Sunday, November 13, 2016

Last Century of the Ottomans: Katseljevo-Ablava 1877

Last weekend me and Onur played the next battle in our Last Century of the Ottomans Bloody Big Battles Campaign. This is Katseljevo-Ablava during the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877-1878.

Here is the video AAR

Here is a map of the action

And here is Onur's AAR

Saturday, November 12, 2016

On the Election and the world events of the last years

I took me some days, and some judicious avoidance of politics on Facebook, to force down the authoritarian urge in me. But I do think I need to write some things and get them out. This will be a rant, and I am ashamed of that but I rather be shamed than suffer inner death.  I am posting it on Leadhead Phd, and not Sthomasmoi: What do we know about IR,  because Leadhead PhD is a blog closer to my inner world, than Stohamsmoi, which is closer to my scientific world. Also I respect my con-contributors on Stohamsoi, too much to mar that blog with such a selfish exercise. I would prefer not to put politics on Leadhead PhD. But I have not avoided that always (Defending Political Science in the past in these pages). And I need an outlet. Thus may the blog forgive me, and may those of you that come here for anything but politics. I apologize to you.

For that reason, all that I say here is not ex-cathedra. Konstantinos Travlos, holder of a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, holder of a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, holder of Ptychion from Panteion University, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ozyegin Univeristy, is not talking here.  Neither is Konstnatinos Tralvos, the wargamer, the scenario writer, the enthusiast of humanities military history.

Only Konstantinos Travlos, human, is talking here.  I am attacking everything.  This document is a massive exercise in smug elitism. Take it for what it is worth, which is not much. Do not read if you do not want to know my politics. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Small Update: Kiss Me Hardy, 1912-1922 Evzones

Hi all

Over the last month we played Katsljevo-Ablava with Onur for our BBB campaign, Last Century of the Ottomans (AAR up coming, you can find the youtube video embedded below)

I have been working on scenarios for the Bloody Big Balkan Battles Project.

Yesterday Emir came and I introduced him to Kiss me Hardy. We played a simple 2 vs. 2, 74 Rate, scenario and hi won (2 of my ships captured, 1 of his retired).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ο Ελλήνο-Ιταλίκος Πόλεμος στο πλαίσιο των Εκστρατείων 1939-1941.

Ο Ελλήνο-Ιταλίκος Πόλεμος στο πλαίσιο των Εκστρατείων 1939-1941. 
Κωνσταντίνος Τραυλός

Για προσωπικούς λόγους δεν μπορούσα να γιορτάσω την 28η Οκτωβρίου 1940 την ήμερα της γιορτής. Όμως, μπορώ σήμερα να γράψω κάτι για την επέτειο. Η γνώμη μου είναι πάντα ότι η ιστορία από μόνη της αρκεί για να τιμήσει τους πρωταγωνιστές της. Δεν είναι αναγκαίο να υπερβάλλεις τα γεγονότα ή να αναπαράγωνται ψεύδη σαν μορφή τιμής. Κυκλοφορεί στο διαδίκτυο μια ανάρτηση, η οποία δυστηχώς κυκλοφορούσε και πέρυσι, που στην προσπάθεια της να τιμήσει τον αγώνα των Ελλήνων το 1940-1941 αναπαράγει ψεύδη και δημιουργεί ένα φανταστικό πεδίο κατανόησης της θέσης του αγώνα του Ελληνικού κράτους στα πλαίσια των εκστρατειών της περιόδου 1939-1940. Μπορείτε να την βρείτε εδώ. Τα ψεύδη κυμαίνονται από την υποτιθέμενη παράδοση της Δανικής κορώνας σε έναν γερμάνο μοτοσυκλετιστή (αγνοώντας της αψιμαχίες στην Γιουτλάνδη, ή το γεγονός ότι η Δανική βασιλική οικογένειά είχε να χρησιμοποιήσει επίσημα κορώνα από το 1848), μέχρι την ψεύδη μη-αναφορά στις βαριές απώλειες της Πολωνίας και της ΕΣΣΔ στον Β. Π. Π. 

Ελλάδα 1940

Στόχος μου εδώ είναι να θέσω των Ελληνικό αγώνα την περίοδο του 1940-1941 σε ένα πραγματικό, παρά φαντασιακό πλαίσιο. Δεν είναι στόχος μου να μειώσω τον αγώνα τον Ελλήνων το 1940-1941. Όπως θα δείτε αυτό είναι αδύνατο στην πραγματικότητα. Στόχος μου είναι να διορθώσω της εσφαλμένες εικόνες των σύγχρονων Ελλήνων για αυτή την πραγματικότητα. Γιατί αυτή αγνοεί πολλούς παράγοντες που εξηγούν γιατί Ελλάδα μπόρεσε να αντισταθεί στην Ιταλία, και που καταδίκασαν πολλές άλλες χώρες, και την Ελλάδα σε γρήγορη σχετικά πτώση όταν δέχτηκαν την γερμανική επίθεση. (στρατιωτική ετοιμότητα, μορφολογία εδάφους, συσχετισμός δυνάμεων αμυνόμενου-επιτιθέμενου).

Friday, October 28, 2016

Greek Army for War of 1897

Another project is done. This is a Greek Army in 10mm (Pendraken Miniatures) for the Greek-Ottoman War of 1897. Specifically it is built for the Battle of Domokos scenario in "Bloody Big European Battles". There are no dedicated ranges in 10mm for this army. Indeed the only dedicated range is a set of Greek Evzones in 25/28mm by Eureka miniatures. I thus had to work through proxies. This might be the only 1897 Greek army in miniature, in existence at 10mm, that I am aware of. Hopefully not for long!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Horizon Wars – Warhammer 40k equivalency guidelines (Draft)

Preface: I have always liked the universe of Warhammer 40k. What I have not been warm to is the actualization on the board. So I am always out for the lookout for potential rules, that meet my gaming preferences, and can permit me to dip my cup in the rich drink of the 40k Fluff (rekindled by shows like If the Emperor had a Text to Speech Device, The Lord Inquisitor Prologue, and the mesmerizing trailer for Dawn of War Three).

Recently I exchanged Frostgrave, a excellent system I did not have the chance to play, with Horizon Wars. Reading about them on the net made me interested in them.  Once I got them I went through the book once, and while the fluff left me cold (beyond Era IV), the meat of the matter, the mechanisms, seem to give a solid fast game, amenable to scripted scenarios (ala Bloody Big Battles and Altar of Freedom). I have begun thinking about how to modify HW (Horizon Wars) for 40k. Below you can find a first draft of army lists ,and some discussion of the philosophy I am following. These are drafts. Feel free to pick up ideas or modify the (as long as you make those modifications and ideas available for free to the gaming community). My goal is to play-test them a bit and then write a six narrative scenario supplement based on Battles of the Angels of Fury (the chapter I created for my 40k Space Marine Army). Feel free to give feedback.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Imperial War Museum, and National Army Museum, London 2012

Here are a some older pictures I had taken from my visit to the Imperial War Museum, and the National Army Museum in London. Click on photos for larger versions.
Imperial War Museum