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  • McKinstry
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    I’ve never really budgeted as I would describe myself as a fairly narrow spectrum type usually only painting a few scales/eras/types at any one time plus I am fairly ruthless, occasionally to my regret, about selling off things no longer on my rota of play which normally leaves me without guilt about any new acquisition activity.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812 #145469
    McKinstry
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    I’ve not read the book (I will) but from all I’ve encountered in other reading, in 1813 Broke was probably the best frigate captain in the Royal Navy and Shannon’s crew was superbly trained whereas Lawrence was new to Chesapeake as was most of her crew.  Shannon may have been the best shooting ship in the world at the time of the engagement.

    Given the qualitative differences between the captain and crew of Shannon versus that of the Chesapeake, I’ve always viewed that contest as a forgone conclusion made palatable to US audiences by the whole “don’t give up the ship” dying breath thing somehow obscuring a flat out whipping by a better crew and captain.

    A interesting and historically plausible ‘what if’ would be Shannon under Broke versus Constitution under Bainbridge.

     

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: You can’t take it with you. #144910
    McKinstry
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    I’ve been downsizing but age still seems to be outpacing disposal.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 1/2400th ACW river gunboats #144778
    McKinstry
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    Nicely done, as always. That terrain really shows the models to good effect.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: How tasty is that? #144527
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Wow. Just wow.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Modular River Terrain for 1/2400th ACW #143600
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I’m also frankly in awe. That is simply fantastic work.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Orcses, Precioussssssss #143318
    McKinstry
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    Looks great and really showcases the strengths of 3mm. A mob looks very mobish.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: LCT 7074 #143235
    McKinstry
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    Congratulations to all involved. It is really nice to see preservation efforts such as this done so well.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Modular River Terrain for 1/2400th ACW #143120
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Perfect.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Scratchbuilt 1/2400th Ironclads Painted #143073
    McKinstry
    Participant

    FWIW – My experience with the Mekong is that it was more of a greenish-brown at other than the peak monsoon period but my experience was farther upstream as I never served in the Delta. It and the Mississippi do look similar at least in that stretch from Memphis through New Orleans.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Scratchbuilt 1/2400th Ironclads Painted #143059
    McKinstry
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    I really like the muddy river look. From what I’ve read and seen, the reddish brown water is pretty much spot on for that part of the country.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 1/2400th Scratchbuilt USS Essex and USS Benton #142890
    McKinstry
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    I’m a big fan of 1/2400 for the 19th Century and these are brilliant. I’m looking forward to seeing them painted and in a game.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 1/2400th Scratchbuilt USS Lafeyette #142763
    McKinstry
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    Great work. I really like the way you handled the armored side wheels.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    McKinstry
    Participant

    Simply awesome.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 1/2400th Scale ACW River Gunboat Conversions #142641
    McKinstry
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    Really clever and Louisiana is positively brilliant. Have you ever looked at the Panzerschiffe 1/2400 ACW?

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: New Chile-Peru Ironclads from Tumbling Dice #142560
    McKinstry
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    Great news. I hadn’t been on the web site in a while. I wonder if they’ve tweaked any of the ACW stuff?

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Fantasy Naval Scenery #142210
    McKinstry
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    That’s quality work and any Renaissance through Age of Sail would benefit from a table looking that good.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 6mm Normandy game #141700
    McKinstry
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    Great looking game, as always.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    McKinstry
    Participant

    Impressive all around and it is great to see such detail.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    McKinstry
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    I like painting terrain more than making it but the point is moot as I never have enough time and painting units seems a never ending project.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    McKinstry
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    I enjoy the whole pre-game process from planning the scenario, picking/painting the units, setting the terrain and creating the game aids every bit as much as the games themselves.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Kingdom of Jerusalem Mounted Knights #140741
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Superb. The knightly orders of the Crusade period just make for wonderful looking units. (When painted to such wonderful standards.)

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    McKinstry
    Participant

    I find that a white undercoat on smaller scales such as 1/6000 ships or 2-6mm figures makes a significant difference. The purple undercoat is a new one on me but sounds worth a try.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Broadside and Ram Ironclad Games #139660
    McKinstry
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    Great AAR as always, both looks and description. Have you looked at the slightly more involved Dahlgren & Columbiad? I’m slowly painting up my TD ships and get going back and forth between the two sets.

    I’ve chosen to use TD’s furled sails and cut off any of the cast on sails on my ironclads which adds to the prep time and effort. I like the TD models but doubt that any steam powered ships would go into battle under sail.

