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This blog presents my different wargames armies, after action reports, campaigns which I have run, some scenarios and a presentation of some of the different rules I play. The pages at the top of the blog contain historical information on the periods that interest me. They are an aid to my poor memory, and not in any way exhaustive nor necessarily correct. As I am an Englishman living in France, some pages are in English and others in French...sorry, I am too lazy to translate...

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mardi 21 août 2012

Seldjuk Turk (1050-1150)

This Turkish tribe seized Baghdad in 1055, chasing off the Buyid dynasty and placing the Caliph under their control.  The Caliph conferred upon the Seldjuk ruler the title of "Sultan", recognising him as a Prince of the Muslim faith.

The Seldjuk Empire is organised and extended by Alp Arslan (1063-1072). It is he that inflicts on Byzance one of the most serious defeats of its history, at the battle of Manzikert (near Lake Van) in 1071.
When the First Crusade arrived in Anatolia, their initial battles were fought against the Seldjuks. War with the Egyptian Fatimids only begins in 1098, when the latter seize Jerusalem after defeating the Turks.

This is list 195 of Art de la Guerre.

Given the weapons and armour of my troops, they can serve up until about 1150.
Figures are from Museum Miniatures, Old Glory and Outpost Miniatures.

This is another combination of my Ghuzz / Khazar armies.

Mounted nobles :

Light horse :

Syrians or Kurds :
These cavalry did not use bows, but only a lance.

Infantry :
Foot troops in a Seldjuk army are of reasonable quality (compared to their earlier-period counterparts).

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