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  • in reply to: John Franklin's Quatre Bras OOB #26733
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    Welcome to the fray John.  It is great to have someone with your knowledge on board.

    in reply to: Have sci-fi figures changed? #26226
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    Much as I like Minifigs even I have to admit they never really mastered the female form.

    in reply to: Have sci-fi figures changed? #26204
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    Yes.  They’ve changed.

    Valka Spacewoman with Death Spray

    Or maybe they have just come full circle?  There certainly isn’t much surface detail on this Minifigs Valka Spacewoman.

    in reply to: Indigo does not fade #26036
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    No Jonathan, they are not ‘hobby’ issues.  In the way you have couched them they are all TMP issues. You launched the thread about the Warlord painting guide to mock Sparker for posting a link to it on TMP, your comments on Kevin Kiley aren’t about his Amazon review they are about his participation in a discussion thread on TMP and  this ‘indigo’ thread is a response to what you presumably regard as misinformation posted on TMP.

    TWW isn’t an adjunct of TMP; it is a separate site.  So why not start a discussion about something that isn’t on TMP?

    in reply to: Indigo does not fade #25994
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    I  am really unhappy about what you are doing here Jonathan.    If you want to take part in a debate on TMP then do it on TMP.  If you are going to post here then try to do it without making snide remarks about people who post over there.  The reason this site was set up was so that we didn’t have to deal with that kind of crap. You are doing it in two threads now. Don’t drag your agenda over here.

    in reply to: 6mm MDF Napoleonics #25753
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    Hi curlerman,

    I hadn’t heard of these before but I checked out the pictures on your website and they really do look remarkably good.  I wouldn’t have thought it possible to make such finely-detailed figures from wood.  To my eye they look better proportioned than Adler and Baccus (they don’t suffer from big head syndrome).  I love the paint jobs you have done as well.  Inspiring.

    in reply to: 30mm figures #25376
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    Have you tried Tradition of London? I don’t know how good a match they are but they might be worth a look.

    in reply to: Bloody mess of French Chasseurs à Cheval #25124
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    Jonathan, this is the second attack you have made on Sparker. This time you have started a thread purely to criticise a link posted on TMP. If you want to take part in a debate on TMP maybe it would make more sense to actually post your reply there rather than here.   And when you do post here try to remember that Wheaton’s Law applies.

    in reply to: Satan is back! #25056
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    I was tempted to go and edit the OP so that alter became altar.. :D

    You mean you actually can put words in our mouths? Scary.

    in reply to: Hawk Eye and the Ladies #24851
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    Superb brushwork.  I’m particularly impressed with the faces.  The women actually do look white with fear.

    in reply to: 15mm napoleonic camp followers? #24621
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    I think Stonewall Figures now make them in the UK but I don’t know whether the Vivandiers are in production: http://www.stonewallfigures.co.uk/shop/index.php/page,shop.browse/category,Warmodelling+Miniatures++15mm+Napoleonics/category_id,ea251c89210797490021fa4bebeba044?ps_session=e9288c1a1f454838b005c6b4f78a7880

    The Minifigs ones are nice too but are quite small.

    in reply to: 15mm napoleonic camp followers? #24598
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    I’ve remembered the name of the other manufacturer.  It is Warmodelling and they do a a couple of nice vivandieres: http://images.campaign-game-miniatures.com/shop/warmodelling/vivandieres-detail

    in reply to: 15mm napoleonic camp followers? #24582
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    Minifigs makes a vivandiere’s cart that comes with a seated female driver and a woman walking (carrying a basket if memory serves): http://www.miniaturefigurines.co.uk/Catalogue.aspx?ScaleID=2&CategoryID=11&SubCategoryID=81

    I know someone also makes a 15mm vivandiere/cantiniere riding a mule.  The figure was given away with one of the wargaming magazines a few years ago but I’m afraid I can’t remember the manufacturer.

    in reply to: New book cover – opinions please #24366
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    I think the S6 would make for a pretty striking book cover. I think just that on a plain background could be really effective.

    in reply to: New book cover – opinions please #24362
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    William Harley is right.  The respirator is a more iconic image of the siege.

    in reply to: New book cover – opinions please #24355
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    To be honest I think all the designs are a bit hard on the eye. I wouldn’t have the photograph showing through into the sections of text, I would use solid blocks of colour instead, and personally I would use brighter colours rather than these rather muddy tones.  However, I think your real problem is that the photograph is a bit boring (it could almost have come from the window of an upmarket London estate agent).

