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  • in reply to: Guide to getting started War of 1812 #90481
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    Norm, many thanks for correcting this for.  I appreciate your help.

    This is what happens when you are too hasty or do not proof your work.

    I hope the others who have stopped by got a good laugh out of it.

     

     

    in reply to: 28mm British Colonial Infantry #87004
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    “Does anyone know of a historic precedent for including a small dog with British infantry in either Afgahnistan or the Sudan? Thank you.”

     

    Not sure if you have seen this yet

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbie_(dog)

    in reply to: How do you cope with the storage monster? #86394
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    I have been cutting back for the past couple years.  Concentrate on a couple of periods in a single scale.  That is American Rev War, War of 1812 and Crimean War 1854 all in 25mm.  terrain is similar for two periods so very economical.  Recently started a very small mid eighteenth century army but that will stay small.  Sold off unfinished projects in various scales.

    For storage discovered really useful boxes and using them for troops and terrain.

     

    Love my books, but getting rid of many.  Switching to books on kindle but saving a few.

    in reply to: Undulations #86393
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    Donald,  very interesting thoughts here.  I have been wondering the same thing of how to represent slight rises and also low ground.  I am going to cut out some thin MDF boards into contour hills.  These will be lower then my traditional hills but will block line of sight and have slight movement penalty.  I  Plan on painting them green and cover with flocking matching ground cloth.

    in reply to: Mounted Militia #86164
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    “anyone with some attractive real estate.”

    I fell off my chair laughing at that line.  Very honest, very funny.

    in reply to: With Zeal and with Bayonets Only #85437
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    Outstanding review.

    in reply to: Crann tara painted figures. #84554
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    Beautiful work.  And most excellent figures.  Glad you are painting again

    in reply to: Albuera, July 1815 #81950
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    I hope you do share some pictures.  Fascinated by how people use disguised senario.

    in reply to: 15mm Essex, 18mm Blue Moon on parade #81775
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    Wonderful figures.  A very nice job you’re done on painting them

    in reply to: Monmouth Courthouse a 28mm Refight #81773
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    A most excellent write up.  Your terrain and figures are beautiful.  Thank you for sharing.

    in reply to: New Years Plans? #80472
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    I want to work on terrain.  I am eager to try some paper buildings as they look nice but are inexpensive.  Also add a few new regiments.  But really want to game more.

    in reply to: Project Minden – Hanoverian Cavalry #80218
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    Beautiful!

    in reply to: Why Don't You Use A Painting Service? #80217
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    While I have bought a few painted figures over the years they never feel right.  Part of the joy of the hobby is finding great figures you like and then painting them. Once done I have a feeling of ownership and pride K do not have over figures/regiments I pick up.

    The lead Mountain Is Shrinking.

    in reply to: Basecoating #80215
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    Black Liquitex Gesso with a big old brush.  After it dries I dry brush white.  That way raised edges are lighter and foods are darker.  Works for me!

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    While I am really into WW2 i found your review interesting.  I will be asking my inter library loan design find this for me.  Thank you!

    in reply to: 6×6 grid game ACW at Gettysburg #68312
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    Very nice!

    in reply to: Varying figure and terrain scales #68311
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    While I game mostly in 25mm my buildings are usually smaller.  Both 20mms and 15mms look better on the battlefield.

     

    in reply to: Chippewa 1814 #67891
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    🍺 yes, it is a most excellent place (say no more).

    in reply to: Chippewa 1814 #67880
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    Nice to see both of you here.

    in reply to: Hanoverian troops in the British Army #66507
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    Minden miniatures has an Hanovarian line.  I think they would be the right size.

     

    http://fifeanddrum-minis.com/hanoverians.html

    in reply to: Les Chasseurs de Fischer #65985
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    in reply to: "12 Booklets for the armies of the WAS." #65984
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    I did not know about these books.  Thank you for posting about them.

    in reply to: What is a Hunting Shirt? #65983
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    Cheep and easy to make.  Gives a uniform appearance to your army.  And since hunting shirts are associated with rifles makes your enemy think all the army could be rifle men.

    in reply to: What if…Bunker/Breeds Hill #65982
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    An interesting war game scenario. And in hope when you play it out to share a battle report with us.

     

    But in real life Howe’s actions were not so arrogant, nor Clinton’s plan so simple.

