Aut Cesar, Aut Nihil, Wargaming the Borgias.

Aut Cesar, Aut Nihil, Wargaming the Borgias.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Tabletop World Cottage.

 Well I completed another of my buildings bought for me for my birthday and obtained from Tabletop World who are based in Croatia. They are very good models, and easy to deal with as a company.Well recommended.

Janissary's couldn't hit barn door. Official!

 Last night was my inaugural outing for my Ottoman Turkish Army. Their opponents were Colin's Polish army circa 1650-80.
First mistake, by the 1650's the Turkish Army was no longer a very effective army, and military science had passed it by, the army was still using out dated muskets, and artillery and their commanders whilst brave, were very cautious.
 So fielding no less than five guns, and a good proportion of musket armed Janissaries I set up facing a very mobile Polish army, with a fair amount of winged lancers.It is over 25 years since the Turkish army has deployed on a table, and my recollections of how to use them was pretty poor.
 I do remember, as I had a Polish army once, was that the winged lancers were very good, and very hard to kill. More so in the Pike and Shotte rules.
 Tactically I set up very ineptly, dice wise I was pants, and also the Turks couldnt hit a barn door if they were sat on the lock.Pike and Shotte is very unkind to the later Turks, and the number of dice allocated for firing is less than other more ordinary European troop types. Well that's my excuses sorted then.
Colin, on his blog Carry on up the Dale has a more detailed account, so I will concentrate on the eye candy. The Poles fielded quality light cavalry, ie the Cossacks, whilst I fielded Akinji who really are very poor, and more of a nuisance than anything else. I know that historically they were used to wear out the higher quality enemy cavalry, but mine just seemed to die very quickly.
Another mistake I made in the deployment was I set the Turks to close to the edge of the table, so that if they were forced to retire they simply disappeared forever. This army needs space to maneuver
[sorry American spell check] and I didnt give the Turks enough space.

 This image shows Feudal Spahis facing Winged Hussars, thats 10 dice against 6 dice, and a save of 2+ for the knights.
How NOT to kill Polish Winged Hussars.

The Polish right wing commander even had the temerity to stand in front of one of my heavy guns, showing the contempt he felt for the Turkish artillery.
Following on from his success on his right wing, Colin decided to charge against my guns in the cente.Luckily he failed to charge home, and pulled up short of my medium guns. I managed to hit one hussar! in the subsequent volley. Luckily for me we ran out of time. I was heading off to Salute the next morning. For all my gripes the game was still very enjoyable, and once I've worked out how best to use my Turks I shall return.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Turks, thousands of them [ well actually a couple of dozen]

 Well I've finally finished re basing the Ottoman Turks that I was able to buy back  that had been originally the collection of my long suffering wargaming partner, John Reidy. I still think that these figures by Hinchliffe and Mini Figs are pretty damn good, and I look forward to fighting with them. First battle will be against Colin's Polish army, so a walkover in sight I think.
 I just need to add to the units now and pad out the army with more Jannisaries  and some extra cavalry. Still its a decent start for this Renaissance army. I played a Renaissance game the other night against John using the Impetus rules, and had forgotten just how good they are. I ended up with a bad head from thinking too much, but it was a very tense game, closely fought against the Imperialists. The upshot is I now want some Spanish adding to my collection. The Colunellas which were a precursar to the Tercios are a hard nut to crack, but they look very effective.More expense I fear.
 The Jannisaries in the green are my attempt to add to the army, they are meant to represent a unit of Scout Jannisaries. It appears that certain of the regiments had specific roles and could have been dressed accordingly.


  Italian Arquebusiers, I appear to have acquired from somewhere a large number of TAG figures, so it would be a shame not to paint them.

Honour Guard of Cesare Borgia.

Honour Guard of Cesare Borgia.