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  • in reply to: Pre-emptive NATO air strikes? #156309
    MartinR
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    Especially B.A.O.R., because my battalion had its own counter, and I could depict my demise over and over again.  I must dig it out some time and see what combat value we were given.  It was probably much inflated

    I use BAOR to run my intermittent 1981 WW3 campaign (standing start attack triggered by a nuclear response to a Sov invasion of Iran). The BAOR are indeed quite chunky compared to the poor old BW, there just aren’t very many of them.

    I’m also a bit puzzled as to what a few pre emptive air strikes are going to achieve apart from making the Russians even crosser? It would take an awful lot of bombs and rockets to make even a tiny dent in a Shock Army. The airstrikes in Iraq took months to achieve an attritional effect, whatever claims the flyboys may have made.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Pre-emptive NATO air strikes? #156095
    MartinR
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    Things may have changed in the late 1980s but as far as I can recall, NATO always reserved the right to strike first, including the use of nuclear weapons. The entire premise of WW3 in “The War Game” was a NATO attack into the DDR to relieve Berlin.

    So yes, pre emptive airstrikes in a period of heightened tension were/are entirely possible.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Far East organisations for Rapid Fire rules #156094
    MartinR
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    My copy of RF has British and Japanese organisations in it. What edition is he using?

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: eBay Global Shipping Problems #155717
    MartinR
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    Before diving into Etsy you want to research their dispute resolution procedures, although as noted above, eBay is notorious for siding with the buyer on most occasions. That GSP seems to give pretty good protection though.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Well, that was odd #155224
    MartinR
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    Or it is a bug and the post vanished when the site did its arcane overnight database reindex.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: 1/56 SU122 (Rubicon) #155074
    MartinR
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    Thank goodness, a manufacturer who actually provides two ‘turrets’ as standard! Nice work.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    MartinR
    Participant

    The two huge tanks on the left are GHQ and Baccus (you can see how the Baccus stuff is actually around 1/250). No idea about the one which look like a Tiger, but the next two are H&R. The rightmost one on your blog photo is the HR Firefly, or at least, it looks like my old HR Fireflies, there maybe newer sculpts now.

    Absolutely nothing looks like my old Lancashire Shermans, lead blobs with pins for gun barrels.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: How many 6mm on one 80x40mm base #154677
    MartinR
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    I’d just quadruple the suggested standard 6mm DBA basing for 40×20 bases. In 6mm I find having varying numbers and formations of figures for different troop types helps remind me what they are supposed to be, and the DBA conventions are as good as any.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: No More Plastics #154523
    MartinR
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    Plastic figures you have to stick together are the work of Satan. Tanks, planes, trucks, guns, ships, no problem – but figures? No thanks, I’ve hated those since the 1970s.

    They are:

    a) really, really fiddly (and that is compared to horrors like Russian kits with six part artillery breeechblocks)

    b) have bits sticking out all over the place which make them hard to paint, and, depending on material, prone to snapping off.

    One piece mouldings and castings for my wargames figures please, and that includes cavalry. Just mould those riders on.

    I make rare exceptions for figures intended for modelling as opposed to wargaming purposes.

     

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    MartinR
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    I was just about to suggest a sticky strip protruding from the back.  Just blob the hits on the bit of paper with a sharpie.

    If you fold printing labels they stick quite well and have a nice surface to write on.

    I usually put an 8mmx8mm square of magnetic tape on all my bases so I can attach labels, strength point markers etc, but it is a bit late for that as you’ve already done the bases.

     

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Old Man Yells At Rules #154506
    MartinR
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    Not much to add to the comments already, lots of manufacturers market stuff as complete packages these days – rules, figures, flags etc, presumably hoping to emulate GW and their ilk in some way. Whatever.  I’ll not be the person to tell someone else they are playing with their toy soldiers the wrong way.

    The only thing I do object to is the increased trend to have to buy stuff in huge packs when I only need e.g. two T-70s, and not five of the things.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    MartinR
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    I just put tile spacers on the bases for individual SP and keep track of overall losses to determine exhaustion using a deck of cards (give each side a number of cards equal to exhaustion and remove one per hit).

    Yes, you could use a roster, or little dice, but I tend to knock little dice over with my big fat fingers.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Trademark Infringement by Games Workshop #154383
    MartinR
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    I’m a bit baffled by this, “Apple” is  trademark of Apple Inc.,  but it doesn’t preclude other organisations or people using the word Apple in the names of their products, or even the names of their companies.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: When wargames shows start again. #154146
    MartinR
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    Fingers crossed for COW and Partisan. Once we have all been vaccinated, what’s the problem?

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: O Group #153883
    MartinR
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    I don’t see why not. In OG each platoon is represented by section stands.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: How would you rate WWII fighters? #153813
    MartinR
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    It might be easier to just rank them in specific contexts. Spitfire better than Hurricane better than Defiant etc.

