Friday, August 15, 2014

Tales from Turkey Part 3 Wargamers Paradise

Hunnic organization and warriors - magnificent illustration
I could almost believe the curator team at the Army Museum are wargamers. Why? because they have created exhibits which inspire and inform we detail obsessed gamers who lap up every little piece of information about our chosen armies.
Turkic tactics of envelopment
The tactical display boards provided to describe Hunnic and Turkic warfare are magnificent. These are supported by extremely informative paintings not just of battle scenes but of the army on the move, in camp and training.
The progress of the Huns
This post spreads itself around a bit with shots from the Fall of the Roman Empire period through wars against other Muslim nations and against Christendom.
Not sure of the location and period of this painting
There have been some comments regarding the accuracy of some of the dress portrayed particularly in relation to the Byzantines and other western fighting men. Quite interesting juxtapose of the normal criticism levelled at western art by the cultures inaccurately portrayed in our military representations. I do not pretend to be an expert so will not express an opinion either way other than to say that everything I saw in this museum was extremely impressive.
Turkic nation on the move
The next shots are from the Ain Jalut panorama. I will leave you all with this and th.en we can debate the accuracy of these wonderfully vivid pieces of military art.

This final picture is interesting as I am not sure what period it references. In terms of the historical progression of illustrations it appeared after the Huns/Turks and in the same hall as Ain Jalut.

I will leave you members to pass comment......
QUIZ: Who are they fighting?

Next time.... THE WALLS OF BYZANTIUM.. drop by and see for yourself.


  1. Quiz - Ghaznavids (Battle of Dandanaqan)

    PS. I cheated...

  2. We're Ghaznavids a Turkic nation as well?

  3. The one pic I had earlier questioned - I got if figured out now. I went to Steve's url and clicked around for awhile. In the Seljuk hall, they have some categories including one called Battle of Manzikert. When you click on that the picture Barry has up above 3 times centers in. So that battle is Manzikert then not a Crusader one.
    Which is why the bound prisoner looks like a Byzantine and we don't see any western armored knights about.
    That whole museum looks really impressive though, I never knew about it til you brought it up, Barry, thanks!

    1. Hear, hear..I know I cheated but it's a cracking museum and I love that virtual tour feature.. thanks for the heads up

  4. Glad you chaps are enjoying this and thanks for the corrections etc. I was clicking like a crazy man and not really paying attention to what I was actually photographing!
    All you Dark Age experts out there are coming to the rescue!

  5. As an aside.. looking at the 4 picture sequence above, I think the first pic is not from the large panorama however.. the blue standards on the right are also featured against a different opponent in the shots below. Crusader knights in the top pic so I assume these are two battles of the same period.. Seljuks? against Crusader and Byzantine opponents.

  6. A little late to the ball, but the picture(s) above with the blue standards and the Roman looking fellow bound on foot is the surrender of the Emperor Romanus Diogenes after the battle of Manzikert. I visited the museum in 2012. The cyclorama of the fall of Constantinople was full of school children when I went. Very well done and pushing a nationalist theme. The land walls of the city are spectacular. The food pretty much everywhere I went was mighty fine.


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