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  • in reply to: I slapped some paint on some plastic #163452
    bobm
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    To bulk up paints or pigments add talc.

    Vallejo do a range of coloured pastes.  I’ve got a wet mud one that is easy to work with.

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    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161877
    bobm
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    There’s three stages with new rules/games:

    1.  You learn the rules, this can last several games
    2. You play the rules, again, this can take a few games
    3. You play your opponent, if you’re lucky this can last forever

    Only stage 3. is really enjoyable.  However so many people either move on to another set or start tinkering before ever arriving at step 3.  Seems such a waste of time and effort, but then some systems deserve to be discarded!

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    in reply to: First foray into block warfare… #161464
    bobm
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    I assumes each block is representing a regiment?  Apart from very early in the war or in remote areas the brigade would have a single troop type, cavalry or infantry.  Between 4 and 6 regiments usually.  Artillery would be grouped at division, corps and army level.

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    in reply to: Air Drying Clay #159092
    bobm
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    Reinforce the clay with florist wire, rose wire or brass rod and it won’t warp or crack.  Well it will crack but they’ll be scarcely noticeable hairline cracks rather than gaping chasms.  If a thick sections reinforce both faces and both directions.

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    in reply to: New to the period – help appreciated #155088
    bobm
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    The most basic rules of heraldry are the split between “colours” and “metals”  only silver (white) and gold (yellow) are metals.  you can’t put a metal on a metal or a colour on a colour.

    Pictures of animals, axes, mythical creatures etc are often described as “natural” instead of a colour.  this means they can be colours that look right and are not bound by the normal heraldic rules above.  I’m aware that this seems to make the Welsh flag break the rules (with dragon-red overlapping (on) the green but hey ho..

    The last is about “reversal” .  This applies to livery colours as well as heraldry.  Think how modern flags are arranged from the staff to the fly.  then colours were similarly arranged on horse caparisons etc.  On one side of horse blue on left then on other side blue is on right.

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    in reply to: comparing Epic ACW to Kallistra and Peter Pig #149135
    bobm
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    If only they’d done separate generic Union and generic Rebel sprues…

    Instead they’ve done jackets that are too long for the commonest Reb type (shell jacket) and too short for the Union’s favoured sack coat, this should have fold down collars and the shell jacket a stand up collar but instead they seem to have no collars at all.  The shell jacket was very often worn outside the waist belt too giving a very different look.  The mixture of hats and kepis is good for Rebs but the kepi was only really worn by officers on the Union side with the forage cap being almost universal (officially at least).

    The mounted officer is clearly Union with shoulder bars prominent and no cuff braid.

    It took a long time for British figure manufacturers to get their heads around the differences between typical uniforms for the two sides…and now we’ve stepped back around twenty years to “it’s just a different paint job”.

    Very nice paint job though…

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    in reply to: Tinywargames. #148828
    bobm
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    Unfortunately a fair few UK wargame companies seem to flout distance selling regs.  Postal address missing…sometimes, adding VAT to retail prices …sometimes, refusing returns if not satisfied…sometimes

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    in reply to: 15 mm ACW Units #146849
    bobm
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    …who says it was unintentional.

    Luckily most of my officer figures wear gauntlets

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    in reply to: 15 mm ACW Units #146833
    bobm
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    Generally speaking Confederate officers didn’t have shoulder tabs, they were a Union/regular army thing.  Instead they had braided knots above the cuffs.

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    in reply to: January 1983 #146656
    bobm
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    1970 with a friend’s Napoleonic Hinchliffe figures and Dicovering Wargames by John Tunstill rules….which we didn’t really understand at 11 years old

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    bobm
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    You mention Nordic Weasel games and appeared generally favourable.  You didn’t indicate whether you’d tried Hammer of Democracy which is at the scale you’re wanting to play.

    It is well thought out and plays well.  The artillery/mortar rules left me a little confused at first but the author responded very quickly by email with examples of play.

    It appears to address a lot of what you list as important in a game.

