My first uniform book was a coloring book about the American Revolution. But perhaps the strongest effect were the uniform plates Tony Wold did for the book "The Book of History", part of a series of children books done in many languages . This was written by Giuseppe Zanini and we had the greek version. It was a joy of a book, and together with the series "The Ancient Peoples", probably made me a bookworm. One of my favorite things were the full page uniform plates. These got me interested in uniforms and down the way into military history, military figurines, and in the end wargaming. Here are the full page plates (click for larger picture).
I have a soft spot for the rules systems of the Two Fat Lardies. Perhaps the best fun for my money I ever got was the combination of Kiss me Hardy with Valiant 1:2000 Napoleonic Ships. Lots of fun was had. I am aware of the rest of their rule systems as well, but it never happened that I wanted to do a period that was covered by them. The exception was WW1, and I tried to steer Mehemt towards using the systems created by the Two Fat Lardies for it, but Mehmet decided he wanted to try his had at rules design. This is totally defensible, and a good decision, and the resulting rules "Trial by Fire" are worth a look. The second chance has been World War 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.