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  • in reply to: Royal Air Force Museum (Midlands) RAF Cosford #176667
    hammurabi70
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    Many thanks for a great post; very helpful.  I can confirm the use of Battledress in the 1970s as I was issued with it!

    in reply to: Italian Command Car #175852
    hammurabi70
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    Interesting input from everybody.

    Inevitably it all comes down to demand: everybody will do the main tanks because they are in demand.  A bit less clear to me is the more obscure support vehicles, tankers, heavy trucks and engineering equipment.  There seems plenty of variety in those yet one would have thought demand low compared to MkV Panthers!  I am surprised that Italian command vehicles have lesser demand than some of this gear; if nobody makes the Italian stuff how do they know?

    So, find a substitute according to taste, then!

    in reply to: Italian Command Car #175740
    hammurabi70
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    Thanks; at least it confirms the situation.  Perhaps one of the manufacturers will take note!

    Anything usable as a substitute?  Heroics and Ros do a Steyr truck but not the command car!  Their Horsch command car looks like the closest equivalent but might not be suitable for the desert. Anything you might recommend?

    in reply to: Are you a 6mm WWII wargamer? #172918
    hammurabi70
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    Good catch hammurabi. i am a member of that io group and it could use a little more life. Good place to go and start your thinkings…

     

    Maybe.  I started a 2mm and 6mm IO group when the YAHOO groups closed down but neither take up nor usage has been very great.  Aggregator sites like this one seem to service people well.  Facebook is popular but I stay away from it so cannot comment about it.

    in reply to: Are you a 6mm WWII wargamer? #172874
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    Hi everyone. Are you a 6mm WWII wargamer? If the answer is yes, great. I am searching for ways to meet more people that have the same interest

    You could join the io group.

    [email protected]

    hammurabi70
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    As a teenager I cut up balsa wood sticks to make blocks and used coloured pins for strength.  Neat but not as interesting as figures.

    in reply to: What's on your painting desk/table/corner #171456
    hammurabi70
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    Made a massive 1/700 ship buy for the WW2 pacific along with the GQ 3.3 Naval rules and Soloman’s campaign add-on. So I’m building USN and IJN ships thou I’m having to scratch build the old flush deck 4 pipers along with the Atlanta.

    1/700?  Is this Fletcher Pratt rules in a ballroom?

    in reply to: Pay to put on a display game? #170294
    hammurabi70
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    Willing to pay the entry fee of an ordinary punter but no more.

    in reply to: Rebasing #167727
    hammurabi70
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    In the 1990s I rebased from single figure removal basing to elements; never going to change it again!

    in reply to: Guadalcanal naval campaign 1942 project #167494
    hammurabi70
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    Apologies for my lack of updates about my progress with this project.

    Not required, go at your own pace; I do.

    https://captainnemogamingworldwartwo.blogspot.com

    Always interested in the posts when they arise.

    So I spent some time thinking about how to tweak the rules to reflect the advantage that comes from spotting the enemy first.

    And your conclusion was?  Move first and fire first?

    in reply to: For uncle Ho! #166639
    hammurabi70
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    in reply to: Rules for Battles of Sail #166493
    hammurabi70
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    Sorry, I’m not familiar with either of those two sets. What do you find attractive about them? -jeff

    I selected GFAAS years ago, based on a variety of reviews but never followed through with it.  Now I am in the process of doing so but David indicated the rules were being enhanced and FDS has now been published.  Comments on FDS are mixed so I was interested in learning from anyone here what their experience and opinion was with the two sets of rules before choosing one.

    in reply to: British Balloon Attacks #164138
    hammurabi70
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    The classic dilemma of whether one is the ‘first‘ to discover something or the ‘last‘.  Yes, known about it for a long time [it has a Wiki entry] but the first time I read of it then it was a new discovery. It is obscure; I am sure there are many who have not heard of it. I thought everyone knew about Elephant Bill and his elephants in Burma in WWII until I posted something on a forum.  To post, or not to post, that is the question.

    in reply to: Battle of Montgat 1808 #164070
    hammurabi70
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    It looks great; how have you organised the basing and name plates?

    in reply to: Japan. Massed battle rules in the Age of War #163533
    hammurabi70
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    You could ask USAGITSUKI for a copy of his TENKA FUBU rules.  I shall want a good set of rules when I finally get my Baccus 6mm samurai done.

    in reply to: Campaign map movement: free vs PtP #163324
    hammurabi70
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    It would really depend on how it locks into the other campaign mechanics.  What is the purpose of having a map? As the objective is to get troops on the table I always use PtP designed to produce two equally sized forces in action.  Given that player and umpire fatigue will soon wear away enthusiasm, designs are not complicated.

    in reply to: A Great Italian Wars Project in 15mm #163322
    hammurabi70
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    Tell us what you like about them. It’s all grist to the Mill.

