Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Maritime Museum Greece-Piraeus

I took the chance of good weather in Athens and  visited the Maritime Museum of Greece in Piraeus. This is the last major military museum of Athens that I had not visited (the War Museum, the National History Museum, and the Armored Cruiser Averoff  have been visited. Use the "Museums" label to see the posts on those.)

The museum is  bit hard to get to from the center of the city, but easy if you came to Athen's via sea at the Piraeus port. You need to get to the port, and then take the 904 or 300 City Bus to either Plateia Fredyttou, or Tzaneio Hospital. A taxi can also take you there. It is close to the ZEA Marina.

It is cheap to get in (4 Euros, 2 Euros specials). The Museum is not large. About an hour will fully cover it. But it has a lot of cool artifacts, and especially ship models. The book store is full of good stuff, most in greek, but some in english, all in very cheap prices.

The electircal railway stop at Pireaus

The outside of the museum. The sea in the front, and across the Ellinikon-Faliron-Voula areas

Monday, January 2, 2017

BBB: The Napoleonic Battle of Mont Gross Kaput 1814

The first game of 2017 was with my old friend Chris. We played a ad-hoc scenario using our 6mm Bacchus Napoleonic French and Prussian forces using vanilla Bloody Big Battles rules. I set up the map, and the OOBs. Essentially a French Army made up of three corps (1 French Infantry, 1 Italian Infantry, 1 Cavalry) and one Prussian Army (A Korps of Infantry and Cavalry, and a Korps of Cavalry)  met in a meeting engagement. There were 5 objectives. The side that held the most at the end of 7 turns of gaming would win. The French started with the Cavalry Corps on table, while the Prussians with the Infantry/Cavalry Korps. The other forces would arrive on T2.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

BBB December 2016 Sessions

Over the last three weeks I had a number of BBB games. The first was Montebello with Mehmet and Kerem, and the second two sessions of Domokos with the guys at the facebook group "Diavivastis".

Greek troops of the 1897 war.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Data of Bloody Big Battles

If you follow this blog you know I am very big fan of Chris Pingle's Bloody Big Battles rules. So much a fan that I have written scenarios for them. After a discussion at the Yahoo Group about scenario balance, I decided to collect data on plays of scenarios and too look up indicators of balance. After a couple of weeks I got responses on 131 plays of 46 BBB Scenarios.

For each scenario I noted the following information
Plays: How many times was it played in my data
Historical Victor Won: Did the play result in a victory for the combatant who won in history?
Draw: Did the play result in a Draw? In BBB Draws in the scenario rules represent the historical outcome.
Historical Defeated Won: Did the play result in a victory for the combatant who lost in history?

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).