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  • in reply to: Encounter One – Spaceship Rules #156328
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    Awesomeness!  Thank you for putting these up, I am always up for checking out new-to-me space combat rules.

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    in reply to: new WWII scenario book #156242
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    This sounds great.  I am a big fan of realistic scenarios that are not balanced for “equal and fair play”, as that is not how wars are fought.  I don’t know about the rules, but this book sounds quite useful for a couple of other games I play.  Thanks for the review.

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    in reply to: Old Man Yells At Rules #156219
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    Wasn’t there a participation game using Action Men that did the rounds of the shows some (probably lots, my sense of the recent past is badly skewed) years ago?

      I’ve seen a game (probably at Historicon in 2015?) that used WW2 action figures like GI Joes (the Hasbro ones, not the big guys from much earlier) and the like, which was cool because you could change their pose without having to have a different figure to, say, have them prone or kneeling.  I think they were playing “Final Combat”.  It looked quite impressive, very detailed.  But I also would guess that sort of setup would cost much more than the same in 28mm.  The vehicles alone must have been a fortune.  But still, maybe time saved by not needing to paint the figures was worth while?

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    in reply to: Some Transylvanian 1849 action: Hermannstadt #156218
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    Fangs for the memory

      Oh my friend, you almost scored a keyboard kill there!  That hit deep in Ye Olde Timie Cartoon Vault.

    I am happy to report that after minor tweaking we replayed it and had a stonking good game.

      And this is why playstesting is so important.  I found that it helps to try a scenario with some “conventional” players as well as some that tend to do more wild things, that way you get a full spectrum of possible results.  It sounds like the players had a really good time and that’s the important part.  A game can be deflating if it’s too one sided, and I have had some phenomenally enjoyable games where I lost at the last tick.

    I really like the concept of a multi-day game with the night time resets, with the “action” parts of the game not taking place in an utter vacuum as a stand-alone skirmish/battle would.

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    in reply to: Got myself some proper video Equipment. #156129
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    Interesting stuff.  What’s with the knock-kneed troops though, they all look like they’re holding back full bladders   I’m amazed you didn’t TK the hell out of your compadres with the number of times they obliviously moved across your muzzle…

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    in reply to: Chrome Hammer: Ascension – Campaign Turn 1 #156127
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    Man, you do not have the luck with first missions.  But at least he is just captured and not outright flatlined!

    Good stuff as usual.

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    in reply to: WFB – Long term plans #156126
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    Good plan.  I like small figure size games on big tables where you can have some maneuver room*, really does indeed feel epic!

     

    *and sometimes too much and get yourself into trouble.

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    in reply to: 10mm WFB #156125
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    Always nice when a company can do a special order for ya.

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    Darkest Star Games
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    Show us!  Show us!

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    I think you should totally sell your STLs.  It is much easier than selling prints or casting minis, that’s for sure!  And, you don’t have to deal with actual stock or shipping.

    Ya know, maybe I’ve ben doing this all wrong…

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    There’s a few who already sells larger scale 3D prints of tanks and there’s a lot for spaceships but I haven’t seen much for micro-armor tanks and ships.

    My experience with printing 6mm stuff is that it takes a REALLY good printer to get the fine detail.  You do not want to print in 6mm with an FDM printer, resin all the way. I have purchased 6mm minis from various makers that were 3d printed masters then moulded for metal production and the detail is nowhere near that of handmade models/figures that are then cast in metal.  And that’s not bad, just the difference.

    Also, in the end product cost for printing 6mm minis you have to include printer time cost (material is next to nothing) which can increase the price of a mini significantly if you bought a really expensive printer.  However, if you don’t anticipate selling oodles at once it is a less expensive startup way to go than metal casting.

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    A nice big fight, Toranosuke didn’t get hurt AND he becomes a retainer?  Nice!  That’s a good result.  And now for lordly/clan intrigues during a time of war… 😀

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    in reply to: 10mm WFB #155897
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    Excellent progress!  Once done all that will be left will be to play a bunch of games and probably be trounced soundly by Samantha.

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    From my experiences with Patreon, please do not start one that is monthly subscription based (rather than by the project) if you don’t think you’ll have the motivation to consistently release content.

    A couple of people I subscribe to are great, a couple have been huge letdowns…

    In the end, as far as numbers the user can produce, there won’t be any difference based on platform you sell on.  I don’t know what cut of the $ Patreon takes, but DrivethruRPG/WGVault spell it out pretty clearly.

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    in reply to: How Do These Canid Troops Compare In Size? #155683
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    Really glad you like them!