    I assume that you can’t use pictures of the siege itself for copyright reasons but rather than use the current image I think you would be better with no photograph and just the image of the gun.

    in reply to: John Franklin's Quatre Bras OOB #23700
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    I saw that thread too.  I don’t know Franklin’s work but I do think he would have done himself a favour if he had ignored the people who posted negative reviews rather than engaged with them. If you attempt to argue with a blowhard you will inevitably end up looking like a blowhard. The same is true of arguing with an idiot.

    in reply to: A fight for a dyke (HYW skirmish) #23303
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    http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path

    When referring to a trench or earthwork it is perfectly acceptable spell dyke with a ‘y’. It’s not archaic and is still in common usage.

    in reply to: Radio re-enactment #23247
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    Why is it that I think playing with toy soldiers is an admirable pastime for a gentleman of leisure but dressing up in a uniform and pretending to be a soldier is just a bit silly?

    in reply to: Haitian Revolution with Sharp Practice – AAR #20658
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    Nice battle report.  And I’m impressed that you got this project onto the table so quickly.  It was only a couple of months ago that you were asking about suitable figures (the Minifigs look the part by the way).  I wish I was as focussed as that. I always start new projects with great enthusiasm but things generally grind to a halt somewhere in the planning stage.

    in reply to: And now for something completely different… #20460
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    Whoa indeed!

    That is absolutely stunning work.

    in reply to: Senior French Guard Officers at Austerlitz? #20418
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    This is from 1805: Austerlitz by Robert Goetz:

    Infantry of the Imperial Guard

    1st Bde (Grenadiers a Pied) – GdB Pierre Auguste Hulin (Hulin was absent, commanding in Vienna, so I assume – but don’t know for sure – that command fell to Colonel-Major Jean Marie Pierre Francois Lepaige Dorsenne)

    2nd Bde (Chasseurs a Pied) – GdB Jerome Soules

    3rd Bde (Italian Guard) – GdB Teodoro Lecchi

    Cavalry of the Imperial Guard

    Gendarmerie d’Elite – detached to Brunn

    1st Bde (Grenadiers a Cheval) GdB Michel Ordener

    2nd Bde (Chasseurs a Cheval) Colonel-en-Second Francois Louis Morland

    Artillery of the Imperial Guard

    Commander Francois-Henri-Eugene Daugier

    According to Hourtoulle (Austerlitz: The Empire at its Zenith) the Chief of Staff of the Guard was Roussel and Bessieres’s ADCs were Cesar de Laville de Villa-Stellone, Lebrun, D’oullembourg, Louis de Seganville, Leinsteinschneider, Desmichels, Lapeyriere and Barbanegre.

    I hope that is some help.

     

    in reply to: Cossacks – Just how irregular were they? #20099
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    Thank you for the replies guys.  I think I will mount them just four to a base and give them an irregular formation (except for the Guard cossacks. I think I will just mount them like light cavalry, with six guys in two ranks, since I would guess that they were more disciplined than other units of cossacks).

    in reply to: Cossacks – Just how irregular were they? #19987
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    I cut my bases by hand out of sheets of ply.  I’m not sure I know how to draw an oval let alone cut one out with a Stanley knife!

    in reply to: More Russian Details #19234
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    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for the update.  I think your page is great and I love the way it is organised. I’ve always found the Russians to be the most daunting of the major Napoleonic armies when it comes to uniform research (which explains why I have got so many of them lying around unpainted).  The details on the early hussars is much appreciated: the army of Suvorov is on the to do list.

    in reply to: Minor Semantic Rant #18922
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    I don’t like Biblical either. Half the book doesn’t get a look in.  It should be Old Testament (which isn’t any better but may be more accurate).

     

     

    in reply to: Just Tell the Truth! #18374
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    Hi Nick,

    I think you are right about the rationale behind it but frankly it has always struck me as pretty nonsensical.  I flat out don’t believe that anyone capable of sculpting a miniature is unable to tell where the top of the head of a figure is just because that figure is wearing a hat.

    I also can’t see why anyone would measure a figure from anywhere other than from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head.

    Personally, I think  a lot of it is down to the vanity of certain sculptors and manufacturers. They want to be able to claim that their figures are more detailed than the competition and they hate to admit that the main reason for this is that their figures are a heck of a lot bigger.

