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6pdr Churchills then, there was a conversion kit and in the aftermath of D Day more than a few were reverted from the 75mm gun for this very reason.
Never understood the Comets thing, One of the accounts of British through the campaign mentions being retrained on comets and they practise fired at a dead panther and found the Vickers 77mm barely better than the Shermans they were moving from.
Archers, but in a static position, towed 17pdrs. Add in off table artillery, 3″ and 4.2″ mortars etc. and the Germans should find life tough. Hell even 6pdrs placed right can make it a really bad day for them.
And I hate ‘slow’ tanks in rules, the Churchill and the Tiger were every bit as fast as the other tanks in combat as regards movement, but the Tiger had a slow turret traverse which was a much bigger handicap. And M5s should not be mixing it with armour, not their job.
Ranger surely for Brave.
A few books for you.
Given the scale you want to cover, Ben Kite’s book Stout Hearts is a must read, it even covers the Operation Neptune in some depth in the chapter on Engineers.
Secondly the 3 books by Ian Daglish about Goodwood, Epsom and Bluecoat (the, Over the Battlefield, series), the heavy use of Aerial photos is a great help.
John Buckleys Monty’s Men will also be useful.
And the series of divisional histories will also fill in small ops and day to day gaps in and around the main fighting.
And lastly a point of order, Vire was an American objective, and was prevented from being taken by Bluecoat for this reason (across the American British straddle line, but also as it was judged it could have been taken, but probably not held).
Grrrrr and similar words to that effect.
Breaks your heart when trading when things like this happen.15/01/2018 at 15:52 in reply to: Storage- an ongoing problem. Had any good solutions? #81937
Really useful boxes, and then signmakers magnetic sheet across the bottom (this is the stuff removable car and van signs are made from, they often have a pile of offcuts which are perfect for your purposes. Metal washer or magnetic strip your bases and away you go.
Not a period I know much about, same as many of us I feel. Looks an interesting read.15/11/2017 at 09:27 in reply to: The Unnamed Legion (3mm scale Epic Armageddon "Heresy" Proxies) #76273
The not rhino, if it is the 6mm version scaled down, is heavily based on the FV432 APC.
How big will it go, would it allow for 30 infantry stands, 10 tanks and artillery per side say?
Thank you, now sourced them.
Hard copy preferred.
Depends, £20 for the set (there were 3 books I think) + p&p.
They Derby Worlds show is also on at the start of October, new venue but if up to previous years my vote.
You did indeed Matt.
beamstrike now acquired, thank you folks.
Dux Brittanarium from TooFatLardies and the summer 2017 Special, which has rules to convert the first game (Dark Ages Britain) to the latter, Troy.
You did the houses proud.
Arghhhh I want huge armies of these soooo badly, but painting them scares me!
And while not Fantasy, for the desert feel, Lawrence of Arabia.
Jason and the Argonauts, Thief of Bhagdad, anything Sinbad, Arabian Nights, Disneys Aladdin etc etc.
Hmmm wonder if I should offer a chariot set, one of each type we sell.
Apologies to all for any delays on orders, yes I can be erratic on fulfilment, partly that the 6mms are contract cast and partly that I can just be slow.
I really am sorry and it is something that is being addressed .
Current delays and backlogs are due to the fact that I have just moved house again at short notice, so my internet appearances have been much less than normal, and I have misplaced some of the stock (Assyrians and wheels to Egyptian chariots). Added to that I have been working hard to fulfil all the accrued orders with the time I have had.
All I can do is apologise again.
Stephan @ Rapier
p.s Just noticed the lack of a phone number on the website, I thought it was there. It is in the paper catalogues.
Not read Zetterling, so perhaps I should, I have read Buckley, and found his work excellent on reappraising what and how things were done, as well as where and when lessons were learnt for the British and Canadians.
Like this, not for carrying tanks per se, but as an assault landing vehicle carrying, troops mechs etc and then acting as fire support. Perhaps carrying assault engineer vehicles, or artillery/bombardment types as well.
Noooo, he is being self depreciating, as the figure in his avatar is from his game of Fishguard.
Rapier sell the HACME range of buildings.
Well that would be me, as I am HACME, I am also half of Rapier as well. the webpage actually needs updating and things.
Glad you liked the buildings, were you the gent after the Church as well?
No, but as a seller I have met it, we have our 28mm Scorpionmen painted to a high standard and the, ‘I couldn’t do them justice’ gets heard at least once a show.
Colours was a great day, really enjoyed it despite being serious under the weather. And glad to see our last copy of Dux finding such a good home.
