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  • in reply to: Warlord epic ECW #183511
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    It is quite easy to amend Pike and Shotte rules to use combined Pike and Musket units if you want them.

     

    in reply to: Games like Advanced Heroquest #171665
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    I have a copy of Descent 2nd Edition that I am thinking of selling.  it is unused – just opened but I never got around to playing it…

    Mike

    in reply to: 4Ground closing down #170107
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    I think they burnt a lot of goodwill with the failed fabled realms kickstarter that didn’t deliver anything to backers despite taking £107k.  Then they prepacked the original company and liquidated it passing all the assets onto to another company with the same directors…

    Left a rather bitter taste in a lot of people’s mouths…

    Mike

     

    in reply to: Being Successful Today #168959
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    The criteria for being successful in running a wargames business are exactly the same as for running any business.  The wargames industry isn’t unique or “special” and the problems people encounter running wargames companies are often because they don’t know how to run a business efficiently and properly…

    I have made a living from wargaming and military miniatures since 2006 and only recently sold my Toy Soldier business last year to semi-retire.  I still make a reasonable income from Coat D’arms paints which will supplement a small pension that kicks in next year.

    You need to have a decent amount of capital behind you, be willing to produce products that sell even if they aren’t in your area of interest so that you have a diverse range of product and you have to market your product.  For wargaming you HAVE to go to wargames shows to show the flag and get people to see the product – too many people won’t attend shows because they “don’t make money” without realising that they are an advertising opportunity and cost as well as a sales one…

    in reply to: Kickstarter Grump!! #165677
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    Kickstarter has become a market place.

    I did have  major problem with someone who continually runs little kickstarters and who one Christmas ran one with all the figures ready to send out.

    I complained to him and Kickstarter that it was breaking the rules of the site.  Nothing happened, though he did change his wording to try and say he was raising money for new moulds…

    I will back kickstarters that are trying something new or raising funds where you know the project won’t happen without those funds.  Mostly I’ve backed reaper bones and a couple of boardgames…

    in reply to: Front Rank for sale #164393
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    No-one else seems very bothered about the news.

    I wasn’t aware of this until I read your post. But then my range of wargaming interests are pretty narrow, and they do not include Front Rank’s product.

    And I don’t see why anyone would be that bothered – companies get sold and people retire it is the nature of the business…  it was hardly unexpected that they would retire at some point and sell the business on and that another company would buy it.

    in reply to: Front Rank for sale #164355
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    The next bit may be old news to many of you but… Gripping Beast have bought/are buying Front Rank – slight delay with lawyers finishing off contracts apparently. No longer for sale on the Front Rank site and not yet mentioned on Gripping Beast.

     

    Fairly old news – Gripping beast have said they will keep the front Rank website running separately at least initially…

    Mike

    in reply to: Does Flintloque have magic? #163966
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    The quote from the original game is:

    “Magic has faded in the background and been replaced with black powder.”

     

    in reply to: How’s the state of your hobby space? #163049
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    Having sold my Toy Soldier business (and nearly retired) my games room is about to have a make over as the old casting room will hold all the Coat D’arms paint stocks, etc and the games room will stop being a packing and work room and become just for gaming.

    I need to redecorate the casting room before this happens.  I have already moved all my boardgames into the games room and the plan is to have an 8′ x 5′ table  (which can be reconfigured to 4′ x 4′ for boardgames or 8′ x 6′ for big games or 12′ x 5′ for really big games), with picture on the walls and 2 armchairs and a coffee table at the french windows end of the room for reading and relaxing in.

    My painting bureau will remain as will the 2 dispay cases but all scenery, etc will move into the other room which will make it feel more spacious…

    Mike

    in reply to: Valuing a wargamers estate #161973
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    James

    You should be able to ask someone like Stuart at Colonel Bills to give you a valuation on the collection, I think he does estate valuations.

    If you want to PM me about the moulds, etc with some details and the company details I can give you a rough idea of worth having bought and sold several ranges over the years.

    Mike

    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161910
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    I have pretty much settled on the rules I am using and have no intention of changing them – I am tired of chopping and changing rules all the time.

    Mostly Neil Thomas for various periods and some other rulesets such as Kings of War (LOTR) and FLower of Chivalry (war of the Roses) which give more period flavour.

    I will happily play other rules with people at the Guildford Club but have no plans to adopt new rules for my own games.

    Mike

    in reply to: What’s the best way to sell stuff now? #161510
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    I have always had a lot of success selling on the Lead Adventure Forum – it has a lot of people on it from all over the world…

     

    in reply to: Then and Now #159969
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    Then:

    Now:

     

    in reply to: (Sale) Wofun 28mm Jacobites – Price dropped #158183
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    Sale fell through on this so they are back on the market at £170 inc UK P&P…

     

    in reply to: Does Ground Zero Games Have A US Stockist? #157429
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    I suspect that Ground Zero Games may not have enough margin in their prices to be able to sell to retail.

    Mike

    in reply to: Front Rank for sale #156619
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    The valuation seems to be based on the last year’s trading which I think most companies in the industry have found exceptional as everyone was stuck at home, so I’d want to see 3 years average profit if I was buying it.

    I can’t think of many (if any) companies currently in the industry in the position to pay that much to acquire it.

     

     

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    Added hovels 15mm painted buildings

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

     

    Mike

    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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    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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    Sold items removed…

     

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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!

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    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

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

    Mike

    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…

     

     

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

    Mike

    in reply to: Warlord Games – Victory at Sea #150981
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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

    in reply to: Metal vs Resin casting #150853
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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

     

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

    Mike

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

     

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

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

    Mike

    in reply to: Wofun Miniatures deliveries from Europe #150148
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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

     

    in reply to: Soft metal wire #150136
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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

     

     

     

    in reply to: Soft metal wire #150122
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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

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

     

    Mike

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

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

    Mike

     

    in reply to: Tinywargames. #148838
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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

    in reply to: War Chess – or, The Game of Battle #148553
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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

    in reply to: Are you a punk? A Cyberpunk? #148488
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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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    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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