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  • in reply to: Ebay still a thing? #129090
    Altius
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    Thanks for the advice!

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    in reply to: Painting and Building Spaces #129006
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    I’ve got a room I’ve turned into an office with two desks. On one desk I have all of my work stuff, and the other one is my painting station. I’ve got a nice sound system in there, neat racks of paints and other supplies, a great lighting system and a bookshelf full of reference books. The nicest feature of all is a door, which I can close any time I like. My wife calls it “the cave”, but I keep it nice and clean. I know she hates a mess, so I try not to antagonize her too much.

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    in reply to: Definition of a ‘project’… #128989
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    For me, a project starts with an idea, a concept you have in your head. This could be almost anything – a period, a region, a specific army, maybe a set of terrain pieces.

    Most of my projects For a new period or game involve planning and building two small starter forces and some related terrain features. Any new forces or terrain I add to that is a new project. Anyway, that’s my system

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    in reply to: Wargaming aphorisms #98407
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    Your most beautifully painted unit will be defeated spectacularly in their first battle. The heroes of the game will be the unit that your opponent painted with a spray can while drunk.

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    in reply to: Where to find Uchelwr? #85019
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    Paskal, I have no idea what your picture looks like, but take a look at these Gripping Beast Welshmen here: https://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/British__Welsh_Kingdoms–category–64.html

    As a bonus, they also have sheep. For, y’know, objective markers.

    https://www.grippingbeast.co.uk/Livestock–category–113.html

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    in reply to: Native / Pict Huts #85017
    Altius
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    Nice job. The coffee stirrer boards look good.

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    in reply to: So you are gaming Prehistory…? #84952
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    What’s a good set of rules for playing the prehistoric period? I’m thinking of some adaption for Dragon Rampant, but maybe there’s something better.

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    in reply to: The Royal We #83965
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    Makes sense to me.

    It’s a different set of rules in other business environments, apparently. Once, early in my career, I was meeting with a bunch of high-level honchos to discuss a software system I was developing. I might have been a little nervous and I reverted to the royal we, for some reason. One of the VPs stopped me mid-sentence and asked me if I had a mouse in my pocket. Since that moment, I’ve been more conscious about using it.

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    in reply to: The Royal We #83937
    Altius
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    I like to imagine that every miniatures-related business I deal with has a whole crew of happy, enthusiastic employees who like to meet together for beers every Friday night, but experience reminds me that it’s probably just a guy working out of his garage.

    No matter, really. I’m happy to support small businesses. I can imagine how difficult it must be to compete with the GWs of the world. As long as he or she can provide the service they advertise in a timely and reasonably cheerful way, I couldn’t care less about their use of the royal ‘we’.

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    in reply to: Gaming without clear victory conditions? #83817
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    I like games with clear cut objectives, but it seems like most of the games I play are simple meeting engagements where the objective is to simply bash the other guy into submission. Those are also fun but not quite as interesting.

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    in reply to: Boardgame Mindset vs Wargame Mindset #81605
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    I came across the same thing when I was part of a group that played Advanced Squad Leader (still one of my favorite games). No one wanted to play a scenario unless it came from one of the officially sanctioned sources. Coming from a miniatures background, I’ve always loved to tinker and create my own scenarios, but it was a hard sell with that group. Not sure why.

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    in reply to: Checking Out Your Own Self #81548
    Altius
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    Oh thank god. I thought I was the only one.

    When I add new units to one of my armies, I like put the whole thing out on the table just to see how things are shaping up.

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    in reply to: Angry Saxons #81517
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    I like the muted colors that you chose. It’s very effective.

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    in reply to: Redneck Life #81497
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    No.

    If I wanted to witness redneck life, I’d watch my neighbors put up their Christmas lights. Which I did, and it was everything I imagined it would be.

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    in reply to: The Ratte #81405
    Altius
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    Not quite what I was expecting. When I read the word ‘ratte’, i suddenly thought of an Elizabethan rodent.

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    in reply to: Yeah, that is nice, but what about my question? #81403
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    I’ve heard it suggested that our hobby tends to draw people with some degree of AS, though I have no idea if that’s true. Maybe your internet pal brings up his 6mm WWII army when you ask about Napoleonics because he’s dying to talk about 6mm WWII and has absolutely no interest in Napoleonics. In a way, it’s your fault for presenting the opportunity.

    I would broadly agree. Similarly, I often cannot resist the chance to re-tell a good joke if one of the threads even vaguely lends itself to it. I think I have managed to resist the urge here so far.

    That’s a possibility. I also look for opportunities to tell a good joke I’ve heard, and it doesn’t always occur at the appropriate moment. Hell, I do that IRL as well.