    Say, you’re not too far off from me (I’m up in DFW), we should hit Millennium Con if they revive it.

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    in reply to: Attack on Bloody Lane, AAR and rule discussion #155615
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    Great writeup sir!  These rules are sounding more and more interesting to me.  Ideally I would like something that combines the pre-battle maneuvering of ESR but the meaty fights of these rules.  I know, 2 completely different levels of play but it would be nice…

    Have you decided if you’ll replay using the other rules as a “more true test”?  And if so, will you use the same setup of forces?

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    in reply to: Back into Virtual WW2 #155609
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    Love that thermite effect.

    Seems like one of those “so many meds you can’t possibly lose” games, like there’s little risk as always enough to heal.

    Good thing the Germans didn’t really have guys that could take as much punishment as in the game.

    Did you have a good time with it?

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    in reply to: CoC Bloody Bucket campaign (updated 24 04 21) #155606
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    That was a really wild game!  Probably the luckiest Panther tank in you campaign.  And the frustration those bazooka teams must have felt after hitting it so many times was surely palpable.  Riveting read!

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    in reply to: Hadross: Fantasy Seapeople Army #155596
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    Really cool, and such a variety!  Man, I’d hate to see these guys come lumbering up the shingle…

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    Ooooo, niiiiiice!

    I find having authentic swords, regardless of whether you have the actually history of the item, much more satisfying than reproductions.  I hope to someday re-attain an authentic collection like I once had.

    Congrats on the new addition!

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    in reply to: Chrome Hammer: Ascension Playtest #155461
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    Congrats!  I’d say I’m glad it’s only available for humans but I’m sure the A.I.s (all hail the almighty and wise beneficent overlords) have already hacked themselves a copy…

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    in reply to: setting the table for Sunken Lane 1862 #155460
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    You have some very nice minis there sir.

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    in reply to: Two Brothers in Vietnam #155459
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    How long a wait on the -46?  I’m about set to buy a couple off EBay, but could wait.

    Grab them if they’re a good deal, so far I’ve only collected the proper research and images.  I can knock it out in a weekend if I can get the motivation (which has really been lacking lately, you know how it goes sometimes…).

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    in reply to: A Whole New World #155434
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    Thanks!

    Guess you could call that “logical” evolution of project.  Had a similar thing happen to a project when one group of friends wanted a more detail yet fast way to do boarding actions in Full Thrust which started abstractly, thenwith having a piece of paper that had “zones” within the ship bookened by bulkheads and zone based combat and movement, to having a deckplan printed out, on to putting actual minis in the now more detailed zones and having groups that could do specific actions (attack, defend, sabotage, destroy, repair, hack, etc) against enemies and specific ship systems/locations to now making 15mm scale ships 39-54″ long with lift-off tops so we can play Full Thrust with boarding actions with 15mm figures on a gymnasium floor.  It’s going to be a hoot!

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    in reply to: Guys (and Gals) We’ve been Busted! #155430
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    Ha!

    Reminds me of a Tictok I saw where this scantily clad hot chick is all seductive and says “…if you had me for 24 hours and could do anything, what would it be?” and then it cuts to 300+ primed Imperial Guard and a dude is all “…here’s your brush and all of the paint you’ll need.  No no, I know just how you feel but stop crying, these troops aren’t going to paint themselves!  Stop crying!” 

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    in reply to: A Whole New World #155427
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    Man, these are heckin cool!  And would be great for RPGs, as you can put these out for players, have the players draw their own maps of them, and change and grow/desolate the locations over game time and different sessions.  Totally stealing this idea.

    Can you refresh on how you made the buildings/their sizes?  Hard to tell how big one of these locations actually is.

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    in reply to: Two Brothers in Vietnam #155426
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    Great stuff as always Jack!  Rivetting even.  I do so love your AARs not just for the game play but also for the narrative.

    I received a 1/100 CH-34 not long ago,

      Oooh, where’d you get it?  I have an old Roskoff kit I was converting but it fell by the wayside.  I’m still working on a HUS for Jimmi in digital, but I just can’t get happy with the nose and canopy.  I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and go with less-than-perfect.  Frikin-grumble-garh-yaw-so-and-so…  I might do a Phrog for him as well, maybe a shithook too.

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    in reply to: MiG Alley #155376
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    Ooooo, that “Merry Xmas” campaign sounds really really cool!  You could probably adapt it to a generic setting as well.  And it does sound like it might be perfect for conversion to The Football War.  Really looking forwards to what you do with it!

