Archive for September, 2014

Lords in the Field 9

September 16, 2014

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

First is Matviy Gladkiy.


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:


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.


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.


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).


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


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!)


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.


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?


September 8, 2014

When does an interest or hobby cross over into obsession? And is it necessarily always a *bad* thing? I know you all know what I am talking about here. I’m sure we all have some sort of WoW memorabilia, many of you have gone to Blizzcon, you’ve had guild meetups, etc. Heck, my old guild all went to Disney World together.

So I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but … I want to talk about my With Fire and Sword obsession (again). And yes, I have reasons for why it’s a good thing instead of a bad thing. Hear me out.

My main point here is that it has actually gotten me *away* from the computer. Sounds crazy when you look at my Steam profile and see that I have spent 300 hours playing the game. Ok fine. But I’ve done several things other than play the game.

I’ve spent a lot of time on Wikipedia, learning about the Khmelnytsky Uprising, Cossacks, the Polish Commonwealth, the Ukraine, and vodka. Ok, maybe that wasn’t ‘away from the computer’ but it was learning! Give me a break here eh?

I’ve read the book With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

I’ve watched the Jerzy Hoffman movie, in Polish with subtitles. My mom hates subtitles and is annoyed that I always turn them on, but even in regular programming it’s easy to miss what someone says … not so much if I can read it at the same time. Plus, with this, it’s a great way to learn some of the pronunciations. Skrzetuski sounds NOTHING like it is spelled. I mean, the -tuski part does but the first part is not even close.

I bought some vodka. That could possibly go under the ‘bad’ category, but hey, it got me out of the house and to the liquor store, right?

Then, on Saturday as I was going to the grocery store, I saw a banner for a Ukrainian festival. As luck would have it, it was happening on Sunday (yesterday) at a nearby Ukrainian Catholic Church. You KNOW I had to go. HAD. TO. It was a perfect day for it, too … 70 and sunny. Just gorgeous. They had Ukrainian music playing and of course plenty of Ukrainian food. I ate pyrogys, kielbasa, cabbage rolls, and sauerkraut. I washed it down with Obolon, a brand of beer brewed in Kyiv.

They had all kinds of things for sale, too. Ethnic costumes, the little decorated eggs, beaded jewelry, decals for your car, scarves, hats, flasks, t-shirts … you name it, they had it, with a Ukrainian flag or symbol on it. I bought these colorful coasters because I’ve been moving the one that I had back and forth between the computer desk and the end table next to the easy chair, so I *needed* them.


I bought this magnet for my fridge in the shape of modern-day Ukraine, in the colors of the flag and with all of the ‘states’ outlined. Except they don’t call them states there, I forgot the word, I think it starts with O …(brb wiki) … ah yes, oblasts.


They also had CDs. Even better, they are in MP3 format so there are really 5 full CDs on each disk. Only problem was, well … I definitely can’t read Ukrainian. So I have no idea what’s actually on any of them. How am I going to pick one out? Well, in the end it was quite easy, because this one …


has a picture of the statue of Khmelnytsky that stands in Kyiv, so I bought it as much for the photo as I did for the music.

So … obsessed? Yeah maybe. But is it really so bad to immerse myself in the history and culture of something REAL?

AFK, working on my winged hussar Halloween costume.