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Yep, I like the ‘ordinary’ as well.
When picking a small WW2 force I chose…Italians! And just ordinary Italians. None of yer poncy bersaglispagetti chicken hat fellers for me!
My Napoleonic French get Line infantry, Dragoons, Chasseurs A Cheval….
Well, you get the idea!13/04/2019 at 18:15 in reply to: Britains Deetail/Timpo Wild West collection for sale… #11256613/04/2019 at 18:04 in reply to: Battle of Oldendorf 1633: A Twilight of Divine Right AAR #112564
Ha! I think I know which manufacturer you mean!
Thing is, a trip to B&Q for a few quids worth of strip LEDs and add them to your existing displays isn’t difficult, is it? Would make such a difference!
Agree about Bad Squiddo. Couldn’t get near them all day!
I thought the show was better this year than the last couple. It seemed busier, more interesting stuff, and hardly any bare tables due to (presumably) no-shows.
The Sci-Fi/fantasy V historical debate is interesting. Personally, I’m only interested in historical gaming, so the rise and rise of fantasy and Sci-Fi over the last decade or so at Salute has been very noticeable. This year, however, the split seemed to have stabilised.
My impression from this year is that a lot of the ‘big’ games were historical, while a lot of the smaller ‘2×2’-type games were non-historical. Another difference is that a lot of the fantasy-type guys seemed to put a lot more effort into their stands. Nicer display cases, better lighting, better signage etc. Makes them stand out more and maybe creates the impression among some people that the show is skewed more in that direction?
That said, there does seem to have been a lack of the big, stand-out, showstopper games for the last year or two. Don’t get me wrong, there were some really well-presented games of the sort that make you go “ooo, that’s nice!”. But there always used to be one or two that made you go “HOLY CRAP! LOOK AT THAT!”
Or maybe it’s just me…
Poncy looking chap? Poncy!? That getup is positively demure and understated by Napoleonic standards!
Hmmm….might it be simply that they favoured fighting on foot as they were more militarily effective that way?
Sort of analogous to the Wars of the Roses. The nobility certainly could and did fight mounted, being knights and all. But most often they seem to have fought on foot.
Through most of history after all, formed and steady infantry have been able to see off cavalry….
Finished? Of course not! What kind of daft question is that?
Oh, nice figures by the way….
I always understood that the wild Highlander charge succeeded by destroying the morale of the enemy.
I saw a documentary when I was a kid all about the 3rd Foot and Mouth…
Did Anglo-Saxons and Vikings use cavalry in combat?
Oohhhh….you have the fort! Mine fell victim to the flames.
(Couldn’t get the molten plastic out of the lawn for months…)
A lit match head dropped into the turret of an Airfix Sherman made a great Molotov cocktail substitute! And they burned with a very satisfying pall of thick black smoke!
You did tend to singe your fingers, though. Maybe that led to the adoption of the wheelbarrow in later experiments?
Ah yes! The Great Air Rifle Discovery Wars of the 70s!
My mate and I decided that shooting at Action Man in a moving Jeep would be fun. We weren’t completely stupid though. The Jeep ‘pusher’ had an upturned wheelbarrow to duck back behind so he didn’t get accidentally shot…
MartinR – very nice an’ all but yours looks a lot less comfortable…
Yes. Growing up in Britain in the 70s it was Airfix figures from Woolworths. The first time I heard of Marx was via the Internet many, many years later!
I don’t understand any of this. But I’m disappointed in this thread. I saw the word Lanchester and was hoping for some of this…
Two out of three ain’t bad, as they say!
I’ve not got any WW2 Germans. I prefer the eccentricity of WW2 Italians…24/10/2018 at 21:21 in reply to: What makes you want to ragequit the hobby (or a project)? #102371
I remember when I was about ten years old and I got into a RAGE while attempting to assemble an Airfix Churchill tank. This resulted in the tank rapidly QUITTING my room via the window leaving behind a couple of wheels stuck to my fingers.
Does this count….?
It looks like it was actually designed for this purpose…
That’s all well and good, but can you play conkers with ’em?
Paskal, it maybe a translation problem. To ‘reduce’ means to make smaller.
I think you are asking something else but your question is not clear!
I regularly drive past a thatched cottage.
A few years ago it was re-thatched. The new roof was initially a yellowy straw colour, not unlike cmnash’s photo above but a bit darker. Within about three months it had turned a darkish brown, and after about eight or nine months it was dark grey.
It is still the same dark grey now.
Given that a thatched roof will last many years before it needs replacing, the realistic option is to do them dark grey!
Don’t think this will go on my list. Sounds like too much extraneous stuff in it.
The Anarchy is an interesting period with great wargaming potential, though!
When game is used as a verb it is usually in a gambling context.
I would normally HAVE a game when wargaming. Maybe I’m a bit odd?
(according to the missus there is no maybe about it…)
Excellent! I will have to give it a visit.
Funnily enough, I’ve been driving between London and Portsmouth a few times a year for decades. I’ve seen the sign for Butser and often wondered what it was all about. Somehow, though, never quite get round to actually doing anything about it!
They all have the same pattern in the movies so it must be true…29/05/2018 at 23:00 in reply to: How often did melee troops actually close to melee? #92218
Well, I believe that a very small minority of people have a ‘warrior’ mindset.
I’ve met plenty of people who talk big but are just like everyone else when faced with actual violence. Get on YouTube and watch football hooligans and rioters. There is a gap of a few yards between the opposing sides, into which an individual or small group will dash, attempt to land a couple of blows, then retreat again. Possibly pre-gunpowder battles were not dissimilar. Maybe a tad more organised?
I’ve met a very few people who respond to violence differently. They don’t seem to have the same sense of self-preservation that most others have! These people fight to win.
For example. A mate of mine waded in to a bloke armed with a samurai sword. He had his right hand cut off. Warrior mindset… (They did save the hand and re-attach it!)
I would agree with the general sentiment here.
If I’m interested in a historical period I would expect to find all the stuff pertaining to it in the same place. Including ‘what ifs’.
I’m a big fan of KISS. Keep It Simple, Stupid! Helps my confused brain….
Never ask a man walking into the desert with a shovel where he is going…
Is ‘blob’ merely a corruption of the Napoleonic ‘bob’. As in ‘light-bob’, meaning a light infantryman…
(Mike was maybe not that far off back in post 2!)
I think using heat before you twist could be the answer (ooo, er, missus, etc!). Maybe try getting a hairdryer on them?
Very true. Probably applies to a lot of hobbies, I suspect!
Ahhh, the old Airfix ruined farmhouse! The amount of use that got when I were a lad….
I know all the attention should be on the eagerly anticipated vehicles, but I have to say the crew look excellent. Very well matched in size to the guns!
Only four hours and you have a capital gain of $3?
Elon Musk had better watch out!