Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ottoman Heavy Artillery

These Ottoman Heavy Artillery minis are from Venexia Miniatures and they'll help port my Later Ottoman Turks into Field of Glory Renaissance.  Bruce is busy painting up a Cossack army and we'll give FoG Renaissance a go later this year.  I found a US distributor for Venexia and bought out their entire stock of Ottoman artillery.   There's something about the freakishly enormous wheels on these. Once I saw them, I knew I had to buy them and paint them up!

I painted the metallic areas on the wheels and frame in black and then painted silver over the top, thin enough to leave a thin strip of black as a shadow. It worked to good effect, given how much metal is on these monsters.  I used Devlon Mud to blacken the ends of the brass colored barrels to give the appearance that they've been in heavy use. There's a ton of detail on these figures and such excellent molding give a painter the opportunity to shine.  One day, I'm going to have to paint up a Venexia army.

Lastly, I want to share some photos that came to me from a blogger from Istanbul named Artar. Remember the line from the movie Crocodile Dundee when Paul Hogan is threatened by a tough guy with a switchblade? Paul says "That's not a knife!" and whips out his enormous Bush Knife and says "THIS is a knife!"

Paul Hogan looks over my Later Ottoman artillery and says "That's not Ottoman Heavy Artillery.  THIS is Heavy Artillery!"


  1. Vivid paintings !
    I made same venexia miniatures.
    These model are so great.

  2. I've been wanting to do some Ottomans for FoG:R for awhile now, but haven't decided between 28mm (TaG) and 15mm. Awesome work on the Venexia.

    My to do list is so long at them moment I have time to decide, but I'm impatient to get started (also considering an early Imperial Spanish army or one of Louis'). If I do any FoG:R in 15mm I'll have to bring them up there to be given a proper beat-down.

  3. Monty,

    those look great I won't want to load one of those guns!Ottomans are a great army loads of diverse opponets!


  4. Thanks guys!

    Iowa, I know it would be tricky but I'd love to get a game of FoG or FoG R in with you some day! Spanish sounds like it would be fun! Good luck!

  5. Great painting! I have never seen wheels like that before. Look like big barrels.

  6. Dear Monty,
    If you had seen Ottoman Cannons in Istanbul, you wouldn't name yours "heavy" :)

    Pictures are:
    1)From 1464, it was in a castle defending Dardanelle(Canakkale) and was given to Queen Victoria as a gift from Sultan Abdulaziz in 1868. It is in Portsmouth(UK)now.

    2) A replica of 14.century cannon from 1453 Museum

    3) Field gun from 16.century. Sultan Selim I(father of Suleyman the Magnificent) used it against Mamluk army in Egypt in 1516-1517.

    4. Painting of Sultan Mehmet II moving his army and cannons from Edirne to Constantinople.(1453)

    By the way your "tiny" artillery looks great :)


  7. Thank you for the background information Artar! It's amazing the 3rd gun is a field gun...its enormous!

    I'm reading about Mithridates and his wars against Rome as a prelude to painting up his Pontic army. Your country has such a rich, rich history!

  8. I told you we are in history head to toe.