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  • in reply to: All at Sea – Argonaute #145971
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    It was common when the opportunity presented to air the sail cloth and hammocks to prevent damp rotting the canvass and for general hygiene for the crew and their bedding.

      Aha, so that may be where the term “louse ridden wind” had come!

    And wow, what a collection!  Quite impressive, and that’s just the first part?  Bonkers, says I!

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    in reply to: 6mm Vietnam game Devblog #145732
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    Oh I believe it!  I’ve talked with a great number of veterans over the years and many of them did things that in hindsight were just ludicrous and which they never would have done if they had more sleep or were just a little bit older.  Some examples:

    Loach pilot accidentally flew over the DMZ, saw an NVA flag on pole and hovered over to it and grabbed it, all the while the incredulous NVA AAA unit that was right there just watched him in amazement. Amazing he didn’t get blown away!

    This one is from the unit that supported my dads Project Sigma recons: slicks did 2 false insertions then dropped the team at the edge of a huge clearing.  In the middle of the clearing was a lone tree, and in the tree was a VC with an RPG.  They flew right at him and knocked him out of the tree with a skid as they departed  then a door gunner shot the RPG as it lay on the ground.

    A guy I worked with was a Cobra pilot in his 2nd tour, but in his first he flew scouts for the 11th ACR in III Corps.  He and his gunner were out in an OH-13 one day and saw a squad of NVA covered with palm leaves trying to hide after being spotted crossing a grassy area.  For reasons he can’t explain, he decided to land right in the middle of them.  His gunner jumped out and grabbed an RPD from one of the enemy and threw it into the cab, then jerked up the next guy, slugged him, and then tossed HIM into the helo, then they flew off.  The other NVA didn’t react at all, they just laid there trying to hide, either too shocked or too terrified.  Turned out the guy they grabbed was a LT for the NVA 271st headed to Warzone D.

    I’ve also talked to both Loach and Cobra pilots that had literally flown down wide high-capacity roads the enemy had made through the jungle from Cambodia by clearing out all the underbrush, laying and flattening the road then tying together the overhead branches to hide them from the air.  That take some serious cojones and luck.  I am sure if there was an enemy unit around they could have gotten just blasted to bits with no quick way out.

    I also heard a story about an Air America pilot jumping from a helo onto a Porter in flight because the Porter’s pilot had been wounded too badly to be able to land.  Have no idea if it is true, but if it is then that is a collection of crazy people!

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    in reply to: All at Sea – Argonaute #145690
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    Very prettily done model, sir!

    Say, on the museum model, what’s with all of the sheets hanging up mid-height?  Are they washed hammocks?

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    in reply to: Last Stand on Opium Hill CoC campaign #145687
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    Shot and sharp.  I’m sure the next battle will be a bit tougher!

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    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #145683
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    Life happens, no biggie.

    Half term? Like a semester break?

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    in reply to: Gaming the Crusades #145682
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    Very good that it can mimic real life.  2 turns and so many casualties, yikes!

    How do you think the rules would work in a hypothetical crusader vs crusader meeting?

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    in reply to: 6mm Vietnam game Devblog #145681
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    he main thing I had an issue with was the Cobra being shot down – I didn’t read anything about cobras being shot down by RPGs, and the loss rate of Cobras was relatively (!) low, compared to Loaches and Hueys.

      It had more to do with tactics than the suitability of the aircraft.  Yes, the Cobra is hard to hit from the front due to it’s slimness, but for the most part it had to do with the altitude that they maintained while watching over the Loaches and their attack/dive patterns and the pull-out cover fire.  You’ll read that most Cobra units didn’t get below 500′, some even rarely diving below 1000′, while other units (including a lot of early Huey gunship units) only attacked from below 500′.  Hovering in near enemies though, that’s a death sentence.  Plenty of Cobras were hit by RPGs, but it was mostly heavy MGs that did the damage, .51’s and 14.7’s could do the devils work on them.  You’ll also read that late in the war when the bigger AA guns came along, especially with the radar controlled units, gunships didn’t go into those areas, like the Ashau or DMZ.  (read about the last air assault into the Ashau, where the slicks were flying through clouds but being blown to bits by the radar controlled AA, it”l make you sick!)

