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  • 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.

    in reply to: Renault FT17 with dolphin? #15599
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    Damn! That’s really disappointing.  For one thing it means that the French in the First World War weren’t as whimsical as I had hoped.  And secondly it means I am seeing ornamental fish where there are none.

    in reply to: Does anyone recognise these Norman Knights? #15590
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    Thanks Shandy.  That is definitely them.  I’ve never really checked Museum’s stuff out.  Maybe I should give them another look.

    in reply to: Hold the Line – Maurice #15518
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    That’s a great battle report. It really makes me want to give Maurice a go.  I never used to fancy the idea of using cards in a miniatures game but the way that played out makes me think I really should give it a try.

    Nice-lookign game as well.

    in reply to: Fictional ancient wargaming: gaming The Sunbird #15333
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    I read the book when I was young and it inspired me to buy Carthaginians as my first ancient army.  Unfortunately, I bought the figures sight unseen from an advert in the back of Military Modelling and when I unboxed them and saw what Peter Laing figures looked like in the flesh I was truly disappointed and the project never got off the ground. However, I think it is  a great idea for a fantasy campaign and I look forward to reading about your progress. I would have thought you could use any ancient rules and your biggest consideration would be how to rate the Zulu-style tribes.

    in reply to: WWI Minifigs #15201
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    You could email them and see if they will accept other forms of payment.  I find them very pleasant to deal with and they have been in the business a long time so they will be used to dealing with non-electronic payment.

    in reply to: Russian Mitre Cap Plates #14059
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    Jonathan’s webpage really is a wonderful resource if you are attempting to paint Russians. I used to find the subject almost totally impenetrable but with his well-laid out charts I now find it much less daunting.

    Jonathan, I hope you don’t mind but I have added a hot link direct to your page: Russian Facings of the Napoleonic Era

    Bandit, the details you are looking for are in the first table. The colour for buttons and mitre plates is shown in the first column on the left as the background colour to the names of the regiments.

    in reply to: Starting out on the Crimean War #13861
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    Yes, it is still Paul and Theresa Bailey running The Keep.  I don’t know them personally but they are far-and-away my favourite people to buy from over the internet. They still sell WRG and Minifigs (though in the case of Minifigs at least I believe they are selling off old stock and no longer get any new stock in).  I’ve never been to their shop but it sounds like the kind of place I would love.

    in reply to: Starting out on the Crimean War #13857
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    Thanks for the replies everyone.  I shall check out all the sources suggested. I’ve just started reading ‘The Destruction of Lord Raglan’ by Christopher Hibbert and have got as far as his description of the Battle of Alma.  Judging from his account I think wargames rules will need to take into account the short-sightedness (literal rather than figurative for a change) of the British officers.  One general, who can barely see the end of his nose but who is too vain to wear glasses, allows the troops of his brigade to become confused with those supporting his flank because he can’t see where they are going; another orders his troops to form square, seemingly on the basis that since he can’t see any cavalry there must be some just beyond his field of vision.

    Incidentally, the impulse for me to embark on my Crimean adventure came from the fine folk at Keep Wargaming.  They run an internet/mail order service that is second to none and currently are selling Crimean War Minifigs for considerably less than list price.  Their postage charges are also remarkably reasonable.  I’ve bought loads of stuff off them over the past couple of years so I feel I should give them a plug.  Their eBay store can be found here: Keep Wargaming

     

     

    in reply to: Starting out on the Crimean War #13842
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    Thanks Connard/Not Connard,

    I’ve downloaded the rules and will give them a read this evening (but I am already a fan of the fact that measurements are in feet and inches – none of this new-fangled centimetres malarky).  I’ve also checked out the websites you recommended.  You are right about the Victorian Wars forum, you can almost hear them harrumphing from behind their walrus moustaches. I searched for information on British organisation in the Crimea and this was the first exchange I came across: http://www.victorianwars.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=7454 Still, I will try to find the nerve to stick my head above the parapet and ask a few questions since, as you say, they do seem to know what they are talking about.

