Lords in the Field 3

August 15, 2014

Yes, while everyone else is writing ’bout the WoD cinematic and release date, I’m here to bring you more stuff you don’t care about!

Wednesday night I didn’t get many followers. I think it was just Lukyan Mozyra and maybe Timofiy Nosach. I don’t remember for sure. But I was determined to take Kyzykerman that night, and even though we were just three, we did it. Even if it wasn’t Tim, here’s a shot of him anyway.

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Last night I got a bit more response and had anywhere from 2 to 5 other colonels following me at one time. They come and go. But it worked out great because we took Kilburun, Izmail, and Akkerman. Of course, we lost Akkerman soon after when the Muscovites came in full force to take it while we were running off the Crimeans who were trying to take the others back. But that’s ok, we’ll get it tonight.

With all the action around those others, they have left my Ladyzhyn alone, and the garrison is built up quite nicely now. I haven’t asked for any of the others as a reward. I’m quite happy to let Hmelnitski distribute the wealth amongst all of our comrades. Although I’m not sure that keeping Kilburun for himself counts as sharing. hehe. No matter. I may ask for one down the road if we take one that I especially want, but for now, my single fortress and village are enough to keep my finances secure.

I really like Vasil Zolotarenko’s black thoroughbred.

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In one of the battles, I followed him around and waited until he got knocked out, then I quickly swapped my horse for his so I could ride it for a bit. I later saw one for sale in Izmail after we captured it, but I don’t like the stats on it as much as on the bay one that I have. My big bay has the highest charge rating that I have seen (how much damage it does when you run over an enemy with your horse). I also have a heavy courser with the highest speed rating, and a spirited steppe horse with the highest maneuverability rating.

One other exciting thing happened yesterday. My DVDs of the Jerzy Hoffman films came. I watched the first half of With Fire and Sword (Ogniem i Mieczam in Polish) last night. It was so exciting seeing these characters come to life. And kind of fun hearing it all in Polish and learning how some of these names are actually pronounced. Skrzetuski had a beard in the book, but not in the game, but seeing him in the movie, now I see why he looks like he does in the game. And Pan Longin, oh my! The actor’s portrayal of him is so spot on! And Bohun (Ivan Bogun in game), poor cursed Bohun with the pretty eyes and beautiful voice (and terrible temper, count on me to fall for the bad boy amirite?). Come on, I dare you to tell me he’s not pretty.

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Lords in the Field 2

August 12, 2014

Something really awesome happened last night. All we had left for the raid week was Garrosh, who we can’t do on heroic until we kill Blackfuse on heroic, so we got the rest of the night off after we knocked him out. Naturally, that meant more time for Mount & Blade.

I helped Hmelnitski and a few others take Izum Fortress and then he was done with me, but often in those cases I have nothing more pressing to do so I continue to follow along. We went over to Izmail to take it back from the Crimeans, but all of the Tsar’s forces came and drove us away. (Yes, some dummy decided we should go to war with the Muscovites. At least peace was declared with Sweden not long after. Two fronts is enough!) As we were scattering it became apparent that they were going to catch Hmelnitski and pile on him. He anticipated this, and put up a vote for a new Marshal. I got notice that I was being considered, and could choose to accept putting my name up for the vote, or tell him that I am too busy for such things. Ha! Yeah. I have no land and nothing else to do. Damn straight put my name in! I wish I had screenshotted the final vote. Oh well. It was 8 to 3 in favor of me over Gomon.

Now, from what I’ve seen, there are pretty much three types of Marshals. The Marshal, by the way, is basically the head general. He is in charge of all military operations. The ones that are pretty much universally considered bad are the ones that sit on their butts in their Fortress and don’t even do their job. There are also ones that *I* consider bad but others might think are just fine because of a difference of opinion in strategies. These are the ones that take our army all the way across the map to lay siege to some fortress deep in enemy territory, leaving no defense behind so that even if they take that one, we lose two back home. I hate that. I’m all about shoring up our defenses and responding to what the enemy is doing. If they lay siege to one of our fortresses, my troops are right there to break it up. Only when our territory is safe, do I go about trying to take more.

My dear friend Anton Zhdanovich was one of the three who voted against me. So of course, I got him back by having the army gather at his home in Kiev and making him go on the campaign with me. Anton is one of my favorite guys to hang out with. He is unique, because he doesn’t ride. Instead, he has this big old matchlock musket and walks down the field with the rest of the marksmen. His musketmen complement my preference for cavalry very nicely, so we make a good team.

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Once enough nobles had gathered, the first order of business was to take back Izmail and Ladyzhyn. While we were doing that, the large group of Muscovites that had beaten Hmelnitski earlier laid siege to Bratslav. I checked out their numbers and decided we didn’t quite have enough men. So I stopped by Korsun and asked Doroschenko to join us. Now we at least had equal numbers. We rode over and challenged them and … wait. What? We had about 300 more men than we should have and they … hold on. There are two Muscovites fighting on our side. I don’t quite know how it happened. They weren’t ones that I am friendly with. Perhaps they were just mad at the guy leading their raid and wanted to take him out? I don’t know. But yeah .. with 1000 vs. 400 instead of 700 vs. 700, we were assured of a victory.

