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  • Blackhat
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    Added hovels 15mm painted buildings

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    Blackhat
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    Gaz – I have emailed and PMed you but still not had an address to post the VBCW books to…

     

    Mike

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    in reply to: No More Plastics #154566
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    The main issue I have with multipart figures is that you require some basic knowledge of anatomy, or you end up with figures that appear to be in the midst of a warp-spasm. I note that when they first came out, ‘multipart’ figures often trumpeted their multi-poseness. I don’t think that’s really true. most multipart figures can be put together one or two ways or look silly. sure, you can swap weapons and heads, but even then I have noticed more and more that some figures really only take one or two of the arms, one or two of the heads. seconded from me that people should make one-piece plastics. I cope perfectly well with it in 20mm, why cant it be done in 28mm?

    this is exactly my problem with hard plastic 28mm and the reason I won’t buy them or attempt to assemble them any more.  My other objection is that the figure poses you end up with can be done in single pose in a metal figure so there is no advantage to the “poseability” of plastics.

    I am limiting myself to Warlord Crimean Russians that just need a head adding to them….

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    Blackhat
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    I’d like the 2 VBCW books…… Paypal invoice please. Thanks!

    Had a payment from you but no address!!

    thanks

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    Use the “instant” death version and you don’t have to track anything!  I also don’t use exhaustion point as I don’t see how it works as written and always use scenarios with a fixed game length.

     

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    Blackhat
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    Sold items removed…

     

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    Blackhat
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    Yeah that is cool, do me the other one Mike.

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    I’d like the 2 VBCW books…… Paypal invoice gaz68.gergal at hotmail.com please. Thanks!

    Paypal Sent

    I’ve already got a copy of the other one, so if you don’t mind having that one, Mike, I’d really appreciate it.

    Can you PM me your  paypal account and I’ll send you an invoice

    Thanks

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    in reply to: Fanzine from 1934 #154142
    Blackhat
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    The first SF fanzine was The Comet published in 1930…

    Mike

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    in reply to: Men Will.Be Boys #151343
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    I still don’t know how you make model soldiers as shown from compressed paper(commentary on the Cushing piece) and wonder if something didn’t get a bit confused in the script writing phase.

    They are Elastolin figures which were made by compressing wood pulp into a mould around a wire armature…

     

     

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    in reply to: Warlord Games – Victory at Sea #150995
    Blackhat
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    The horrible bases…

    Mike

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    in reply to: Warlord Games – Victory at Sea #150981
    Blackhat
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    I was interested in it but the ship models put me off.

    Firegorge Games is supposed to be producing a 1/1800th WW2 Naval game but I haven’t seen any updates on it recently…

     

    Mike

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    in reply to: Metal vs Resin casting #150853
    Blackhat
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    You can make drop moulds exactly the same way as resin casting and then cast in metal using them.  You’ll need to use an RTV rubber that withstands the temperature.  I have a number of metal drop moulds for pieces that are too big to go into  normal spin mould (like car chassis) all in 54mm..

    Prince August is a good place to start for moulds and drop casting metal if you want to play with it.

    Mike

     

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    in reply to: (Sale) Wofun 28mm Jacobites – Price dropped #150230
    Blackhat
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    My friend has asked me to drop the price to £170 posted to the UK

    Mike

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    in reply to: (Sale) Wofun 28mm Jacobites – Price dropped #150226
    Blackhat
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    shame…

     

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    in reply to: (Sale) Wofun 28mm Jacobites – Price dropped #150203
    Blackhat
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    Oh soooooooooooooo tempted.

    Can I tempt you by dropping it to £220 shipped?

