Ottoman Sultan Suleyman “the Magnificent”

  • Altar Modelling
  • Ottoman Sultan Suleyman “the Magnificent” figure
  • Code: ALT-09-06
  • 25mm white metal, model figure. 3 pieces
  • Requires assembly and painting. Paint and glue not included in the box.

Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Han

“On God’s orders Sultan Selim passed away. New sultan, Süleyman Khan sat on the throne”(1)

Those solaks (elite Janissaries protecting Sultan, his close bodyguards) who heard these words began crying. Great Ottoman historian Celalzade Mustafa, nicknamed Koca Nişancı, who witnessed these events in those years, noted the rise of Suleyman I, the one of mightiest rulers in Ottoman and world history, to the Ottoman throne in 1520 with these words. We would like to share this carefully produced figure of this powerful character who ruled between 1520 and 1566. As of 18 June 2009, we announce our release of 25mm Sultan Suleyman “the Magnificent” figure.


Suleyman’s seal as Ottoman Sultan

Born in 1495, as the only son of Ottoman Sultan I. Selim. Upon his father’s death, he became Ottoman Sultan in 1520 and he ruled for the next 46 years, making him the longest ruling Ottoman Sultan in history. He further expanded large territories he inherited from his ancestors and from his throne in Istanbul he put his enormous weight on all political, military and religious developments spanning from farthest areas of Europe in the west to Indian Ocean in the east making rulers, kings and emperors of these areas feel his might at all times. During his reign, he personally led the Ottoman army in many campaigns. Despite his age, he led the army to the siege of Sigetvar and lost his life in 1566 before seeing the siege succeeded in Ottoman favour. He has two tombs one in Sigetvar and one in Istanbul.

The pose we chose for Sultan Suleyman “the Magnificent” is rather different than the attack poses of the previous two Ottoman Sultans. Sultan Suleyman is portrayed mounted on his horse calmly and carefully observing the battlefield lying ahead and analysing the movements of his enemies, and using his enormous planning talent to shape major events in countries in a huge geography. Unlike his father or his grand fathers, Suleyman was calm by creation, it was rare to see him losing his temper. He was a careful calm planner, a great strategist and could implement his plans. In the time of Suleyman, the Ottoman army grew so much that even accidentally, there was no chance at all for any enemy unit to approach him on battlefield. Like his ancestors, Suleyman the Magnificent led personally his armies to battles proving he was a great commander and by shaping political, military and religious developments in the all known world from his throne in Istanbul, he proved he was a great statesman and leader.


Sultan Suleyman “the Magnificent”
This illustration is commissioned by Altar Modelling to illustrator Miguel Coimbra.
Source: Altar Modelling. All rights reserved. Cannot be copied of reproduced.

Stages for creation of Suleiman the Magnificent figure are shown below:



Master figure



Master figure of Sultan Suleyman “the Magnificent” and his grand grand father Sultan Mehmed “the Conqueror”. The metal figure in the third picture is 25mm Old Glory Hunyadi Janos, a great Hungarian warrior and King Regent. Ottomans called him “Yanko”



Sultan’s horse



Figure comes in 3 parts. Sultan’s body, his horse and the feather for his turban.



Upon ascension to the throne, Sultan Suleyman wanted to increase Ottoman might at seas, which was relatively weak in those years. This miniature shows young Suleyman accepting Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha, who will become the grand admiral soon (1533). With Barbarossa joining Ottomans, the undisputable might and supremacy of Ottomans on land has been achieved at seas as well. Süleymanname, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, folio 360a
Source: Esin Atıl, Süleymanname: The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington and New York, 1986, pp 168-169



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the Siege of Rhodes (1522). He is surrounded by his solaks. Süleymanname, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, folio
Source: Esin Atıl, Süleymanname: The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington and New York, 1986, p



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the Siege of Rhodes (1522) Süleymanname, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, folio 149a
Source: Esin Atıl, Süleymanname: The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington and New York, 1986, pp 120-121



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the, Siege of Estolnibelgrad in Hungary (1543) Süleymanname, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, folio 459a
Source: Esin Atıl, Süleymanname: The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington and New York, 1986, pp 190-191



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during theBattle of Mohacs (1526) Süleymanname, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, folio 219b-220a
Source: Esin Atıl, Süleymanname: The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington and New York, 1986, pp 134, 135 and 137



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the campaign on Nachivan in the South Caucasus (1554) Süleymanname, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, folio 592a
Source: Esin Atıl, Süleymanname: The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington and New York, 1986, pp 226-227



Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the series of painter Konstantin Kapıdağlı
Source: Altar Modelling collection


Figure is produced at world standards as in the case of all other Altar Modelling products.

This is a 25mm white metal figure. Requires assembly and painting. Figure comes in 3 parts.

This figure has been produced in limited numbers and released worldwide on 18 June 2009.

Click to read the review of Altar's 25mm figures at world's leading wargame magazine "Wargames Illustrated"s August 2009 issue.

(1) Celalzade Mustafa, Tabakatül memalik ve Derecatülmesalik Osmanlı İmparatorluğunun yükselme devrinde Türk ordusunun savaşları ve devletin iç ve dış siyasası, Türkçeleştiren Sadettin Tokdemir, Askeri Matbaa, Ankara 1937, s 6

 

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