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    in reply to: 10mm WFB #145507
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    Put it on wax paper perhaps?  That way they just come off without sticking?

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    in reply to: Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812 #145468
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    Very interesting.  It is difficult to remember that not all nations recall various wars and actions in the same light as the other participants, nation defining for one side of not.

    I had no idea Broke had used such scientific practices with his guns.  I might read this just for that bit.

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    in reply to: 10mm WFB #145397
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    I know the dudes over at The Wargaming Company use 6mm buildings with their 10mm Nappies and they work quite well.

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    in reply to: Postage Rates! #145396
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    I tried using “live postage rates” on my shop and they were never right.  I had a LOT of packages returned as “not enough postage”, so I went to flat rates.  I always do my best to refund any shipping not used, as in the case of a small $3 order of a few strips of 6mm troops does not require an $8.35 priority box, so a padded envelope that totals $2.50 in cost and shipping has the rest refunded.

    I do tend to eat the cost on overseas shipping quite often, as the rates are totally diverse and seem to fluctuate daily, even to different places within England itself from the US.  It blows my mind that I can send a package of the same size and weight to Durham, Plymouth and London as well as to Australia and the one to London will cost more than any of the other 3, consistently.

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    in reply to: Big Static Mats #145264
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    Refunds are great, but are you getting the product you want?

    I bought a similar mat from Noche and it arrived with even more creases than the one shown.  Their advice was to iron it from the backside, but you can’t iron out creases in the paper.  They said they send the mats out “lose rolled” so as not to squish the grass and “most customers have not had complaints.”  Real disservice.  I still have, still wrinkled and unused.

     

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    in reply to: Innsmouth 15mm / Cthulhu #145167
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    Shades of Masks Of Nyarlathotep!

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    in reply to: 6mm Vietnam game Devblog #145164
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    After reading 16 or 17 Vietnam books, it seems rare that new information comes to light, but in this case I did learn something new I can apply to the game!

    Ya, seems every 10 books or so something new pops up, like the 1st Cav testing “wire guided rockets” (TOW missiles) in 1970 for bunker busting, or a book I recently read about USMC tanks and the experimental ammo they tried in 1966 and again in 1969 (napalm canon shells? WP?  Chili powder (not CS) gas shells?  whaaaat?)

    My direction for the game over the past month has changed from my original “Accurately represent a day in the life of a Vietnam platoon”, to “Lets have a fun game with these Vietnam miniatures”. I think this is a very important shift in my thinking for this game, away from simulating everything and lots of record-keeping, and towards streamlined mechanics and something that moves quickly and is fun to play.

      That is a big shift!  I did the same thing, but have shifted back again.  Mainly because I decided I wanted to develop a game that I wanted to play, which will also have the ability to strip out what anyone else doesn’t want to use, rather than aim at a commercial product.  Too many compromises there for what I really want to do: create a somewhat realistic Vietnam combined arms sim/game.

    The last part of the puzzle is how different types of weapons interact with this system: Small Arms, Large Caliber and Indirect HE treat these cover rules as normal, while Direct HE such as LAWs, RPGs, Recoilless Rifles, Grenades and Direct rocket fire from gunships would only ever allow a target to be in Light Cover – so you could always inflict casualties on a target, even if they were in a bunker.

      Phew,  you worried me there for a minute, thought that you wouldn’t be able to inflict casualties on a bunker at all!

    But, on the topic of forced retreats… I think that could work for the FWF units, but maybe not so much for the VC and NVA.  Perhaps you might look at their motivation or aggressiveness.  There were lots of cases of big units bailing on a fight as soon as it started as getting into a shoot out wasn’t part of their overall plan, while in other cases small enemy units duked it out to the death over seemingly inconsequential turf (to the FWF anyways) because they wanted to defend a hospitals withdrawal or just to try to cause casualties in order to stir up the US populace.  The 2 opposing sides had completely different doctrines as well as reasons for the fights, which was part of why even skirmishes were not as straight forwards as their WW2 counterparts.

     

    You are making great progress!  I really do want to give the final product a go!

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    in reply to: Thomaston's random project #145161
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    Might want to tack it down to a frame while you paint it to keep it from doing just that.  Keep it stretched.  Then when done after all is dried it should be good*.

