Sunday, September 21, 2014

Solo Gaming in Istanbul


So I decided to play some games in Istanbul. While there are indeed some good game clubs here, they are an hour and a half away from where I live (Nişsantepe). So most of my gaming has been solitaire affairs.

First I played a couple of games of the excellent , but also at times aggravating Cruel Necessity.

Then this week I set up and played a terrain less game of DBA pitting the Venetians against the Ottomans (seemed appropriate). The Ottomans won 3-2 when they isolated the Venetian general's element with light cavalry. I had forgotten how deadly light horse is to knights. Onwards now to make some 2d terrain. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Best game-store in America, and my move to Istanbul

It has been a bit since I last posted on the blog. I have finally moved to Istanbul for my Assistant Professor job, so I got no gaming in beyond some board-wargaming in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. And I am still in the settling in business here. If you are in Istanbul or, know of wargamers in the city, contact me. I live in Cekmekoy (Nisantepe) so a bit far from the city proper, but hopefully it will not be too hard to get around.

I do want to sing the praises of Galactic Comics and Games in Statesboro, Georgia. By far one of the best game stores I have frequented in my life. Galactic has a good collection of comics, fantasy and historical wargames, and are always happy to bring in special orders. They also are willing to keep the store open late, so that people can get their gaming fix in the weekday. While everybody in the store is great to interact with, the center of the wargaming activity is Keith Brown. Keith is very energetic, always willing to play a game, and can transfer his enthusiasm to you. He run the Irish who crushed me in SAGA so many times. He is also a swell guy! So if you are ever in that part of Georgia, make sure to stop by Galactic!Great comics, great games!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July-August Games: Kiss me Hardy and SAGA

Friends! This July-August period I had three last battles at Galactic Comics and Games.

First off a big 6 vs. 6 ships battle. I commanded the French while Keith and Adam commanded the British. A fun game which ended as a victory of the British. One British ship struck, but two french did and my flagship was sunk.Minis are 1/2000 and rules were Kiss me Hardy

Second was a victory for my Anglo-Saxons over Adams Vikings. SAGA, 28mm minis (Gripping Beast and Wargame Factory), Hallowed Ground scenario

Final game was with Keith's Irish. I had to escort and lost.

And that was the last games I had in Georgia and probably the USA for the time being.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July-August Update : Saga: Viking Warband (Gift)

I finished a mini project: A 4 point Viking warband as gift to a friend who recently became a father and does not have time to paint. These can be used as a 4 points for either Vikings or Jom-Vikings. Either as a  3 hearthguard+1 warrior build, or 2 warrior + 1 hearthguard+ named leader build. It is not the best builds or best paintjob, but eh, it will do. Figures are Gripping Beast.  I have finished my own 4 (6) point anlgo-saxon warband also, but pictures will be uploaded later the week. These are the last projects for this year, and the last projects I do in the US for the next 2-3 years (since I will be abroad). 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

May-June Update addendum: Saga and Warhammer1000

Good day to you all!

Over the last two weeks I got a chance to fight and win a Saga Battle against those pesky Irish who have crushed me so often in the past. It was of course quite satisfying. Now I was lucky with my dice, and we played the Crossing scenario, a scenario which was the closest I ever came to defeating Keith's Irish in the brown. This time my men pulled through. I ran 4 warrior bands, while he ran a unit of hearthguard, a unit of warriors and the two bodyguards (I call them Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer from the acting duo)

The initial dispositions.

First Movements!

Clash in the ford!

The phalanxes inexorably push forward!

The redoubtable Bud Spencer, holds back 6 warriors!  

But in the Saxon phalanx pushed forward!

Meanwhile in a Galaxy far away....

The Anglo-Saxons have crossed the river!

This guy survived Terrence Hill, the Irish Warlord, Slings, Warriors and kept giving me his units Saga Die,

My warlord slays the Irish one


The end of the game!

Meanwhile I also finished after two year painting the next army in my Warhammer1000 project. This is about 1000 points of Beastmen. The war-party is made up of a warlord, battle standard bearer, shaman, 20 gors, 15 bestigors, 10 un-gors, a chariot and 4 Minotaurs.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Leadhead PhD update May-June

Good day to all

It has being a long time since I updated this blog. Well I was traveling on academic job talks to the US and Turkey and took part in the graduation ceremony for my PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a tough academic job market I decided to accept a three-year assistant professorship at Ozyegin University in Turkey. As a result I will be moving from the US for an unknown amount of time.

Though I did not get a lot of time to play over the last two months, I did succeed in finishing some painting.

First off I painted a Game Workshop Warhammer Kislvite Winged Knight. I am going to use him as the general for my Warhammer Dogs of War army. 

With him are my rebased Gryphon Legion models. Initially I had bought them as Rough Riders for Imperial Guard but now they are repurposed as Kislvite Gryphon Riders. I will use them as a bodyguard for my general. I did not repaint them, but just rebased them.

On the historical front, I finished my third Napoleonic battalion, this one a French one. I thus now have a small French 1813-1814 Brigade made up of two battalions of the same French line infantry regiment (1st and 2nd battalion) and the first battalion of a Swiss French regiment. 

Enjoy your days and nights!