Wednesday, 26 February 2014

DBR- Battle of Mohács 1526 (part 6) - 20mm, first Sipahis painted

The converted Sipahis from two posts ago already painted.

These ones were conversions from Esci and Italeri with some extra details added.

The blue colours on most of these Ottomans vests were inspired on the Mohács movie I've showed you. There are many more available on the Osprey books and such. Search in the web for George Gush Airfix articles on Renaissance warfare. They are an excelent start for the period and mainly designed for wargaming.

The red flags are loosely based on the red flags of the Silâhtar Sipahis, one of the elite group of the household cavalry.

  A few extra were added like the Evergreen bow case...

... and an armoured chest protection    for everybody made out of painted Liquid GreenStuff and a turban from normal GreenStuff for one Sipahi per stand.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

DBR- Battle of Mohács 1526 (part 5) - Figures you can use.

These are the existing plastic for the Renaissance period and Ottoman Vs Hungarian (according to PSR site).


- Orion janissaries.
- Zvezda cavalry.
- Zvezda janissaries.
- Lucky Toys Turks.

My Ottoman army will have all of these less the Janissaries Orion box as I could find two Zvezda janissaries boxes in Izmir, and c'mon, buying Ottoman soldiers in Turkey is really cool (in spite of Zvezda being Russian...). 

Hungarian (most approximate, as there is no Hungarian dedicated box ):

- DDR Landsknecht (2 boxes, one with pikemen and another with Doppelsoldners and arquebusiers).
- DDR knights  (apparently not in production).

All of this figures but the DDR knights will be on my army, and will be replaced by Miniart knights.

BUT, there is always a butt (and some of them are reeeeeally extraordinary...) you can use other boxes from late Middle Ages to make the large variety of different soldiers present at Mohács 1526: 

Non dedicated Ottoman boxes:

- StreletsR Muzlim Foot Warriors, Arab Cavalry and Turcopoles Cavalry for the Azab, Akinji, Balkan and Tartar contingents.

- Esci Muzlim Warriors for some torsos and heads both for Sipahis and artillerymen. 

(This is the IPSBLQHB (initially-pretty-stupid-but-later-quite-helpful-buying) I did at a supermarket for 1€ each. 

- Italeri Saracen Warriors for camels, foot Azab and horses. 

- Italeri Mongol Horde for tartars and Sipahi barded horses.

Non dedicated Hungarian boxes:

- Miniart Burgundian or French Cavalry as they are almost the same. 

- Zvezda 100 YW French Cavalry also have many lancers that fit nicely the Hungarian knights. 

- Zvezda 100 YW French Infantry, specially for the crossbows. 

For the Hungarian infantry I still have to look better both for arquebusiers and spear armed figures probably from Miniart, metal being the last resource.

This Mohács 1526 project will be mostly a job on the cheap side, with many boxes from the stockpile and conversions, and when this happens it's a particularly thrilling thing as what comes out is generally a collection of unique figures. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

DBR - Battle of Mohács 1526 (part 4) - converted Sipahis

One of the  first sources of figures for this Mohács project is a huge stash of Esci Muzlims I found some 10 years ago in a supermarket (???) in Covilhã, a city close to the Spanish border.

There were 15 such boxes, all the same, and at an irresistible 1€ each as I told in the previous post. So I bought them all with that typical eagerness of the pre-crisis era, thinking as usual that one day they could be useful for Alcácer Quibir or to fight the French Foreign Legion or ... whatever. 

Well, we just don't need too many coherent reasons to justify our hobby, do we?

So here it goes he first use of the Esci Muzlim box. After comparing the figures to the ones I could use for Mohács 1526 there is only one figure (better, its torso) and some heads that can be used. What  could I expect if the box was designed for XIX century North Africa?

Worse: there are only 3 such figures per box. But at 15 boxes it makes 45 figures, plus some 21 more from some 7 other boxes previously bought. 

So here you can see what use I gave them:  they turned into armoured mounted Sipahis. 


These figures were cut by the waist as well as some Italeri Mongols and Saracens who provided legs and horses. 

The bond was achieved with cyanocrilate for soft plastics. 

The scimitar was cut off and replaced with a lance made from the bristle of a plastic broom.

The arms of some were heated with a lighter and placed in different positions for the sake of variety. 

Ottoman army is gathering around his sancak (flag- for you not versed in Turkish, he he ...).

Monday, 3 February 2014

DBR - Battle of Mohács 1526 (part 3) - Shots from the movie

Just for some colour I'll show you some camera shots from the movie on the battle of Mohács 1526.

The Ottomans:

The Janissaries are supposed to sport blue jackets but the period miniatures show them in all sort of colours, mainly blue, red, yellow and some green.

Armoured Sipahis.

Sipahis Rumes (western Sipahis).


The Hungarians:

Heavy cavalry.



Hope it continues to help, Big Andy. But nothing's better than watching the movie.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

DBR - Battle of Mohács 1526 (part 2) - B/W drawings

The movie I posted a few days ago is an extraordinary encyclopedia on the equipment and uniforms of the battle of Mohács.

The information is such that I decided to do some drawings on the soldiers and equipment of the battle from the movie it self. This way I can stop seeing the movie  almost on a daily basis and have a rest...

There are no specific plastic Hungarian figures in 1/72nd scale, the same for many of the Ottoman types. So I hope these plates are useful to make conversions from the existing Zvezda, StreletsR, Miniart, DDS and such. 

The Hungarians:

The Ottomans:

Flags and last uniforms:

Hope they can be useful to all who want to wargame this period.

Pineapple Miniatures - 1/32nd scale - 95th Rifles, Buçaco 1810

Brand new from ACTA : the famous 95th Rifles, which fought around Sula Village at Buçaco 1810 against Ney corps.

If not for the tucked trousers and the bayonet in the rifle (hindering aiming) these miniatures portray nicely these famous soldiers. 

'Were can I find them?' is everybody asking, right? Buçaco Military Museum, as usual...