    Stephen

     

    in reply to: Starting out on the Crimean War #13825
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    Thanks Sparker,

    I was thinking of putting Black Powder on my list for Santa so this gives me another reason.  I also thought I’d give Neil Thomas’s 19th Century rules a look.  Does anyone know if they include information on organisation?

    in reply to: Austrian Czapka Cord Colours #13698
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    The cords were yellow and black in alternate bands (like the body of a honey bee). For officers the cords were gold and black except for field officers who had all gold cords. (Taken from ‘The Austro-Hungarian Army 1798-1814’ by W.J. Rawkins.)

    in reply to: Update to my Russian facings page #11395
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    Jonathan, this is a wonderful resource and I really appreciate your efforts.  Of all the Napoleonic armies the Russians are the ones I find most daunting to paint because if find the uniform details so confusing.  In fact, I’ve got hundreds of undercoated Russians hidden away in drawers waiting for me to take the plunge but I keep putting it off because I am convinced I will get some detail or other wrong.  Having your charts to refer to makes me think I might actually make a start . . .

    Best wishes

    Stephen

    in reply to: Old Guard Flags? #11116
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    I’ve checked in Keith Over’s ‘Flags and Standards of the Napoleonic Wars’ and he says that the decree (made in 1808 but not fully implemented until 1811) that reduced the number of eagles to one per regiment, to be carried by the first battalion, affected the Guard in the same way as it affected the line. So in theory the second battalion wouldn’t have had an eagle or a flag. However, I suppose it is possible that they still carried some sort of battalion flag.

    in reply to: Hapsburg Empire – why no Imperial Guard? #11054
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    I’ve often wondered why the Austrians didn’t have guard units. Pretty much everyone else seems to have felt the need for them.  Maybe Thaddeus is right and the Hapsburgs felt safe enough without them.  After all, who in their right mind is going to try to assassinate an Austrian Archduke?

    in reply to: British Lieutenant-Colonel Uniform #10934
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    Thanks Ney,

    It is fascinating stuff. I wonder what Portarlington was up to in Brussels that prevented him from rejoining his regiment?  Since the “brilliant exploits” that his regiment performed didn’t take place until the afternoon he must have arrived very late at the battlefield.

    I’m definitely going to paint a figure to represent the unfortunate Earl.  I now just have to decide on which figure to use. In their old 2nd gen line, Minifigs made a command set specifically for the 23rd Light Dragoons, wearing the uniform worn in the Rocco painting above.  It includes an officer who appears to be wearing the unlikely combination of an hussar dolman and a cocked hat so I wonder if this is meant to represent Portarlington?

    in reply to: British Lieutenant-Colonel Uniform #10788
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    Thanks  McLaddie,

    It seems odd to me as well that he was not able to take command of his regiment. However, I haven’t been able to find out at what time he reached the battlefield.  According to Adkin’s Waterloo Companion, the 18th Hussars, whom he joined and fought with as a trooper, were based at the extreme east of the Allied line. They seem to have been a bit cut-off from the action and Adkin says “the men sat on the wet ground unable to see what was happening under the dense clouds of smoke to the south-west.” They didn’t get into action until the evening, when they were moved to the centre to take part in the attacks on the retreating enemy. Haythornthwaite in Uniforms of Waterloo says Portarlington “served with great bravery” and had his horse shot from under him.

    The 23rd, meanwhile, had been engaged in supporting the infantry squares against the French cavalry assaults in the late afternoon. Maybe Portarlington arrived too late to join them in action or perhaps he just couldn’t find them in the confusion of the battlefield?

    Here is Keith Rocco’s painting of the 23rd in action against French cuirassiers and Dutch lancers.  He appears to have favoured tradition over probability and depicted them in the pre-1812 uniform when the likelihood is that they would have been wearing the  post-1812 uniform with crimson facings.

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    in reply to: Which forum for SCW? #10210
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    I’d go for WWII myself. I always think of the Spanish Civil War as being part of the ‘long Second World War’.

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    Venusboy3 wrote Definitely the old Minifigs ‘Valley of Four Winds’ figures… I’ve got some but want more.” They were a nice range of figures I remember reading several “Michael Moorcock” at that time and the figures reminded me of the descriptions of some of the evil orcs etc..

