Monday, 19 February 2018

Ottoman Akinjis

I have three units of Akinjis in the painting queue, and have just completed the first of them:

These are TAG bow-armed Akinjis, with a choice of three command figures and three armed with bows. I also ended up with three of the sword-armed figures, so decided to incorporate one in each unit to round things out, placed here alongside one of the lance-armed command figures on the top right:

I have tried to keep the colours on these figures more subdued than the recent Sipahis of the Porte, using just the odd splash of brighter blues and reds on the horse furniture:

As with all TAG figures to date, I have found them fun to paint and with just enough variety to keep my interest levels from flagging:
I have two more units of twelve figures to complete, which will put me over the half-way mark for the project, and hope to have these done before the end of March.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Sword-armed Sipahis of the Porte

Here is the sister unit to the recently-completed lance-armed sipahi unit I completed a few weeks ago:

As with the rest of the army, they are comprised of TAG figures:

I have again used Little Big Men Studios shield transfers for most of the figures, but also free-handed a few including the bird motif on the figure in the middle:

The TAG packs have three command figures:

Alongside three rank and file figures, which provides sufficient variety within the unit:

That is now the two planned Sipahis of the Porte units completed. I have three additional feudal Sipahi units planned, but have two bow-armed Akinji units on the painting table which I am hoping to complete first.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sipahis of the Porte

The first of two Sipahi of the Porte cavalry units completed:

The figures are again from The Assault Group, which are lovely figures with minimal flash, although the lance hands did take a bit of drilling out. I used a pin vice for this which did the job but required a bit of effort, and am thinking about investing in a hobby drill to make this easier.
They came with their own lances and I did think about replacing them from my supply of Northstar wire lances which would probably have been sturdier in the long-run, but decided to stick with the originals as they seemed to fit the figures a little better:

The lance pennons and most of the shield designs are again from Little Big Men Studios. The shield transfers were designed for another range of figures but some fit perfectly while others had to be blended into the surrounding shield:

The command figures are nice and include one carrying a horse-hair standard:

All figures fit snugly on to a 60x40mm bases without too much effort:

I am in the final stages of finishing a sword-armed Sipahi unit, and then hope to move on to some Akinjis to keep the project rolling.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Last of the Azabs

This unit is comprised of sword and pole-armed Azabs and represents the third and last unit:

There is a decent variety of figures in the TAG unit builder pack which makes them fun to paint, although I did notice that there was some flash behind some of the shields which I personally found too difficult to remove. I ended up leaving these parts black and painting around them, which was no great imposition:
Below is a close-up of a stand of sword-armed figures:

And one of pole-armed foot:

I probably could have been more adventurous with their shields but, given that Azabs were recruited from provincial villages and were probably not going to be spending a great amount of time worrying about shield design, I decided to be lazy and save the effort for some Sipahi cavalry which are next in the queue.

And what an effort that is proving to be with the first three horses taking the better part of a week alone, although I am hopeful I'll be able to speed up as I can lay down a template as to how best to approach this part of the project. With any luck I may have something to show for my efforts before the end of the month.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Bow-armed Azabs

Another Azab unit completed, this one armed with bows:

Azab (or Azap) is an Ottoman word meaning "bachelor", and the units were formed from volunteers from villages in the Rumelia and Anatolia regions covering most of what is now Turkey up through southern Greece and into the Balkans:

I found these much easier to paint than the previous musket-armed Azabs, partly because bows are simpler but also because I had the colours I wanted to use worked out from the last batch:

The TAG figures are nice, and contain an interesting mix of poses with enough detail that can be picked out:

One more Azab unit to go, hopefully before the end of the year, and then I'll get started on some spahi cavalry.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Ottoman Azabs

The first of three planned Azab units, this one is again from The Assault Group and is comprised of musket-armed figures:

I tried to give them a bit of colour variation and found myself using around forty different colours and shades. At the same time I was trying to not go too wild with it to try to avoid them looking like a bunch of circus performers:

I used one of the smaller Little Big Man Studio Islamic banners for this unit. As previously mentioned they come in two halves and have to be applied as decals to paper, and I was probably a little over-confident with this one and ended up applying the two halves slightly out of alignment. However, I think I managed to make a reasonable effort of rescuing it and they are very nice flags (although that halberd staff needs straightening).

I have another unit of bow-armed Azabs on the painting table at the moment, which I hope to have finished this side of Christmas.

Monday, 4 December 2017

More Janissaries

Another Ottoman Janissary unit completed, this time in more combative firing and advancing poses:

I stuck with the same colour scheme as the previous unit, mainly because I enjoyed the look and it was fun to paint, but will vary it for my forthcoming units:

Again, these have a banner from the Little Big Men Studios range. I nearly cocked this one up as the flags are in two separate halves and have to be applied as decals on a blank sheet of paper. I put the first one down on a slight off-angle, but managed to line the second one up that when trimmed and with the edges painted, it is difficult to tell they are slightly out of alignment:

They really are worth the minimal effort though and, I believe, add a nice finishing touch:

I have two more units of Janissaries to complete, but will be making a start on some Azabs which I have prepped and ready to go.