    Mike

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    in reply to: Wofun Miniatures deliveries from Europe #150148
    Blackhat
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    erm,,, presumably Wofun was adding 19% VAT before as they are VAT registered – they are now deducting it and you are then paying 20% on import (assuming over £135 which most Wofun will be) – so not 20% more expensive just any customs fees plus collection fee…

    Mike

     

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    in reply to: Soft metal wire #150136
    Blackhat
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    In fact it took me a while to find it in straight lengths as I want it straight for making horse frames, ambulance cover frames, etc , etc and didn’t want it bent…

    Seems to be available on spools

    https://www.easyfloristsupplies.co.uk/wire/c62.html?mid=203

     

     

     

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    in reply to: Soft metal wire #150122
    Blackhat
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    Why not just buy florists wire?  I bought about 10kgs of it for my Toy Soldier business in various thicknesses – can’t remember the supplier but there are a lot about.

    Mike

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    in reply to: Exporting from the UK #149866
    Blackhat
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    yes, I think some people just put 9503.00 on

     

    Mike

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    in reply to: Exporting from the UK #149864
    Blackhat
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    95030099  – for exports

    with a zero on the end it is an import code…

    Mike

     

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    in reply to: Tinywargames. #148838
    Blackhat
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    I have bought a couple of mats from them and they are okay – not as nice as the Deep Cut Studio mats but they are fine for the money.  You get no communication from them about your order though – it just eventually turns up…

    I have seen reports of some problsm with custom orders and I know someone who had to try twice before getting the right mat.

    Mike

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    in reply to: War Chess – or, The Game of Battle #148553
    Blackhat
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    I would assume it means you can move 3 square if moving forwards but only 2 square is moving sidewise or backwards

    Mike

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    in reply to: Are you a punk? A Cyberpunk? #148488
    Blackhat
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    The problem of being able to issue patches is that people put games out before they are finished.

    When I was writing computer games in the 1980s you only got one shot.

     

    Mike

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    Blackhat
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    Norm,

    I am not sure that it is the same thing that Battlefront use.

    The siocast machines are expensive – £50k for a machine, plus you are tied into using their plasic – which would worry me.  Cheapre than proper full on plastic production but at about 5 times the cost of setting up metal production.

    I believe that PSC and Warlord are both leasing their machines.  It has the advantage over metal casting and resin casting that it is a simple process to produce the figures – like standard plastic production from metal moulds.

    Instead of having a fairly skilled operator (even metal casting can be fiddly), you just need someone to load plastic chips in one end and dump out the frames the other.

    Personally, I cannot see what it particularly adds, but I have never been a big fan of plastic figures…

    Mike

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    Blackhat
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    Ultracast is just a rebranding by PSC of the siocast plastic injection system also used by Warlord Games….

    Mike

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    in reply to: Long Term Plans/Goals #147428
    Blackhat
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    You mean apart from eventually retire? 🙂

    I am using the time I am no longer gaming due to lockdown to work through all my collections and get them into a final, finished state.

    So, finish all the bases, add flags, glue back missing spear, finish movement trays, etc, etc

    I did 24 FPW Cavalry bases over lsat weekend and was rather surprised that I have over 200 infantry bases to Brushscape, dry brush and flock…

    I’ve got the 28mm FPW and LOTR collections to do, plus the 54mm Napoleonic and NWF ones to finish…

    Then I can do something new!  Though I have started painting Ogre Miniatures sets in between…

    Mike

     

     

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    in reply to: Arrrgrghhh!! #140594
    Blackhat
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    I’d wondered too, but I guess that answers that. Playing Devil’s advocate, and acknowledging that I speak with exactly the authority of someone who’s never run a successful miniatures company to someone who has – is there maybe not something in the approach Mirliton takes with the Grenadier range: instead of dropping 7000 new products on the site, slowly introducing them in batches once the ducks are all lined up? (In their case, it’s about mould preparation as much as photos I believe, but still.) Again, without knowing whereof I speak, it can’t hurt your sales if you’ve got too many to handle already.

    I initially thought of doing that with Imperial Miniatures where I sell the old “All the Queen’s Men” ranges but it made no sense for me to work on adding the ACW vignettes if people really wanted Agincourt ones, so I listed everything in a price list and have been adding photos as I make sets and paint them for people…

    Also it would take me years to get all the figures re-released doing it that way…

    Mike

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    in reply to: Arrrgrghhh!! #140561
    Blackhat
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    I think there are very few manufacturers with new products that aren’t putting up photos – in fact I can’t think of anyone.  it is the people with ranges that originated before the internet and cheap photography that tend to lack photos.