    For me it was Minifigs Aureola Rococo figures that reminded me of Moorcock. This is one of the High Elves from that range:

    I thought the Aureola Rococo figures were nice but not quite as inspiring as the Valley of the Four Winds figures, which for me were works of art. I think these figures deserve to be on display in art galleries around the world:

    in reply to: Which rules? #8758
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    Not Connard,

    The original post appears at the top of each new page (I guess so you can see what the topic was originally about if it has wandered around the houses a bit).

     

    in reply to: A WWI Air Card Game #7544
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    I haven’t heard of Minden Games before but they’ve got some really interesting-looking stuff. (Not sure about the idea of playing in a coffee house or pub though.)

    in reply to: Game Design Forum? #7333
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    The discussion about Simulation v Beer & Pretzels on the Napoleonic Boards has been interesting and probably would be of interest to people who aren’t into Napoleonics. But I don’t think that means a dedicated board for Game Design needs to be created. Surely, on a wargaming website, the place to discuss topics of general interest to wargamers is right here on the general board?

    Personally, I am interested in most topics to do with wargaming and having to click through endless boards and sub-boards makes topics harder to find rather than easier.  I would find the General Board far more user-friendly if all the sub-boards went and everything was gathered on a single board.

     

    in reply to: Why is there an 18th century board? #6908
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    I’m in favour of one fewer; I don’t approve of one less (or one more for that matter).

    in reply to: Does anyone recognise these chaps? #6859
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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    The riders do look a bit like Hinchcliffe/Heritage but the horses are very different (the Hinchcliffe/Heritage mounts always looked more like rocking horses than real horses to me).

     

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    I find eBay works pretty well as a time machine.  All the things I wanted but couldn’t afford as a kid seem to turn up there eventually.  Mind you, sometimes it is a mistake to go back. I’ve bought a few things purely for nostalgic reasons and then thought what on earth did I do that for when the item actually arrived.

    in reply to: Artillery crew separated from main weapon #6641
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    Unlike the French, the British artillery would of course, if forced to abandon their guns, regroup somewhere and make tea . . .

    http://movieclips.com/H4vVb-a-bridge-too-far-movie-a-cup-of-tea-cant-hurt/

    Not the RA but you get what I mean.

    in reply to: Posting bug #6367
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    I had the same problem with a post with multiple links.  It kept disappearing every time I hit submit.  Eventually I tried it with just one link and it worked fine.

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    Hi William, it will be a case of finding them first and then painting them.  But if I do track them down I may well give it a go.  Mind you, I’m not sure my painting has improved much since I was a kid.  Back then I was a perfectionist with good eyesight, these days I’m a bit more slapdash but I figure it is okay because everything is a bit of a blur anyway.

    in reply to: Help identifying figures #6314
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    Thanks Peter. I’m a fairly obsessive collector of Minifigs but I don’t really know much about the history of the company (beyond the potted history on the Caliver website)

    in reply to: Help identifying figures #6287
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    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the information.  That explains why they are such a good fit with Minifigs.  I always thought that after the very early days all Minifigs were sculpted by Dave and Dick Higgs; did one of them leave the company and branch out alone?

    Stephen

    in reply to: Game Design Forum? #6279
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    I don’t think a proliferation of boards would be a good idea. If your topic is broader than Napoleonic why not post it on the General Horse & Musket board? If it is even broader than that why not post it right here on the General/General board?

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    That’s what e-bay was invented for to get rid of disappointments.  

    eBay is quite good for unloading stuff you regret buying but even eBay cannot erase the memory of the disappointment I felt when I opened the long-anticipated package and found I had wasted my pocket money on some mis-shapen blobs that looked like 3D representations of cave paintings.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the figures, this is a fairly representative example:

    The weird thing is that looking at them again I actually feel a bit nostalgic about them and feel half-tempted to rummage through the loft and see if I can find them  . . .

     

    in reply to: Help identifying figures #6172
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    Adam,

    Are these the elephants you remember?  They are produced by Viking Forge and I am not sure whether they may have started life as Asgard or Tabletop …

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