    The one I find it hardest to get my head around is GHQ. They  pride themselves on making accurate 1/285th vehicles and then they match them up with infantry that are massively out of scale.  And apparently the reason they do this is that it allows them to make the infantry more detailed. If they want to do that why not just make the tanks bigger as well?

    in reply to: Just Tell the Truth! #18353
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    It beats me why figure manufacturers are so chary about revealing the actual size of their miniatures. It drives me crazy when I see 18mm figures advertised as 15mm (Blue Moon I am looking at you). And the notion that you can measure the height of a man by only going as far as his eyes has always struck me as so ridiculous that I am amazed that anyone ever dreamed it up.

    in reply to: Firefly Board Game #18095
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    I’m a huge fan of Firefly and was really looking forward to this one. The game looks great. The components are very nice.  But the actual game play leaves a lot to be desired. There is virtually no player interaction and having played it once I don’t think I could be bothered to ever play it again.

    On an associated topic, I’ve also got the Serenity RPG, and though I have never played it I still think it was worth the purchase price just for the section which teaches you how to swear in Chinese.

    in reply to: AB's 6mm 'Hougoumont' #17796
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    That really is a very nice looking model.  The finished effect is great.

    in reply to: Help: British Infantry 1790s in 15mm? #17764
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    Hi Shandy,

    The length of the coat tails hadn’t occurred to me but of course you are right.  If you want some more variation, Thoroughbred also make marines (also with short-tailed coats unfortunately)  that I think would be compatible with Minifigs.

    Thoroughbred Sea Eagles

    in reply to: Help: British Infantry 1790s in 15mm? #17700
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    Have you considered using British Napoleonic marines?  They wear round hats and I think in 15mm would be indistinguishable from flank company  line infantry (they have shoulder wings so to use them for centre companies you would need to file these off). The Minifigs ones are very nice.  They come in three poses – advancing, firing and kneeling firing – plus three command figures so would give a fair amount of variation for a skirmish game.

    Minifigs British Napoleonic

    in reply to: To like or not to like #17343
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    Sometimes I don’t reply to posts because I don’t really have much to say, and posting just to say I like it seems pointless. On other forums, people have been accused of posting such things just to increase their post count, which makes me even more wary of posting just to say “I agree”. I would be interested to hear why other people have voted no, though.</div>

    Hi Russell,

    I do know what you mean about not always replying to posts because it is sometimes hard to think of anything worthwhile to say.  I often admire the pictures of newly-painted figures that people post but I rarely say anything because just writing “good job” seems a bit pointless.  And I suppose being able to press ‘like’ would allow people to give some kind of feedback in these instances. However, it wouldn’t be possible to restrict it to this kind of usage and soon you will find that when a discussion/argument starts people will start ‘liking’ posts by people they agree with. And then things start to get pretty stupid very quickly.

    Stephen

    in reply to: To like or not to like #17333
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    I know how you feel Mike;  I often end up arguing with my alter egos.

    in reply to: To like or not to like #17330
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    I voted no because I can’t really see the point in a ‘like’ feature.  If you like a post why not take the trouble to tell the poster that you like it?  You could even go crazy and tell him why you like it.  You never know, you might even end up having a conversation.

    I don’t like ‘likes’.

    In fact, I hate, loathe and despise them.

    And do we really want a league table of the most liked posts (which will inevitably become a league table of the most liked posters)?

     

     

    in reply to: Hougomont and the violets #17231
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    Great report and some lovely pictures.  I really enjoyed reading that.  I’m starting to really look forward to your re-fight of the whole battle.   Among your group what is the betting on who is going to win?

    PS.  Hougoumont and the Violets sound more indie rock than jazz funk to me (but definitely third-rate).

    in reply to: Was wine weaker way back when? #16981
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    Thanks for the replies everyone.  It seems, considering the combination of weaker wine and smaller glasses, Wellington was indeed being reasonably abstemious.  And of course I should have taken into account that in a British officers’ mess you can drink enough to fell an ox and still be considered “reasonably abstemious”.

    in reply to: Reviews? #15660
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    I voted to keep the reviews to the relevant areas.  To be honest I already think there are too many subsections to click through. I hardly ever look at the general boards because there seem to be so many of them. (However, when the vote goes against me – and it looks like it will – I promise I won’t stomp off taking all my toys with me).

    in reply to: Renault FT17 with dolphin? #15623
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    It turns out there was a Renault Dauphine but sadly it wasn’t a First World War tank and didn’t look especially like a dolphin.  On the plus side, looking this up means that I now know why the heir to the throne of France was called the Dolphin; apparently it is all down to the coat of arms:

    Arms of the Dauphin of France

    in reply to: Does anyone recognise these Norman Knights? #15621
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    I checked out their website and I really like the look of some of their mounted figures. There’s something about their horses I really like.

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