Thursday, January 11, 2018

Some news that caught my eye

Two things
1) Nicholas Murray and Chris Pringle have translated Clauzewit's history of the 1796 Italian Campaign.  This is the first english translation. You can find more at Chris Pringle's site.

2)  Secondly, Strategy and Tactics is coming out with a game on the Turkish War of Liberation. As you know I am also working ,slowly on my own interpretation of the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1923 (which is seen as part of the wider conflict termed the Turkish War of Liberation), called "Salvation and Catastrophe". Knowing a bit about the type of game S&T produces, my expectation is that it will be an ok game, but one that will simplify some things too much and take out some of the sauce and core of the historical case. Still until I am able to get my own work out, this might be a good stop-over.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year Post! Happy 2018 to all!

Happy New Year to all of you, and especially my loyal blog followers. Health, Wealth, Joy, Peace to you and yours!.

I would like to update you all for the plans of 2018.

2017 was another good year of war-gaming for me. We completed our Bloody Big Battles “Last Century of the Ottomans” Campaign. I was almost done with the play-testing of my and Chris Pringle’s scenario supplement for Bloody Big Battles, focused on the 1st and 2nd Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, titled “Bloody Big Balkan Battles”. I even got some 40k Action in.

But 2018 has also brought some clarity and decision to clean slate. I am selling a lot of my stuff (you can see at Agora. My main goal is to sale in Turkey right now, but if you find something you like and are willing to cover the shipping costs, talk to me). This year my hobby plans are as follows

1) Finish the playtesting and writing of “Bloody Big Balkan Battles”, with a publish date target of either Summer 2018, or Winter 2018.

2) Paint my 10mm Pendraken Miniatures Austro-Saxon Army for the BBB Konningratz/Sadowa scenario.

3) Me, Onur and Nacho have become determined to do some later 17th century, early 18th century war gaming. Those of you who have been around this blog from the start, know that this blog began as part of an aborted attempt to get into the 18th Century Imagination gaming. Well some things never die, and we decided to go down the imagination path. We will be waging the “War of Varsovian Succession” using the “Might and Reason” rules, with the “Lion and Cresent” and “Sun King” expasions, and the Might and Reason seasonal campaign system (here is a preview of the map I created).


We decided to go for 1/72 scale figures. My forces, representing the Dominion of the House of Travlos (hey it is make believe and I will satisfy my ego), will be based on Imperial forces in the War of Spanish Succesion but are themed after the Venetian armies in the Great Turkish War. Nacho is building his based on Spanish Bourbon forces, fighting for the Great Kingdom of Sanchez, while Onur will fight using Ottomans, for the Onur Halil Pasha Beylik.

4) Once the BBBB supplement is done, focus fully on the board-game “Salvation and Catastrophe: The Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1923” (here is a preview of the cover illustration I made)



5) I am running a e-mail game for the board game “Iron and Blood”, based on the 1866 Seven Weeks War scenario.

6)  Do a scenario for Great War Spearhead based on the Battle of Skra Di Legen, preferably close to the anniversary of the a battle (May 2018).




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WW1 Exhibition at the National Historical Museum Athens

Happy New Year to all. I will make a more proper new year post later, but for now here are some pictures from the WW1 Exhibit set up at the National Historical Museum in Athens, Greece. Click on pictures for a bigger view



First off, an unknown, to me, painting from the 2nd Balkan War

The Exhibition




Sunday, December 31, 2017

Danes WW1

For a answer to a question



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bloody Big Balkan Battles Playtests Continue Kresna Gorge

This is probably the last BBBB playtest I got in for 2017. I play-tested Kresna Gorge. A Bulgarian victory. I will probably have to adjust the objectives, but beyond that no other fix seems necessary to me (the 2nd Playtest should clarify things). I was surprised by how little issue the terrain created within each of the rough geographical sectors of the region. Moving between sectors is a pain, but within sectors, things were less of an issue (beyond the gorge acting as natural fort). You do get a feeling of how much of a gamble King Constantine took when he decided to strike the Kresna Gorge.

Here are some pics of the setup and battle.


Bottom of photo is east, top is west, left is north (Old Bulgaria), right is south

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Bloody Big Balkan Battles Survey - CLOSED

Good Day



I would really appreciate if you would participate in this survey. I am reserraching the demand for Balkan Wars supplement for Bloody Big Battles. Answering this will help us make the best decision of how to get it to you. CLosing Day for survey is December 10th, 2017


THIS IS NOW DONE. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING

With Respect
KTravlos aka Leadhead, PhD

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Play-testing Bloody Big Balkan Battles:Update

Another updating on the play-testing of the Bloody Big Balkan Battles supplement for Bloody Big Battles. I ran a 2nd play-test of Chataldja, while Chris Pringle completed a play-test of Bizani and argues that a 2nd play-test would not be needed. I am thus considering Chataldja closed for play-testing and Bizani conditionally closed. This is an important milestone as all 1st Balkan War Scenarios have been play-tested.

Sarantaporo: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Dioran: 3 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Kilkis-Lahana: 2 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Lule-Burgs: 3 Playtests (2 Me, 1 Morten Kristien Andersen)-CLOSED
Kirkkilise: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Yiannitsa: 2 (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Prilep: 2 Playtest (Me, Me and Nacho)-CLOSED
Monastir 2 (Me and Morten, Me)-CLOSED
Kumanovo: 2 (Me , Me and Onur)-CLOSED
Chataldja: 2 (Me, Me and Mehmet Batuhan)-CLOSED
Bizani: 1 (Chris Pringle)-Conditional CLOSED
Breglanitza: 0
Kalimanchi: 1 (ME)
Kresna Gorge :0
Secret non-Scenario Project: 0

That  means that there are three scenarios left to play-test (plus the secret non-Scenario project) or 5 playtests. My hope is to be done with these in the next six months.