Friday, May 8, 2020

Coronavirus Painting: Late Antiquity Cavalry

Finally finished my 1/72 Zvezda Cataphracts. They are to be used for Aurelian, DBA and other systems with a focus on the 4th-5th centuries AD. I am also adding pcitures of the Germanic Calvary that Onur Buyuran painted for me (A mix of Italiaeri and MiniArt)


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Coronavirus Gaming: Play by Email Play-test of Battle of 1st Inonu

Me, Onur and Mehmet played a by-email play-test session of my Battle of 1st Inonu, scenario for Bloody Big Anatolian Battles.  They gave orders via email and I executed and reported back.

Mehmet played the role of Major General Konstantinos Petemetzas, commander of Army Corps Smyrna (later Army Corps III)

Onur played the role of Ismet Inonu, back then Commander of the Western Front of the Army of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Another Nice Review of Big Bloody Balkan Battles

Here is another nice review for mine and Chris Pringle's Big Bloody Balkan Battles Scenario Book. Especially useful as the author is not a Balkan Wars war-gamer, but still finds much to like about our book.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Second Zoe Era Game: DBA

DBA is one of my favorite games. But when I came to Turkey I sold all my armies (15mm) as there was no interest in the groups  I gamed in. Now there is, and the 1/72 I have been collecting for Aurelian and Saga give me more than enough DBA armies. Today I went to Nacho, were me, Nacho and Oguzhan went through the ropes for DBA 3.0, All in all a good show. We got two games in, one introductory for Nacho and Oguzhan, and one between me and Nacho. We used my 1/72 Ostrogothic and Late Roman Army.

Friday, January 31, 2020

First Zoe Era Gaming and Painting

As I am getting used to life with my tiny daughter (it is quite a lot of fun, though at times very fatiguing. ) I make sure to get some hobby action in.

First some more fiqs in my ongoing project of 1/72 Ancient/Mid-eval forces. More Zvezda Cataphracts

In the past, I used to avoid WIP photos, preferring to show off the finished product. But I think in the Zoe Era, showing off WIP can help me keep connected to the hobby.

On Thursday I had my first Zoe Era gaming session. I went to Doruk's with Nacho and we played the introductory scenario for GMT's Gallipoli 1915 board-wargame. The game looks interesting, but you still cannot persuade me that the traditional board-wargamer approach to terrain, fire etc is better than that of say miniature-wargames like BBB or Great War Spearhead. That said this is a rich game, though it will take us several training sessions to truly play it.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Novus Ordum Mundi: I am a father.

On 8th January 2019, my dear wife Ceren (pronounces Jeren) Mert-Travlos gave birth, via the method of Caesar, to our daughter Zoe Travlos. We are all well, and at home. I am beyond happy. We will see how my war-gaming goes over the next years, though I am excited to find a way to accommodate it in our new life.

I have already made changes in my war-gaming goals, focusing on shorter games, like DBA and Saga, and probably will engage more in the hobby via slow painting and scenario making. I have had past dry spells, and I know that the key for me is to at least continue engaging periodically  with aspects of the hobby (paint, game, blog, read, write). So I am confident I can pull it off. Though got to be frank. Changing her is more exciting than anything I have done in my life until now!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year to All!

I wish my blog followers and friends a Happy New Year for 2020. With quality peace, joy, health and affluence for you all! And of course quality war-gaming with good friends!

My plans for 2020 are simple. Receive and enjoy my baby girl. We are in the last phase of the process and the doctor has said she will get her out if need be by the 7th., But we still hope for a natural birth!

War-gaming wise, 2019 was a good year, though not as good as 2018. I do not have the statistics but between October 20th and now I had four games, which is not too bad. I know gaming time will become a prenium with the coming of my daughter (blessed the time of arrival) but my hope is to still get in 6 games a year. It should be doable, and I intend to follow my new rule, which is I do not play a second game in the same theme/period before I have gamed once in every period/theme I have models or collections for. This means my next games should be either Fantasy, Ancient-Medieval, 18th Century, 19th Century, WW2, or Naval Age of Steel.

Collection wise I continue my big 1/72 Ancient-Medieval project, mostly aimed at SAGA, Aurelian and DBA.  You have not seen much about it, since I tend to only post on projects when I complete them, but it has beeng going steady, hobbled only by the extreme difficulty of getting 1/72 figures in Turkey.

Plan is to paint 117 assorted 1/72 figures. Last figures of 2019 painted were two Zvezda Cataphracts!
Buy and paint a box each of Later Roman Medium and Light Cavalry (HAT) and Parthian Light Cavalry (HAT)

Beyond that I have no plans for any new acquisitions. Me and Onur are talking about building armies for the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1923 but this will have to wait me scenario work.

Scenario and game design wise , the year will see me continue working on Bloody Big Anatolian Battles, with my hope being to cover scenarios for the Greek Offensive of 1921. I am also working on traditional hex-and counter war-game focused on the conflict as well.

That is all. Happy New Year!