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  • in reply to: Unbelievably Crass and Rude #155607
    McKinstry
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    It is certainly sad that someone has nothing better to do than snipe anonymously. As has been said, pathetic is the best descriptor.

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

    in reply to: A Whole New World #155394
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Totally great! That is truly wonderful work.

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

    in reply to: Mudki-General Gough’s Text Book Battle #155240
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Thank you for a nice summary of an interesting time.

    I don’t believe there are many instances of opponents underestimating Sikhs and not regretting it.

     

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

    in reply to: Battleship Command #155116
    McKinstry
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    I’m pretty sure I haven’t either. do you know the authors name?

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

    in reply to: Primer Problems on Resin #154658
    McKinstry
    Participant

    The only resin I’ve been painting lately have either been stuff from my Elegoo Mars (using Elegoo resin) and some Warlord stuff for Victory at Sea and some terrain pieces from Novus Studios. In most cases, I’ve used either GW’s Gray Seer or Wraithbone spray and it has never caused a problem. I get the same consistent good results with occasional use where a specific undercoat color is helpful with the War painter spray line. I know both GW and War Painter are on the high side of expensive but I don’t run through huge quantities. In the past I have used Krylon on resin terrain pieces with generally acceptable results although periodically I have had it fail catastrophically with broad flat areas just sheeting off.

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

    in reply to: No More Plastics #154548
    McKinstry
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    I don’t mind painting 28mm plastic any more than metal. That said, I detest putting those things together and simply avoid any plastics that have to be assembled.

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

    McKinstry
    Participant

    Nice write up and a good looking game.

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

    in reply to: 6mm Sengoku Jidai: The Battle of Yama-No-Kami #154182
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Just a gorgeous looking game.  A very clever board to tabletop approach as well.

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

    in reply to: Fanzine from 1934 #154059
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Seriously cool and a great find. Thank you.

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

    in reply to: Victorian Ironclad Convoy Action #153638
    McKinstry
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    They look very good and I’ve done the same on mine using mostly the furled sails TD sells but I’ve taken it a bit far and cut of the cast on rear sails which is a major pain in the fundament.

    I don’t think I’ve seen anyone who is using these in favor of the full sails and simply can’t understand why TD kept them as they are on a second iteration of the models. I have to think they’d be easier to cast and more popular in the ‘steam only’ versions.

     

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

    in reply to: Victorian Ironclad Convoy Action #153609
    McKinstry
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    Given the flamability of sails, I’d guess the ideal would be to go into battle with bare spars but, I’m not sure just how easy/fast/possible that evolution would be with combat imminent.

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

    in reply to: Victorian Ironclad Convoy Action #153592
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Nice AAR and just a really good looking game.

    I just wish those great TD models for that period were made with only furled sails.

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

    in reply to: The Genesis of Junta #153413
    McKinstry
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    I certainly agree that Junta is brilliant but most of all, pure fun.

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

    in reply to: The Dig…a little bit of local history #151312
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I enjoyed it a great deal and thought overall it was well written and acted but, as has been said, the love interest/side plot thing seemed both out of place, unnecessary and a needless bit of padding.

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

    in reply to: Simple multi-player board game? #151311
    McKinstry
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    I don’t know if you’d be interested in cooperative games but I’ve introduced several non/light gamers to Pandemic Fall of Rome and they’ve taken to it quickly and quite enjoyed it to the point of returning for additional games.

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

    in reply to: Warlord Games – Victory at Sea #151018
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Tried it today (first game at our FLGS in almost a year) and the rules are OK if probably not very useable in large fleet actions but the models are way too big for the scales/ranges used. OK rules, silly too large models for said rules (much as with Cruel Seas).

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

    in reply to: Casualty rates vs combat experience? #150445
    McKinstry
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    I would expect a second or possibly simply ameliorating factor along with experience would be added caution. As troops became survivors they would be less likely to take chances and might come to interpret orders overall in a less aggressive and more survival oriented fashion. In the case of tank crews, I would think witnessing the loss of fellow tankers to brewing up would tend to make the survivors a bit quicker to bail.

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

    in reply to: 6mm Sengoku Jidai #149650
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Fantastic  and congratulations for all the work that went into such a terrific project.

