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


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pleven Panorama and City

Beyond Bucurest the next stop of my romp through Romania and Bulgaria was Pleven were I visited the excellent Panorama, plus the city in general with its many monuments to the the Battle of Pleven. Here are pictures from the panorama, but also the city and Historical Museum in general. The Panorama was great, but the souvenir shop was closed. The National Historical Museum had an excellent collection on the war, but photos were prohibited and the souvenir shop was poor. Both were cheap. I could not find a place that sold good military history books in the city which was a shame.

Here is a video I did of the surviving Ottoman redoubt and the Panorama

Here are pics. Click for larger version

Romanian Military Museum Part II

Part II of the photos I took from my visit at the Romanian Military Museum

The Romanian National Military Museum and Bucharest fortifications Part I

Thanks to the invitation of a friend, I had the chance to visit Bucharest, Brasov, and Bran in Romania and Pleven in Bulgarian. In Buchurest I visited a number of museums that most relevant for us being the National Military Museum. 

The Museum is located close to the Gard du Nord train station, in one of the less posh areas of the city. It is readily accessible from the Metro. Outside it does not look like much. But once you enter you see one of the largest artillery and tank parks I have seen in one place. Beyond that the museum has a Aviation hangar with airplanes, a great exhibition on Romanian military uniforms, and then a permanent exhibit that takes you from pre-history to 1989. Unfortunately for me the 19th century-1989 exhibits were being renovated and closed. But even with that this was a massive collection. I took 1040 pictures , worth the 50 lei for taking photos. The cost for the ticket itself is cheap, about 12 lei. There is no souvenir shop, but a book stand has some books in Romanian and some in Romanian/English. I did not find the book on the Romanian Army of 1877 that I have been looking for, but I did find a book on the Army of the 1854-1868 period, and a book on the fortifications of Buchurest. These are from an osprey style series produced by the Romanian National Military Musuem. They are rather good and were added to a well illustrated book in English about Vlad Tepes Dracul that I picked up in Bran (they also had one on Mircea the Elder, but only in Romanian, despite that fact that Mircea outperformed Vlad Tepes). Not a lot of loot, and not the book I was looking for, but better than nothing.

Talking about the Bucharest fortifications, as luck would have it within walking distance from the house I was hosted in, Battery 4-5 of the system was located. I went and visited it, and despite the scars left by the wild vegetation it was worth it. I hope the Romanian goverment restores some of them to their full glory.

So let us start with the fortification pictures. Then the 1040 photos I took at the National Military Museum. Because of the sheer size, I will have small version of the photos. Please click on them for enlargement. There will be two parts to this post. This is part I

Friday, September 2, 2016

Armored Cruiser Georgios Averoff

Over my summer vacation I had the happy occasion to take two Turkish friends to visit the Armored Cruiser Averoff ship musuem at Faliron Athens. The ship is one of the great historical artifacts of Greece and a veteran of the First Balkan War (were it saw action in the Naval Battles of Lemnos and Elli), the First World War (where it did not see much action beyond some shelling), and the Second World War (where it saw action in evading German air and navy pursuit, and then convoy service in the Indian Ocean). Miraculously is escaped the breakers and is now a floating musuem in Greece. It is the largest pre-1914 ship in Europe, and one of the few pre-dreadnoughts left in the world (together with the Aurora, Mikasa-excluding ironcalds and steam ships from the ironcald era).

Serkan and Doruk loved it, and I once more enjoyed it. We made sure to ask for the special visit to the engine room. If you visit it make sure to ask politely the conscript sailors serving on it (the ship is still on the greek naval list and has a active flag). You can easily reach it form the center of athens by taking the Tram from Syntagma to Trocadero (its takes time but it is the most straight-forward).

Here is a ton of pictures taken by Serkan mainly, with some of mine. The ship is a very open museum, with tons of artefacts and a lot of the areas open to public (though not all)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Last Century of the Ottomans: 3rd Battle of Pleven using BBB

Well after a bout of unneeded real world excitement, we decided to take a break into military history and toy soldiers, and got together with Onur, Emir, and Mortens who is visiting from Denmark with his family (this will be a vacation to remember!)  to run our next battle in our BBB Last Century of the Ottomans campaign. We decided to skip Katseljevo/Ablava, and will play it as the next one, and instead played the 3rd Battle of Pleven.  Emir hosted us at his home.

Emir and Onur took command of the Ottomans, with Emir as CnC and Onur as second in command. I and Morten took command of the allies. He controlled the Romanians and Skobolevs force, while I took on the IX and IV Corps.
The Romanians storm Grivitza