    I have a confession to make. Sometimes I see a perfectly good discussion going and suddenly I’m filled with the overpowering urge to derail it for no good reason. I certainly hope that’s not a sign that I’m becoming a sociopath or something like that.

    Mike, have you thought of that? Maybe your online discussions are simply attracting Stage One sociopaths intent on throwing a wrench in the works on a whim. I think it’s worth looking into.

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    in reply to: What would you NOT play? #81344
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    Well, of course, I would never game the usual list of morally reprehensible activities that go beyond simply shooting tiny men for entertainment – rape, concentration camps, flying airliners into skyscrapers, that sort of thing. But be honest: how often do those things come up in a game, anyway? If you’re sitting across the table from a guy who wants to make a game out of massacring civilians, then you have bigger problems than what’s happening on the table, my friend.

    I probably should add ‘targeting children’ to that list of no-no’s but the scouts in my post-apocalyptic skirmish force are all teenaged boys and they always end up shot to pieces by aliens or mutants in every game.

    I’ve gradually lost interest in modern gaming*, mostly because I’m not interested in the typically stupid-as-hell political theories and jingoistic opinions that often follow one of these games. I find that substituting sci-fi skirmish (near future, preferably) is a good way to avoid that nonsense while still vicariously killing tiny people, which is good. I’ve also found that I’ve lost the taste for ACW games after all the national drama of the last year, but that might change in time.

    Oh, and frilly shirts. I won’t play a game involving people wearing ridiculously frilly collars and sleeves. Lines have to be drawn.

    *Its too bad because I’ve got some nicely painted modern Afghanistan forces and some 1970s Portuguese Colonial War forces all in 15mm that are just going to sit in the box on my shelf until I die, apparently.

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    in reply to: Yeah, that is nice, but what about my question? #81340
    Altius
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    I’ve heard it suggested that our hobby tends to draw people with some degree of AS, though I have no idea if that’s true. Maybe your internet pal brings up his 6mm WWII army when you ask about Napoleonics because he’s dying to talk about 6mm WWII and has absolutely no interest in Napoleonics. In a way, it’s your fault for presenting the opportunity.

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    in reply to: Why Don't You Use A Painting Service? #81338
    Altius
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    I’m in this hobby precisely because I want to paint. In fact, I consider myself to be a painter who occasionally plays games. I find it enormously relaxing to spend an evening painting. Paying someone else to paint my stuff would feel so wrong, as if I’m cheating myself.

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    in reply to: Conan Meet #80555
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    I’d be down for that but I’m too far away. I’ve had an idea for a Hyborean campaign rattling in the back of my head for years but I haven’t done anything about it.

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    in reply to: Last game of 2017… #80554
    Altius
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    Love the terrain.

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    Altius
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    These days, I mostly bounce around between here and LAF. My local game club has migrated to FB and Frothers is pretty active there as well, in addition to several of my favorite manufacturers, so it’s good for a lot of eye candy. I have to be honest, I really don’t think to stop by TMP anymore and I haven’t missed it.

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    in reply to: Favourite ancients army in your collection? #74691
    Altius
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    My current favorite army is my 28mm Late Roman (western), but this might change once my hun army is finished. We’ll see.

    A couple of close contenders would be my NK Egyptian army and my Sea Peoples army, both also in 28mm.

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    in reply to: Big Battle Skirmish? #74308
    Altius
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    Thinking about this further today, the thing that surprised me, was that in discussing this with guys my age or older, say 50-70 years old for the most part. They qualified my gaming style as being skirmish, and almost uniformly shared that they had never experienced or didn’t remember “old school’ games along the lines of what I described. The general perspective shared was that my style of game was a mutated version of contemporary skirmish gaming, and that it was a relatively recent manifestation. This was very surprising to me.

    I started wargaming as a boy in the late ‘70s also. No “agenda” here, but I don’t remember many games like what you’re describing. In fact, pushing around anything more than, say, 50 individually based figures per side just seems unfeasible, but I’m sure that’s just my opinion. If I had to move that many figures, I’d immediately think of basing them in groups.

    At that time, I was playing a lot of napoleonics and medievals, but we generally based them on popsicle sticks. I did a little WWII skirmish gaming at that time (one figure = one man) but the games involved maybe at most a dozen figures per side and you’d play with one figure.

    Nowadays, I’m a big believer in group basing. I’ve got very little that’s based individually. But I’m a strong believer that there is no wrong way to game, and if you enjoy it, go with it.

