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Contents: 16 figures and 2 guns
Poses: 8 poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Grey

Cement assembly, paint required (these are not included)

The 16th century was part of the Classical Age in Ottoman history, when the Empire was still growing and seemed almost invincible in war. Its army was still predominantly a cavalry force, but its reputation in the field of artillery was without equal throughout Europe. Its use of enormous cannon in previous campaigns such as the siege of Constantinople in 1453 was justly famous, but these dramatic weapons somewhat overshadowed, then and now, the excellence of their lighter field artillery. This mastery was partly thanks to the Ottomans having the only professional, standing army in Europe, which included a large prestigious artillery corps, in a century when other European states hired guns and gunners when required. The design and manufacture of the guns benefited from many foreigners, including Jews expelled from Spain after the Reconquista, and there was a steady stream of western experts working for the Sultan despite attempts to stop them, mainly by the Papacy. As a result the Ottomans were very successful in capturing towns and forts, and they had plenty of opportunity to master their trade on battlefields such as Hungary. In the West their best known 16th century actions are two famous defeats – the siege of Vienna in 1529 and the siege of Malta in 1565 – which neatly illustrate the fact that most military actions of the time were sieges rather than open battles. However the lighter field guns were still a vital part of Ottoman armies, and have finally been modelled in plastic with this set.

Abridged Appraisal supplied c/of Plastic Soldier Review.

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