Tag Archives: Ottoman Empire XVI-XVII

28mm Warlord Games – Suleiman & Mounted Janissary Officers

Suleiman & Mounted Janissary Officers

And finishing for a while, the high Ottoman Command by Warlord Games. They have two different packs, one for the 2 mounted Janissary officers, and the other with the 2 versions of Suleiman, mounted and foot.
As other figures in the range by Warlord, they are flat, is not a great range at all.
I used again quite a lot decals, specially on foot Suleiman, which almost is all decaled.
As i used one Warlord horse with the TAG figure here, one of the Janissary is mounting a TAG horse.

Looks how terrible flat Suleiman figure is..

28mm The Assault Group – Vlad The Impaler

Vlad The Impaler

Ok another one.. my client sent me these nice figures as part of the bit Ottoman order.. they aren’t Ottoman, but some how related.. if you read a bit of history about Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Drakul, Bride and Boyar – REN360). I added here another of the gift figures TAG has for the Renaissance range. Is the second time i paint that priest, the other one he was all black, so i decided to paint clear sleeves. The another figure in question, (not the girl, which obviously is Vlad’s wife) is an Hungarian Boyar. A nice figure, i was in the temptation to use decals, but i gone with the brush. The term “Boyar” was commonly used in Bulgarian, Kievan, Moscovian, Serbian.. and so. It refer to highest Feudal rank.
Wife’s dress decoration is also by hand, nothing special.

I could not avoid putting them together like in a wedding 🙂

These figures, except priest, are quite big for the TAG standard in Renaissance range.

I declare you husband and wife until a impalement separates you

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman High Officers

Ottoman High Officers

As part of the large Ottoman range by The Assault Group there is a nice pack with 3 figures (Ottoman General and staff REN068), 2 mounted and one foot, depicting a high Ottoman officer, who knows if Suleiman himself, and his retinue, comprising a standard bearer and a sort of Janissary officer. The foot figure depicting the same officer (They are wearing same clothes) is a gift figure (Is the second time i paint this nice figure, search on my Polish Renaissance series).
I used here lot of my own printed decals with different patterns, specially on the mounted officer, who also is riding a Warlord horse, just by the convenience of have more saddle to decorate with the decals.
Apply the decals isn’t a fun thing, it consumes almost the same time than paint the figure, and some times, you need to re-do several times the operation. Is not easy cut the patterns for these irregular shapes without any other guide than your eyes, for not to say about to place them, but at the end, result is far from i can achieve by brush, so i think it worth it for these special figures. Pictures aren’t very good today, so one of the patterns applied in the mounted figure isn’t almost noticeable.
Don’t forget to click over pictures to see them in a bit bigger size.

Detail on the patterns i printed in decal paper used in these figures.
Detail of the 3 patterns used in the mounted officer. By far this was the hardest figure.
A bit of humor…
The only picture i took with the flag, not a full view, sorry. It’s a self printed flag.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Azabs (Azaps)

Ottoman Azabs (Azaps)

More reinforcements for the (large) Ottoman Army.. again some Azaps, this time by The Assault Group.
Paint this so irregular units is time killer, and more if they are a mix of weapons as is the case, bows, muskets and pole arms, plus the command figures.
The Assault Group still produces more figures for the Azaps, so here isn’t the full range.
Flag is by Wargames Designs.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Tufecis

Ottoman Tufecis

Tufecis were albanian and turkish light infantry musketeers in formed units with some training, often used as Skirmishers. The Assault Group provides a nice range for them, with uniforms clearly inspired in an Osprey’s illustrations, and i tried to follow color patterns too. So we really hope Osprey did a good job researching that illustration :). Not all the figures provided by TAG can be seen here, as they also have a horse holders pack not included here.
This kind of uniform should belong then to a late XVII century or XVIII, making them a bit of too modern for other elements of the army.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Ordinance Artillery

Ottoman Ordinance

The Assault Group produces an specific ordinance gun for the Ottoman Army (S-XVI/XVII) with two crew options packs, both depicted below. Most of the figures of the crews, are wearing a similar outfit to Levent range, with some caps variation.

Ottoman artillery was famous for the size of its cannon, and their number, from the highly mobile anti-personnel Abus gun to the massive Great Turkish Bombard, so it’s a bit of pity only one medium gun type has been addressed by TAG to his large Ottoman range. Despite this, guns are very nice modeled, with an intricate decoration on barrels, making them a very nice piece.

Hopefully more artillery will come in the future.

28mm Warlord Games – Ottoman Janissary Kazan

Ottoman Janissary Kazan

The man with the spoon is far large than all the other in the Warlord range. It’s a pity they decided to depict so good extra figures for the army without do a good job on them. An over sized figure, and the other two looking so flat as all the Janissary range, seems they reused one time and another legs and torsos.
Last update in a few. Stay tuned, we are only in the middle of the Ottoman army.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Levent.

28mm The Assault Group – Ottoman Levent.

There are not too much information about these guys, and the term Levent is also commonly used as Marine, but also as a sort of semi-professional auxiliary troops.
One of the Osprey books about the Ottoman Army, contains one illustration of these guys exactly as they are sculpted, so i follow as the color scheme. They looks to me as precursors of the lovely Zouave uniforms a couple of centuries later (Except the coat with shoulder’s pads.)
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
All the figures are by The Assault Group. All of them nicely sculpted and without mold problems.
One extra halberd janissary has been converted to standard bearer.

28mm The Assault Group – Janissaries with Bow.

28mm The Assault Group – Janissaries with Bow.

Second Janissary Bow unit of the army. I Followed a color schema depicted by Osprey in one of their books.
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
All the figures are by The Assault Group. All of them nicely sculpted and without mold problems.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (3).

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (3).

Third Janissary Musket unit.
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.
There a couple of extra halberds figures from an extra pack by TAG i got.

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (2).

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (2).

Second Janissary Musket unit.
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (1).

28mm The Assault Group – Warlord Games – Janissaries with Musket (1).

First Janissary Musket unit
Flag is from Wargames Designs, re-printed to match the style of my own flags which i will use in the future.
Figures are by The Assault Group and Warlord Games. They have both different styles but once in group the match quite well. Warlord musket janissaries looks almost all the same pose, although they have some variations all of them are firing and in quite similar pose. Looks some flat in a front view. Any mold problem on them. The Assault Group guys have a lot more of pose variation, costume variation, not looking flat at all, but present a few mold problems or metal excess.
One extra halberd janissary has been converted to standard bearer.

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.