    24-element army so Big Battle DBA size, which I think is a handy size for an army.  IMHO the rules give a good period flavour for the Italian Wars but take a bit of getting used to.  I don’t know any other rules that are suitable although FURIOSO has generated a lot of interest recently; not played it so cannot comment on it.  Other rules seem to me to be too generic so are either ‘Ancients’ or ‘Renaissance’.

    in reply to: A Great Italian Wars Project in 15mm #163084
    hammurabi70
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    I recommend the rules MAXIMILIAN.

    https://www.wargamevault.com/product/122057/Maximilian

    in reply to: Sam & ROMMEL rules #162729
    hammurabi70
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    Many thanks for all the input.  I can understand people wanting to use FB to monitor postings but it does surrender some control and impedes those of us not using it.

    [3] Businesses switching to Facebook is an attempt to achieve maximum volume & reach with minimum effort.

    Quite so.

    The Poland and Romania Command Posts are available on the Honour site. Don’t know if anything’s been done with the others https://sammustafa.com/downloads/

    Brilliant!  Many thanks, just the sort of thing I wanted.  I did not realise that the HONOUR site still had material on it.  Very helpful.  A bit disappointing that the Poles still get a ‘cavalry charge’.  I guess you could read it as the cavalry using their mobility to get their anti-tank guns in place to smash the German tanks but they only let it have an impact on combat with non-tank units!  In reality the cavalry ambushed and smashed the advancing German tanks.  They seem to have fallen for the German propaganda; I will have to delete their reference to only being available when the Germans have no armoured units in the combat.

    hammurabi70
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    Great stuff; always enjoy Desert War gaming.  Love the campaign but more than two years since T’YARKSHIRE FERRET gave news of a clash between the GF and the HSF.  What have the fleets been up to; the world wonders.

    in reply to: Down with DRMs! A Modest Proposal #162454
    hammurabi70
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    Yes.

    One club member notoriously rolls low.  In one evening he never rolled higher than three using rules that always required high rolls for the best outcome.

    One club member is well known for his good fortune and carries the nickname ‘Prince of Darkness‘ for his capacity to roll extraordinarily well in tight corners; his honest character has never been challenged.

    Life has some extraordinary wrinkles; Napoleon’s comment on whether a General was lucky was no chance statement.

    in reply to: Down with DRMs! A Modest Proposal #162308
    hammurabi70
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    so a designer should decide on high-to-succeed or low-to-succeed and stick with it for everything.

    This would be prejudicial against those who consistently roll high or low.  We write rules that deliberately vary between high and low as a good result, so, for example, that combat is high and morale is low.

    in reply to: Oddest campaign map ever? #162174
    hammurabi70
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    Ooh, gosh!  Takes me back fifty years to teenage years and using tobacco tins for the naval campaign we played.  Never used it subsequently as we found alternative solutions.

    These days do people use Berthier?

    https://sites.google.com/site/berthiercampaignmanager/

    in reply to: Valuing a wargamers estate #161983
    hammurabi70
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    I strongly advise using legal advice, even just as an issue of touching base.  I was trained in Executorship 40 years ago but never used the training.  I just managed to deal with one parent’s estate 15 years ago.  When the other died 5 years ago I discovered the modern requirements were too complex without taking legal advice; I did all the spade work but they made sure the forms got completed correctly.

    Used to run… ?  Is there an implication there is still a business to be sold, not just bits of kit?  Legal advice can be expensive but could save you a  lot of hassle.

    in reply to: Valuing a wargamers estate #161953
    hammurabi70
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    It depends on the nature of collection.  It could be included as part of a generic £2,000 chattels description.  However, I once met a gamer who had 30,000 25mm figures in his collection.  At, say, £1 a figure on eBay then trying to pass them off as valued at £2,000 is a bit dubious and you state that it is a huge collection.  In general they will not sell for a great deal, as noted above, so I would advise limiting the value, especially as it is a ‘forced’ sale.  Use Ebay and give a generous rounding down to any calculation.  If it is big enough to make a separate line item in the probate application you should be able to substitute a documented actual value at a later date; your legal advisor should be able to give more accurate information to you.

    in reply to: First foray into block warfare… #161486
    hammurabi70
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     But seriously, I did something like this before I got into the picoscales with painted matchsticks lengthwise on bases for Napoleonics.

     

    Clever. As a teenager  I  used balsa rods that I cut up, painted and stuck coloured pins in as strength markers. Anything to save money and make gaming affordable!

    in reply to: First foray into block warfare… #161426
    hammurabi70
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    It rather depends on what each unit represents but I would have thought it a bit light on infantry … or with too much cavalry and infantry.

