Thursday, 19 July 2018

Fourth and Last Azab Unit

I had originally planned three Azab units, but this fourth hand weapon-armed group of Azabs was an unexpected addition thanks to the generosity of Pete at The Assault Group. I had ordered a few additional units including some Ottoman Tufekcis, which will hopefully be off the painting table within the next couple of weeks, but I received another unit of Azabs by mistake. I offered to send them back but Pete said not to bother and that I should keep them with his compliments, and he posted the missing unit of Tufekcis the following week. Well, I couldn't leave them lying around just gathering dust, so here is the fourth and final unit of Azabs completed:

TAG Unit Builder Sets are often a mixture of complementary packs which gives a fair amount of variety within each pack. The Azab unit armed with hand weapons includes a mix of pole and sword wielding figures, with a total of twelve different figures in a twenty-four figure unit:


It then dawned on me that, due to the way I had based the earlier unit-builder pack, I could combine these figures to provide one unit equipped with pole arms and another entirely with swords. So here they are rearranged as such, and this is the way I think I will keep them:

The sword-armed Azabs:

And those armed with pole weapons:

Needless to say I am very happy with the result, and especially Pete's generosity. Hopefully I'll make it up to him over the coming year as I will be placing an order for more renaissance Poles, and have three additional TAG Eastern European armies planned beyond that.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ottoman Delis

Second post in a week, and the last of the Ottoman cavalry for this project. I really enjoyed painting these figures as they are quite different from the others that have been completed:

In the Ottoman Turkish language Deli basically meant fanatical, and they appear to have dressed accordingly wearing a variety of furs and skinned animals. To this is end I found that I have ended up painting a mixture of furs, including foxes and a lioness skin:


Bearskins, which I did in black and dark brown, and leopard hides:

The lion pelt actually reminded me a bit of the pink panther, and I wondered for a moment whether I should have done it that way for a laugh, but thankfully thought better of it:

This represents the last of the Ottoman cavalry, with nine units of twelve figures each. Just two more foot units and some artillery to go, so the end of the project is well and truly in sight now.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Last Feudal Sipahi Unit

The third and last of the timariot or feudal sipahi units now completed, this time with a mixture of lance and sword-armed figures:

I was keen to get these completed while I was on a roll and still remembered how to approach the figures, having completed the last two feudal sipahi units within the last six weeks:

The shields have again been done using cut-down Little Big Men Studio decals which I have then attempted to blend in where the transfer does not cover the entire shield, while the lance pennons are from the same company:

That's thirty-six TAG feudal sipahis completed, to complement the twenty-four sipahis of the porte and thirty-six akinjis:

Just one unit of Delhis undergoing some final touches which I hope to have completed within the next few days, and then the cavalry component of the project will be finished.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

More Feudal Sipahis

A second unit of timariot sipahis completed, this time a sword-armed unit:

Most of the shields again incorporate part of a decal from Little Big Men Studios which, because they weren't designed for TAG figures, are not an exact fit and so have to be blended in with the uncovered areas of the shield:

As I mentioned in response to Peter/Gonsalvo on the previous post, I am glad I went this route as I think they add an extra dimension to the figures and provide a result that I would not be able to achieve freehand:

As with most TAG mounted units there are three command figures and three poses for the rank and file, one of which carries a bow and is a welcome inclusion as this continued to be standard equipment long after the sipahis obtained firearms:

That's seven cavalry units completed, with the remaining two currently on the painting table. I have just realised that I have now passed the six-month mark on this project so it has been a larger investment in time than originally planned, given that it was intended only as a diversion after having painted twenty or so Napoleonic French line units. I am thoroughly enjoying the break from Napoleonics however and my mind is now turning to taking on one of several 15mm ancient armies I have in the lead pile, once this army is completed.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Feudal Sipahis

I'm on the home stretch now, with the first unit of feudal or timariot sipahis off the production line:

The timariot sipahis were provincial landholders who had been granted their fiefs by the state in return for service and the recruitment of a number of retainers, the number of the latter being related to the size of their individual landholding.

I ended up replacing the lances with wire lances from North Star as those supplied are a little bendy and therefore difficult to push through. There are three different lancer poses which is sufficient to provide some variety:

Along with three command figures:

I have again used lance pennons from Little Big Man Studios, along with a few shield decals, to try to give each figure a unique appearance:

Two more units of sipahis and a dozen dellis to finish, and then the cavalry for the project will be completed.

Monday, 30 April 2018

More Ottoman Command Stands

One of the nice things about The Assault Group is that Pete often throws in a few additional extras on larger orders, some of which can't be ordered directly through the website and are always a welcome addition.

I have ended up with quite a few so decided to combine them into additional command stands, having already completed the Sultan and aide, and a Pasha which has ended up on my wife's desk. First up, a couple of Ottomans staring at a dead bloke:

A Pasha alongside a fellow having a drink:

A Pasha alongside a fellow having a drink, while standing over a dead body (they could get away with that sort of thing in the Renaissance without falling foul of health regulations):

Another Pasha:

And, finally, the regimental Kazan. This is one of the more interesting aspects of Ottoman military life in that the Janissaries revered the dining experience to such an extent that they carried their spoons in their headdress, which speaks volumes for regimental cohesion and also Turkish cuisine:

Finally, a group picture:

I have two more units of Fuedal Sipahis on the painting desk at the moment and will then be moving on to some artillery and the last of the infantry, so will hopefully have the entire project completed over the next two to three months.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Pole-armed Janissaries

All the army lists I have read, from George Gush through DBR to Field of Glory, indicate that two or three Janissary units should be sufficient for most army lists. I did think about leaving it at three but, given how much I have enjoyed painting TAG's other Janissary figures, I had to complete just one more. This time a unit armed with pole weapons and swords:

I used the Foundry Napoleonic British redcoat triad on these figures and was happy with the colour for these purposes:

I am wondering however if the colour may be a little on too much on the orange side for actual Napoleonic British as I normally prefer a deeper colour of red for them. I realise officers' coats were more scarlet in colour while those of the the rank and file were of a lighter red, and they were called lobsters during the American War of Independence which is what this colour actually reminds me of, but it is not quite what I have become accustomed to using for British troops in past efforts. That project is still a little way off, so perhaps I will have got used to the idea by then:

That's all four Janissary units completed, with two more foot, four cavalry and six artillery units to complete the project:

There are also a few more command figures to complete, including six of these special edition figures which Pete from TAG kindly throws in as extras on larger orders:

This first one is destined for my wife's desk. She has been asking me for a figure and, given that she likes to remind me that she is one-quarter Lebanese on her mother's side, I thought a middle-Eastern person holding a big stick and telling people what to do would be most appropriate. Besides which I have five more of the fellows to complete over the coming weeks, which is more than I'll ever conceivably need.