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    Sane Max

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    Thaddeus Blanchette

    I do seriously say everything is ImagiNation, though.

    As I have written elsewhere, my operative concept for any historical gaming is that this all takes place in the dimension next door. In other words,mit is all sci-fi or alternative history.

    I go for how things look on the table, anyhow, not whether they are accurante. Gaming as I do in micro and pico scales, I have to exagerate certain features.

    For example, all my French Napoleonic line infantry have BLUE pompoms, rather than the appropriate company color. Why? So that you can see at a glance, top down, that they are French. For the same reason,British line get red over white pompoms.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    Lagartija Mike

    It’s true, accuracy is in most cases a chimera. I do mostly ancients through late renaissance (themselves amorphous expedients) and in even the best cases all have is informed guesses drawn from fractured sources. I’ve often wondered how how anyone can speak with thundering authority about the equipment or appearance of the Anatolian or Carmanian backwash that rolled with the Achaemenid armies.

    Not Connard Sage

    It’s true, accuracy is in most cases a chimera. 


    I think I love you 🙂

    Obvious contrarian and passive aggressive old prat, who is taken far too seriously by some and not seriously enough by others.

    Lagartija Mike

    My ample decolletage is blushing like the pink squawling heads of newborn conjoined twins!

    Guy Farrish

    Sorry to interrupt the love fest chaps.

    Of course accuracy is possible (although not in an objective practical sense!). There was a man walking back from Moscow to Saxony in 1812 dressed in parade uniform of 1809 because he wanted it for his triumph in Moscow and that was all he managed to salvage from the baggage when it was looted. There wasn’t however anyone dressed in British Khaki uniform from the colonial wars period, for obvious reasons – black holes don’t work like that and worm holes are – so far- purely conjectural.

    Does any of that matter? Well if you want to create a precise visual representation of what you think the 1812 retreat looked like – obviously it does. If you want to create a better understanding of the disastrous results of such hubris – no. In fact you’d probably be better off not using any sort of toy figures at all. A thought game or a logistics game mirroring Minard’s graphic of the dwindling numbers of the ‘French’ army would work a lot better (or try a re-enactment this winter – the first day it snows hard select five items of clothing( each sock is one item) from your wardrobe in the dark and go for a twenty mile hike cross country wearing them and nothing else while your friends/loved ones/angry farmers berate you and throw things at you.)

    Much more accurate than painting figures with the correct number of gaiter buttons. :^)


    Since I went to the school Napoleonic Wargames club and someone two years above me sneered at my figures because the cavalry horses had glossy tails and then the same person sneered about “Fairy Gamers” when we started to play D&D I have ignored all criticism of my figures…

    My toys, my way…


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    Angel Barracks

    I think I have received more criticism of my 6mm sci-fi models than of my historical paintjobs.
    The criticism of some my sci-fi (science FICTION) is that they are not accurate or realistic enough, which given they are fictional and not meant to be real or to be replica’s of anything just boggles my mind.

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