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15mm Ottoman Turks, 15th-17th Centuries


Ottoman cavalry
It was the Ottoman Turkish army that was the military superpower of the late 15th to late 17th centuries in Europe. Their relentless advance was superbly planned and organized, and their armies used practical and proven strategy and tactics, and more often than not prevailed on the battlefield.

Some notes of the Ottoman cavalry:
Despite the allure of the Janissary corps as elite semi-regular infantry, the mighty striking force of the army was its formidable mass of cavalry, Akinji raiders and Sipahi feudal horse. These would mostly have been very similar in appearance, their primary difference being in function, the Akinjis riding with great speed in open order and often relying on archery, whereas the Sipahis fought in larger mass and in closer order. That said, the Akinjis were not a "horse archer force" like, say, the Parthian horse archers, standing off and showering the enemy with arrows. Our Ottoman cavalry set can be used as either Feudal Sipahis or as Akinjis, with Sipahis mounted three to a base, Akinjis two. The main difference was that the flamboyant Akinjis lived a life of wreckless adventure, living off their loot, and some dressed in wild or unusual costumes. Accordingly we have made a code of Akinji Characters which can be sprinkled into your Akinji force, or these can be used as separate picked forces of Akinjis called "Djanbazan." Gamers may wish to mix some elite cavalry in with the Feudal Sipahis to represent high-ranking Feudal horsemen.

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CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
ottoman-high-command15mm 15mm Ottoman high command -- the Sublime Porte (the sultan, a provincial governor, a standardbearer, and the Sultan's Ik-Oglan weapons bearer) and a sub-general with a standardbearer$6.99
ottoman-cavalry-command15mm 15mm Ottoman cavalry command (or sub-generals) (x4)$4.99
ottoman-guard-cavalry15mm 15mm Ottoman guard cavalry-- Sipahis of the Porte or other elite cavalry on armoured horses (x3)$3.99
ottoman-cavalry15mm 15mm Ottoman cavalry with mixed weapons as Sipahi Feudal Cavalry or Akinji Raiders (x12 in nine poses, three with lance, three with scimitar, and six shooting bows)$14.99
ottoman-akinji-characters15mm 15mm Ottoman Akinji Characters to mix into raider units, or as Djanbazan (x4)$4.99
ottoman-janissary-command15mm 15mm Ottoman Janissary Command (x6)$3.99
ottoman-janissary-archers15mm 15mm Ottoman Janissary Archers (x12)$6.99
ottoman-janissary-musketeers15mm 15mm Ottoman Janissary Musketeers (x12)$6.99
ottoman-tufenkji-command15mm 15mm Ottoman Tufenkji Command (x4)$2.49
ottoman-tufenkjis15mm 15mm Ottoman Tufenkjis (x12)$6.99
ottoman-azab-command15mm 15mm Ottoman Azab Command (x4)$2.49
ottoman-azab-archers15mm 15mm Ottoman Azab archers (x12)$6.99
ottoman-artillery15mm 15mm Ottoman Topji Artillery, medium field gun with five crew$4.99