    It depends if the 1-5 number is an actual combat value, or just influences some modifiers (better planes +1, better pilots +3 type of thing)

    Both the economist and agile practitioner in me value the power of relative ranking if you haven’t got an accurate model. Humans are quite good at relative ranking, and you can infer value from that.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Changing from Blogger to WordPress? #153698
    MartinR
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    I do follow a few WP blogs. As a reader, I never comment on them as I need to create some sort of WP account to do so, whereas with blogger I can comment away happily.

    I can confirm that. Reacting to a WP post is always a bit more hassle. Might depend on the settings of the blog though.

    Yes, it does seem to vary. There are one or two WP blogs I follow set up more like websites with no comments at all, or not that I can see. A fundamental of Web design is that any calls to action should be the minimum number of clicks away.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Thoughts on ebay managed payments and ecommerce #153585
    MartinR
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    I got one of these slightly baffling emails from ebay recently too.  As far as I can see, people can still pay via PayPal if they wish for at least another two years, so I’m not planning on doing anything at all. I’m certainly not going to set ebay up as some sort of financial intermediary.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Changing from Blogger to WordPress? #153511
    MartinR
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    I do follow a few WP blogs. As a reader, I never comment on them as I need to create some sort of WP account to do so, whereas with blogger I can comment away happily.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Rapid Fire Reloaded: US vs Germans #153465
    MartinR
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    RFR is designed for much bigger games than that, which may account for some of the disappointing aspects. Sometimes a rule set just doesn’t work for someone though. I’ve binned dozens over the years.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: “Generic” WW2-ish games #151648
    MartinR
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    Generic WW2 strategic games are a bit of a rare beast as the vast majority are based on historical actions. More prevalent with tactical games (Panzerblitz etc) esp with geomorphic boards as by definition they are generic, even if the scenarios have historical labels.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: FPW Movies #151531
    MartinR
    Participant

    Another one to look out for is the TV Series “1864” about the Prusso Danish War. It does at least have Prussians in it!

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: FPW Movies #151530
    MartinR
    Participant

    A little bit earlier but capturing the spirit of the wars of the nineteenth century is The Leopard. A fabulous film and one of Burt Lancaster finest performances. Garibaldi fought in the FPW too, so sort of relevant:)

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Somme Enchanted Evening, 1916 #151021
    MartinR
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    “The idea of a multiple division attack on a 5.6 km frontage boggles my mind. ”

    WW2 battles could also be quite dense. Goodwood is perhaps an extreme example but the armoured division frontages were only 1000m, similarly at Kursk, some of the frontages allocated to entire Panzer Corps were only a few km.

    In WW1 an assault frontage of 1 to 2km or less per division was common, and textbook defensive frontage of 3km was regarded as ideal. Pretty much the same as a NATO battalion in the 1980s…

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Heroics and Ros 8th Army #150807
    MartinR
    Participant

    Here they are in action recently at Sidi Rezegh, but good luck making out anything useful as they are teeny tiny 6mm figures painted sand on a sand background.

    https://tgamesweplay.blogspot.com/2020/10/sidi-rezegh.html

    Pretty well all my 6mm stuff is HR. Nice figures, iirc you get mix of rifle section strips in each pack and support weapons. They are clearly cast wearing shorts.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: German paratroop jail break #150687
    MartinR
    Participant

    It is described in ‘Hunters from the Sky’ which I read, ooh, 30 odd years ago, in the chapter on the Siege of Brest. AFAIK the armed halftrack and armoured car were German though.

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Panzer Korps: any thoughts? #150574
    MartinR
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    I’ve not played them but flicked through the rulebook.

    AFAIK the manouvre units are battalions made up of company stands (so e. g. a typical rifle battalion would have three rifle bases and a weapons base, a tank battalion three tank bases etc). Same sort of scale as Great Battles of WW2 etc

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Casualty rates vs combat experience? #150452
    MartinR
    Participant

    I meant to add, fir Wargame purposes I tend to have green troops suffer twice the losses of veterans, as that maps onto the roughly maximum differential of Combat Effectiveness Values (2:1) determined by Dupuy for WW2 era armies which turn maps onto a 4:1 relative loss ratio due to Lanchester etc. For modern troops, the relative loss ratios of best to worst are more like 20:1, which implies a greater differential between best/worst, although much of that is down training and gear rather than experience.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Casualty rates vs combat experience? #150451
    MartinR
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    “The Sharp End of War” by Ellis goes into differing casualty rates by experience in some detail. The upshot being that the vast majority of casualties are suffered by green troops, conversely veterans became ever more sticky and eventually broke (the pluck bucket and all that).

