Posts Tagged ‘Les’ Gritsenko’

Bye Bye

September 5, 2014

So, while the Seahawks were busy decimating the Packers last night, I got busy doing the same to the Crimean Khanate. Giray and his men were out in full force. They would take Ladyzhyn, I would take it back while they rode over to Kezlev. As soon as Ladyzhyn was taken back, I would ride over and break up the siege at Kezlev, and they would turn around and go back to Ladyzhyn. Eventually, one of the times they went back, I noticed they had left only one commander at Perekop. I had my two favorite guys with me, Gritsenko and Bogun, so instead of following them, we thumbed our noses at them and captured Perekop instead.

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Then we did the same at Kafa, Bakhchisaray, and Kalanchak. After each siege we ran into a couple of them coming to see what was up, and defeated them easily. NOW Ladyzhyn was the ONLY thing they held. Taking that was simple since it had been besieged so many times recently and had no time to build up a garrison. Then it was just a matter of chasing down the two or three individual armies that were riding around the map with no fortresses to hide in.

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As icing on the cake, Hmel awarded the rich former capital Bakhchisaray to me.

Once the dust settled, the former commanders of the Khan started to choose new factions for themselves. So far, three of them have joined the Muscovites, one joined Sweden, and one has joined us.

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I’m not sure how all this is decided. Heck, Mirza Divey is still in my prison in Kezlev. I don’t suppose that is earning us any bonus points, eh?

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Lose that blue banner, Mirza Karach … it’s time to pick a new side.

I Had Wings

August 18, 2014

It was a roller coaster weekend for sure.

Saturday was the ride up. I mentioned Friday that we had taken a couple of fortresses from the Crimeans. Well, Saturday we pushed them further back. We took Izmail again after they took it back from the Muscovites, and then rode over to the other side of the map and took Krakov. Desiring both an actual city with good income (as opposed to a place that’s just a military fortress), and a base far from the current front which would likely be left alone, I asked that it be given to me. While I was over in that neighborhood, I stopped in Minsk to visit Vasil Zolotarenko for something, and found this Hussar armor in the shop there.

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I wonder what the other Cossacks thought. I mean, here I am wearing the regalia of the Commonwealth’s famous cavalry, AND being lord of Krakov … I’m sure a few of them wondered whether I was truly loyal to the Hetmanate. But they had nothing to fear. I led the troops across the river into the heart of Crimean territory and claimed Perekop and … dang, what’s that other K one in the corner there. Kezlev? Kalanchak? One of the two. Sweden took the other one, and Sweden and the Muscovites had also taken the three fortresses further out. We had them on the ropes with only two fortresses and three armies left.

I mentioned before how sometimes some of the generals will join in on my side. This happens a LOT with the Crimeans. I haven’t figured out the how or the why of it at all. Here we have Imad-pasha fighting for me …

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and Bukryn-bey as well …

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Sounds like things are going perfect, right? Yes, well … this is where the downward spiral begins. We laid siege to the Crimean capital at Bakhchisaray. There were no generals there, only the garrison of around 250. With just 3 hours left in the 13 that it takes to lay explosives on the wall, I received notice that the Muscovites were besieging Perekop. Now, the right choice would have been to stick on Bakhchisaray and finish my own siege. It would have been quite the nail in the coffin for the Crimeans, who would then have only Kafa left and be stuck in a corner surrounded by enemies. But emotion won out, for you see, Perekop had been awarded to Les’ Gritsenko, who did not have a fortress of his own prior to that. Logic was drowned out by my heart crying ‘Protect Les’ town! Don’t let them take it!’

That wasn’t a problem, we successfully drove them away. But in the meantime, the Crimeans sent defenders to Bakhchisaray. The opportunity was lost. Then they sent five or six armies to besiege Kezlev. As I was trying to lure them away from it one or two at a time to deplete their numbers, they came up with a dirty trick. A small group of scouts appeared on the other side of me and they are too fast to avoid. If you are within a certain aggro range of the other armies when you go into battle, they will join in. So yeah, they ambushed me and then it was me vs. all of them at once. You can guess how that went. And to add insult to injury, they stole my Hussar wings! /sadpanda. The wings had felt a little strange at first, but I got used to them and feel naked now without them.

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From there, things only got worse. Yesterday, they sought vengeance in a big way. Khan Islam Giray gathered most of his armies together and went on a rampage. With 7, 8 and even 9 armies at a time, there was no way we could fight them off. It’s very difficult to get the Cossack lords to all come together and follow orders. I can ask one to follow me, we’ll ride 10 paces, and he’ll turn and be off doing his own thing. Infuriating! So most of the time I’m pretty much left making do with whoever shows up voluntarily. Without a large enough group to take them on, they quickly took back Kezlev, Perekop, Izmail, Kilburun, and my own Ladyzhyn. Then they went and laid siege to Cashcow! er .. Krakov. Nooooooooooooo!

All was lost. My fortress was already gone, all of our advances into their territory taken back, and even Krakov, clear over in Polish territory, was on the verge of being captured. In despair, I rode back over near Ladyzhyn and sat there in stunned silence. Hearing hoofbeats behind me, I turned to see Les’ riding up to accompany me. I lost it. ‘Why would you follow me?’ I told him. ‘I’m a terrible Marshal. All that was taken has been lost. Every foothold that we had has been reclaimed. We were on the verge of victory and I made a mistake and look what it has cost us.’ I cried on his shoulder. He hugged me and called me his brave champion like he always does, and then said ‘Look, here comes Timofiy. Together we will start taking back fortresses. All is not lost, it’s only a setback.’ And you know what? He was right …

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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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