Frustrated as I was with the last game I couldn't just pack it in without giving the troops a chance to blood themselves properly. Having spent a fair bit of time over the past few months thinking about my own wargaming rules for big battle feudal Japan and Trojan war skirmish, then synthesising aspects of … Continue reading Holy War Part 2.5
The Holy War between the Barony of Nusquam and the Emirate of Lamakan kicked off here, so please read that if you want more background. This is the second battle in the campaign, a Crusader raid on a Saracen village. Apologies for the poor lighting, going to need to get some better lights for this … Continue reading Holy War Part 2
The Baron of Nusquam, recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy City, was enjoying a morning repast with his two companions while encamped in the village of Pagida when an uproar began outside and a guard called out to enter their tent. "What a din! Who is that making a din, soldier?" The Baron … Continue reading Holy War – A Soldiers of God Campaign
A relief bringing cool breeze* swept lazily over the hot, dusty plains of Dorylaeum in the summer of 1097. To the east stood the forces of Kilij Arslan upon their innumerable steeds. To the west stood the glittering battle line of Bohemond's vanguard of crusaders, protecting the camp that lay directly behind them by the … Continue reading Battle Report – The Battle of Dorylaeum (1097)
When last we left our intrepid Crusaders they had just marched out from Nicaea after driving off an initial attack by the Turks. Numerous as they were, to march all down the same route would have been impossible so the army split into two parts. The vanguard, led by Bohemond of Taranto, his nephew Tancred, … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – Dorylaeum down to rest.
It's been quite a while since I've played a game and even longer since I played a game of TtS so since I have recently finished a slew of crusades forces it seemed a good time to get a game on the table. This game fit nicely on the kitchen table with a 12x8 grid … Continue reading Battle Report – Crusaders and Saracens with TtS!
To tie in with my post on the history of the battle and siege of Nicaea in the First Crusade, I thought it would be a good time to play a small battle set up in a similar way. As a ruleset I used Soldiers of God and I'll give some further thoughts on that … Continue reading The Battle of Nicaea – May 1097
In the last post, we looked at some of the key players in the First Crusade on both sides and how the various Christian leaders made their way to Constantinople (Byzantium). A brief summary of where we are so far: The Byzantine Emperor Alexios sent a request to the Pope to put out a call … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – Naughty or Nicea?
This year has been one of the busiest of my life, both in work and personally. Hobby time overall has been pretty small compared to what I'd like due to time and budgetary constraints. However, while work continues apace, my personal life has become a bit quieter and a bit less expensive for the moment … Continue reading What am I at?
In the last post we looked a little at the background of the Crusades and the state of the (relevant) world before the launch of the First Crusade. We also looked at the less than stellar performance of the People's Crusade, sometimes known as the Peasants Crusade, Crusade Zero, or a huge mob of mislead … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – The Road to Constantinople