    It is all captured rather well in Elstobs semi fictional “Warriors for the Working Day”

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Invasion of Germany, 1939? #150245
    MartinR
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    I’ve also done a couple of games set in the Saarland offensive.

    As for a strategic invasion of Germany in 1939? Well, just give it a go in e.g. Third Reich, Hitlers War, World in Flames et al and it is a short cut to an early defeat of France, whatever Westphal may have said. Far more viable is a 1939 invasion of France by Germany (which I have managed to pull off a couple of times although it is a very high risk operation).

    The French Army just isn’t set up for rapid, deep, offensive operations.

     

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    MartinR
    Participant

    Apologies, I am again missing something in this thread. If you are price insensitive, what does the postage matter? Because you can’t recoup postage costs if you sell them on (although I don’t think anyone has mentioned resale value as a reason so far)?

    I try to avoid selling anything if I can avoid it, which is why I’m still using figures and vehicles I first painted back in the 1970s. I like a bargain when it comes to wargaming, always have done and I don’t particularly care if figures are “good” or not. Once they are painted and based they all look the same anyway.

    I spend far more on re enactment stuff than I do on wargaming. I think it is the DIY ethos of wargaming which appeals, and DIY means cheap.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: US Companies not selling to the UK #149574
    MartinR
    Participant

    I guess it will be the same lottery as buying stuff from China. If you are lucky it sails through customs etc without a hitch, if unlucky, it sits in an HMRC warehouse outside Coventry for six weeks and eventually turns up, possibly with tax to pay.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Pens For Detailing #149288
    MartinR
    Participant

    The only ones I’ve used consistently are micron lining pens (in plain black). They work really well and are ideal for shield designs – I use them to outline patterns and fill in details (like eyes etc on hoplite shields) as well as blacklining straps etc.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: ‘Timeless’ Figures #148709
    MartinR
    Participant

    The original Airfix German Infantry, 8th Army, Afrika Korps and Commando sets have a certain goofy charm. I also like the original H&R sculpts, although I gather many of them are being redone in more modern bloated “6mm” now. Scale creep gets everyone in the end.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Are you a punk? A Cyberpunk? #148465
    MartinR
    Participant

    Tbh I’m not that bothered about this one and generally new monster games are riddled with bugs and rarely run well on lower spec platforms as I have found out repeatedly the hard way.

    OTOH I just played Mass Effect 2 through again and have fired up Fallout New Vegas (with all the DLC). It is no great surprise that 10 year old games run very well on my Xbox One, and while they may not look super whizzy, the game play is unrivalled. I’m keeping another run through of Knights of the Old Republic as a special treat…

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: howitzers long and short – technical question #148261
    MartinR
    Participant

    According to wikpedia gun-howitzers were popular in the run up to WW2 as they combined the advantages of howitzers (high angle fire) with those of conventional artillery (flatter trajectory fire). Nothing about ammo problems. Lots of WW1 armies had a mix of guns and howitzers in their divisional artillery regiments, so having one weapon to perform both roles made sense. In WW2, long barrelled guns (like the 4.5″ or 100m K18) were the exception – although very handy for CB fire with their greater range.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Source for 15mm British Infantry Circa 1958? #147806
    MartinR
    Participant

    I’d just use late WW2 British infantry. The uniforms and weapons are identical (barring minor differences in the collars on 49 pattern BD). Combat Dress and SLRs are more of a 1960s thing.

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Old Technical College? #147665
    MartinR
    Participant

    I’m with John on this one, there is old school as in yesterday’s rules and figures fads, and Old School as huge regiments of block painted figures etc

    The Old School approach isn’t necessarily just two equal forces approaching from the baseline as Grants Tabletop Teasers demonstrated (and so neatly translated into interesting and challenging scenarios for the twenty first century in One Hour Wargames).

    I have a certain fondness for the SLR as the weapon of choice of UNIT. Equally ineffective against Daleks, Yetis, Cyber men and Sea Devils. In wood furniture of course, none of that nasty plastic, however practical it may be.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: Ten Most Decisive Battles in History #146868
    MartinR
    Participant

    My deep ignorance of global history precludes me from glibly listing the ten most decisive battles in human history (maybe including one between Neanderthals and Humans?) but if I had to pick ten important battles which are actually gameable they would be:

    Cannae

    Zama

    Edge Hill

    Bosworth

    Borodino (or Leipzig or Waterloo)

    Blenheim (or Ramilles)

    Koennigratz – probably the single most important battle in list as it determined the course of history from 1866 to 1989

    Market Garden

    Operation Uranus

    Midway

    Funnily enough, I’ve Wargamed all of these, some of them multiple times.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    in reply to: January 1983 #146645
    MartinR
    Participant

    I used to push my Airfx figures around, then I found this:

    That would be the early 1970s.

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

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