    PBI by RFCM (Peter Pig) is another set which addresses the style of game you’re after.  However I have not played these after buying and reading the first edition.

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    in reply to: Vallejo Game Colour #145118
    bobm
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    Luckily Boyes and Halifax’s model shop both stock Vallejo so I can often see before I buy

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    in reply to: New from Wofun Miniatures French Indian War #145069
    bobm
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    Have they really done all the French left handed?  A strange decision if so

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    in reply to: 15 mm ACW Units #142945
    bobm
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    Oh no! Wrong uniform. Doh! They’ll just have to be fantasy Confederates.

    …not necessarily.  Look at the coat collars.  If they are stand up then they can be frock coats cut down as sack coats which the Rebs did use.  Probably organised by tailors within the ranks.

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    in reply to: 15 mm ACW Units #142883
    bobm
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    Peter Pig are about the same height and slightly lighter build.  They also have Cenfederates in (the far more common) shell jackets which Warrior don’t do.  In fact a fair number of manufacturers put Rebs in sack coats with turn down collars which hardly any of them wore.

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    bobm
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    The bases look very Frei Korps…but the figures themselves not so much

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    in reply to: Lock up your nuns and monks. #141982
    bobm
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    You’ll be welcomed up north…down south not so much

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    in reply to: Trees! #141321
    bobm
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    [email protected]

    I believe the guy is called Robert Hubbard and he is on facebook.

    I’ve only ever bought at shows…..remember them?

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    in reply to: Trees! #141318
    bobm
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    If you’re not keen on making your own and you’re UK based I suggest contacting Treefellas who make a wide variety of excellent trees (bushy, columnar, straggly, weeping willow, fruit bearing) all ready based in sizes that suit 6mm-20mm gaming.  He’s a very nice chap based in Sheffield.  He does deals on multiple purchases and prices are based on height of tree.

    I’ve got hundreds!!!  As an ACW gamer you can never have enough.

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    in reply to: Company Command Rules #140911
    bobm
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    Hammer of Democracy from Nordic Weasel fits this category.  I’ve got them, read them but not yet played (for some reason my face to face opportunities have been limited of late).

    They’re pretty easy to read through and understand.

    I got mine as a pdf from Wargames Vault.  Nordic Weasel have their own sub-section in the forum area on this website so easy to check out.

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    in reply to: Hobart’s Funnies #139330
    bobm
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    I used to work with the guy who wrote this:

    https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/funnies/author/futter-geoffrey-w/

    Very nice guy.  Gave me a few surplus military books when I was young and poor.

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    in reply to: Fantasy Rules #139328
    bobm
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    There’s Lords and Lands by Craig Armstrong.  Written for large battles.  Play pretty quick (I’ve only observed games so far).  He’s a very pleasant guy who quickly answers any queries you might have.

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    in reply to: Foundry and Coat D’arms paints query #138916
    bobm
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    I use both.  I’ve had issues with some more recent replacement Foundry colours being transparent that were fully opaque previously.  Worth noting that Foundry 20ml whereas CDA are 18ml…

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    in reply to: What is your most obsessive thing? #138726
    bobm
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    arrows from bows, bolts from crossbows, bullets from slings and javelin effects are measured in the shooting phase. They aren’t fired, they cannot be fired, fire has no place in launching such missiles. NO FIRE…has everybody got that?

    piffle. I have SEEN Historical PROOF that they are fired. and usually fired while on fire. How else are you going to set the enemy soldiers on fire? Unless you have a dragon of course

    …you’re a loony 🙂

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    in reply to: What is your most obsessive thing? #138585
    bobm
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    arrows from bows, bolts from crossbows, bullets from slings and javelin effects are measured in the shooting phase.  They aren’t fired, they cannot be fired, fire has no place in launching such missiles.  NO FIRE…has everybody got that?

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    in reply to: Best colour for my wooded areas? #136016
    bobm
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    Trees can often kill the grass and undergrowth around them as they are so thirsty and cut out light reaching the ground.  Therefore the felt should be green but the individual tree bases show the brown.  The more trees you use…the denser the wood and therefore more brown.

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    in reply to: Lack of an Opposing Force #135849
    bobm
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    If I was in your shoes those Marlburian French would be advancing boldly against the GNW Russians…close enough for rock ‘n’ roll.

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    in reply to: April 23rd…. #135232
    bobm
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    I’ve seen quite a few left handed St George kerniggits today via various formats.  It must mean something…

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    in reply to: Ideas for Ancient Camps #135218
    bobm
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    Campfire, wood pile, latrine trench, washing stretched out over bushes or hung on line between trees, two wheeled cart with horse tied up alongside.

    Children playing, women chatting, dressing wound of warrior or preparing food

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    in reply to: Osprey sale #135160
    bobm
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    good to know…thanks

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    in reply to: Trying to get to the bottom of this Viking? #133345
    bobm
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    you’re welcome

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    in reply to: Trying to get to the bottom of this Viking? #133341
    bobm
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    Irregular Miniatures.  I’ve had him about twenty years so unsure if still available.

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    in reply to: Review of PSC 15mm Ancients plastic samples #131936
    bobm
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    PSC’s range is Xyston figures…in plastic.

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    in reply to: Review of PSC 15mm Ancients plastic samples #131922
    bobm
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    I believe they are Xyston.

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    in reply to: How I paint irregulars #130337
    bobm
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    8 figures at a time.

    1 colour…jacket, jacket, trousers

    next colour same with the first jacket being the trousers guy from previous 3.

    repeat pattern twice more.

    last (5th) colour 4 pairs of trousers.

    achieves variety without the “circus clown” look.

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    bobm
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    In a real world situation the attackers would pass between the other units if in a formation that had enough fluidity (e.g. cavalry).  If in a rigid formation they wouldn’t attack unless happy to hit the spears/horde as they’d lose their order doing so.  The others would be brushed aside as they passed if they had sufficient flexibility or even turn to face with part of their formation.

    Real world and fixed frontage wargame elements have little in common sometimes.

    As an aside in Impetus the chargers would hit the spear, fighting them as if frontally although only in nominal contact and if forcing them to recoil would continue into the cavalry if they chose as the recoiling spear/horde would disorder the cavalry.  Worth noting that Impetus does not allow units in contact to be aligned ever…you are obliged to leave a little bit projecting on one flank instead of DBx style overlaps.

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    in reply to: In the privacy of one's home…. #127163
    bobm
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    Friedrich is an excellent boardgame of the 7YW.  Just about the best boardgame I’ve ever played.  The attractive game board is a ready made campaign map (towns and cities with major minor road links….no hexes).  Playing pieces are commanders names on wooden blocks.  Event cards introduce historical events into the narrative.  The rules of play (less the combat system) is your campaign rules sorted….

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    in reply to: What's your favourite ancients ruleset and why? #126671
    bobm
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    My current favourite is Basic Impetus V2.  I’ve figured out its points system so the armies can be scaled up and additional troop types catered for.  it’s very cheap as a pdf…..and as most of the book is army lists you only need to cope with a few pages of rules in the game itself.

    It has flaws in layout, it has some dodgy translation.  However on the whole it works well and quickly….and is better than the original free V1.  Haven’t bothered to buy full version in its V2 edition because BI2 covers all you’ll need unless you’re wanting a tournament set.

    I’m also happy to play To the Strongest…..and have come up with a hybrid of this and BI2 for the smaller engagements common in the Dark Ages sic.

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    in reply to: French Napoleonics #124751
    bobm
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    ….and clearly not from Moo Moo land

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    in reply to: Thorakites #123468
    bobm
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    Helmets:  Bronze most likely but could be silvered or painted

    Armour:  Mail is always iron, Plate always bronze (but see above).  Scale can be bronze, iron, leather, horn and either left au naturel or coloured

    Weapons: blades steel, hilts, butt spikes, pommels etc iron or bronze

    lots of pictures on the internet…quite a few from Ospreys.  check out Pinterest

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