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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Scruby Ottoman Turkish Infantry

At long last I have finished the first batch of Scruby infantry, which I recently received from Historifigs in the USA. I have to say that they were a delight to paint with crisp detail and smooth finish. The Turkish uniform for the infantry was very simple, with plain blue jacket and trousers, with just facing colours and the red fez to brighten it up.  here is the first of two battalions:



6 comments:

  1. Very nice. There is a lot to be said for business-like, relatively plain uniforms. Any idea what the standards carried might have looked like?

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  2. Absolutely beautiful old school figures Bob, why would anyone prefer the "gnomes" that are produced today? It seems difficult to find much in the way of uniform and flag info for the Ottoman Empire of this period, but that makes them even more interesting!

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  3. They are a credit to you Bob. It occurs to me that you could actually use those fellas as 1880s Egyptians as well as the uniform is very similar if not actually identical.

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  4. Hi Michael.
    You are right regarding information on flags, in that there is not much available. My own research suggests that part of the reason for this is that at the time of the Crimean war, regimental flags, as found in Europe, was a relatively new concept in the Ottoman army. It seems that three types may have been in use. The Army carried a version of the National flag, which is red, with a white crescent and a five pointed star. then there was an earlier green flag which has three gold crescents, and finally a "war flag" in two colours (red and green I think) with no motifs at all.
    Most contemporary illustrations seem to show the red flag with white crescent. I continue to research this subject.

    Bob

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  5. Thanks for the info Bob, I have seen other wargamers use the version of the National flag, in various sizes, but I was not aware of the other flags. I have not yet started to compile information on the Ottoman Army, so I will watch your site with extreme interest (as I have been doing). Your blog really is inspiring.

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