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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Action on the Eastern Frontier - 1/32 Medieval Toy Soldiers

Having received warning of a large Ottoman raiding party moving up the valley on the very edge of Christendom, a small force of Holy Order Knights, led by Duke Frederick, deploy along a low ridge in an attempt to ward off the attack:
The force consists of two units of pike armed men-at-arms, two groups of archers, the Duke and his foot knights and a small band of mounted knights.

Moving up the valley is an Ottoman warlord with, two bands of heavy horsemen, archers, light infantry skirmishers and three groups of heavy infantry:
The battlefield is a narrow valley with the road running up the centre. The flanks consist of steep rocky hills covered in pine trees, that are impassible. The only avenue of attack is up the valley.
The Ottomans decide to demonstrate on their left by deploying their light troops and their archers moved up on the right to harass the right hill:

The archers, which are just out of range of the Christian archers begin to cause casualties amongst the defending troops:

The European archers concentrate on the advancing Ottoman skirmishers causing light casualties. Soon the skirmishers are in javelin range of the Christian men-at-arms  and cause some casualties. Not wishing to sit under fire the men-at-arms surge forward and slice into the lightly armed skirmishers:
However, coming up behind the Ottoman skirmishers is a group of heavy infantry, who charge into the fray forcing the Christian men-at-arms back:
A considerable melee ensues, with the Ottomans gaining the upper hand.

Meanwhile on the other side of the field the Ottoman archers continue to mow down the defending men-at-arms:
Who pull back out of range of the archers.

Now the Ottomans launch a second attack and infantry move up along the road:
However, as they advance they come under heavy fire from the Christian archers and after a few moves the attack falters and they pull back:

On the Ottoman left their infantry continue to push the Christians back (who have some rotten dice throws!) and soon the Ottomans are in reach of the ridge. Seeing the danger the Duke orders his mounted knights to counter-attack; they move into position:
But it is almost too late as the Christians are now falling back onto the ridge following more losses:
Just as they are about to collapse the Christian heavy horse arrive and smash into the Ottomans:
But, the effect of the cavalry is not great and the Ottomans continue to press forward. Also, the Ottoman warlord has spotted the Christian knights attack and he orders one of his cavalry units forward:

The Christian knights fail to stop the Ottoman infantry over running the defenders and soon the Ottoman infantry gain the hill and are in amongst the Christian archers:
To make matters worse the Ottoman cavalry now arrive and crash into the unformed Christian mounted knights, bringing down half their number:
Soon the hill falls to the Ottomans and the remnants of the Christian defenders fall back:

Meanwhile on the other side of the field the Ottoman archers move up to reduce the range of the Christians up on the hill; however the lose a large number of men in the process:
With the collapse of the Christians on the left, the Ottoman warlord senses victory is close. He personally leads his reserve cavalry forward and orders his fresh heavy infantry unit to advance on the right:
Back on the left the Ottomans, having gained the hill reorganise, then turn to attack the Christians in the flank, but a counter-attack, led by the Duke himself, cuts them down and they retreat:
The Duke withdraws back onto the ridge and awaits what he know will be the final onslaught. With the left-hand Ottoman cavalry reformed:
and a mass of infantry and cavalry advancing on the right, Duke Frederick prepares to make his last stand:

The end comes quickly, Ottoman horsemen smash into the Duke an his knights;

 while armoured infantry surge up the hill to overwhelm the pike men and archers:
And more cavalry sweep around the open flank into the defenceless archers:
It is over, the way is open for the Ottomans to sweep into Europe.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Medieval - The last box

The final box contains more cavalry figures. There are two groups. The first is a unit of old Britains Herald mounted knights. I imagine the serious collectors would turn in their graves if they saw what I did to my veteran figures. Originally they looked like plastic toys, so I slapped on some paint and used some decals that came from Warhammer. Some of the paint is flaking and the transfers are a bit yellow now, but they remain my favourites:

The second group is a load of Britains Deetail silver knights, again tarted up with a bit of paint and transfers on the shields:
I had to put bases on my cavalry figures as they tumble like dominoes when lined up in close order.

These are the last of my painted and based figures, although there is another box that contains a castle and around 50 unpainted Deetail foot figures that I might get around to painting at some stage.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Mean while - Warrior Miniatures Russian General

Another addition to my Warrior Russian army. I think he is supposed to be a Prussian really, but his boots and dress are not quite right and he looks to me more like a Russian general:

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

More Medieval stuff - Opening boxes

This is the last lot from from the garage, although there is a box of Britains cavalry to sort out. Will do that tomorrow. 

These figures are mostly britains deetail:

A small amount of siege equipment:

There is a plastic castle somewhere, will need to dig that out too.

Britains knights on foot:
Think this guy is meant to be the King?
And lastly for this batch, some Herald pike men:

Monday, 29 October 2018

Opening More Boxes - Medieval Figures

I was reading some of my old wargaming books when I became inspired to have a go at either ancient or medieval gaming.  I have a heap of plastic and some metal ancient figures that I have never organised or played with.  I seem to lose my mojo quite quickly. On the other hand the idea of longbowmen and tin men on horses bashing each other does appeal. Again I have a box of old minifigs knights etc, but these too are not properly organised or based.

I then remembered that lurking in the garage in storage are a mass of 'toy soldier' knights. I was soon amongst the cobwebs and mouse droppings and unearthed a few boxes, I was surprised by what I found - long forgotten men.

Most were painted to some degree and I spent a few hours putting bases on those that weren't - mainly to stop them falling over on the table.

I am about halfway through sorting them out. This is what I have uncovered so far:

These are Timpo and Timpo lookalike knights:
Timpo foot soldiers/knights:
Accurate? French knights on foot:
Britains Deetail archers:
Britains Deetial Knights:
Britains Herald archers:
Turkish light spearmen, by Britians:
Turkish Heavy Infantry:
More Herald archers:
Turkish infantry:
Turkish Cavalry:

Revell? English? foot:

There are quite a few more to unbox. I will show these in my next post.  I am thinking that I have sufficient forces to play a European force against the Turkish hoards.