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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2nd Battle of Skra Di Lengen , May 1918 Centenary

The centenary for the 2nd Battle of Skra (Battle of Yarebichna in Bulgarian,Μάχη Σκρά in Greek) during the First World War has arrived. This is always a good excuse to do something for war-gaming. Unfortunately I am in the midst of grading and writing ,so no game. Instead with the help of Robert Monk, we developed a Great War Spearhead II scenario covering the central part of the battle.

A nice painting about the battle from the First World War exhibit of the National Historical Museum at Athens. You can see more at this link from my blog.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Naval Museum Istanbul: Naval History Exhibit

We had the chance to re-visit the Naval Museum at Istanbul. This time I visited the Naval History Exhibit, that had been closed for the last three years. You can find pictures(click to enlarge) below. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kazim Karabekir House Museum

I had the chance to visit the museum-house of General Kazim Karabekir. This was an Ottoman and Turkish Republican officer, who came to prominence during the First World War. He was one of the most successful Ottoman officers in the Caucasus Front, and was the commander of Turkish Nationalist forces during the war between the Turkish National Assembly and the Social-Democratic Republic of Armenia (1919-1920). He was one of the big political players during the period called in Turkey as the Turkish War of Independence (which covers the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1923, Franco-Turkish War of 1919-1921, and Armenian-Turkish War of 1919-1920). If Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) had been defeated or overthrown, either Karabekir or Enver Pasha would had dominated the nationalist movement. Instead Mustafa Kemal won, and Karabekir was sidelined, venting his energy in the writing of a couple of important books.

Update on Projects Spring 2018

Things are going slow, project wise.

I am still trying to get some paint in. The 1866 10mm project for Konningratz has stalled under the weight of its massiveness. It is moving (the Saxons and one Austrian Corps done) but slow. I am also stalled with my 18th century imaginations work. The only painting I got in was two more lances of mechs for the Battletech set I am painting for a friend.

Some bad photos.