+ Reply to Thread
Page 5 of 10 FirstFirst ... 3 4 5 6 7 ... LastLast
Results 81 to 100 of 196

Thread: The White Hand of Saruhan - 1402-1936

  1. #81
    Lt. General NapoleonComple's Avatar
    Cities in Motion 2Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourHearts of Iron IIIMarch of the Eagles
    Supreme Ruler: Cold WarVictoria 2

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    An Evil Lair in Taiwan
    Posts
    1,505
    Hungary was just a big cuddly paper tiger!

    (Ow, papercut.)

  2. #82
    Quote Originally Posted by Magc8Ball View Post
    Starting with the next update, though, we'll see what happens now that Saruhan is big enough to make a real go of it...
    That's the kind of foreshadowing I like to hear.

  3. #83
    Looks like it's time to show the Mamluks a real sultan!

    Wonder how badly you'll be able to break them, though.

  4. #84
    (This will be a double update; had too many pictures to cover the whole war in one post.)

    2nd Turko-Egyptian War 1561-1566 (part 1)

    Seated upon his throne in the palace at Smyrna, Sultan Ishak II looked out over his assembled generals. His newly-forged sword (gifted to him by a Bulgarian weaponsmith after their liberation from Hungary) rested upon his legs; his hand gently stroked the woven grip. The generals waited quietly, knowing that they had just won a great victory in the west and anticipating their next orders. They all knew what was coming; indeed, the whole nation had been waiting for this day of reckoning to arrive.

    "We all know the insults visited upon us by the Egyptians nearly a century ago. They dared to impose their will upon our lands; to contest our sovereignty over Anatolia, which God has seen fit to guide into our hands. Since that day they have hidden behind buffer states and the power of the Persians, and even the Saruhanoglu family name, placing a cousin of mine upon their throne. Now, though, our strength has been fully assembled, and our star is firmly rising."

    The sultan gripped his sword, and standing up he raised it above his head.

    "The day has come for us to take our revenge for these acts. To tell the world that this land will live under the White Hand for eternity, and that we will not be subject to the whims of other nations."

    He pointed his sword down at the generals, still kneeling before him.

    "I will lead our grand army against the Egyptians, and you will stand beside me, and we will all know glory!"




    Spies had infiltrated the administration of the Mamluks' army, seeking information on their troop dispositions. As it turned out, the bulk of the Egyptian army was in the north, fighting against steppe nomads and attempting to expand their holdings further. The timing of the launch of the war could not be better.

    The buffer provinces flying a false Ottoman flag were immediately overrun; many more battles would be fought here, and it would take some time for the land to recover from the devastation.

    To take further advantage of the Egyptian and Persian forces being in the north and east, a detachment of troops sailed south from Greece to land in Libya. These troops would raid through the Egyptian homeland, diverting defenses from the main axis of attack out of Anatolia.



    The first true battle of the war took place in Mus, where a Persian army attempted to dislodge Saruhanli forces from a defensive position. The Persians failed to do so, the two heads of state watching each other from across the battlefield.



    After landing troops in Libya, the small Saruhanli navy sailed back north to secure the Bosphorus Strait to allow Bulgarian and Croatian forces to cross and aid in the war. This important task completed, they maintained station there, though they would eventually be driven into port by the much-larger Egyptian fleet.



    Meanwhile back in Anatolia, Saruhan armies laid lightning sieges upon a number of Mamelukan provinces before the first Egyptian army made its way back from the north. This army, if it managed to catch a depleted Saruhan army after a siege, could be a threat to the offensive. To avoid such a problem, the two main armies of the Hand maneuvered south before merging and coming after the enemy together.

    This resulted in the retreat of the Mamluk-Persian army, allowing the Saruhan forces to position themselves perfectly for the first major engagement of the war in Esrerum.





    In Esrerum, 40,000 men on each side met in battle. This fight would give one side the upper hand in the war, as it would take control of the central theater.

    Saruhan would win this battle. The Persian and Mamelukan armies retreated into Van, where they were both utterly broken and scattered. The White Hand had secured a major advantage in the war.



    (Part 2 incoming)
    The White Hand of Saruhan - EU3/V2 AAR (in progress) - Earned WritAAR of the Week 28 Jan 2012
    Complete EU3 Flagpack for Victoria 2 (v1.0 complete!)