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    in reply to: How do you see me on TWW? #72841
    Altius
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    Is this a relationship question? Because, based on several similar-sounding questions initiated by my wife, this feels suspiciously like its a relationship question.

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    in reply to: 10mm Skirmish? #72544
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    It was a fairly low number. About 10-20 figures per side for each game. The premise of the campaign was that each player was a member of a single squad in Tunisia and you had one figure to control. Once he was dead, you were out. I made it about halfway through the campaign before I made a really dumb mistake and got my man killed. It was fun.

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    in reply to: Band of Brothers… or Nest of Vipers? #72541
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    For a long time, I’ve liked the idea of giving each commander his own game objectives in secret. They might run parallel to the other commanders on his side (beating the enemy is important to everyone), but each might have somewhat different personal goals, such as being the first to capture an objective or a grabbing a higher share of the loot, or something like that. I haven’t actually played many games like that, however.

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    in reply to: 10mm Skirmish? #72540
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    I remember playing a 10mm skirmish campaign set in WWII North Africa years ago that was a lot of fun. We used full-sized tables, though, rather than scaling it down. Lots of long range shooting in that one.

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    in reply to: Water #60727
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    I recently tried Woodland Scenics’ stuff. It looks great and is easy to work with. One caveat, though: I discovered that stuff will stick to it even long after it’s dried. I had made up some river sections and stored them in a box with some other terrain pieces on top. Months later, I found that the pieces had fused together where they touched the “water”.

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    in reply to: 28mm crew with Chinese ships completed #60726
    Altius
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    That is beautiful work!

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    in reply to: The Men Who Would Be Kings #56396
    Altius
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    I bought a copy of the rules last week but haven’t had an opportunity to play yet. I don’t see anything radically different about them but I am a fan of Dan Mersey’s other rule books and own several, so I do have high hopes for these rules as well.

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    in reply to: Essential Mechanics in Rules #43671
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    There are a number of things that I look for in terms of game mechanics, but I think what attracts me the most would be flexibility. I like rules that can allow for odd units, unique situations, the occasional eccentric general. Anything that allows you some variation from what is usual because not all battles are evenly matched. I’m aware that no rulebook can cover every situation and that too much flexibility can be an issue. But still, I like to be able to occasionally deviate from the norm.

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    in reply to: Prone Figures #43667
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    I like to base my guys on multi-figure stands to represent squads/platoons, so it’s not really an issue. I have one or two prone figures in my Russian Civil War units, and they seem to fit right in.

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    in reply to: Painting Glass #42049
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    Sometimes, for very small scales, I’ll simply paint it black. But usually, I paint blue, and then add some lines and dots with white to represent glare.

    If I want the glass to appear tinted, I’ll use other base colors as well.

    https://studiovalidus.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/015.jpg Pirate

    https://studiovalidus.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/ragged-lmg-gunner-i.jpgInsurgent

    https://studiovalidus.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/air-support-ii.jpgFighters

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    in reply to: FOR SALE: 15mm Modern Figures, Vehicles #40994
    Altius
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    Thanks for those compliments, guys! 🙂

    I should add that I’d be happy to ship these anywhere in the world for not a lot of money. For destinations outside the US, I’ll only ask for half the shipping charge.

    I really just want these guys to go to a good home. 🙂

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    in reply to: What Do You Use for Bases? #40895
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    Lately, I’m using Litko laser-cut wooden bases quite a bit, and sometimes Renedra plastic bases. I used to simply cut my bases from sheets of matte board but the Litko bases are so much nicer and worth the extra cost.

    I don’t do a lot of ships, but here are some photos of some triremes I painted.

    https://studiovalidus.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/the-punic-war-at-sea/

    As you can see from the photos, I made some bases for them with matte board. I wanted to give the bases some interesting three-dimensional “texture” so I used a thickening gel (from an art supply store) to create the chop and wakes.

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    in reply to: Hobby labels #40893
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    I would call myself a wargamer, for convenience. It’s just a way to put myself in the same box as the rest of you sad, silly geeks. In my head, though, I consider myself more of a painter than a gamer. I paint for maybe 4-6 hours per week but only play a game maybe once every two months.

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    in reply to: Abnatha's Toy Soldiers #39971
    Altius
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    That is some beautiful work.

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    in reply to: Works in Progress #39970
    Altius
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    Very nice work on those tanks. As you mentioned in your blog, I also like a bit of snowy terrain and used that for my entire Russian Civil War inventory (figures, vehicles and terrain).

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    in reply to: Searching for spare swords in scabbards #39650
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    Thanks for those suggestions. The Magister Militum swords look good and I didn’t even think of checking there. I mainly associate MM with 10mm figures.

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