Saturday, 8 February 2020

More Crimean War Turks

This week sees the completion of the third and fourth battalions of the Turkish infantry regiment, supported by a couple of guns sets, for the Crimean War.


This force, as I have stated in previous posts, is intended as a support force for the British and French Crimean armies (pretty much as the same as the similar sized Sardinian force I have). At some point in the future the Turks may expand, maybe with another regiment of four battalions and some cavalry, for operations outside of the Crimean Peninsula. For now this will do.


Here is the whole force deployed for action. The three mounted officers, painted some four years ago now, finally have troops to command.


In earlier post about my ACW experiment I mentioned that I might  be a bit extravagant and make some units in march column. Here is what I am intending for these.




15 comments:

  1. Nice work on all these Mark...maybe after the War of 1812 game, you can look at another Crimean one?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes we need to het one in before Tarawera, and I will have another brigade of Brits done by then too.

      Delete
  2. Mark, this weeks' work looks like Strachan Studies in Blue. Figures look great. I bet Crimean Wars Turks are fast to paint and field with a simple, blue uniform. Well, for you, ANYTHING is fast to paint and field!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jonathan...and more blue in progress...French Revolutionary infantry...just for variety.

      Delete
  3. I have always had a soft spot for Turks of most eras, and these look great. The whole force assembled looks impressive.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have wanted to do the Turks from the start of the Crimean project. They get a bad rap for their performance in the Crimea (I think largely through the bias of the Victorian writers who were trying to disguise the incredible incompetence of the British military administration in the war) but there were plenty of other actions in that war where they did well.

      Delete
  4. That’s a nice little force of Turks Mark...
    They certainly do get a bad rap in the British press... they fought well and bravely in the Balkans before the British and French got involved.
    The marching stands work really well... at the speed you paint I think you can afford to be a bit extravagant from time to time...

    All the best. Aly

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Aly. They should be a fun little force. I stumbled across a book called “The Ottoman Crimean War (1853–1856)” by Candan Badem than looks at war from an Ottoman perspective (so it has its own unique bias). Reading that in conjunction with British and French accounts a middle ground can be found. On balance the average Ottoman soldier was probably no worse than any other soldier in that war, but like the other armies they were indifferently led and badly administered.

      Delete
  5. Great looking Turks! Always love troops with red fez's!
    Best Iain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Iain. Oddly every time I hear or read the word fez The words from that Steely Dan song “No I’m never going to do it without my fez on...” flood my head...strange how things stick with you.

      Delete
  6. I do like your splendid Turkish infantry regiment!

    ReplyDelete