    I took [top-down] troop images from Junior General, printed them and stuck them on MDF bases, which seemed to work well for Command and Colors Napoleonics.

    in reply to: Be Cautious About Buying Books from Amazon #161383
    hammurabi70
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    Naval & Military Press might be a useful alternative.

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    in reply to: Happy 2,500th to the Brave 300! #161137
    hammurabi70
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    in reply to: Solo WW2 air rules #161066
    hammurabi70
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    Have you tried the air rules at Lone Warrior?

    Complete Rule Sets

     

    in reply to: Be Cautious About Buying Books from Amazon #160451
    hammurabi70
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    Regularly buy from AMAZON but concur that price check now very advisable; often find cheaper prices elsewhere … or better (looking) quality.  Always check the reviews, carefully, given the shenanigans that such a source attracts.

    in reply to: 6mm Kampfgruppe Stachwitz at Kursk game #159061
    hammurabi70
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    I have looked at the photos and very good they are.  It was why I guessed ‘blinds’ but although I have played CoC I have never done IABSM (or TWAT) so was not sure how it operated.  Sadly blinds seem unfashionable at the moment with newer rules.

    in reply to: 6mm Kampfgruppe Stachwitz at Kursk game #159051
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    Some interesting photos; what are the large cardboard markers: blinds, smoke … or something else?

    in reply to: Did Romans wear red? #158592
    hammurabi70
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    I have one red legion and one blue.  However, how ‘realistic’ are figures expected to be?  How many Napoleonic figures are fielded in parade ground uniforms and how many in realistic campaign uniforms?  Legions are supposed to be in red so default red it will be!

    in reply to: Absolute Emperor – new napoleonic rules #158227
    hammurabi70
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    I would be happy to answer any/all questions you may have. I have a FB page where people can more quickly interact, but a member there suggested I make an appearance here to do the same.

    As I don’t “DO” FB then I hope you will answer here, although I gather there has been a lot happening on the FB site.  A rules writer thinks of a lot of events that might arise and then squirrels away a response, which readers and users might or might not find.

    [1] I have been given a ‘Reference Sheet’ from the FB site; is this what could be described as a QRS?  (I have also received a copy of an Errata and FAQ).

    [2] Musket range is 4 inches.  I lack much detail on the period but would have thought effective range was 100 yards; however, I will assume it to be 200 yards on an operational basis.  A division deployed in line takes up 6 inches, which implies about 300 yards. I should have thought that was space for two battalions so the division would seem to have troops deployed in a rather deep formation.  It seems a bit tight for 5,000 men.  Evidently in a rules design a certain level of fudging is required but the ratios here appear a bit odd.  Can you comment on how these were put together?

    [3] Given that troops get a reduced combat factor when attacking in column compared to that of line, why should anyone choose to attack in column rather than in line?

    [4] The army with lower ELAN (side discussion on why this term rather than ‘command points’ or similar terminology) moves first, so they set their artillery to fire at the enemy; moving second the other army can then scuttle in a zig-zag fashion and avoid the artillery.  Presumably this was not the intent of the rules, which could be countered with an opportunity fire rule?

    [5] Once a melee has commenced is there any mechanism for one side to break-off and withdraw or is it truly a fight to the death, which is what we are currently doing in the absence of an alternative choice (we know we are going to lose but will fight to the last man {strength point!}?

    [6] A cavalry unit that wins a combat round against an enemy cavalry unit does a follow up charge but what if it destroyed the unit in the first round of combat?  What does it do for a follow-up charge?

    [7] A cavalry unit that has won a combat does continuing charges.  However, a charge has to be conducted directly ahead.  If there is no enemy ahead of them what does it do?  Make a wheeling turn to charge the nearest enemy, the nearest enemy cavalry (possibly on the far side of the battlefield) or rally automatically?

    [8] The uphill advantage is very significant, is this normal in Napoleonic rules?

    in reply to: How to start, takeoff, and land in a Spitfire. #157740
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    Is there a requirement to set differential braking?

    in reply to: Absolute Emperor – new napoleonic rules #157170
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    It is proving popular at the club and I guess a good many copies are going to get sold.  Pricing it around a tenner makes it an easy buy, as it will hardly break the wargaming budget.  I am looking forward to comparing and contrasting this with BBB!

    in reply to: Guadalcanal naval campaign 1942 project #157030
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    I will follow this with great interest.  A topic I have a long-term project on; my solution being IRON BOTTOM SOUND, LONG LANCE and HENDERSON FIELD board games but to be expanded on with miniatures.

    in reply to: Covid and clubs? #156540
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    Club reopening.  Maximum of six at a table.  Social distancing and normal Covid-19 protocols apply.

    in reply to: Troops on Parade – WW1 German Naval #156442
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    Always good to see>. When will the next issue of the T’Yarkshire Ferret appear?

    https://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.com/2019/06/ww1-naval-campaign-heligoland-bight.html

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