    Me on: Twitter | Facebook | Dakka Dakka

  5. #85
    2nd Turko-Egyptian War 1561-1566 (part 2)

    After the Battle of Erserum, the Persians seemed to have lost the heart to fight. They still had sufficient forces to pose a threat, but Ishak II spoke personally with their leader. Afterwards, Ishak spoke gloriously to both his men and the assembled Persian delegation of the honor that the Persians had displayed in the war and the gifted fighters that made up their armies. The two leaders made it clear that there was no animosity between them, and that it was merely the expectations of alliances that had put them against each other.

    With honor satisfied, the Persians agreed to withdraw from the field, leaving the Mamluks without a major ally in the war.


    After the Persians withdrew from the war, three other major nations made a move to secure portions of the failing Egyptian nation. The Poles invaded the northern reaches in Georgia; Oman moved to take the remainder of Arabia, and England sailed a fleet for Libya, eventually claiming Alexandria.



    The final battle of the war took place at Damascus. The Egyptians raised another army from their holdings in the South; this army defeated the small army that the Saruhanli had landed in Libya. After lifting sieges there, it moved through the Levant to attempt to drive back Saruhan's armies. Outnumbered 2:1, however, they attempted to retreat before being caught at Damascus and scattering.

    This battle finally lowered the Mamluks' army to a size smaller than that of Saruhan's.



    After the battle, the Saruhan army continued South, taking land as it went.



    As the war slowly came to a close, the three powers dividing up the Mamelukan lands held large portions of territory. Poland would choose to occupy much of Georgia for itself; the Saruhanoglu demanded that the false Ottomans be released from the Mamluks' protection and that the Syrian people would be freed from Egyptian rule. The Omani people took control of Arabia.



    When the war concluded, the shape of the Middle East had been redrawn.

    The White Hand of Saruhan - EU3/V2 AAR (in progress) - Earned WritAAR of the Week 28 Jan 2012
    Complete EU3 Flagpack for Victoria 2 (v1.0 complete!)

    Me on: Twitter | Facebook | Dakka Dakka

  6. #86
    Second Lieutenant SouthernKing's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEuropa Universalis: ChroniclesVictoria 2Victoria II: A House Divided
    CK2: Holy Knight500k club

    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    149
    You basically have placed the Mamluks at the verge of total destruction. Which makes me happy

  7. #87
    People's Commissar of the Navy Demi Moderator Avindian's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourDeus VultEU3 CompleteDivine Wind
    For the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneLeviathan: Warships
    March of the EaglesVictoria: RevolutionsRome GoldSemper FiSengoku
    Sword of the Stars IISupreme Ruler: Cold WarVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of Darkness
    V2 BetaCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Wealth of Nations
    EUIV: Conquest of Paradise

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    The Little Apple
    Posts
    10,316
    Your pictures are fantastic! My mere editing through paint is Etch-A-Sketch compared to yours.

    Oh yeah -- the updates were pretty good, too!
    AARland Awards TsAAR -- Q2 ACAs here! Be sure to check out the winners! Crusader Kings II|Europa Universalis IV|Victoria II|Hearts of Iron 3|Darkest Hour

    Consecrated blood waters my fields: a Hvitserk megacampaign -- Brand new!
    Sonderweg oder Anderweg? -- Part 3 of the Hohenzollerns Megacampaign -- Interactive and looking for players
    Tukhachevsky's Army and the Politburo -- an Interactive Soviet TFH AAR -- Updates|Administration -- Nearing its thrilling conclusion!
    Like what you see? Check out my Inkwell for awards and completed AARs!

    If I use this color, I am speaking as a Demi-Mod. If you have any questions, please PM me directly. Forum Rules|Interactive AARs|AARland Rules #1|AARland Rules #2

  8. #88
    Lost in Time Ashantai's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindFor The GloryHeir to the Throne
    Rome GoldVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessRome: Vae Victis
    CK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    4,269
    I am most impressed by your maps. So easy to follow, so clear!

    The Mamluks have been humbled. The White Hand has struck hard!
    A Blessing and a Curse: EUIV Narrative AAR! In Progress
    Downfall: A Byzantine Narrative AAR. See the fall of the mightiest empire the world has ever seen. On Hold 3rd Place OVERALL EU3 (Highest Narrative) AARland Choice Awards Q3 2012!
    The Grey Eminence: A British Narrative/History AAR. Witness the rise of Great Britain to world power! COMPLETE! WINNER EU - Narrative for AARland Choice AwAARds 2012 Q1!
    The Eternal Exile: Nation Hopping AAR with a mix of narrative and game-play. On Hold. | WINNER EU - Narrative for AARland Choice AwAARds 2011 Q1!

