Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Updates, February 2019

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.

Iliada Game Studio has some cool stuff out , which you can check here and here.

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. Vasquez
The 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. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Salvation and Catastrophe Episode! January 1919

I have uploaded the first episode of Salvation and Catastrophe: The Greek-Turkish War 1919-1923, for 1919. This covers the events of January 1919.

If you want a briefer look at the topic, but one that is through and honest see this episode by Between Two Wars

I also updated the blog page for Salvation and Catastrophe with more sources, this time concerning demographics, and atrocity books.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Bloody Big Balkan Battles is out!

After almost two years of hard work by me and Chris Pringle, helped by many others in Denmark and Turkey, our scenario and resource book for the First and Second Balkan War is finally out by Brigade Games Publishing in pdf form and coming up in hard-copy ! You can know use Bloody Big Battles! to model the great battles of the 1st and 2nd Balkan Wars!
/Εκδόθηκε το βιβλίο σεναρίων μου για τους Βαλκανικούς Πολέμους, για το σύστημα Bloody Big Battles!. Εννέα μάχες του Πρώτο Βαλκανικού Πολέμου, και πέντε του Δεύτερου καλύπτονται, από όλα τα κεντρικά μέτωπα. Περιλαμβάνει ιστορική επισκόπηση, επεξηγηματική βιβλιογραφία, επισκόπηση διαθεσίμων μινιατουρων, και βιογραφίες αξιωματικών. Σε μορφή pdf και έντυπη. Από Brigade Games Publishing
/Yeni Kitap savaslari oyun. Balkanar Harbi.
For almost 600 years, from the fabled shores of the Bosphorus, the Ottoman Sultans ruled over a vast land in Europe, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Danube.  Sometimes enlightened, sometimes cruel, the rule of the Chalifs of Islam had steadily receded before the fury of national ideals and the rising might of European imperialism promoted by bayonet and capital. And yet it still survived, still stubbornly clinging to Balkan territories rich in history, industry and population. The “Great Patient” seemed to spite Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro; the states created by bloody struggle by those who once were termed the gavur rayahs of the Sultan. They saw with worry the growing appetite of aggressive great powers, all making claims to what they saw as their just inheritance. And then by coup and counter-coup, the fall of a Red Sultan, and the rise of a Committee, the rapaciousness of a young Great Power, and the entente of two old foes, the Balkan states saw danger and opportunity and struck. In the span of just a month of the greatest battles seen in Europe since 1871, the dream of Osman was shattered. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year's 2019

I wish you all a happy new year with health, wealth, joy and gaming!

You can see the latest episode of 2018 for my series Salvation and Catastrophe, covering the events of December 1918 at youtube

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Diplomatic History Course: The Cold War and Post-Cold War Period to 2001

The final set of recorded coursed for my Fall 2018 Ozyegin University IR 301 Diplomatic History Course are up. These cover the Cold War and the post-Cold War era up to 2001. I also uploaded a video of my student's map projects. I am a bit sad as depending how the job market goes this might be my last time being able to teach this course. 

The Early Cold War

The Middle Cold War

The Late-Cold War and Post-Cold War period to 2001

Student Project Videos

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Diplomatic History Course: The two World Wars and the Interwar Period

The newest set of videos covering the First World War, Interwar Period, and Second World War are up on Youtube.

The First World War

The Interwar Period

The Second World War (Note, due to technical issues I had to switch to a inferior camera, and I was not able to cover the 1941-1942 period).

Friday, November 30, 2018

18th Century Collection

A couple of weeks ago, when we played Saga, Nacho and I also set up our ongoing 18th century 1/72 collections to take some pictures. The goal was to incetivize us to continue painting until we have enough to be able to use Might and Reason.

Here are some pictures and video (click for larger pictures)