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I love LR for a relaxing toy soldier game that has more or less nothing to with medieval warfare
My thoughts exactly. But I prefer Dragon Rampant because it doesn’t even pretend to have anything to do with history.
And I’m looking forward to seeing what Xenos Rampant is like.31/05/2022 at 11:00 in reply to: Tiny Decals of a Red Sun Like the Mithraic Sol in Raised by Wolves? #173849
Derek I guess I misunderstood. Do I just email you then? Or did you have a specific listing for me to select sizes and colors from? Thanks
Send me an email and we can discuss your needs. [email protected]
Because laser printers (or at least the ones I can afford) can’t print white, the range of colours I can do is limited.10/04/2022 at 00:33 in reply to: Tiny Decals of a Red Sun Like the Mithraic Sol in Raised by Wolves? #171279
Looking forward to hearing from you both.09/04/2022 at 19:31 in reply to: Tiny Decals of a Red Sun Like the Mithraic Sol in Raised by Wolves? #171271
I did transfers with this pattern for a friends Phalangites. I could do you an A6 sheet of them in the size and colour you want for £5 inc P&P to the UK or Europe (£6 to the rest of the word. Number of transfers on a sheet would depend on the exact size.
If you’re interested you can see more details about my decals and pictures of them in use at http://dereksweetoys.com/dereks-wee-decals/
Undead hordes are uncommon in European traditions too (although individual undeads or ghosts may often appear).
Tell that to Bruegel 🙂 Not common, but perhaps more common than they are in Japanese tradition.
A few more done.
That’s a Tenome. A ghost with eyes in the palm of his hands, but not in his head.
Japanese mythology is quite different to what we are used to in wargaming. They don’t seem to have any equivalent of the undead horde archetype which is so commonly used in fantasy wargames, but that’s not going to stop me.15/01/2021 at 14:42 in reply to: Do I Really want to Pay More For Wargames Figures? #149544
It’s for you to decide whether you want to upgrade those minis.
“Update” the best part of a thousand figures that do their job perfectly well? You have to be joking. I have better things to do with my hobby time. And they’re old friends that bring back many happy memories.
I never understood why people even considered buying Peter Laing. There was a time when they did periods that weren’t available elsewhere. But you could only ever tell what they were meant to be by reading the label on the packaging.15/01/2021 at 00:08 in reply to: Do I Really want to Pay More For Wargames Figures? #149504
One of the real arguments for paying more for better figures is that they have longevity… standards and styles change, so what was an acceptable figure in 1990 is often not an acceptable figure now, but the Anthony Barton sculpted Sasanians I bought in 1995 or so, still stand comparison with current offerings. The same could not be said for many 1990s figures. Again; if I am going to spend 100s of hours with paintbrush in hand, then I want the army to look good on the table in 10 years time as well as today.
I’m quite happily playing games with a load of Minifigs 15mm Napoleonics I bought almost forty years ago. Not the best looking figures I own, but they’re painted and they look just fine on the table.
I have my pre-order in also. This is my first TFL game that will come in book form, not just PDF. Potential customers in the US might want to get their money in now as I believe Rich intends to ship those out by Saturday to completely avoid the imminent rise in postal rates.
Orders placed on Sunday and after will be charged the new rates.
My band of Minions, and their mortal enemies the Lego Men, all disagree with the original poster in this thread 🙂 But I’d ask any potential opponent if they were happy to play against them and alternatives are available.
And it can be a fun way to get younger children involved in wargaming.
Lookin’ very sleepy! Sort of Sunday morning sleepy. What could possibly happen?
I prefer Horches for early war German transport myself, but that’s lovely.
He says he made 90% of it himself – apparently he doesn’t like doing electrics. Lovely piece of work.
Looking forward to trying these out.11/09/2019 at 07:18 in reply to: Samurai rules: Ones I have, and ones you can think of? #121854
We’re having a lot of fun with Test of Honour at my club. Samurai skirmish.
I regularly use some of their paints and washes. Their base colours are very good at giving coverage for reds and yellows in particular. Have just bought their latest version of Kill Team and some new big style Space Marines in the hope of getting some games with my son.
