things before paint. They have very nice things in their ranges, interesting concepts and some odd things too..

So mixed feelings about this brand in my first match with them but i really like several things and always will keep and eye over this brand’s work. I already have some more things by them for the next batch.
(pd, The 2 bigger barrels aren’t from El Kraken)

28MM – THE ASSAULT GROUP – Akinjis with BOWS

Ottoman Empire XVI-XVII

See our previous Akinjis post to learn something about them.
Bows were their main weapon, skirmishing enemy lines before the battles , shooting backwards after face enemy lines. The Assault Group does a nice bunch of these dudes, the command is shared with the swords armed guys, and archers come in three different poses, although, to say something, as bow angle and direction is almost the same, they looks some strange once ranked.
As i did on the swords ones, i keep a lower color palette and decoration, to avoid piss off the forthcoming Sipahi, who most be the best looking ones in the army.

28MM – THE ASSAULT GROUP – Akinjis with swords

Ottoman Empire XVI-XVII

Akinjis (or Akincis) were one of the common irregular light cavalry used by the Ottoman Empire during centuries.
The usually were used as vanguard, and border units, not paid and subsisting on plunder.

Usually they used guerrilla tactics to demoralize enemies before match the battles and they played an important role in the Ottoman expansion over Europe, during XIV – XVI centuries, starting to decline in the late XVI in favor of Delis and Tatars.

The Assault Group have a nice range for these guys, including a command group and bows or swords weapons. We threat bows on a separate entry in the blog.

Although Akinji were famous by their nice and impressive clothes i tried to keep a lower color palette , as the forthcoming Sipahi need to be the most sparkling unit in the army 🙂 .

28mm – The Assault Group – Mounted Cossacks

Mounted Cossacks

Ottoman Empire XVI-XVII

It’s the second time i paint these nice dudes by The Assault Group. I tried to keep color palette in sync with the recent cossacks on foot i published few months ago.
There are a mix of lances and fire arms, lances are three different poses (x2) while the rest of the figures as you can see has a different pose. An awesome range.
Sculpt is nice and well detailed, as cast is, i really like this cossack range. Flag is printed and done by my own, probably not very accurate, don’t take it into account.