So Many Ivans

September 18, 2014

So, I haven’t had any luck trying to get shots of the Cossacks I am still missing. I did hang around with Shumeiko and Vygovsky but wasn’t lucky enough to get a shot of either one. I did grab this one, though, because it amused me.

Ivan, Ace, Ivan, and Ivan.

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And that’s not even all of them, that’s just Vygovsky, Sirko, and Hmara. There’s also Bogun and Fedorenko. And of course, that’s not even counting the ones in the Muscovite Tsardom! These guys and their Ivans are just as bad as the Poles and their Jans (Kazimir, Skrzetuski, Zenowicz, Sobieski, and Zamojski).

Speaking of the Muscovite Tsardom, well, they are now history.

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So instead of Cossacks, I give you a couple of Russians who joined our side. These are both from sieges because we have been busy taking all of the Swedes’ stuff.

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Prince Andrei Khovansky (on the left in the screenshot) is the son of Ivan (lol! see?) Khovansky, who led an uprising in 1682 about which an opera, Khovanshchina, was written. As far as I can tell, Andrey only appears in the opera, because every single reference I could find to him is in conjunction with some performance.

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Warlord Vasiliy Buturlin served as the Muscovite envoy in the signing of the Treaty of Pereyaslav in 1654. As far as I can tell, he has no relatives named Ivan.

Lords in the Field 9

September 16, 2014

A couple more Cossacks that I hadn’t gotten up yet.

First is Matviy Gladkiy.

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I’ve mentioned him at least once before but didn’t have a screenie so … here he is. There is a Gladki mentioned in the book but that is it, he has no description or presence other than being part of a list of colonels gathered under Hmelnitski.

Ivan Fedorenko:

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Have you noticed how these guys all have FANTASTIC mustaches?

Now, there is an Ivan Nykyforovych Fedorenko on wikipedia who is, well, alive now! He was the president of the Ukrainian NOC (National Olympic Committee) from 1998 to 2002. There was also another one, Ivan Ivanovich Fedorenko, who was an astronomer in the late 19th century. Fedorenko *is* mentioned in the book, but only as ‘the cruel Fedorenko, of Kalnik'; no first name is given. I am guessing that the game designers chose Ivan as his first name to honor Ivan Nykyforovych.

I’m starting to run out of Cossack colonels to post! I should make a list and see if I can’t specifically target the ones I am still missing. I think maybe Mozyra and Jalaliy. Oh, and BOGUN! I do have a shot of him but it’s at night so it’s dark. I need to get a good one of him. And Gomon and Sinonos. I think that’s it. Ok, and Shumeiko and Vygovsky. Wait, didn’t I talk about Vygovsky? I guess not. Hmm …. strange, I know I’ve read his wiki several times.

Lords in the Field 8

September 11, 2014

Let’s see … I believe I promised you some Poles, ya?

First we have Jan Zenowicz.

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I did find a Jan Zenowicz who was castellan of Smolensk, but he died in 1614 and the game begins in 1655, so … perhaps he’s a vampyre?

Next we have Stefan Czarniecki.

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Now, unlike Zenowicz, this dude is so important that he is mentioned in the Polish national anthem, so … yeah. He was captured in the Battle of Jovti Vhody, the opening battle of the Khmelnytsky Uprising, was a defender in the 7-month siege of Kudak Fortress, and was part of the huge Battle of Berestechko. His fame really grew after the Khmelnytsky Uprising, though.

Finally, young Michal Vishnevetsky (Wisniowiecki).

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He is not really mentioned in the book, in which his father Jeremi is a major character. This makes sense though since he was born in 1640. He is seen in at least one scene of the movie, in which he would be .. 8? 9? .. in this adorable miniature hussar armor. (I just spent a good 45 minutes searching the web but not finding a pic of this .. sadface) Anyway … in the game he would be 15 when it starts. In reality he was away at school, studying in various places until 1663. But this isn’t reality, so the future king finds himself on the battlefield.

Lords in the Field … what # are we on again?

September 9, 2014

Let’s clear up some of these screenshots that I still haven’t posted, shall we?

Mirza Yanmamed

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Hm apparently Petro Doroshenko’s horse was killed in this battle, but it’s a good shot of him even so. (That looks like Loboda behind him, also on foot. Poor horsies took a beating that battle!)

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He is one of the ones who was actually real, serving not only Khmelnytsky, but also later Vyhovsky (who I still haven’t managed to snag a screenshot of) who was Hetman after Khmelnytsky’s death. Doroshenko eventually became Hetman himself. So yeah, he’s a pretty important dude.

Here’s a shot from a siege of one of the Swedish strongholds .. either Koenigsburg or Narva, I forget which. Or possibly even Reval.

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Several of them have these really awesome moats, and the only approach a long bridge or two. I think this one is Koenigsburg, I believe it’s the one that just has a single extra-long bridge, and it SUCKS if you’re the attacking party. It’s great if you’re defending though. You can see there that they’ve knocked out 5 of my dudes already and we’ve barely gone 10 steps.

That’s enough for today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll post some Poles for you, ya?


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