Lost World (1992 TV remake)
One of the factions in our campaign had these blokes fighting for them – naked religious nutters wearing nothing but skeleton warpaint and carrying AK47s.
The paint job was inspired by my memory of some old film (possibly black and white) in which the valiant heros (or hero singular) were assailed by hordes of natives dressed similarly, but carrying spears rather than AKs. I thought it was a Tarzan, King Solomons Mines or some sort of Lost World film , but having spent ages on Google I can’t establish which film I’m remembering (or mis-remembering). Can anyone here help?
There is a lot more to Dark Age warfare than shield walls. Even in that case a shield wall is not a single unit, its a line of many units of varying quality and type. Whirlwind asked about Dark Age Skirmish rules not mass battle rules so I think Lion Rampant would do the trick. Had he asked about mass battle rules I’d have suggested Roache’s Ager Sanguinis or MacDowell’s Comitatus.
The thing with Lion Rampant which, at least to my mind, makes it compl;etely inappropriate for Dark Age skirmish at any level is that you cannot actually portray ” a line of many units of varying quality and type”. At least not one that moves as a coherent whole.
My reading of the period s that they could form a shieldwall even if they had as few men as are in a Lion Rampant force (24 plus) they’d be quite capable of forming a mini-shieldwall. And you just can’t do that with Lion Rampant.
All you have is groups of men running around independently. I’ve even said this to Dan Mersey and he agreed with me and said that Lion Rampant was much more of a game than a simulation.
And it’s a fine game, though I prefer Dragon Rampant, where realism doesn’t matter one little bit.
You could try Lion Rampant it’s very flexible and you could fit most troop types into it. Your nobles will be heroic and your fanatics fierce, it gives a good game. Should you want to minimise on figures perhaps using larger ones instead I think that would work too. It’s a very affordable starting point.
There’s something more than a bit strange about recommending Lion Rampant as being “realistic” rules to use for the Dark Ages.
The tactics used by many of the forces of the period involved getting the groups in a force all formed up into a shieldwall, then trying to keep it in good order and fighting as a single unit.
You just can’t do this in Lion Rampant where the individual groups aren’t allowed within 3″ of each other and must all move separately (with the high probability that not all of them will get to move in a single turn).
Rule of Cool!
The front wall of the church is made up of several layers. The window is cut into two of them. It’s very well done indeed and a fine example of what can be done with a laser cutter.
Colin Farrant of Charlie Foxtrot is doing some very interesting things with his buildings. He designs them in a way that makes them a bit more 3D and a bit less less boxy than many other manufacturers and he uses laser cut mdf and resin castings in a way that maximises the advantages of the different materials. https://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/collections/
I’m a big fan. Here’s some I did earlier.
Finishing off the Spanish Church from the Charlie Foxtrot “Pantiles” range. It’s been sitting on my desk for ages while I’ve been looking for the doors that I put somewhere safe about two months ago. Still haven’t found them so I’ve had to start scratchbuilding.
dhauser – Is it likely that you will be up and running in the UK in time for orders to be fulfilled before Christmas? I’ve got a present to get for myself and some Musketeeer Goths are right at the top of the list.
If you’re not going to be open for business in time it’s Scots from Gripping Beast.
Therein lies the problem. Most fora, LAF, WD3, etc use phpBB software, they are without doubt the bees knees in forums. However they don’t have the other functionality needed for TWW. Such as a home page with news articles, membership systems that grant access to various areas of the site. Automatic payments and header and side banner advert facilities etc. Short of spending a lot of cash on getting a bespoke site made the only option was an off the shelf bit of kit. TWW is wordpress with a BBpress forum plugin. The other things are plugins too, such as the membership system, the calendar, forms, private messaging, etc. It was tough choice but in order to make it have all the things that were needed it ended up being WordPress based.
You don’t have to run the whole site using a single bit of software. Why not run the forums with phpBB and leave the rest on WordPress?
Seriously, what is the point of that anyway? If I want 100% agreement with everything I say I can talk to my cat. But even he disagrees on occasion.
I think Newbury Fast Play Napoleonics are the the best set of Napoleonics rules ever! No disagreement please.
Is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour?
