Saturday, January 30, 2016

PC Game Review: Commander the Great War

I do not usually do pc game reviews, but taking a cue from Gunfreak’s excellent blog and Anatoli's blog, I am going to showcase a bit “Commander the Great War”.  

 When dealing with historical wargames I tend to prefer operational and grand strategy games. I have been looking for good theater/gran strategy game for a long time. I initially tried AGEODS “American Civil War” but the battalion level gameplay quickly turned me off. It just was too detailed for what I wanted. I am big World War I buff (though I do not game it at the miniature table), and I have been looking for a straightforward no frills theater/grand strategic game. Commander the Great War was that game.

Kiss me Hardy Once More!

Yesterday Mehmet (the developer of the Trial by Fire WW1 rules) came over to stay at my place as he was visiting Istanbul for work. We decided to run a small Kiss me Hardy Scenario, so he could check out naval gaming.

It was the usual setting. A small French squadron trying to break a British blockade, with a squadron of far squadron ships trying to stop them. The French needed to survive 7 rounds of combat to win, while the British needed to sink, capture, or cripple at least one French ship.

The British order was the following. Mehmet Commanded them
HMS Ajax, Elite crewed 74 gun 3rd Rate, Foul Bottomed
HMS Naiad, Elite Crewed 38 gun frigate, Foul Bottomed

The French Order was the following. I commanded them
MNS Indomptable, Average Crewed 80 gun 3rd Rate
MNS Cornelie, Elite Crewed 40 gun frigate.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Museum: Hisart Living History and Diorama Museum

This Sunday me and my friends Onur and Emir visited a small private museum in Istanbul. This is the Hisart Museum. It is essentially the private collection of militaria, models and figurines of one of the major industrialists in Turkey who is also an avid hobbyist.

The museum is small but jam packed with stuff. This is the museum from which I have taken the most pictures. Lots of uniforms, militaria, and dioramas. A real treat. Organisation is better than the Army Museum in Istanbul,though labeling could do some work. Some of the exhibits are of questionable accuracy, but in general this is the work of an enthusiast and it shows. The Museum covers Ottoman History from the Seljuk period to the modern era, and also covers WW2. Its one of the few Museum's in Istanbul that cover the Balkan Wars. Because of the massive amount of pictures I will let them speak for themselves.

Friday, January 22, 2016

19TH Century Stuff

Here are some pictures from 19th century related activities.

First pictures of works in progress

1877/1897 10mm Ottomans by Pendraken. Half-way done to my goal.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

First 2016 Game: Battle of Lemnos 1913

Me an Doruk got together for a game of Perfidious Albion, loosely based on the Battle of Lemnos, during the Firs Balkan War.

I commanded the Greeks made up of
the AC Averoff
and the three sister ironclad battleships Spetsai-Psara-Hydra

All my models are from War Times Journal

Doruk commanded the Ottomans made up of the sister pre-dreadnought Battleships Torgud Reis and Hyderrin Barbarossa, the ironclad battleship Mesudieh, and the light Cruiser Medjidieh.

All his models were Panzwersiff.

Initial dispositions. Greeks towards you, Ottomans away

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Retrospection and plans 2016

Happy New Year to all

As always I take a retrospection at the start of the new year, and lay out my plans for the year that has started.

Games Played 2015

Over 2015 I played about 25 miniatures games, a goodly number.While I do not have exact numbers I pieced this breakdown from older blog posts.

Bloody Big Battles:5
Black Powder: 2
Perfidious Albion: 4
Altar of Freedom: 2
Kiss me Hardy:3
Warhammer: 1
Warhammer 40k: 1
Saga: 5

Of those games 4 were solo games. I lost 31 f 32 games.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Museum: The Army Museum in Istanbul (1st 2016 Post)

Happy New Year to all. May 2016 bring you Health, Wealth, and Joy. And lots and lots of war-gaming.

Since most of you were good last year, here is your present. Pictures from the Harbiye Army Museum in Istanbul. This is a very large museum with a massive collection of artifacts. However it is badly organised, with really bad English translation, and mislabeling of periods and paintings. Also of all the museums I have produced it is the one with the least subtle ideological bent.

The Museum does have a massive collection, it also has a very nice shop (with interesting books but most of them in English), and finally it is where you can check out the Mehter Band, live.

As in the case with the Greek Museums I will keep captions short.

Fleeee the Conquering!