    Winner: AAR Showcase 29/11/2011 | Winner: Character Writer of the Week 19/1/2012 | Winner: Fan of the Week 20/9/2010 and 20/8/2012 | I was Character Writer of the Week 13/12/2010

  9. #89
    Private catman1776's Avatar
    Arsenal of DemocracyCrusader Kings IIDarkest HourEU3 CompleteHearts of Iron III
    Leviathan: WarshipsMagickaEuropa Universalis IVEUIV: Conquest of Paradise

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Earth,United States
    Posts
    23
    how did you take a picture of the map? I mean so that it has nation names on it

  10. #90
    Field Marshal sprites's Avatar
    200k clubCrusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindFor The Glory
    For the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHeir to the ThroneMagickaSemper Fi
    Victoria 2Victoria II: A House Divided500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    France
    Posts
    6,060
    Nicely done!
    Then , you can annex the ottomans , and the few mameluks provinces that stayed loyal ....
    no more unfinished IN AAR's

  11. #91
    I repeat the praise of the maps! Very nicely done and very informative!

  12. #92
    Might I suggest that the Poles be pushed out sooner rather than later?

    In general, that last war looked like it helped everyone else more than it did Saruhan

  13. #93
    Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone, especially regarding the maps. I'm enjoying having a reason to play around with Photoshop again.

    Quote Originally Posted by catman1776 View Post
    how did you take a picture of the map? I mean so that it has nation names on it
    I'm taking my screenshots through Steam; they added a function where hitting F12 takes a screencap of whatever you're playing. It kind of sucks a little bit with EU3 because that ALSO takes a screencap of the world map (filling up my hard drive with big BMP files) but the convenience factor far outweighs that minor issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramidel View Post
    In general, that last war looked like it helped everyone else more than it did Saruhan
    Short-term it appears that way, but it sets the table for several good things in the next segment, including:
    -Annexing the Ottomans and grabbing straggling Mamluk provinces in Georgia
    -Driving through a weak Syria to take Judea
    -Having Oman as a buffer between Saruhan and Great Britain
    The White Hand of Saruhan - EU3/V2 AAR (in progress) - Earned WritAAR of the Week 28 Jan 2012
    Complete EU3 Flagpack for Victoria 2 (v1.0 complete!)

    Me on: Twitter | Facebook | Dakka Dakka

  14. #94
    Lost in Time Ashantai's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindFor The GloryHeir to the Throne
    Rome GoldVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessRome: Vae Victis
    CK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    4,269
    A cunning plan! Let's hope that you can keep the expansion going!
    A Blessing and a Curse: EUIV Narrative AAR! In Progress
    Downfall: A Byzantine Narrative AAR. See the fall of the mightiest empire the world has ever seen. On Hold 3rd Place OVERALL EU3 (Highest Narrative) AARland Choice Awards Q3 2012!
    The Grey Eminence: A British Narrative/History AAR. Witness the rise of Great Britain to world power! COMPLETE! WINNER EU - Narrative for AARland Choice AwAARds 2012 Q1!
    The Eternal Exile: Nation Hopping AAR with a mix of narrative and game-play. On Hold. | WINNER EU - Narrative for AARland Choice AwAARds 2011 Q1!

    Winner: AAR Showcase 29/11/2011 | Winner: Character Writer of the Week 19/1/2012 | Winner: Fan of the Week 20/9/2010 and 20/8/2012 | I was Character Writer of the Week 13/12/2010

  15. #95
    Second Lieutenant UnitRico's Avatar
    Hearts of Iron 2: ArmageddonCities in MotionCrusader Kings IIDarkest HourDeus Vult
    EU3 CompleteDivine WindFor the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHeir to the Throne
    MagickaMarch of the EaglesSemper FiSengokuSword of the Stars
    Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: WarbandMount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
    500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Call to arms event

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Enschede/Hellevoetsluis, the Netherlands
    Posts
    161
    You can edit the hotkeys for screenshots in Steam, so you don't automatically make a screencap of the map as well.

  16. #96
    The Coup of Hizir the Impatient 1566-1572

    After the triumphant war with Egypt, Ishak II entered Smyrna to cheers. His son, named Hizir following a family tradition, watched the procession with pursed lips. He had just reached the age of manhood, and was eager to feel the joy of such reverence falling upon him. The young man was the apple of his tutors' eyes, brilliant in many ways, both in the library and on the training fields. Many of them had whispered to him that they looked forward to his reign with wonder and would be honored to serve him.

    His father, the Sultan, was still vigorous despite his years. Worse, the Sultan's brother, Ibrahim, walked next to him as Ishak entered the city. Ibrahim's dull eyes looked over the crowd, a smile on his lips as he clearly was enraptured by the crowd's cheers. Hizir shook his head, thinking: his uncle would not willingly step aside after this. If the Sultan died before Ibrahim, there could be war for the throne.