The Eifel tower is iconic, it does the job of depicting Paris rather well from that point of view. Pegasus Bridge would do a similar job for Normandy.
If you were going to wargame the actions of the resistance during the liberation of Pauis you’d probably be better off building some models depicting a typical street than building a model of the Eifel Tower. Then that might be useful for a specific scenario.
You’re right in that they could exist in Normandy. But they’re not typical and I see no reason to describe them as “Norman”.
Using your logic I’m going to use this as the basis for an African hut.
If you don’t want adjectives to have any real meaning then why bother to use the things?
What a spendidly atypical selection that Google search brings up. Houses from an album entittiled “colourful Normandy houses” and lots of the Columbage (half timbered) houses that are actually quite rare. DPhotos on the web are not typical, they are often there because they are exceptional. o a similar Google search for the “area you come from” and “houses” and see just how typical the results are. If I were to believe Google Images then I live in an unrecognisable town full of large stone villas and mansions.
My own album, the one I refer to above, comes from me putting together a resource which would be useful for me making wargames scenery. It is partly my response to the inadequacies of Google image searches and it is compiled it from photographs taken during extensive holidays spent in Normandy looking at things from a wargamers perspective. I have made an honest attempt to put together a set of pictures showing what is typical of the region where the fighting occured in 1944. Though some of the pictures are in there because they’re interesting by being a bit different from the norm and some of the types of houses pictured in there are only found in specific places.
I share the album online in the hope that it will be useful to people wanting to put together authentic looking Normandy scenery.
But of course wargamers aren’t modelling Normandy today, they’re modelling Normandy in 1944 and I’ve also looked through many hundreds of pictures taken in Normandy during the fighting, most of which are in black and white. What I found there is completely compatible with what’s found today, most of the shutters look to have been painted a very pale grey in 1944 as well.
If you prioritise other factors above accuracy and realism, then that’s fine. Paint your “Normandy houses” any colours you like and justify your selection any way you like. 14th Brooklyn says he prefers colourful houses to realistic houses and I can understand that.
But if you really care about accuracy and realism and want to use model buildings that could be seen as typical of those found in the region you’ll paint your “Norman houses” with pale grey shutters.
If those are the standards you want to apply you might as well call those models “Cornwall cottages”, “Frankfurt farmhouses” or “Bâtiments Belges”. It would be every bit as accurate. And if challenged you could demand that people prove there are no houses that look like that in Cornwall, Frankfurt or Belgium.
They’re nicely done generic bits of scenery, but there’s nothing about them that says “Normandy”, except the title of this posting.
I have this strange idea that if you label something as “Norman” it should look like something typically found in Normandy. Perhaps I’m old fashioned.
Interesting. You go out and buy some new buildings because the ones you’ve already got don’t look like they’re from Normandy. Then you paint the new ones so that they don’t look like they’re from Normandy either.
Whatever floats your boat I guess, and they still look good – in a not-Norman kind of way.
But if you want an authentic Normandy look you should paint the shutters a very pale grey (almost white) . If you look at historic black and white pictures they’re almost always very pale, consistent with the pale grey colour that’s still used on the shutters of over 90% of the buildings there today. Those that aren’t pale grey are usually brown or green. Other colours are very rare indeed.
Shops and cafes are much more likely to have coloured shutters than houses.
If you look at this album of Normandy housepictures you can see there that they use a rather limited palate of colours on their houses.
This is typical30/09/2014 at 10:09 in reply to: What do like to see in a wargames magazine article? #9749
Just lots of figure eye candy, preferably the current period / rules I am into, (but then if war-games magazines do not have these I don’t buy them) so bit of a catch 22 for magazine editors. Figure eye candy will do.
There’s more free wargaming eye-candy on the Internet than I can even begin to keep track of. I just can’t understand why anyone would buy a magazine for more.
Seems to be working fine for me.
To be honest, I don’t know how seriously I can take a review that says SAGA “trod over the same ground as ‘Dux Bellorum’”
Or Dux Britanniarum for that matter. All completely different games.
It all depends how fussy you are. Saga is a rather abstract game with a slight historical flavour.
If you’re happy using Celts as Welsh and your opponent is also happy then you’re sorted.