We broke up a couple of other sieges at Izmail and Ladyzhyn because naturally they tried to take them back. We also went and got back the Sich, which had been taken a long time ago by the Khanate, and then taken from them by the Muscovites, who we were not at war with at that time so we had no way to get it back. We did end up losing Izmail again, and I just ran out of time to get it back before I really had to call it a night and go to bed.

Let’s see, this is just about long enough, so we’ll post a dude that I have nothing to say about. Here, have some Hmara.

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My New Hobby: Lords in the Field Series

August 11, 2014

Are you guys tired of Mount & Blade posts with no screenshots? Well then, I have good news for you!

What? No! I’m not putting an end to the Mount & Blade posts. Geez. You still have to put up with them. But at least now they will have pictures!
(I happened to be looking in the options and noticed the keybinding for screenshots. Score!)

So of course, once I found the key to quick screenshots, I came up with a new hobby … shots of me next to the other lords in the field! I took a lot over the weekend but I am only going to subject you to a couple of dudes at a time.

May as well start at the top with the boss man himself.

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Hmelnitski is a hard man to catch standing still. Usually he leads the charge, and since he’s on a fast Thoroughbred, I can’t catch him before he gets himself knocked out. In this battle, however, we had a huge advantage in number of troops, so he elected to stay back and let our men take care of things.

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Here we have me and my boyfriend Les’ … oh. Wait. You don’t want that one, that’s the one in the dark. (No futher comments, I am going to behave. hehe)

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Better? Ok. Somehow when I was previewing that one I managed to make it my desktop background. I think I’ll just leave it for awhile. That sky is *amazing*.

You might have noticed that I am wearing different armor than I had been in the first post I made about this game. Last time I posted I was still fighting back and forth to get and keep Minsk. Over the weekend, I helped take it back, but Zolotarenko led the siege and had recently lost his fortress to the Crimean Khanate, who we had recently gone to war with. So, since I still had my town and Vasil had nothing, Hmelnitski gave Minsk to him. Ok, fair enough. But THEN the lousy Tatars took Ladyzhyn Fortress .. and my town was attached to it. So I lost my town and was back to having zero holdings. To add insult to injury, we made peace with the Poles, so Minsk hasn’t needed defending. I’ve taken over Ladyzhyn and been awarded it, only to have the Tatars take it back .. same story, different fortress, right? So one of the times they took it back (with difficulty, I might add .. I have learned a lot about the garrison and holding out in a siege) and imprisoned me, they decided that taking my weapons wasn’t enough, they also stole my armor. I ran around bare-chested for awhile (and looked good doing it, I might add) but eventually found some crap armor and, well, gave it to one of my followers in exchange for this shiny coat of mail that he had on. Hey, I gave the mail to him in the first place, and without any holdings, I have no income and can’t afford to buy more. I have to make do right now. Anyway, I built my army back up and enlisted Popovich and Nesterenko to come help me take it back. We would have succeeded if they hadn’t sent several armies to come break us up. We did survive, however, and decimated their forces in the process. I even captured one of them to deliver to Hmelnitski. (What? I had a quest!)

Ok, more to come later! I hope I’m not boring you all to death but if I am … well, it’s my blog. :p

I Hate Summer

August 8, 2014

Blargh. Work is so busy and I want to post. Leave me alone, phone! Ok, I’ll make this short.

Last night I took Bar Fortress from the Poles. I figured since the not asking thing worked for Minsk it would work again. I patrol around the fortress for awhile and then Colonel Matviy Gladkiy’s flag appears over it. Hmmm. Ok. The Poles come and take it. (I leave and let them. It’s not mine, I’m not fighting 600 of them to defend it by myself!) Once they’re gone I take it back and again, don’t ask for it. And again, it goes to Gladkiy. I guess since Gladkiy owned it for a long time before they came and took it, he’s got rights to it. So maybe if I can get Minsk back, then it will be mine since it was before. Oh well. At least I got more siege practice in, and when I took it back the second time I also freed my favorite buddy Les’ Gritsenko and Colonel Ivan Sirko, who were being held in the prison there.

One other really cool thing happened. I was hanging out with Colonel Ivan Bogun and we ran into Skrzetuski. When he defeated me a few nights ago, he took some things from my inventory, including some of my books and my backup horse Teddy. When we defeated him, I got all my stuff back, including Teddy! I was very happy, especially since I had been unable to find another heavy thoroughbred with the same stats. Instead, I bought a lame troop horse on the cheap. So now I have a healthy troop horse that I don’t need. I guess I’ll just increase one of my followers’ riding skill enough that they can ride him, because I’d feel bad selling him back and taking a loss on him without him ever even being ridden.

I really need to get a fortress soon. Now that my renown is higher, my army size has increased to 140+, and the types of campaigns I am going on are tough without the more expensive soldiers from the mercenary camps. My funds are dwindling.

Oh, and since I promised something about WoW this week, here .. have a screenshot of Lyss and Kash hearthing away from me at the end of our alt raid on Saturday night. Lyss and Slice both came along! It was really awesome to get to raid with them again. :)

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