    Mike

     

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    in reply to: Arrrgrghhh!! #140546
    Blackhat
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    This comes up again and again and the simple fact is that if you have a lot of codes from ranges bought in it takes a lot of time to cast, ink and photograph them.

    Time that needs to be spent first on fulfilling orders to get in money.

    If you have sufficient orders to fill your time then taking photos comes a long way down the list of jobs to do when you “ave a spare moment”

    I current own Imperial Miniatures and Dorset Model Soldiers which have some 7,000 codes between them that don’t have photographs or poor photos.

    I am working on a new website but that won’t have photos either because I am flat out fulfilling orders and don’t have the time to take photos or the incentive to to get new orders…

    Mike

    (Who has been doing this as a full time living since 2006)

     

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    in reply to: Please don’t judge me….. #130969
    Blackhat
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    The funny thing is that I quite like some of the models thay have made but have no interest in the 40K the background fluff.  I did a couple of writing samples for Black Library and found I really couldn’t get my head around the constant depressiveness of the universe.

     

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    in reply to: The end times are nigh – or are they? #130867
    Blackhat
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    Oh, and on Kickstarters…

    Like Michael I am sad that Kickstarter has moved from being a genuinely exciting crowdfunding platform which enabled creative people to produce projects that otherwise wouldn’t exist to a marketplace and publicity platform for larger companies who use it for cashflow.

    I know that there are smaller companies that produce kickstarters but even a number of them abuse the concept by releasing all their figures through kickstarter when the range and company have been kickstarted already and are capable of fundng the product themselves.

    I think that Kickstarter itself is addictive and that both backers and miniature companies have become addicted to the rush, excitement and hype of kickstarter campaigns.

    I tried a small Kickstarter campaign as an experiment and it funded okay and it showed that there was a (small) market for WW1 French Halflings.  But it landed me with a large amount of orders all in one go and the figures didn’t sell that well after the kickstarter finished so all the upfront sales didn’t produce later sales and I have heard other producers say the same thing.

    I have backed an occasional kickstarter – mostly Reaper ones and you get a lot of product for your money but most of it is still unpainted years after I got it (Bones I was 243 miniatures in one go!).

    The sad thing is I think that people have to be on Kickstarter because evryone else is doing it.  It is good for publicity and people finding you who had never heard of you and that is where a lot of people are spending their money nowadays.  I do wonder about people who’s profile shows they have backed over 500 kickstarters!  I think they might have a problem… 🙂

     

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    in reply to: The end times are nigh – or are they? #130866
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    I think that definitely “my hobby” is dying in that I am not (and never really) been interested in complete package games where you buy everything you need off the shelf and are locked into the “world” / rulebook the manufacturer has produced.  But then, I started wargaming in 1974 and never fell into the GW hobby.  I knew everyone at Gw not long after it started and thought that when Rogue Trader came out it was the game I REALLY wanted at 15 but I was 25 by then…

    I advertise in Wargames Illustrated by rarely read the copy that comes throuhg the door as it simply doesn’t cover the games that interest me or the hobby style I play.  I want articles on “how” people made something/designed a scenario and “why” they have devised a scenario a certain way or collected a certain mix of troops.  I don’t want rehashed history, lots of uniform details in Osprey plates that I can get elsewhere and to know what is currently “hot”.

    But I am mid-50s so don’t represent the market that Wargames Illustrated are aimed at.

    That is fine, I’ve gone out and found other people who are interested in what I am – I started the Little Wars 54mm wargaming forum and I am about to run the 3rd 54mm wargaming games day in Woking to bring those people together.   I am very lucky to have a local opponent who likes the style of games I do and a local club (Guildford) whose members at least tolerate my (slightly odd) approach to gaming amongst their anicent 15mm games…

    I think people do say the hobby is dying as they don’t see their form of the hobby being represented, but I don’t feel any real need to see articles on 54mm gaming, etc in mainstream wargame magazines…

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    in reply to: The end times are nigh – or are they? #130657
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    People are correct that the demise of the wargames hobby has been talked about for a long time along with the greyng of the hobby…

    What has happened is that technology has made it a lot easier to get into the industry.  Printing for rules is cheaper, PDF distribution is easy with the internet.

