Friday, May 26, 2017

American Civil War CSA Army 10mm

I finished another project, which is the 10mm Pendraken Miniatures Confederate States force for the American Civil War. The force will be primarily used for Bloody Big Battles, though it can of course be used for other rules as well (the excellent Altar of Freedom systems for example, and perhaps Longstreet with its role-playing elements). The flags are mix of my own works and a flag sheet kindly given to me by Stone Mountain Miniatures (who have an excellent ACW 15mm  range).

This army is a matched pair with my previously completed USA army for the same war. I am almost done with my 19th Century Collections. I have a Ottoman 1877,1897, 1912 Army with two matched pairs for it, Greeks 1897, and Russians 1877/8. I now have a ACW matched pair. The final army I will make, is the army I always wanted, a 1866 Austrian Army. After that time to move on to other periods or projects.

The army was painted to a basic war-gaming level. But I am satisfied with how it came out. Here are some, problematic quality, photos.


The grey wall.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Updates! Updates! Updates!

It has been a bit of a while since I updated the blog. With the end of the Last Century of the Ottomans BBB Campaign we all took a bit of a break from heavy miniature war gaming. Well as a group. I did get a game in, participating in a large 9th Age (Warhammer derived game) game at the Karargah Club. I used my Perry heavy late medieval army as empire. While my side lost, my army in general gave a good showing. You can see a video here



Beyond that I am heavily playtesting the Bloody Big Battles Balkan War scenarios. Two of them have been play-tested more  than once, and two only once. So there is a lot of work to do. Any help would be very appreciated.

Friday, April 28, 2017

BBB Tacna as an Active Learning Component

These two last weeks I used BBB battles as active learning components in my IR 311: Wars Beyond Europe course. You can read more about the educational part at a post at the blog Stohasmoi: What do We know about IR.

While I ran Tuyuti and Tacna, the Tuyuti scenario did not work. There are clear balance issues that need to be fixed by me (As the creator). Fixes I am thinking towards is a) making duration longer b) giving the Parguyans a general.

Tacna on the other hand went very well. 3 students took the role of the Chileans, while two took the role of the Allies. I used the 6 turn variant (A fix for the asymmetry of the original scenario and it worked well). In general the Chilean palyers were more unfamiliar with war-games and thus were too cautious. The Allied players are more familiar with war-games and also friends and thus were able to coordinate better. Thus the game ended with the first victory of the Allies in a BBB Tacna scenario, with the Chileans only taking 1 of 4 objectives.

Some pictures

the set-up using my new terrain system

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Last Century of the Ottoman Domokos 1897

Yesterday, me and Onur, joined by Emir later on, played the last scenario in our Last Century of the Ottomans Bloody Big Battles Campaign. This was the battle of Domokos during the Greek-Ottoman War of 1897 (also called the "Unlucky" war by Greeks). We played the game at the Karargah Club grounds at Atashehir in Istanbul.

Prince Constantine ,CnC of the Greeks forces riding towards the front line at Domokos.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter gaming at Diavivastis!

With friends organised via the Diavivastis Facebook page, we got together for an evening of war-games at the hospitable Kaissa Peristeriou. We played a game of Kiss me Hardy, and I introduced them to To the Last Man, a Theater level war-game for the Western front in World War 1.

In Kiss me Hardy Yiannis and Panagiotis were given command of  two British 74 guns ships, the HMS Thunderer, and the HMS Revenge. Against them I took command of the 130 gun Spanish ship Santissima Trinidad. So a classical game of British pluck vs.  Spanish power.

The Spanish had the goal of escaping from the British, while the British had the usual; "sink-capture-drive from the seas" the enemy ship.

The opening scene. The Santissima is close to you, the two british ships further back. 

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Map: Battle of Yiannitsa/Yenice 1912

Another of my map series. Once more based on the KuK maps of the 3rd Military Survey available at Lazarus University