Saturday, March 25, 2017

Last Century of the Ottomans: Velestino 1897

The penultimate Bloody Big Battles scenario for our Last Century of the Ottomans is the small scenario of Velestino. This  was one of the two only victories the Greek army was able to get in the Greek-Ottoman war of 1897. Emir and Doruk came on the Monday after Metcka/Tristenik so we could make up for their absence. They took command of the Ottoman forces while I took command of the Greek. The battle that followed was a quick one. Emir and Doruk were unable to complete the reconnaissance in force that would release their reinforcements. As a result they  were not able to threaten the Greek position. This led to a Greek victory.

The Video AAR

Playing Velestino showed me that this is a good training scenario, simply because a lot of the elements of BBB come into play. This includes the rules for roads, steep hills, night intervals, reinforcements etc. However it may be better that the more experienced player play the Ottomans than the Greeks, or that they umpire (not possible in this case). A small change for training reasons would be to release the forces on Turn 6, so that there can be two turns of the full battle. Anyway everybody had fun, but Emir and Doruk still have some learning to do. 

the lay of the field

Another view. The green felt still needs some ironing.

I also tried a new terrain system. It is not a colorful as my old, but it promises to do a better job at creating seamless features.

In honor of Greek Independence Day (25 March 1821) a rendition of the National Anthem of Greece as sung in the 19th century.

The current Loss-Victory tally for the campaign is

1.Kurudere 1854, Russians (Onur and Emir) vs. Ottomans (me)-> Russian Victory (Historical)

2.Alexinac 1875, Serbians (me) vs. Ottomans (Onur and Emir)->Ottoman Victory (Historical)

3.Nikopolis 1877, Russians (Onur and Emir) vs. Ottomans (me)-> Russian Victory (Historical)

4.2nd Pleven 1877, Russians (Onur) vs. Ottomans (me) -> Ottoman Victory (Historical)

5.3rd Pleven 1877, Allies (Mortens and Me) vs. Ottomans (Onur and Emir)-> Allied Victory (Ahistorical)

6.Katseljevo-Ablva 1877, Russians (Onur) vs. Ottomans (me and Doruk)-> Draw (Historical)

7. Aladja Dagn 1877, Russians (Onur and Murat) vs. Ottomans (Me)-> Ottoman Victory (Ahistorical).

8.Metcka/Tristenik 1877, Russians (Me) vs. Ottomans (Onur and Bekir)-> Draw (Historical)

9. Velestino 1897, Greeks(Me) vs. Ottomans (Emir and Doruk)-> Greek Victory (Historical)

Only Domokos 1897 is left to complete the campaign.


Chris BBB said...

So the campaign is pretty well balanced. Cool!

The felt mountains look good.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Phil said...

Nice looking game!