Saturday, March 25, 2017

Last Century of the Ottomans: Velestino 1897

The penultimate Bloody Big Battles scenario for our Last Century of the Ottomans is the small scenario of Velestino. This  was one of the two only victories the Greek army was able to get in the Greek-Ottoman war of 1897. Emir and Doruk came on the Monday after Metcka/Tristenik so we could make up for their absence. They took command of the Ottoman forces while I took command of the Greek. The battle that followed was a quick one. Emir and Doruk were unable to complete the reconnaissance in force that would release their reinforcements. As a result they  were not able to threaten the Greek position. This led to a Greek victory.

The Video AAR

Friday, March 24, 2017

Map: Battle of Yiannitsa/Yenice 1912

Another of my map series. Once more based on the KuK maps of the 3rd Military Survey available at Lazarus University


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Last Century of the Ottomans:Battle of Metcka/Tristenik 1877

On Sunday the 19th I met with Onur at the new Kararagh Club grounds in Atashehir. Emir was also supposed to come, but alas the exigencies of the PhD took precedence. Bekir, one of the members of the club wanted to also play BBB so he was quickly conscripted! We decided to continue our Last Century of the Ottomans Campaign. The next scenario up was the Battle of Metcka/Tristenik in the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877. This is the last BBB scenario on the 1877-1878 Russo-Ottoman War. It sees the armies under the control of Suleiman Pasha (of Shipka infamy) attempt to break through the defensive perimeter created by the Russian forces under Tsarevich Alexis (Alexander III). This Russian force protected the flank of the main Russian adavance. This flank rested on the Black Lom River.

A useful Bulgarian map of the operations.
Bekir and Onur had the honor of commanding the Ottoman forces on attack, while I took command of the bayonets of mother Russia. Both of us used our 10mm Pendraken Collections.
The BBB Scenario map

Monday, March 13, 2017

MAP: Battle of Sarantoporo/Kirikgecherit-Lazarat 1912

A detailed map of the Ottoman-Greek battles of Elason/Elassona and Sarantoporo/Kirkgecherit-Lazarat in 6/19 and 9/22 Octomber 1912. Using the map of the 3rd Austro-Hungarian Military Survey.

Click for a larger picture

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A 9th Age Battle: Empire vs. Orcs 1250pts

I have always had a hate-love relationship with the War-hammer universe. I like the fluff and many of the auxiliary games, and had always had wanted to play the actual main games. And I did. But when I did that I came away with mixed feelings. There are things I like, and things I detest. The game thrives on the micro narratives of small units (the epic last stand etc), but fails to provide coherent narratives for the whole battle. It is also very random at the smaller level of points, which means that if you want to diminish the randomness you have to commit to an obscene amount of miniatures. And of course the whole new edition every two years does not work for me. That said I have never been fully able to give up the "drug" as one could say. And if a friend asks for a game, I will happily oblige.



So this Sunday I went to Karargah Club in Turkey and their new venue, invited by Onur for a game of 9th Age. 9th Age is one of the fan-created alternatives to the 8th Edition War-hammer,  which were created in reaction to the Age of Sigmar transformation of the game. It is a more streamlined version of the 8th Edition.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fort McHenry

I also visited Fort McHnery, the battle over which in the War of 1812 led to the creation of the song "The Star Spangled Banner" that would one day become the national anthem of the US (I still prefer Hail Columbia):p This was a nice museum and the fort is well kept in its 19th century form. I loved the Rohdan guns!

Baltimore Minor Attractions: Chesapeake and Civil War Musuem

I also visited the lightship Chesapeake and the tiny Civil War Museum. The Civil War musuem was a bit too small, though it was well laid out considering the history of the country. It had a good bookshop but it was closed the day I visited :(

The Chesapeake