Hmmmm so Americans and Germans get state of the art Armour, Britain gets the one being phased out. Still they should get Harriers.
Rank firing by 3 ranks left you in danger of the whole battalion being unloaded/reloading at the same time, the sideways ripple of Platoon meant some men always had charged muskets. The French were changing over during the WSS at Colonels discretion. The Austrians and Prussians (Brought by the Duke of Anhalt-Dessau) both adopted it from collaboration with the British/Dutch forces.
The French using fire then charge is listed as both doctrine and anecdotally from Blenheim through to Malplaquet. Only Berwick started to change it to the full impact style he had faced in Spain. It came from the 60 years of uninterrupted victories the French had racked up between Rocroi and Blenheim.
The Swedes were almost suicidal in their charging and aggression. It is very hard to actually allow for them.
Battalion guns are issued in British and Dutch service from the late 1690s and the Board of Ordinance issue books bear this out. They were a 3 or 4 pdr officially. However it would not surprise if they got ‘lost’ on march and campaign however.
The Danes in the GNW suffered from top level leadership, in the WSS they had Marlborough or Eugene as army commanders, with their cavalry handled by Wurttemburg or Overkirk, both fine commanders of cavalry.
It is my opinion from reading and researching that the French army was better in the WSS, but they had no commander to handle Marlborough until Berwick, and by then the troops themselves no longer believed.
Ummm this French charge, was this before or after the discharge of pistols that was their standard practice at the start of the period?
Platoon fire, the biggest advantage to it, and the main reason it slowly got adopted as standard was the fact you could do it in 3 ranks, The rank fire system need 4 to 6 ranks to make it work.
On British/Dutch/Danish Cavalry, they started slow and built to a collision speed (slower than would think seeing racehorses, but they had to hold formation), but only used swords. Many other cavalry were still intended to use pistols in the process. The finest exponents of the ‘at charge’ cavalry’ in this period were the Danes.
Battalion guns were standard in the WSS, as they were introduced to beef up firepower now they no longer had pikes (more firepower helped keep Cavalry at range, was the thinking).
des were specialist, mostly used in siege work and forlorn hopes, not sure I have ever seen them mentioned on a battlefield except when assaulting breastworks. Remember pretty much all infantry also had the battalion gun in this period as well.
They look like Michael Bentines Potty Time figures!
Along with the WSS it was a transitional period. Most armies marched without their pikes now (Swedes being the exception). Cavalry was returning to being impact instead of firepower. Socket bayonets were prevalent and Platoon Fire methods were becoming standard. Armies were also becoming fixed units rather than raised at need, and standardisation of uniforms was now common.
Ga Pa the rule set might be a good place to start, as is the 2 volume set on the GNW.
1 Time dilation, you would have an absolute clock and a local time. Not least because the colonists will need to know earth time for the planned timing of later ships etc, even though its matters not at all locally.
2 Hmmmm an earth like planet I would see as having Polar caps and liquid oceans with land. Sounds dull but then you get the great eras game. Base it in the Triassic, hot and dry, Ice Age, Glaciers and permofrost etc. and then into full on planet building. So any and all mats would be possible. Maybe on Proxima B there is life, but no grass types, just ferns, or maybe no hardwoods. Let your mind go mad on deciding how earthlike you want it.
Another reason for a higher recovery rate was that german tanks and AT were trained to put multiple shots into an enemy tank until it brewed up, both to make sure it was out of action and to deny its recovery to the enemy. This is also in part, responsible for the ronson myth on shermans, they were generally burnt out, but it was not always the first shot that did it.
Certainly in the desert there recovery prowess caused a reassement of methods by the British.
85 years isn’t so bad a journey, anyone who has driven the M1 or M25 could cope with it. The question is more, do we go blind or send probes etc first?
Sounds a tad optimistic for 24 trillion miles!
Even M25 drivers might find the c70,000 years at current travel speeds a bit of a bore.
The trick is to go now, discover near light speed travel on Proxima b in 70K years, zip back to earth with the technology to arrive just after we send the probe and send people to Proxima b to negate the need for the first probe to go.
Brian Cox isn’t going to like that.
85 years is 5% lightspeed, current tech can achieve this (in theory) but there is the small issue of the huge radioactive trail it would leave behind.
The other oddness is that if Germans bailed out in other theatres, the doctrine was to blow the tank so the enemy couldn’t capture and use it.
My suspicion would be the forced bail was supposed to be temporary, but the very close proximity of the enemy in Normandy due to the terrain etc. meant that attempting to return was dangerous. Tank crews are/were trained that the vehicle is expendable, the crew is not.