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    in reply to: Looking at 4 ACW rule sets #155374
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    Interesting, it’s not every person who can look at their own work in such an objective manner, thanks.

    I am just putting on a decent sized scenario of the sunken lane today, using the Pickett’s Charge rules to explore them further. If it becomes do-able, I should really, while the terrain is set up, run the other three rule sets over the same battlefield to gauge differences. With 5 brigades per side, most aspects of the rules should be brought out.

    This would be brilliant!  I know it would be a lot of work, but if you could give this a go I think we would all learn quite a bit.

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    in reply to: 10mm WFB #155327
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    That looks like a good scrap, and a fun time had!

    Maybe keep a bucket of cool water near those canons to douse down the heat a little.  😉

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    in reply to: Looking at 4 ACW rule sets #155326
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    Very interesting, thank you Norm.  You mention the possibility of reducing Capability Rolls in 2F1N but that it would make things a bit more impersonal.  Through this experiment do you think there are some aspects you may change or expand upon in your rules?

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    in reply to: CoC Bloody Bucket campaign (updated 24 04 21) #155318
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    Woa, I sort of shocking that he called it so soon.  Kind of makes me wonder if it was just an off day for him or if he has something up his sleeve….

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    in reply to: Five Parsecs from Home 3E First Game! #155315
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    Was toodling in my office and came across Ghosts Of Hefei rules (which came out before Infinity, Hardwired, et.al.) and I thought of this thread.  It’s been a long time since I gave them a read.

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    in reply to: All at Sea – The Trafalgar Collection Review #155313
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    An amazing amount of work, and great work at that.  Definitely a collection to be proud of.  Ooo, I think I just had a mild spike of jealousy!

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    in reply to: Black Library- 40k novels on Humble Bundle #155209
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    Nice, thanks!

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    in reply to: How Do These Canid Troops Compare In Size? #155207
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    Quick question to DSG about the 15GA01- Garrhul Merchant Prince and Body Guards … do the guards have helmets?

    They do not have helmets.  They do have “fancy” clothes, not military outfits, and guns.  The merchant has his arms crossed/folded over his chest.  Seems that product photo has gone AWOL, will have to fix that.

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    in reply to: MiG Alley #155098
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    The flying rules are pretty much the same, but there are differences in more modern settings for the different types of missiles.  Also, you cannot generally import a plane from one game to another, so a Mig-15 in Mig Alley will not have the same stats if you put it into Thud Ridge (though there is a Mig-17 in that set).  Likewise an La-9 in WW2 has different stats than that in Mig Alley as the 2 games try to keep the same max speeds (due to the d6 usage) but in relation to the aircraft involved.

    Thud Ridge is quite different from the other games in the way the 2 sides pick forces, things are setup and the general objective of the game itself.  The defender (North Vietnamese) picks their forces based on the strike package the FWF side chooses and things like AAA and SAMs are revealed as recon goes on or sites are activated and some other factors.  It is basically a much larger theater you are dealing with than in Mig Alley, which is a more straight forwards games, even if you’re F-84s doing a bridge strike along the Yalu.

    I don’t have the BoB set, nor the WW1 so cannot speak to them. The series really is good stuff though!

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    in reply to: How Do These Canid Troops Compare In Size? #155096
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    BTW, I have a pair of Garrhul grav-raft crew coming out soon, as well as a little zippy grav roadster for them. 

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    in reply to: RPG miniatrure sculpting WIP #155094
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    Nice!

    How are you going to reproduce the horse armatures?

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    in reply to: MiG Alley #155046
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    I really enjoy the WAW series, especially Thud Ridge.  Nice to see some Mig Alley action with planes other than just F-86 and Mig-15s, great looking games ya had there too.  We did some real interesting games with both sides attempting to ground strike during a battle with the CAPs going after one another, resulted in the Yak-9s trying to shoot down the F4us rather than dropping their bombs, with the F9 Panthers tangling with both Mig-15s and LA-11s.  Had an H-5 helo go in to rescue a downed airman behind enemy lines, and just like in the Tokori movie both perished.

    We also played a totally fictional scenario where the Brits borrowed a bunch of H-19 to conduct a raid, with the Commies diverting a bombing raid to intercept.  It was Sea Vampires and Sea Furys vs IL-10s and Mig-15s, with a Sunderland along the coast to pick up any downed crews in the water.  The Migs had a real hard time trying to line up on the slow moving helos, and the IL-10s took a pounding.

    So Jim, play more!  Report more!!!!

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