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Don’t trust Hollywood; they seldom come anywhere near reality. We don’t know everything, but there’s enough evidence to do far better than California usually offers.
Reminds me of a student who forgot an exam, submitted a fake medical certificate, was granted an aegrot, then came to me a few days later to confess and demand she fail. She was a good student so I told her to keep quiet about it, but she insisted. Referred to the prof, who agree she was a naughty girl but also suggested she keep the whole thing under her hat. She wouldn’t play ball, and had to repeat the year.
As a more agreeable variant on “name and shame”, what about a board specifically devoted to naming companies that have impressed us with good service?
Phew. That book had the rare distinction of being the only one I have ever given away on the same day I bought it!
Good work. Now make a range of 10mm Tang Chinese for us and go into commercial production!
I’ve had good success using Sharpies (felt-tip pens) to do the sort of detailed work you mention, but only with black, dark blue, and scarlet. Green was a disaster, bleeding into other colours and even through the repeated repaint jobs I did; it took ages to repair the damage there. But I do all my belts and reins with black pens these days, and use the blue and red freely on lighter colours for fancy garments or shields.
I’m very much a 10mm gamer, btw.
I bought a custom-sized (four foot by eight) double-sided mat in mousepad rubber from them about a year ago. I was very satisfied with every stage of our relations – they were pretty prompt about sending it, the appearance is excellent, it’s pleasant to the touch, and boulder-strewn meadow grass on one side, semi-desert on the other is perfect for my needs. Although I missed a special promotion deal offering a free strip of printed river, they were kind enough to send me one anyway. I found them courteous and helpful at all stages. My order had to get from the UK to Thailand, by the way.
They have a Facebook page, so you could get more info there, I’m sure, but I certainly recommend them.
Lovely spectacle and a super era. I’ll never learn to love those dice and markers, I fear.
Brilliant stuff, as ever! And, yes, I was expecting a half constructed palace model
You weren’t the only one! But good modelling (now that the shock has worn off).10/12/2020 at 03:33 in reply to: 1/3000 ships – paint them base or base then paint? #148106
I use method 2, seems less hassle to me, but then I don’t normally texture the base for ships smaller than 6mm scale.. YMMV!
Stop evading and show us the 1:4800 dinkies!
300-1850 saw hundreds of battles with elephants.
Mr King has limited talent with language, but he did open the way for one of the greatest movies ever.
I used to have 6mm Achaemenids, mainly Heroics and Ros; liked them very much, though 10mm has long won my heart. But be warned about a few things that discouraged me with Irregulars: some things I’ve ordered have failed to arrive, as have the promised replacements, the figures come in inconvenient groups on heavy bases, and detail leaves much to be desired. In 10mm, their stuff often has flimsy ankles and tiny heads, and very much higher prices than better figures from other companies, so for me they’re very much a last resort.
Nifty, Sir, nifty.
Those Kallistra pikemen are pretty solid little figures. Looks good. 🙂
Thanks Alexander. I like the two sides idea.
Invaluable. Meadow on one side, semi-desert on the other; there I am, sorted out for everything except naval.
Got a two-sided Tiny Wargames neoprene mat a few months ago – it’s demanding to pack away, but otherwise I’m enchanted with it. I must point out that I use seperate hills of plaster and plywood, however, which I lay on top of the mat.
Had they but existed….
Is there evidence for armoured heavy cavalry with spear and shield on the same horse? Heaven knows, my Assyrian horse could use the protection!
I’ve just ordered a trio of those Mk IVs, as it happens.
The One True Scale!
Irregular Miniatures aren’t my favourite company, but they do make an attactive set of 6mm druids on the job.
A watchpoint that’s emerged, btw: it might be important to stir, not shake, the flocking martini. Shaking aerates it, and there appears to be a danger of its going all viscous and jellied.
Thanks for friendly comment. 🙂
Those look like ashigaru, not samurai. Not sure what they’re doing on the ancients page.
Same battle recently on my side of the world. My wife has become rather fond of leading the Huns, having worked out what a deadly army they are.
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When there’s solid evidence about shield faces, it usually indicates designs. I really don’t find it easy to believe the plain shields idea (I admit I don’t want to believe it either).
I’d certainly see nothing odd in veteran regular troops. What distinction are you drawing?
How about some 1) conquest of Mexico; and 2) imperial Chinese stuff?
Albatros against SPAD? There was only one likely outcome.
For me it would be the great Sir Stephen Runciman. But then the crusades are the beginning and end of my medieval gaming.
I think my hexual education is abstinence-only.
I’d feel very uncomfortable mixing them. Hairstyles, weapons, shield designs, styles of fighting were very different. Germans with loincloths and topknots, and frequently clubs, long spears, non-metallic javelins, wedges, no saddles, certainly no chariots, and horrifyingly often not even swords, against Gallic tartans, trousers, moustaches, slings (I trust Caesar more than I do Phil Barker, for some reason)…why not have a few French cuirassiers in the Indo-Chinese war while you’re at it?
Still struggling to mount wing struts in 1:144 WWI models, but I’ll certainly be aiming to do multiplayer dogfights, drawing largely on my old days with Dawn Patrol (good game, except for using squares rather than hexes) and good old Red Baron on my father’s PC.
Nice table and painting, 10mm can look really good!
My opinion too.
I’m late to the party, but Leven for my money. Cheap, detailed, quick service, and they’re pleasant to negotiate with if you need to.
Fezzes are sometimes cool.
The racial composition of the Islamic states was extremely varied, so it’s impossible to give them an accurate racial label. Since even Runciman allows himself to use the term “Saracen”, the rest of us might as well adopt it as an acceptable equivalent of “Frank”. But Turkish stock was dominant, so “Turks” rather than “Arabs”. The glory days of Arab conquest and civilisation were long gone by the time of the crusades.
I’ve worked with quite a lot of both. Turks are often as fair-skinned as I (Celtic), Arabs marginally darker. Yes, they tan in the sun; I hope this admission will lead to the logical next step of painting northern European crusaders with chocolate skins.
Yussuf ibn Ayyub had some qaraghulam cavalry, meaning “black slave soldiers”. Scholarly opinion appears to regard these as probably Berbers, darker than Turks but certainly not melanistic, if that term steers away from PC touchiness. The Sudanese infantry of the Fatimid state were in major decline by his day following a failed insurrexion (though I admit I couldn’t resist three units in my own Ayyubid army).
There were few Arabs in the Crusades, they’re seldom that dark skinned in my experience, and the shaven heads and fezzes look rather Turkic. Is this Hollywood or history?