I'm getting a bit tired of bumping the recap post, so I'll just make a new one here.
All important posts of a military nature in my journal have been grouped together under a single Memories category; I'm fully aware, however, that not all of those posts would be of great interest to casual browsers, and many of them are protected posts that are not available for everyone to see. In view of these circumstances I have created two specific categories, named respectively Tactics
, containing entries calculated to be of greatest utility for general readers, particularly those with little or no prior knowledge of military history. These two categories contain only
public entries everyone can see and comment upon. As is to be expected, while the entries are mostly of a general nature, they also sometimes contain specific hints and tips for utilizing the contents in fiction writing.
There is also a similar collection of essays in the category Political Worldbuilding
. It mostly contains entries with a less overtly military content, although there's a significant overlap with the two other categories. The category of Swordsmanship
contains posts about swords and swordsmanship, some of which do not fit with the larger scope of the military and political discussions in the abovementioned categories. Meanwhile, the category of Single Combat
is fairly self-descriptive--it contains entries that deal mostly with the arts of single combat or few against few, the difference with Swordsmanship being that the subjects of its entries are not restricted to the use of swords.
All five categories are updated from time to time with new essays, articles, or plain silly musings. There is no particular rhyme or reason to the schedule, though--I update when the whim strikes me or when somebody requests a rundown on a particular subject.
I think seven posts from the abovementioned categories are worth mentioning for their generalized and introductory nature, which makes them the most accessible to general readers:Definitions of Strategy and Tactics
addresses a common stumbling block for writers wishing to address the subject of warfare in their works--namely, the difference between strategy
The Fantasy Armies Rant
is a point-by-point examination of some possibilities fantasy writers would be well advised to observe in building the armies of their fantasy worlds, written in the familiar style of limyaael
's fantasy rants
. It has a sequel
that delves deeper into the subject of military organizational practices. Despite the presence of the word "fantasy" in their titles, I think most of the points in these rants also apply in a more general sense to just about any fictional army.
The Rant on Battles
takes a detailed look at several concerns pertaining to the representation of battles in fiction, especially on why people choose to engage (or not
to engage) in battles.Formations 101
is fairly self-descriptive; it introduces basic tactical formations of pre-20th century warfare, and points out why the study of formations as static entities is useless without an inquiry into the ways these formations actually maneuver, transform, and develop into attacks and defenses during the course of a tactical encounter.The principles of Mass, Economy of Force, and Maneuver
explained in simple terms. With pictures. These principles are further elaborated through a practical application of them in this battle report
.On the difference between "wings" and "flanks"
--or maybe I should have titled it "the left wing
is not the left flank
don't have to personally invent every single bit of strategy and tactics they use. Do they?
I've also set up a thesaurus of military terms
for the use of speculative fiction writers--mostly fantasy, though some SF term will probably creep in every now and then. On a somewhat tangential note, doc_lemming
has also set up a fantasy thesaurus
of a more general (i.e.
not specifically military) nature.
If you're wondering about whether I've covered a particular military/political worldbuilding subject or not in my posts, feel free to ask about it by commenting in whichever post you think is the most appropriate. I also accept request to treat with subjects that I haven't written about. Keep in mind, however, that I reserve the right to determine if and when I would overcome my habitual laziness for long enough to handle any of the incoming requests. ;P
(I'm going to bump this entry back up frequently, if not always regularly. It is backdated, though, so have no fears of sudden intrusions upon your f-page by "that damned page" cropping up again and again and again.)