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Aeronef – Martian fleets? #139248
    McKinstry
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    Didn’t GDW or FASA produce some Martian sky ship models to go with the “Cloudships of Mars” game? I think they show up on Ebay occasionally.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Game Specific Figures #139165
    McKinstry
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    Mix and Match. I don’t do Fantasy or GW so most historical rule sets don’t have an accompanying figure line but for those that do, I add whatever appeals.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: French & Indian War Rules? #138963
    McKinstry
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    We’ve just started in on ‘Muskets & Tomahawks 2’by Studio Tomahawk. I believe they meet all your stated criteria.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Foundry and Coat D’arms paints query #138873
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I use them both and have been pleased with both. Some Foundry triads are, for me, particularly useful such as the Austrian Napoleonic  white with just enough variation to make working in contrast on nearly all white uniforms easier.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 3D printers #138805
    McKinstry
    Participant

    What is the slicer software?

    Looks like a good start.

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: What is your most obsessive thing? #138488
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I am pretty fixated on the ‘right’ color paint. I have a significant number of specialized naval paint sets and way too many Polish crimson and French aurore given that scale, lighting and primer color probably make ‘right’ a silly concept not to mention real world dirt, grime, fading and wear.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Washington’s Army AAR #138434
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Great AAR, both the description and the visuals. As has been said, this AAR is as good as anything in the glossy magazines.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: F&IW Virginia Regiment… #138244
    McKinstry
    Participant

    We’re just starting up with Muskets & Tomahawks II. Units are mostly 6-8 but can in some cases be purchased up to 12.

    I like your Virginia Provincials!

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 3D printers #138155
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Go get em!!

    Let us know how your first forays go.

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: F&I War Frontier Fort… #137931
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Impressive. I’ll admit my knowledge of FIW sieges is pretty limited. How would an attacker go about taking such a fort given that most were, I believe, generally on or near a river but otherwise pretty much surrounded by wilderness?

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 3D printers #137821
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Leveling the bed on my printer was required but it took less than 5 minutes, a sheet of paper and a set screw. My son did have a bit more gyrations in setting up his FDM but not hugely more complicated.

     

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 3D printers #137791
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Clean up is definitely more involved for SLA resin than with FDM although a clogged FDM nozzle can be a real pain. After the print you have to pour the unused resin through a paper filter back into the bottle and clean the print tray with alcohol so a bit of squeegeeing and wiping. All in all, 5-10 minutes of cleaning whereas with FDM you’re basically done when it finishes.

    I use a UV light box with a cheap turntable to cure my prints. 15-30 minutes under a common 405nm light. Funny enough, my son printed the box on his FDM printer, the UV light and turntable cost me about $25 for both.

    That Bene-4 SLA looks good. My only concern would be the software. I’ve been using the pretty common Chitubox slicer software and I’d probably double check how that reviews. I’d also see if the manufacturers resin has any comments floating about. The Elegoo resin is virtually odorless but I’ve no idea about Nova.

    I also note that the upcoming Elegoo Saturn is reported to have a print bed almost twice the size. You may just want to look that up as well if the price point is close.

    Roderick – My Elegoo Mars is about 18″x 18″ and maybe 30″ tall and weighs under 10 lbs. I keep it in my office and move it to the garage or a bathroom to actually print as a handy sink makes clean up a bit easier. The resin,  squeegee, micro fiber cloths etc. take up another say 18″ square box. I’d call it very portable.

     

     

     

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 3D printers #137772
    McKinstry
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    I’ve an Elegoo Mars 3D  resin printer. Generally it has been easy to use and contrary to some concerns, virtually odorless using the manufacturers recommended resin. I’ve had some challenges figuring out the software to scale down some models from Thingiverse and other places but overall while not ‘plug and play’, it has been workable. My oldest son has an FDM printer and from comparing notes it seems, particularly on small scale stuff, the resin printer provides a higher quality print but at the cost of a much smaller print bed, slower printing times and a far more involved clean up.

    Mine was a gift from said son but I believe it was about $300 US. Elegoo is coming out with a new resin printer with a larger bed (Saturn?) that should be selling close to that price in the US. I hear good things price and quality wise about AnyCubic as well. I’ve no idea on FDM printers.

    I’ve generally had the cost per model running between $.10 and $.20 in resin. How you amortize the capital cost and other expendables such as alcohol for clean up would raise that a bit. I’m generally printing ships at 1/2400 and under and figures/terrain at 6mm and under.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 81st Venusian Rangers (3mm Sci Fi) #136532
    McKinstry
    Participant

    That is a fantastic looking scheme!

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: Mirror of Bob Mackenzie’s Website #136412
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Thank you SOCTW.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    in reply to: 2mm WWI battlefields #136306
    McKinstry
    Participant

    A couple of years ago a gentleman from Denver put on gorgeous 6mm WW1 game at Historicon. Perhaps some pictures from then are still around and might provide some ideas?

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

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