Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Arab Horse Archers

Arab armies often used tactics of "hit and run" against their foes. 
Light cavalry armed with bows or javelins would often be used for this task.
Arabs taught their children archery from a young age, the Second Caliph in Islam Umar advised Arab fathers to teach their sons archery, swimming, riding horses. 
The Bedouin Archers were less efficient than the Turks, 
but they could inflict casualties in the light infantry.
 
  Miniatures from Footsore Miniatures. 

Ghulam Cavalry "Red Regiment" Abbasid Caliphate

Ghulam was a word used to describe slave soldiers. Despite their title they 
were often very well trained and loyal troops, being well equipped also.
 
Miniatures from Footsore Miniatures.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Kingdom of Jerusalem Men at Arms

The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem was a crusader state established in the Southern Levant by Godfrey of Bouillon in 1099 after the First Crusade. The kingdom lasted nearly two hundred years, from 1099 until 1291 when the last remaining possession, Acre, was destroyed by the Mamluks, but its history is divided into two distinct periods. 
The sometimes so-called First Kingdom of Jerusalem lasted from 1099 to 1187, when it was almost entirely overrun by Saladin. After the subsequent Third Crusade, the kingdom was re-established in Acre in 1192, and lasted until that city's destruction in 1291, except for a brief two decades which Frederick II of Hohenstaufen reclaimed Jerusalem back into Christian hands after the Sixth Crusade. This second kingdom is sometimes called the Second Kingdom of Jerusalem or the Kingdom of Acre, after its new capital.
 
 
Miniatures from 1st Corps 28mm Crusader Range.