Skip to main content

Holiday in Borduria

Happy Easter!  I have been enjoying mine as much as I can and staying away from the computer!  It was incredibly warm here; 26 degrees C or something crazy like that.  That is about 12 degrees warmer than our previous record for this weekend.  The snow is almost all gone, a few weeks early!   No doubt it is the same in Syldavia, and the mountain rivers are raging with runoff.  It is warm and sunny on the coast however.  As always the orange trees on the Syldavian coast are already abounding in ripened fruit, even as they bloom!  But, in Borduria, it is still winter and the only thing more dark and grim than a Bordurian winter is a Bordurian summer...



For those who might not yet know it (I am hardly on the cutting edge of news here), there is a second blog out there addressing Hergé's Syldavia and Borduria from a wargaming perspective.  The blog, entitled Funny Little Wars Garden Campaigns - Borduria Calling can be  found here .  The blog is focussed on the 1920s interwar period, when a historical confrontation between tradition and iconoclastic modernity seems to have infiltrated most everywhere, from art to politics to military strategy, but practical experience had not yet wholly wrung the idealism out of either.  Paul, the site's author, is concentrating on Borduria for the moment at least and has published descriptions of Bordurian cavalry, tankettes and parade infantry.  He has shown a couple images of troops on parade in the charming Novi Grad castle in Szohôd, the capital of Borduria.  I love the atmospheric  pictures Paul has posted - Szohôd seems to be following the "Isengard" model for modernity.  No petit bourgeoisie Art Deco there!     Szohôd is quite plainly a perfect place to avoid like the plague. for a carefree holiday .

Paul has also pointed out of few of his literary and historical inspirations for his project.  He notes one, King Zog of Albania, whom I stumbled across trying to learn a little bit of real-world history for my own project.  King Zog had a very interesting career (see here) and could be a real model for the character of pistol-packing King Muskar XII from the Tintin book Ottokar's Sceptre; King Zog appears to have known how to use his when needed and faced multiple coup attempts during his career.   My version of Syldavia could just as easily had been fitted onto the map of Albania; I chose to move it a little further away from the core of the Ottoman empire however.

If you find the doubly-fictional Syldavia sketched out at this site amusing, you will very much like Paul's site so please go visit him at Borduria Calling.  Don't forget to surrender your passport at the border.  And all hope as well...

Comments

  1. Alas, I've promised the beloved to keep focused on current project periodss, so I'll have to NOT link to the Bordura site (various sounds of disappointment!) But Frankfurter will retain a lively interest ....

    ReplyDelete
  2. Borduria Calling! Many thanks for the warm summary of 1920's Borduria - I think we are both going to enjoy a happy Herge-esque partnership across the ether...

    And I forget to say how much I admire your wonderful map of Syldavia. It is a really excellent and beautiful piece of work

    As ever

    Paul

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for your comments regarding the map, I have had fun making it and will make further refinements as needed. You are more than welcome to make use of it, if it is pertinent to your project. You will notice that Borduria is a great void in the map. I'd be pleased to collaborate with you ( a first Hergé-esque partnership?) in completing it if, once again, the placement of borders reflects the reality of your project. With at least 100 to 150 years between the eventual end of my project (I will surely never touch the 1900's on my own anyway...), there is plenty of room for re-organising borders if those of the 18th century aren't entirely suitable.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Jim,

    Many thanks indeed - it will be great to use your map - and I would be delighted to work on filling that Bordurian void!!

    Rumours tonight across the border...

    As ever

    Paul

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Leipzig Campaign : Battle of Olbernhau Pt. 2

It goes without saying that this blog has been stalled for some time while I have had my hands full with work and kids.  I have had the AAR for the Battle of Olbernhau (see previous post) mostly completed for some time, but it has been languishing forgotten in the limbo of the "drafts" file.  In the effort to re-start things in motion around here, the first order of business is to publish it! 



Battle of Olberhau After Action Report 

Prelude

As outlined in the previous post (here), our scenario revolved a hypothetical encounter of the French IX Corps and the Allied Army of Bohemia just west of the town of Olbernhau, southern Saxony, in August 1813.  The battle game is preceded by the approach of the town by Count Pahlen III’s Russian hussar division, moving in from the south.  Olbernhau, a mining and metal-working town, is of strategic importance in this scenario as it sits like a cork in a bottle on a secondary route between inner Saxony and Bohemia, between broad and fla…

First Despatch from Syldavia!

Welcome to Despatches From Syldavia!Will you join me for a Plate of Szlaszeck and a Glass of Szprädj?This blog relates the infamous history and dubious future goings-on of my own Imagi-nations wargames campaign involving an un-historical milieu of fictitious mid 18th century nations set in southeastern Europe.I’ll keep the blog updated with reports when I have made progress in my project and when I have something (one hopes) moderately interesting to say.Life is quite busy, however, so I am afraid that my postings will probably come at an irregular pace. My project represents my return to the wargaming world after several years of inactivity, during which time I finished my PhD, landed a real job, got married and started a family.Now, with all that done (or is it because sleep is in short supply?), the desire to start painting and gaming projects came back to life. I started to build a SYW army and while doing some research on the WWW, I accidentally stumbled upon EvE and a number of…

A Revised Map for Syldavia

Hi all,

I have updated my map for Syldavia, fiddling with minor details like the direction of river courses, the location of national frontiers and changing some place names.   The most noticeable change is the presence of a hex grid, each hex is supposed to be 10km in diameter.  This particular change is a big help (obviously!) figuring out distances between places in real terms, such as numbers of days (or hours...) of travel between point A and point B. Syldavia is smaller than I thought!

Jim