Between work (the new semester is coming and I am doing a completely new course on the Greek-Turkish and Greek-Ottoman interstate rivalries), research (working on the edited book Salvation and Catastrophe, a new project, an under review project, and a stalled project ), marriage stuff (visiting father in law), immigration stuff (getting ready for the grueling US immigration process for my wife), and looking for a job, I just did not have a lot of time to do much hobby wise. I prepped the remaining figures for my 10mm 1866 Austrian Army by Pendraken for Bloody Big Battles. That is about it.
That said I have some stuff I wanted to notify you about.
First, if you are interested in the First World War, the Greek Pulbic Television broadcaster, ERT, has produced a new series based on the novel of Stratis Myrivilis "He Zoe en Tafo" (Life in the Tomb).
You can watch it on Youtube or the ERT website. Here is the first episode. It is in Greek, but if I was able to watch the Danish 1864 in Danish (which I do not speak), you might be able to follow this enough even in Greek. Hopefully the Greek goverment will take a book out of the play-book of the Turkish goverment which subtitles so many Turkish tv shows. The excellent uniforms are done by Khaki Depot.
If you want to learn more about the author, The Great War Series did an episode on him and his activity during the Great War
Concerning Salvation and Catastrophe I uploaded a new set of public domain books on the blog page dedicated to it. I am still working on the boardgame rules (slowly) and the Bloody Big Battles supplement (even more slowly). The Time Ghost Channel made a brief overview of the conflict and some of its consequences in their "Between Two Wars" series. It is not too bad and can give you a summary idea to accompany my more detailed monthly coverage.
You can see it here
Wargaming wise, War Time Journal has started a new line of 3d Printed Pre-Dreadnoughts and Dreadnoughts that give you an affordable option for large scale naval models for the era (compared to Combirq). I am very excited and will be forking some money over in the future for models of the Spestai, Averoff, and Ottoman Brandenbourgs.
Bloody Big Balkan Battles, my First and Second Balkan Wars supplement is getting some good reviews
In English at Balkan Wargamer
In Turkish at Kahramangiller
In Turkish at Level Magazine
I am looking for a reviewer to do a review in Greek for Greek language magazine or blog (if your blog has a high level of exposure). If you meet those requirements please contact me/Ψάχνω κάποιον να κάνει μια επισκόπηση στα Ελληνικά. Αν έχετε πρόσβαση σε περιοδικά του χώρου (π. χ Στρατιωτική Ιστορία) ή ένα αρκετά δημοφιλή ιστολιογιο, επικοινωνήστε μαζί μου.
Other things. I played some more of the excellent board-game Ihtilal (Revolution). This is a game of political conflict in Turkey during the period between 1960 and 1980. I will write a more full review of it down the way. But I strongly recommend it to those who love competitive games with a political theme.
Some new books
Napoleon's 1796 Italian Campaign by Carl von Clausewitz, translated and excellently edited by Dr. Nicholas Murray and Chris Pringle.
Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations by Onur Yildirim
The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building by Erik Zucher
Books skimming or waiting to be read:
Before the Nation, Nicholas Doumanis
Former People, Douglas Smith
Contagion and War, John A. VasquezThe Birth of Nomos, Thanos Zartaloudis
The Holy Roman Empire,Peter H.Wilson
A greek book on Charilaos Trikoupis, 19th century Greek Prime Minister
A greek book on Demetrios Gounaris , 20th century Greek Prime Minister executed in 1922
A greek book on the history of military coups, movements and mutinies in Greece
A greek book on Greek atrocities during the wars of 1912-1923 period.
That is all for now. I hope to get some painting and miniature gaming in before the end of the month. Let us see.