Friday, February 17, 2017

MAP: Battle of Kresna Gorge 1913

One of the biggest issue when making the scenarios based on the 1st and 2nd Balkan War for Bloody Big Battles, was the lack of good detailed maps. Since all sides expected to fight again over the same terrain, most of the maps in Staff histories, and thus on the secondary works that build on them, are sketch maps. The solution was to consolidated textual information and sketch maps with the 1:200000 scale survey maps created by the Austro-Hungarian military in 1910. 

This permitted me to plot the sketch maps on terrain maps, and thus create the scenario maps. It also permits as for the first time as the public to actually see the relation of movements with terrain. 

As an example here is my work on consolidating 5 different sources for building the most detailed map I can for the Battle of Kresna Gorge.

Click on the picture of a larger view.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Battles to Operations: BBB Balkan Wars

I decided to plot, approximately the area covered by me BBB Balkan Wars scenarios on the broader campaigns. This will show people how much of the campaign is actually covered, and where those battles took place and their relations to each other. They also should provide people with a filling of how different the campaigns were.

First Balkan  War

Monday, February 6, 2017

Last Century of the Ottomans: Battle of Aladja Dagh 1877


Yesterday we got a chance to continue our Bloody Big Battles Campaign, Last Century of the Ottomans. Onur, who had been caught up with the move of the Kararagh Club from their old cite to a new locale, finally had a chance to play. We also introduced a new player to the game, Murat. Emir and Doruk were supposed to come, but alas they were caught up in PhD work.


The set-up

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Maritime Museum Greece-Piraeus

I took the chance of good weather in Athens and  visited the Maritime Museum of Greece in Piraeus. This is the last major military museum of Athens that I had not visited (the War Museum, the National History Museum, and the Armored Cruiser Averoff  have been visited. Use the "Museums" label to see the posts on those.)

The museum is  bit hard to get to from the center of the city, but easy if you came to Athen's via sea at the Piraeus port. You need to get to the port, and then take the 904 or 300 City Bus to either Plateia Fredyttou, or Tzaneio Hospital. A taxi can also take you there. It is close to the ZEA Marina.

It is cheap to get in (4 Euros, 2 Euros specials). The Museum is not large. About an hour will fully cover it. But it has a lot of cool artifacts, and especially ship models. The book store is full of good stuff, most in greek, but some in english, all in very cheap prices.

The electircal railway stop at Pireaus


The outside of the museum. The sea in the front, and across the Ellinikon-Faliron-Voula areas

Monday, January 2, 2017

BBB: The Napoleonic Battle of Mont Gross Kaput 1814

The first game of 2017 was with my old friend Chris. We played a ad-hoc scenario using our 6mm Bacchus Napoleonic French and Prussian forces using vanilla Bloody Big Battles rules. I set up the map, and the OOBs. Essentially a French Army made up of three corps (1 French Infantry, 1 Italian Infantry, 1 Cavalry) and one Prussian Army (A Korps of Infantry and Cavalry, and a Korps of Cavalry)  met in a meeting engagement. There were 5 objectives. The side that held the most at the end of 7 turns of gaming would win. The French started with the Cavalry Corps on table, while the Prussians with the Infantry/Cavalry Korps. The other forces would arrive on T2.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

BBB December 2016 Sessions

Over the last three weeks I had a number of BBB games. The first was Montebello with Mehmet and Kerem, and the second two sessions of Domokos with the guys at the facebook group "Diavivastis".

Greek troops of the 1897 war.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Data of Bloody Big Battles

If you follow this blog you know I am very big fan of Chris Pingle's Bloody Big Battles rules. So much a fan that I have written scenarios for them. After a discussion at the Yahoo Group about scenario balance, I decided to collect data on plays of scenarios and too look up indicators of balance. After a couple of weeks I got responses on 131 plays of 46 BBB Scenarios.



For each scenario I noted the following information
Plays: How many times was it played in my data
Historical Victor Won: Did the play result in a victory for the combatant who won in history?
Draw: Did the play result in a Draw? In BBB Draws in the scenario rules represent the historical outcome.
Historical Defeated Won: Did the play result in a victory for the combatant who lost in history?