    The next morning, Hizir walked into breakfast with his military tutor, carrying a musket. He smiled at his uncle Ibrahim and offered him the firearm. "After such a triumph, uncle, allow me to escort you today on a hunting trip. There is much game in my father's forests in Antayla, and I would enjoy teaching you to use this new weapon, which I give to you as a gift."

    Ibrahim smiled and accepted, leaving to accompany Hizir on the hunt.

    He would not return to the city.




    A hunting accident claimed the life of Ibrahim, the Sultan's brother, as a new musket exploded upon his attempt to fire it for the first time. Hizir sadly brought his uncle's body back to Smyrna, presenting it to his father with a great show of tears. Within 3 years, however, the Sultan became ill, gradually wasting away until passing quietly in his sleep.

    Hizir IV took the throne, lifting his father's sword, and commanded the armies to immediately take the remainder of Anatolia for the glory of his father's memory.



    The false Ottoman territories fell within a month; the isolated provinces of Erserum and Van, still flying the Mamluk flag, were invaded next. Erserum was taken by Saruhanli forces... but the mountains of Mus prevented a quick assault and the allied forces of Syria laid siege to Van, claiming it for themselves. This was taken as a minor insult in the court of Hizir IV, but upon looking at a map they accepted it as creating a buffer between Saruhan and Persia, still posing a potential threat in the east.







    Saruhan's next war was not of their own making, however: their allies in Syria moved to liberate the remainder of their peoples from Omani rule, calling for the aid of the Hand. Saruhan's aid was hardly needed, but Hizir was happy to aid the Syrians in the hopes of securing their aid in the future as a strong ally.








    Unfortunately, those efforts were for naught when a diplomatic misunderstanding led to war between Persia and Saruhan...
    The White Hand of Saruhan - EU3/V2 AAR (in progress) - Earned WritAAR of the Week 28 Jan 2012
    Complete EU3 Flagpack for Victoria 2 (v1.0 complete!)

    Me on: Twitter | Facebook | Dakka Dakka

  17. #97
    Damn! A strong ally is a good thing. However, being so close often leads to war no matter what the intentions are. Bulgaria followed the Hand, as did Croatia. I wonder how much Croatia can aid you, though. Syrian land would be a fine treat, as payment for their betrayal.

  18. #98
    Lt. General generalolaf's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis: ChroniclesFor the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHOI3: Their Finest Hour
    March of the EaglesSemper FiSengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House Divided
    War of the Roses500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Wealth of NationsEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res Publica

    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Wellington, NZ (Taranaki in EU4)
    Posts
    1,343
    That is the biggest Ryazan I have ever seen. o.O

    Good thing they weren't allied with Persia as well. I imagine you'll have enough on your hands fighting the two behemoths you already have to deal with (good luck)
    Reasons Why You Should Play Any Character in CK2
    Current playthrough(s): n/a, undecided
    generalolaf: 5/3/1, age: 17. No Legal Heir. Religion in province: Protestant. 100 Legitimacy, 30 Prestige, 0 Power Projection.
    Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Diplomatic Ideas (3), Religious Ideas (2), Administrative Ideas (0). 1 free advisor slot (Skill 1 Master of Mint, Skill 3 Theologian). Diplomatic Relations: 5/7 (Alliance; Guaranteed)

    ""Somehow the Neapolitans landed in Ireland -" That's very poor strategy on their side. Everybody know that pizza goes better with lager beer." - Victor Cortez

  19. #99
    Major il_loco's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEU3 CompleteDivine WindFor the MotherlandHearts of Iron III
    Heir to the ThroneMagickaSemper FiSword of the StarsSword of the Stars II
    Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedWarlock: Master of the Arcane500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Ankara, TR
    Posts
    562
    Hey,

    a little suggestion about army composition. I might be wrong, but as far as I saw you use only one cavalry, you need at least 2 to have the flanking effect to take place. Moreover, in the forum it was argued that artillery is not an essential part of army before land27 or so. Even after that it is preferable to have an army of 2 to 4cav and even numbers of inf and art.

    Other than this, a joy to read. Keep it up.

  20. #100
    Colonel Saulta's Avatar
    Europa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: Chronicles

    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    1,084
    Argh, those treacherous Syrians!
    One does not simply walk into Mordor, but if one did, it would probably be the shortest walk ever.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 5 of 10 FirstFirst ... 3 4 5 6 7 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts