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  • in reply to: Royal Air Force Museum (Midlands) RAF Cosford #176577
    carojon
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    Hi Willz,

    Thanks for your comment mate. Apologies for late reply but apparently the IPad no longer recognises TWW so I had to find the old PC to get in here!

    We had a lot of fun checking out Cosford and it’s highly recommended especially if military planes are your thing.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps,

    Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed the read.

    I didn’t play in the game but I gather from all involved that the rules worked seamlessly in the transition from ACW to this particular theme.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps,

    Thanks for your comments. Nathan has put together a great collection of figures and this scenario was a perfect compliment to them with an interesting challenge for both sides.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Off the Bahamas – Kiss Me Hardy #175078
    carojon
    Participant

    Cheers willz, glad you enjoyed it.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: JJ’s Weekend Boys Beano to Partizan 2022 #173660
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Norm,

    Thanks for your comment, much appreciated.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: JJ’s Weekend Boys Beano to Partizan 2022 #173639
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps,

    Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed the post.

    As the post states, this post and the blog as a whole is very much a personal experience of the hobby and my posts about shows and the games I like to look at reflect that approach.

    So with that caveat out the way, I think there were a few other themed games as Whirlwind has pointed to, but they would not necessarily have grabbed my attention, and the attraction of a show like Partizan for my friends and me is the historical games content of the show, and thus features front and centre on the blog.

    I leave the other stuff and full show reports to other folks.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Maurice in the Seven Years War #172983
    carojon
    Participant

    Most of the key terrain items and the windmill are from the Total Battle Miniatures 6mm range.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: New Acrylic Templates – Kiss Me Hardy #172972
    carojon
    Participant

    Thanks for your comments chaps.

    Well these little things can happen and as the last person who was perfect died around 2,000 years ago, I guess there’s no point in worrying about it, especially as the device works perfectly well as intended and given this was a prototype that has now been corrected, which is definitely available to those folks who want one via Steve Habgood on Messenger which is part of Facebook or ‘Fartbook’ depending on your preferred nomenclature.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Battle of Madras 1793 – Devon Wargames Group #172640
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi,

    Yes the translation of ships in SOTS to ships on the table is very straightforward and the only requirement is to randomly assign crew and admiral qualities to each ship, which KMH facilitates easily and then assign damage states to the ships in SOTS based on the damage stats for KMH which again is easy as those stats are in percentage levels easily transferable one to the other.

    Play testing as we are will prove the concept and so far, one turn of play in I can see no real issues.

    Other AARs will follow as we play through to 1805, with a year out somewhere between 1799 and 1802 for the Peace of Amiens, and then I’ll have a better idea and can publish the various rule conversions at the end if others want to give it a go.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Skipton Castle – A Jewell of the North #171564
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Andrew,

    The whole area made for a very nice week away, with Skipton one of the highlights, and yes I agree about the pies, certainly if the queue outside the best Pork Pie shop in Yorkshire was anything to go by.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Thank you, and yes that’s about right.

    The d6 method of winding down the clock makes the exact duration of the game a little more unpredictable and in the closing stages can sometimes force players to act a little differently than they might do if they know precisely when the game/battle will end.

    After all Kola and Tokesen didn’t know they had to fight for eighteen turns!

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps, thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed the post.

    deephorse – I guess the reason would be one of space with the central area space on the gun deck making best use of the widest breadth of the ship on that deck, thus giving the maximum space on the mess deck for tables and hammocks. Obviously the stove would be doused in action, so no real problem having it there.

     

    Andrew – Thank you for those interesting additions. I can only say re parking that this time of year before the Easter break and May bank holidays seemed an ideal time to go with the car-park having plenty of space and the additional visitors being mainly snakes of hand holding six year olds who were great fun to watch enjoying the displays and seeing the ship close up.

     

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Maurice in the Seven Years War #169614
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi,

    Thank you. Back in the day it was 6mm, but 10mm is to my mind is a vast improvement on the overall look, whilst capturing the big battle feel when seen in numbers.

    I have a vast collection of Napoleonics in AB at 18mm but am unlikely to add to them because my eyes can no longer cope, which I think explains most folks transitions through the scales, that and affordability, with perhaps more disposable income in our latter years compeared with when we start out – just a theory.

    Cheers

    JJ

     

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    in reply to: Maurice in the Seven Years War #169565
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi and thank you, glad you enjoyed the read and feel inspired to get back into Maurice and I hope your estrangement from your armies won’t be to long.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps,

    Thanks for your comments. We had a lot of fun working up these scenarios and its great to bring some of the history in James’ accounts to the table.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Yep, it was a very special day and a definite tick off the list.  Plus I’m learning more about how I want these games to run with each one we do so it has definitely added to the learning curve.

    Enjoy the read.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Geof,

    Thank you for your comment. The scenery is 60 square foot of beautiful sea cloth from Tiny Wargames which provides the perfect backdrop for these models and if working well doesn’t even get noticed.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Thank you, glad you like them.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi AH,

    Thank you, it’s always more fun when others enjoy your own little corner of the hobby, and likewise being able to share my modelling for friends collections, which inevitably turn up on a table at club, and makes for a very pleasant reacquaintance.

    As far as the colours are concerned, I’ve been through my long learning curve, using various shades of black and yellow, always being dissatisfied with the end result, to finally settle on shades and washes, that for me seem to capture the look of a Pocock or Whitcombe painting, which given the effort those chaps went to to record the navy of their times, inspire and inform the way I like the models to look, and represent my small tribute to those great artists, so I really appreciate you kind comment.

    All the best

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Thanks for your comments chaps, glad you enjoyed the read.

    willz – you’re more than welcome to check us out. Given the size of Devon, you’re quite close really and we have chaps coming from across the county, and beyond, including Cardiff and Yorkshire, so it must be fun!

    If you drop me a note on the contact form on JJ’s Wargames, link above, I can get back to you on email and we can make arrangements.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Willz, and thank you. I’ve left you a reply to your enquiry on the blog.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps,

    Thanks for your comments, and my impression of M&T2 after just one game is very positive, with a vast improvement on the previous incarnation by its ability to force lots of decision points on players in a game, which only ratchet up as the action increases and choices are forced to be made with the limited activation options available, not to mention the concern about allowing the opposition to take advantage of cards you are forced to play.

    I think the rules are a definite contender among the competitors for this level of horse & musket game and in the end ‘you pays your money and takes your choice’ as the saying goes, to decide which work for you.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Mohawk Valley, Jaegers & Militia #166265
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi willz,

    Thanks mate, glad you enjoyed the read and always happy to share.

    Cheers and Happy Xmas and New Year

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Normandy Corps Attack – Devon Wargames Group #165933
    carojon
    Participant

    Thank you, the club did itself proud and we had a great game to finish off our truncated year, whilst really looking forward to 2022.

    Cheers

    JJ

     

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Thanks chaps, glad you enjoyed the read.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    It was indeed a very fun game, and as I mentioned in the post, a system and thematic set up that I am surprised no one else has thought of doing for playing this scenario and indeed the wider Zulu conflict.

    I’m sure the wider hobby will be informed about progress as and when but I know Lee is keen to play test and refine things a bit more, so we wait and see for the T’s to get crossed and i’s to get dotted.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Jeff,

    Thank you. I guess you might call it a passion, as the header to my blog declares. So it’s great to hear from folks who share it to.

    As far as time is concerned, I’m retired so I guess my passion has become my full time job, and my new boss is really great, a kind of ‘my door is always open’ kind of guy, and ‘there should be no surprises’ as far as his expectations of my performance is concerned, so I always look forward to sitting down with him for the end of year review and appraisal!

    Glad you enjoyed the post

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    AH – Thank you. Well the period artists of the time like Pocock went to a lot of trouble portraying these ships and so I wanted that look rather than some ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ parody and it was a lot of fun finally seeing the collection out on the table in battle array.

    Warlord and Gabrio were fine hosts and I think we all had fun which is what the hobby is about to my mind and I have a plan to start running these large naval games more regularly with open invites to interested folks to come along and play so perhaps we can share the love a bit wider.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    AH – Go on, go for it. What’s the worst that could happen and you might have a lot of fun 😃

    DS – Hi and thank you. We have exchanged quite a few messages through this project and it’s been fun chatting about the game play. I hope you have a go with it and if so drop me a note on the blog on how it played.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi AH,

    My pleasure and I know Facebook is not for everyone hence the release on JJ’s and now it is on the Facebook group. From my perspective it’s all about sharing the love and making sure as many folks are included.