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

    in reply to: Pens For Detailing #149273
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I’ve had mixed success.  All I remember is that often the colors ran when sprayed with sealer and that letting them dry for 24+ hours sometimes worked.

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

    in reply to: DM’s Review of 2020 #148992
    McKinstry
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    Really looking forward to Far Distant Ships and a Crimean bridge to B&R would be a most pleasant surprise.

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

    in reply to: Warlord epic ACW #148839
    McKinstry
    Participant

    But how is Cracker Lime more cost effective?

    One brigade is $32 US with no real alternate options except basing of 10 across, all essentially the same. With Cracker Line or Pendraken or Adler or Baccus I can mix and match and  come close to those numbers  and even while the shear number of figures would be less, I’m not stuck with the same old same old. In addition, I find the single artillery type really problematic as the basic brass Napoleon was in the minority for most of the time with the Union.

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

    in reply to: Printed Figures – Frailty #148824
    McKinstry
    Participant

    The Elegoo SLA resin stuff I’ve printed is pretty robust.

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

    in reply to: Warlord epic ACW #148823
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Good luck to them but 13.5mm that might work with 12mm Kallistra or small 15’s is not cutting it for me. I might try the rules (modified Black Powder) but I’ll do it with actual 10mm or possibly even 6’s.

    The Pendraken and  Cracker Line 10mm advertised here are far more complete lines and much more cost effective as going with Adler and/or Baccus in 6mm would be as well.

     

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

    in reply to: How do you store your Epic minis…? #148671
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I use snap lid commercial jewelers boxes (.5,1,1.5,2,3,4) inches high lined on the bottom with rubber steel and then magnetic bases on my figures/vehicles and ships. Where that simply isn’t practical such as with aircraft of spaceships I use pluck foam. Carrying cases for both the jewelers boxes and pluck foam are available.

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

    in reply to: getting your wargaming into a single box! #148331
    McKinstry
    Participant

    My Russo-Japanese naval campaign in 1/6000 fits in a single small duffel and that includes the sea mat.

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

    McKinstry
    Participant

    I still remember  a professor whose constant refrain was ” a product is worth only what the consumer will pay”.  Certainly some subset of gamers will pay a premium for any given product but will that be a large enough subset to make that product successful? Unless a manufacturer  can create a genuinely iconic presence either through notably superior quality or a unique product offering I doubt the conditions exist in the hobby that can make premium pricing a commercial success.

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

    in reply to: Experimenting with 3mm #147741
    McKinstry
    Participant

    This is a tactile visual hobby and the kind of things you are doing is superb and a very clear reason why we miniature gamers pursue this hobby. Thank you.

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

    in reply to: Source for 6mm, 1/300 Helicopter Rotor Discs #147736
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I also use scrap booking punches for both rotor disks and propellers. The punches aren’t expensive and cheap clear plastic such as virtually all blisters supply an infinite amount of raw material.

    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 #147690
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Great collection for what is normally a little gamed subject. Nicely done from all aspects.

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

    in reply to: Computer-Moderated Games: A List? #147626
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I think the naval rules Shipbase III are still out there. Berthier the campaign software is in its’ umpteenth iteration.

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

    in reply to: Star Trek Lower Decks #146817
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I’ve enjoyed it on CBS All Access but as has been said, it really helps to be a Trek fan as there are a fair amount of inside type jokes/winks/nods.

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

    in reply to: 6mm Adler Napoleonics – A Lost Project #146680
    McKinstry
    Participant

    They look great. As a current 6mm Blucher fan I am all for big battles, big units and small figures.

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

    in reply to: The Witcher #146574
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Somewhat related but by coincidence, I actually live on Witcher Mountain. Several  gaming friends and my grown children have gotten a kick out of that .

    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 #146327
    McKinstry
    Participant

    I am looking forward to seeing it gamed out. Are you making any tweaks to the rules?

    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 #146236
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Nice work as always.

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

    in reply to: Wars of Ozz Painting Progress #146114
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Lovely painting.

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

    McKinstry
    Participant

    Thank you.

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

    McKinstry
    Participant

    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
    Participant

    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
    Participant

    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.

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