    From Howe’s point of view logistics and naval support dictates where he landed his troops.  The navy could provide only half the boats needed for the soldiers and artillery he needed.  So he was have to land his men and guns in two waves.  Since these boats were open row type boats soldiers were exposed to enemy fire while rowing and while the men waded ashore.  The time needed to row to Charlestown from Boston was about an hour round trip from the north end to Morton’s point (the closest point to Boston)  and nearly two hours up the mystic river to the Charlestown neck and back.  British warships needed room to maneuver and deep drafts to prevent running aground.  The navy had already lost one frigate (HMS Diana) in May 1775 running aground on the mud flats that dotted boston harbour especially in areas like the mystic river. The frigate ran aground and Americans swaddled out and overwhelming the crew.  The mystic river had not been mapped by the navy ( they did so after the battle) so no ships were available to sail up it.  So you could land on Charlestown neck but you could bring less then half the troops needed, no artillery and you are under heavy fire from American (New Englanders really) all the time you slowly row up the mystic river and while you try and land.  You have no naval support and reinforcements are many hours away.  And you are caught between an enemy on the peninsula and lots more in Cambridge. Did I mention the Americans had about six cannon on the Charlestown peninsula?

    On the other hand at Morton’s point ( the actual landing spot) you have good naval support as ships can warp close in and lay down a fire to keep those pesky Yankees away.   Row time is an hour roundtrip so your guns and reinforcements are closer at hand.

    Most importantly the Americans have only dug in on breeds hill and possibly in Charlestown itself.  The open fields from the hill to the mystic river are open.  Knowlton and Stark have not yet built the rail fence defensive line.  So at least until then you can walk around the redoubt.  No frontal assault until that happens.

    Bunker hill is a deceptive complicated battle.  It is not help by poor literature.  I would highly recommend John Elting’s book, The Battle of Bunker’s Hill (1975) for much more details. You should be able to pick it up through inter library loan.

    in reply to: Campaign of 1896 Sudan #65201
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    Great, first class write up.  Looking forward to more on this.

    in reply to: Uniformology Armies of Bishmark's Wars #65200
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    Thank you.  These are outstanding.

    in reply to: Big Fig (54mm) Anglo-Zulu figures… #65199
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    Outstanding. The 54mms figures give a very dramatic effect on the table top. You paint job is first rate.  I am looking forward to seeing more of these fine fellows.

    in reply to: British SYW 15mm SYW British Cavalry for Minden #65197
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    Very nice figures.

    in reply to: Figure ranges you wish were still available #65009
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    I also missed the Mike’s models.  Very nice figures.

    in reply to: Scratch built 1/1200 USS Chesapeake #65008
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    An very incredible model.  Beautiful.

    in reply to: Upper Canadian militia 1813 #64462
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    I paint because I have no life 🙂

    in reply to: Willie figures #64270
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    How do the figures fit in with Minden or Crann Tara miniatures?  Not in the same unit,  but on a table with various units of different manufacturers?

    in reply to: Willie figures #64151
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    Thank you for posting this.  Love the Edward Suren  “Willie” figures.  They are filled with personality and character.  And his 18th century ones were his best.

    in reply to: Flyboys #64083
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    Yes, I know there is a lot that is wrong.  But I am still one of the few who like that movie.  I turn off the mind and just enjoy a decent story and dogfighting. After its over I grab my wings of war planes.

    in reply to: Overall look #64082
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    For me it is the people around me playing first. Good friends who get along and play for fun.  I like the look of 25mm’s battalions.  It’s the kid in me with a fascination with toy soldiers.  The battalions need to look like battalions.  I usually do 24 to 30 figures.  But since I have limited space, a small enough army that does not overcome the table.  So most of my armies are based around 10 to  12 Infantry battalions with a few cavalry and a couple guns.  Looks nice, has a old school toy soldier game feel and is doable.

    in reply to: Loyalist Brigade 1780 #64081
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    I agree!  There are some regiments I have painted just because of that book.

    in reply to: Southern militia 1780 #64080
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    Zippy, many thanks for the tip!  Obvious I am sure but I never thought of it.  Will start doing it.

    in reply to: Royal Artillery 1814 #63681
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    Since I posted this I have debased my artillery. Rather then squares or rectangle I went with round bases.  Looks nice!

    in reply to: Terrific ESR After Action Report #58111
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    Very well done.

    in reply to: Draft of Mr Maddison's War rules for War of 181$ #58110
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    Posted a quick play of the rules with simple terrain and a few troops.

    http://bravefusiliers.blogspot.com/2017/02/mr-madisons-rules-mr-madisons-game.html

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