Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Shape of Things to Come: The Turks Are Coming!

As Jeppan posted a little while ago, we are working on a project covering the campaigns culminating with the Siege of Vienna in 1683 for our home-grown Musket Mayhem rules.
I will be doing the Turks, with Jeppan covering the Austrians, Germans and probably some Poles as well.
This is still very much work in progress, and I have quite a few figs still to paint, but here are a few pics of the first batch of completed units.

The Turkish Pascha issuing orders in front of the provincial cavalry and some Janissaries
The figures are a mix of Warlord Games and The Assault Group.
The Turkish cavalry in these pictures are intended to depict the provincial turkish cavalry (Delis, Timariot Spahis, or similar). The figures are actually slightly converted 'Arab Light Cavalry' from Warlord Games.

A closer look at the turkish provincial cavalry and Janissaries
The Janissaries are a mix. Some are from The Assault Group, with most from of Warlord Games' box of 'Janissary Infantry'.

The turk host from a different angle

I will add a couple more units of Janissaries and some Guard cavalry (Kapuqulu Spahis), some irregular infantry (Sekban, Basi-Bazouk, Sappers or similar low-grade). There will also be an artillery piece.


  1. Looking forward to following this project as I have something similar in mind for myself.

  2. Thanks guys,
    It's been fun painting these figs, and I will soon have enough to field a small force. The same figs can be used for Pikeman's Lament, by the way. Those rules are aimed at a lightly earlier period, but the Turks looked very similar in both periods.

  3. they look awesome :), one note - at least some sekban were dragoons esp. in the Vienna campaing.

    1. Thanks, MP. Good point about some of the Sekban being dragoons. Hadn't thought of that. I think you'e correct, and it would make a nice variation for my turk force.
      I should be able to use some of my irregular cavalry as Sekban while mounted dragoons, and some of my (not yet painted) irregular infantry with bows, melee wpns and maybe some pistols as Sekban dragoons while dismounted.