Ottomania! RedBox Turkish Artillery (17th Century)

My Ottoman Turkish Artillery project (which I’ve now shamelessly dubbed ‘Ottomania’) kicks off with a completed box of RedBox’s “Turkish Artillery (17th Century)”. As I’ve indicated in a previous post, RedBox have issued a number of different kits featuring Turkish artillery from the 16th/17th centuries, so I intend to do more.

I’ve created two gun teams which service two different calibres of gun. Both guns are large compared to Napoleonic artillery. Plastic Soldier Review informs us that the larger gun has a barrel length of 35mm (equivalent to 2.5 metres) while the smaller gun has a barrel length of 29mm (equivalent 2.1 metres).

Much of my time was spent on the basing which features resin-cast gabions as a defensive emplacement. I’m convinced that the extra time spent on basing is important for artillery groups.

I’m particularly pleased with the way my gabions turned out. Some preparation was necessary before painting with some initial cleaning before being mounted on some short lengths of plastic card to better accommodate the modelling clay base. Minor holes which had appeared in the original resin cast were filled in with a little bit of glue. 

With a generous gun crew of 8 figures to service each gun, I was careful to make a big enough space to accommodate them all without crowding.

The walls of Vienna brace for another projectile about to be sent hurtling towards them.
The smaller of the two cannon, mounted on a fetching blue carriage.
The larger of the two guns about to be fired.

And I’m already planning my next lot of Ottoman artillerymen, making use of yet more gabions with some highly specialised siege artillery. More on that to come…

10 thoughts on “Ottomania! RedBox Turkish Artillery (17th Century)

      1. Yes, I discovered this when I did a little research! You can’t beat a good idea, I guess. They seem to be increasingly in use on our motorways?

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  1. Those turned out beautifully, Marvin. I especially like the gabions and now have them on my wish list to build sometime.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. They’ve turned out well, I think. Although resin is notoriously brittle, those gabions come in a group together so are robust and require no assembly.

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    1. Thanks, they’re certainly nice figures, although few rival the Revell ones for quality, I think. Cracker Battery may find themselves a little out-gunned!


  2. Academia Edu sourced abstract of a Turkish language paper:
    Rapid-Fire Artillery in the Ottoman Empire I (1773-1788): Casting Technology, Bureaucracy and Deployment
    English summary / Abstract – The eighteenth century witnessed the transformation of the artillery from a professional guild into a major branch of the army that dominated the battlefield. The attempts to create more mobile and effective cannon in Europe was closely fol-lowed by the Ottomans. The lessons taken from the defeats at the hands of the Rus-sian army obliged the Ottomans to re-organize the artillery corps that would be able to compete with the enemies. Undoubtedly, Baron de Tott played a pivotal role in the birth of this new corps called Rapid-fire Artillery. The new corps, however, required a new type of canons and a foundry, as well. This article is an attempt to study the creation of Rapid-fire Artillery Corps and manufacturing cannons in line with the contemporary European casting process in the Ottoman Empire. The corps was es-tablished first in the capital but in 1783, as a precaution for a probable war against Russia, Halil Hamid Pasha, the grand vizier, established rapid-fire artillery troops in the centers of the border provinces. Beside their deployments, this work also addresses the complex and sometimes confusing story of the Ottoman military bureaucracy and its financial instruments used in funding the Rapid-fire Artillery Corps.Keywords: Rapid-Fire Artillery, Casting Technology, Baron de Tott,

    Article is in Turkish but with lots of English source footnotes – Journal of Ottoman Studies.

    Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda ‘Sürat’ Topçuluğu I (1773-1788): Top Döküm Teknolojisi, Bürokratik Yapı ve Konuşlanma”, Osmanlı Araştırmaları Dergisi / The Journal of Ottoman Studies, LII, 2018, ss. 135-180. (F.Yeşil’le birlikte)

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