News, plans and plots regarding my 18th century Imagi-Nations campaign set in the fictitious nations of Syldavia and Borduria, my variations on a theme of Hergé
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Stylish Blogger Award
Tintin about to be awarded the Order of the Black Pelican (from Hergé's Ottokar's Sceptre)
I opened up the internet today to find a surprise awaiting me, Alan (aka Tradgardmastare of the Duchy of Tradgardland, at http://tradgardland.blogspot.com/) has honoured Despatches from Syldavia with the "Stylish Blogger Award". I believe that Alan is terribly generous as what passes for style around here is pretty threadbare compared to the splendour and wit of some of the web sites we are lucky enough to visit, and I myself have been so inactive the last while that even the "blogger" part of the honorific seems a stretch. Nevertheless, and to be serious for a moment, a nod from Tradgardmastare (who runs one of my favourite places on the web) is indeed an honour and one to be gratefully and graciously acknowledged. My thanks, Alan. The Stylish Blogger Award looks like an interesting exercise given some of the spots I have read in the last few days and I would be pleased to take this buck and pay it forward. I'll try to have something interesting to say about this tommorow.
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…
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
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…
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!