Thursday, August 2, 2018

Our First Game of Rommel: Soviets vs. Italians 1942

Two weekends ago (yes it took this long to find time to prepare this. Such a busy summer this year for me), me, Morten, and Nacho came to Nacho's house to play my first game of Rommel. Initially the plan was to pit my Italians vs. Greeks, or Greeks vs. Germans (using the Greek command material I created which you can find by clicking here , and which has unfortunately been ignored by most , bu not all, of the Rommel community :( ) but we decided instead to play a Soviet vs. Italian battle during 1942. Nacho and Morten's took over command of the attacking Soviets, and I of the defending Italians. Scenario was breakthrough. 

Setting the table

Scetch map of the terrain and development of the battle.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Boardgame: The Balkan Wars

A couple of weeks ago I got together with Morten (who is visiting from Denmark), Emir, Nacho, and Onur, and finally got a game of the Strategy and Tactics board-wargame "Balkan Wars". We played at Grimdark, a friendly store in Istanbul, at Kadikoy.

I took control of the Greeks, Emir took control of the Bulgarians, Morten of the Serbs and Montengrin, and Nacho and Onur shared control of the Ottomans. In the end the Ottomans were defeated with one-point difference but they did well.

Monday, July 2, 2018

BBB Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary, and Battle of Chickamauga

Onur came over yesterday and we played the Big Bloody Battles scenario for the Battle of Gettysburg, considering that it was the anniversary of the start of the battle.

Onur took on the command of the CSA forces, while I took the command of USA forces. In summary, I lost, as I underestimated the strength of the Confederate forces. Onur focused on Gettysburg and the heights immediately behind it, while I permitted myself to be check by Longstreet's threat to my flanks. As a result my center was not sufficiently held and buckled under the attack of four CSA divisions. Attempts to fix the situation by, many times desperate, counter attacks failed. A convincing CSA victory to my shame.

You can watch the video AAR here

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A couple of videos from my recent Athens visit

I took my fiancee to Athens to meet my parents. We visited the Akropolis, the Akropolis Museum, the National Historical Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Two video clips we made might be of interest to the usual followers of my blog.

1. The changing of the guard at the monument of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square.

2. The assembly hall of the Old Parliament Building (now the National Historical Museum)-with a reproduction of the old voting system in Greece.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Some Too Fat Lardies action: Teaching IABSM and some Kiss me Hardy

Nacho came over this Sunday for some relaxation, discussion about military history (the Thirty Years War especially), eating cigkofte, drinking lots of cold beer,  and we also played two games.

First I introduced him to I Ain't Been Shot Mum, by the Too Fat Lardies. We had a 4 squad Italian Platoon, supported by a two squad command platoon (plus 1 Big Man), plus a squad of MMG guns, attack a entrenched Greek position defended by two squads of Greeks and one MMG. The Italians were able to storm the Greek position and Nacho got some of the basics of IABSM.

The blinds phase

Friday, June 8, 2018

Finished Project : Catalyst Labs Battletech Mechwarrior Miniatures

Battletech/Mechwarrior Miniatures
I finished a small project I did for one of the friends in the Kararagh Club in Istanbul. The plastic miniatures that came with the Battletech Boxed set by Catalyst Games. I really just wanted to paint them, that is all. I do not care that much about the setting or the game.But they were fun to paint.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Expedition to the First Balkan War Battled Fields of Eastern Thrace.

Expedition to the First Balkan War Battled Fields of Eastern Thrace.

On 8 October 1912, Montenegro opened the First Balkan War. Quickly after this the Bulgarian 1st, 2nd and 3rd Armies invaded Eastern Thrace with the goals of capturing Edirne/Adrianopole/Odrin , and cutting off any communications between Istanbul/Constantinople/Tsarigrad and the Ottoman Balkans (Rumelia). The end of this campaign, in conjunction to the Greek and Serbian campaigns in Ottoman Macedonia and Epirus, and in the Aegean Sea, would be the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire from most of the Balkans, the massacre, starvation, and expulsion of hundreds of thousand of Ottoman Muslims, the creation of the modern Albanian sate, and the incorporation/liberation of hundreds of thousands of Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs, and Slavic Christians in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria. It would also feed the demands of Austro-Hungarian Chief of the General Staff Conrad von Hotzendorf for a war with Serbia, that in time would contribute to the First World War.

The Four Riders of the Apocalypse or The Four Liberators?

We decided to do a day long expedition to visit the sites of the four key military actions  of this campaign. Those were the Battle of Kirkilise/Kirklareli (22 to 24 October 1912, New Style Calendar), the Battle of Lule-Burgas-Pinahisar (29 October 1912 to 1 November 1912, New Style Calendar), the Battle of Catalca/Chataldja (17-18 November 1912, New Style Calendar), and teh Siege of Edirne (3 November 1912 to 26 March 1913, New Style Calendar).

Let us start with a video I compiled of our expedition

And then go one to our collection of photos.