    For figure manufacturers it is easier to find a sculptor through the net, you can outsource your moulding and casting and you have a company…

    What has happened is that those of us that make a living from the industry have to contend with people producing figures and rules at a professional quality as a hobby where the figures are cheaper than the actual cost of producing and selling them because hobby producers don’t charge for their time…  It make it difficult to compete.

    But then, the wargames industry seems healthier in terms of companies and sales than the Toy Soldier world (which I now inhabit) where we have gone from 180+ companies in 1981 (as documented by Stuart Asquith) to probably less than 30…

    Mike

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    in reply to: Photocopied Stapled Fanzines #127721
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    I have been tempted, on occasion, to put together something ‘old school’ like MWAN or the Classic Wargaming Quarterly that was produced for a while.

    I think that they offer something you don’t find in blogs – a sense of community and ownership.

    In my experience of running fanzines in the 1980s, you got a bunch of people around you who all fed off each other to produce ideas.

    And no, it won’t make money but we didn’t back then either!

     

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    in reply to: Getting back into 20mm WWII: what's new? #125689
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    I have a lot of the SHQ BEF figures and a load of their vehicles which I really like.

    Also, Frontline Wargaming is good for cheap resin trucks, etc that just need the wheels adding so a lot less fiddly than proper kits.

     

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    in reply to: Bones 5 kickstarter – UK backer query #125684
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    I backed Bones 4 and bought the core set and the Dreadmere expansion = $150

    UK VAT was $30

    Shipping was from the Uk hub and $14.17

    Total of $194.17

    I would expect the Bones 5 Kickstarter to be the same as they have a UK Hub, so no import duties.

     

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    in reply to: Is your preferred scale.. #125158
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    I have ditched all my collections below 20mm  (except 18mm Martian Empires) and am mostly collecting new stuff in 54mm and 40mm.  I started a 54mm wargaming forum to get more discussion going, but I really don’t have any opinion on whether stuff is under represented or not.  I am doing my own thing with some friends who also collect those scales and enjoy them and that is all that matters.

    At 56, I no longer feel the need to be cool or trendy… 🙂

     

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    in reply to: Taking the plunge into AWI #123530
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    I have a very large amount of 40mm Front Rank that I picked up very cheaply and which I am slowly painting in between other things.  Managed 1 completed British Unit so far and one other very close to finished…

    Mike

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    in reply to: Is Ogre the only Ogre-like game out there? #120937
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    I have long wondered about creating or adapting a fantasy skirmish game so I can use my Mumakil as an “Ogre” style behemoth .  The idea being that the opposition are trying the stop the Mumakil crossing the board to crush something on the other side.

    It would have the Haradrim crew and a lot of hit points….

     

    Mike

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    in reply to: Is Ogre the only Ogre-like game out there? #120831
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    Two more silly options, if you can find them: Chaosiam had a game called Stomp! in which a giant is trying to squash a bunch of thieving elves before they can escape from a wizard’s garden; the elves meanwhile are trying to pin down the giant’s sandals with garden stakes and then pull him over with ropes so that his fall will break the wall. It is a very silly game. The other was by Steve Jackson Games and was called Globbo. This one featured an amorphous, growing, homicidal babysitter, armed with slapping hands, guns and a deadly belching head, trying to destroy the “kids” under its care. The kids come in three varieties or stages: the first and second are blobs of yeast and floating sparks – when enough sparks can land on a yeast they morph into the third stage: a full grown bug-like creature – deadly and nasty. It’s not the sort of game one sees every day. Both date from the 1980s.

     

    I still have my copies – both great games – Stomp uses Rock/Paper/Scissors for combat…

     

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