    *depending upon the material you are using.

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    in reply to: The Witcher #145123
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    And thus, he went down the rabbit hole, hopefully to return.

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    in reply to: Facility X #145076
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    That’s a pretty brilliant game, and the fact that there wasn’t more “excitement” is exactly the sort of outcome operators would want from this sort of mission.  Congrats!

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    in reply to: Seven Samurai: A Ronin AAR Blog and Video #144906
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    Ya ouch, bit of a slaughter.  It’ll be interesting to see how the next one goes with the different tactics.

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    in reply to: Do Your Pirates Dare Go Into The Mangroves? #144905
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    That is brilliant!  I  think they work quite well.  Very well done sir.

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    in reply to: All at Sea – HMS Bellerophon #144566
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    Great stuff.  You know I love the history you serve up, thank you!

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    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #144564
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    Ali Durst sure does get around!

    Love the magazine idea, that’s rad.

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    in reply to: M*A*S*H evac. Korean War, Bolt Action #144563
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    Love the MASH figures, that’s awesome!

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    in reply to: Innsmouth 15mm / Cthulhu #144453
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    Man this looks really great!

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    in reply to: Thomaston's random project #144450
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    Are those all individually sculpted or did you make copies?  they look great!

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    in reply to: Lighting for Wargaming Photos and Videos #144414
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    I have a pair of small halogen lights, and one of the bulbs broke last year.  No replacements made anymore so I haven’t taken any photos at all since.  These look right up the old alley, and probably won’t melt things that come in contact with them either!

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    Those look pretty darn good.  My buddy has a bunch for Infinity and they work pretty well, though slightly expensive.

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    in reply to: Cyberpunk Red Miniatures #144149
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    Not enough chrome and fashion-flash for my cyberpunk tastes, but WOW dang stunning work!

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    in reply to: Tinier Air Combat #144143
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    Ouch!  Our boys aren’t doing too well.  Hope the bruises from the chutes opening don’t mess any further with their hand-eye coordination.

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    in reply to: Thomaston's random project #144021
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    Wish I could zoom in!  Did something similar once, but not that small, more “fleet scale”, using beads and whatnot.

    Show us more!!!

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    in reply to: Innsmouth 15mm / Cthulhu #144020
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    That barn really looks the part, great job dude!

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    in reply to: A Billhooks AAR #144019
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    Very nice AAR.  Seems like the game works pretty well.  Looking forwards to more!

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    Huge transformation, and you make it look easy.  Really nice revamp you have there sir!

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    in reply to: Project Slow Burn #143845
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    That all happened not too far from me, and I never connected the dots between that incident and the films.  A lot of people thought Luttrell should have been given a pair of shears and a few moments to convert the thugs to be unics.

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    in reply to: Raise the Black Sloop Preview #143826
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    That’s a good looking model.  And plastic to boot!

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    in reply to: Decorating the Wargaming Room #143825
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    Wow, Kitfox, all of that AND a fireplace?  Makes for a cozy space, very nice.

    And Mike, I dig that trunk, a very nice piece.

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    in reply to: Crom’s Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #143796
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    Primo job, they’ll do nicely.

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    in reply to: Modular River Terrain for 1/2400th ACW #143770
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    Looking great.  Love the tributary on the side.  Should be pretty easy to add sections that have hills or cliffs on the sides, wharves, etc.

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    in reply to: “Plebs” RPG Campaign #143767
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    Love it!  This is just fantastic.

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    in reply to: Vikings! #143766
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    That is a fantastic looking unit.  Nicely done sir!

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    in reply to: Dinassaut! #143360
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    I’ve done a lot of VN riverine in 1/600 and it’s a great scale to use.  Realistic ranges and movement, as well as river widths, rally and assembly areas, choke points and danger areas.  Lots of room to fly helos around (or in your case Bearcats and Invaders).  You can get a real sense of the dimension of the battle and a much more complete operation.

    But the great thing about having both 15mm and 1/600 is you can zoom in on specific actions in skirmish scale and have them effect the overall operation.  I’ve been doing with the next level up for FNG, using 3 skirmish turns for a 1/600 turn.  Adds a lot of time and takes some room of course, but it really gives a much bigger punch to my gaming satisfaction.

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