    The only issue has been with Google, fiddling about with Google Drive and so I have to authorise each request for the download, but hey-ho, it’s not such a big deal but not as automatic as it was originally.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi AH,

    Thank you, your appreciation is much appreciated and well done for following all eight games.

    Yes you’re right TfT is quite a bit more intensive on the casualty rate and rightly so otherwise it would be very tedious to play, and it upped the challenge to match those casualties with a bombing assessment to come up with a victory point rate and the narrative that followed.

    I think it’s about right and now it’ll be for others to decide now it’s published.

    Thanks again

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Thanks for your comments chaps.

    Ha! John you’re probably right, I didn’t think of the hobby impact from that perspective, but I think we’re still a few undiscovered sources away from that horrendous idea although I’m thinking undertones such a those would be better represented by new shades of wash.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Erik Oaksplitter & Companions #164054
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi,

    Thank you and they made a very pleasant change from ships.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Shoot out in Paradise – Devon Wargames Group #164053
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Chaps,

    Thanks for your comments, and I hope you enjoyed the read.

    As far as the nun is concerned, I have no idea, but perhaps given that this outrage is still to go to trial it would be unwise of me to comment any further.

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi chaps,

    Thanks for your comments and Gabrio and the team at Warlord really helped to make this game a great event to remember for all who took part and I was keen to try and share the experience with others as I plan to use the collection for running this and other similar large age of sail naval battles for invited groups of players to play whilst also raising monies for charity.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi,

    It’s been fun sharing this series of games with others who have followed our progress so thank you for your comments along the way.

    As a group we have lots of memories and tales of daring-do together with all the high’s and not so high’s of a narrative campaign like this, that makes writing up each game a lot of fun and it has really added another level to what was a very clever game system, so I hope others will get to enjoy a similar experience once I’ve tidied up my first draft rule set and put them out into the world as a TfT add-on.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: The Leeward Line – Kiss Me Hardy #162928
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi Admiral Hawke,

    Thank you for your comment much appreciated.

    The Leeward Line scenario makes a really good try out for staging something much bigger which is what I have in mind and this scale of models really help to engage the eye which I think will be magnified when you can see 60 plus of them mixed up in melee.

    Well that’s the plan and aspiration anyway!

    That said, smaller actions lend themselves equally to 1:700th and even a small frigate action can look so much more engaging with these kits.

    Thanks again

    JJ

     

     

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    in reply to: Roman Conquests Britain – Dr Simon Elliott #162862
    carojon
    Participant

    Hi chaps,

    Thanks for your comments.

    I felt I had to make a comment, yet again sadly, in the hope that future tomes from various military publishers will deal with this common issue, which I was slightly reluctant to do as I enjoyed the read and wouldn’t want to put anyone off from what is a very interesting book and a solid modern reference that I will no doubt pop back to when out on my explorations in the country.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Thank you Chaps, glad you like my new additions.

    Andrew –  I really don’t like sabot bases but have become more used to them as I’ve played more skirmish level games and see their usefulness and so these low profile ones seemed to really help soften their appearance; and to encourage you to keep on keeping on, all my efforts in painting and modelling have been inspired by other much more capable folks than me, and all I can say is that I think I’ve got better at it the more I’ve kept on trying.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

    carojon
    Participant

    Hi and thank you and yes war can force hard choices, but as the saying goes countries don’t have friends, only interests and the first responsibility of any government but most certainly a British one is the defence of the nation from invasion, occupation and assimilation by a foreign power, which with Napoleon was a constant threat all the time he had ships to allow his plans to take shape.

    After Trafalgar the Royal Navy spent the rest of the war making sure he never got a new collection of ships until the Allies were able to beat him on land and Denmark and Portugal were the two countries able to supply them in the immediate aftermath.

    The similarities history throws up are really breathtaking some times and another of the fascinating aspects of having an interest in it.

    Cheers

    JJ

    http://jjwargames.blogspot.co.uk

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