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  • in reply to: I need advice on a vice #136913
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I need advice on a vice too. I’ve done booze, drugs, pre- and extra-marital sex, spending too much money on motorbikes, and some low level criminal activity. Can anyone think of anything else?

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: The correct translation of capucine #136902
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    You’re all wrong. This is the colour of Capucine.

    Well she’s wearing a red sweater 🙂

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: The correct translation of capucine #136854
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    The same happens with British facing colours though, even without inventing new colours. What exactly is Grass Green – look at grass and you’ll see it is a riot of different colours so which one do you choose ?

    Uh, that brings up memories from a certain motorcycle company: Strontium Green, Nuclear Red….

     

    I think it was Strontium Yellow 😉

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: The correct translation of capucine #136853
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    The good Colonel goes on to claim the French officers would have their uniforms dyed darker so they would fade to regulation color. I can’t completely dismiss this, as there is a Russian announcement forbidding the officers of the Leib-garde from dyeing their uniforms black. But I would like to see the footnote…

     

     

    Dark blue would probably fade to blue grey rather than a lighter dark blue. Black fades to grey (there’s another song there somewhere)

    Good luck finding footnotes in his hackwork.

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: The correct translation of capucine #136834
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    The French are well known for inventing new colours.

     

    Only the French? Been around B&Q’s paint aisles lately*, and what about ‘gosling green’? It’s supposedly Bowdlerised from ‘gooseshit green’, but if you look at a gosling they are a greeny-yellow colour 😉

     

    *Probably not as it goes.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Is it just me? #136826
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    ALL, yes all, figures are grotesquely proportioned compared to a real human’s anatomy.

    I dunno, I have seen a few digitally designed and printed ones and they are not that out of scale, but as a result they do look ‘odd’ by their nature of being more accurate.

     

    It’s nearly always the hands, or the heads. Then again, some figures look like stumpy dwarves, and others like they’ve been on the rack 🙂

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: The correct translation of capucine #136824
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    It’s nowhere near feuille morte. As you say, it’s a sort of orangey-pinkish red that’s subtly different from aurore.

     

    The ‘good Colonel’ made more than a few errors in his book. I wonder if, like his acolyte, he was a non-Francophone.

     

    Anyway, here’s a song to cheer us up 🙂

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Is it just me? #136822
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    ALL, yes all, figures are grotesquely proportioned compared to a real human’s anatomy. Don’t even get me started about the clothing and equipment.

    It’s something you have to accept. Or not 🙂

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Looking for plastic minis #136264
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I’m guessing that if plastic figures were available in those sizes the difference in price between them and metals would be negligible, especially 6mm.

     

    So the question is, why plastic?

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I think the distinction is that what in English-speaking countries we call “the Marines” or whatever derivative are in French usually distinguished from “Marins,” (sailors). The Marines would be “l’infanterie maritime” or “l’infanterie de marine,” literally “naval infantry.” I’m not sure how that scans against Napoleonic names though as there might not yet have been an equivalent term.

     

    Present day French marines of the Marine Nationale are Fusiliers Marins and Commandos Marine under the command of Force maritime des fusiliers marins et commandos.

    Confusingly the modern Armee de Terre also has Troupes de Marine.

    https://www.defense.gouv.fr/english/marine/forces/ships-protection-and-commandos

     

    During the 1er Empire period, French marines (‘proper marines’, not the hussar uniformed fops of the Garde), were designated  Corps Imperial d’artillerie de Marine and Troupes de Marine. The latter serving exclusively as land based infantry.

     

    I think

    I haven’t dropped any E’s above BTW.

    J’espere que c’est clair 🙂

     

     

    Yes, I know there are accents missing. I couldn’t be bothered with the French keyboard. Please don’t write in 😉

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    they soon forget what being a sailor is about.

    Lucky devils!

     

    Rum, sodomy and the lash?

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Battle of Novarra 1513: A DBA Refight #135560
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I thought that for quick games they were much better than the ‘DBR lite’ proposed by Barker and Scott in those rules. With 24 elements, plus c-in-c, a side they do look more like armies than those in DBA. Of course this does mean you need a larger battlefield, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem in 6mm.

    The mechanics being much the same as DBA (but a bit more elegant IMO) the learning curve isn’t as steep either. If you can find a copy, I’d recommend you give them a go.

    The published edition wasn’t too expensive, and I think there was a PDF version too.

    As for the other, the only rules that I know that bung P&S on the same base are Pete Berry’s Forlorn Hope and its successor Polemos system. FH isn’t much like DBA, and I’m not familiar with Polemos. 🙂

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    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Was there any doubt?

    I believe it is a point of pride/pedantry amongst a couple of people to ‘correct’ this to Sailors of the Guard at every opportunity… Has this topic come up again somewhere?

    Oh I see!

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Battle of Novarra 1513: A DBA Refight #135553
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Interesting; how about trying it with MAXIMILIAN?

    Ooh, I usually have at least heard of rulesets that people mention, but that one has me beaten. I will scurry off and have a look…

    Black Hat have/had them. I believe they were developed from a set of the same name that was produced by the Pike and Shot Society in the early 90s and given free to members, I have a copy of them. They’re intended to cover the Italian Wars specifically.

    Here’s a review of the published set: https://balagan.info/review-of-maximilian-fast-play-rules

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Was there any doubt?

    The word ‘marine’ came to the English speaking world from the Old French for sea – ‘marin’, and the French Navy is the Marine Nationale.

    As for tradition, the Royal Marines were formed in 1664

    The OED:

    marine
    n adjective
    1 relating to or produced by the sea.
    2 relating to shipping or naval matters.
    n noun a member of a body of troops trained to serve on land or sea, in particular (in the UK) a member of the Royal Marines or (in the US) a member of the Marine Corps.

    ORIGIN
    Middle English: from Old French marin, marine, from Latin marinus, from mare ‘sea’.

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    As it goes, since about 1950 ‘Marine’ has become a not uncommon female name in France – Marine Le Pen comes to mind.

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Map for the Battle of Tippermuir #134786
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Does anyone else think it’s a bit rude when the OP asks a question and posts no more?

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Map for the Battle of Tippermuir #134251
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Anschluss published a small pamphlet about the battle in 1986, there are sketch maps of the troop dispositions and the progress of the battle in it. Long OOP of course

    I’d offer you my copy, but with the current happenings in the real world…

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: SALUTE #133728
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    (even if by the time rolls around it has not stopped being “advised,” and has become “mandatory”)

     

    It’s already become mandatory. 😉

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: SALUTE #133443
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I like to point out the obvious, but this is not the airlines and hospitality website. 😉

    I like to point out the not-so-obvious, and airlines and hospitality going titzup will affect me more.

    And it’s all about me. 🙂

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: SALUTE #133441
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Postponed? So does that mean the traders that have invested £1000’s won’t get a refund or see any return on their investment. Just a big spend on stock, hotels, van hire, stand fees etc? But no way to get that money back for 12 months?

     

    I hate to point out the obvious, but airlines and the hospitality industry are taking an even bigger beating.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: SALUTE #133430
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    With HM Government advising (at the minute, but it may get draconian) everybody to avoid social gatherings you’d have to be a bit daft to want to go.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Spray Gloss Varnish #132184
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I did metal 28’s with Marine varnish – dropped em from 3 feet onto concrete – not a scratch …..not saying to use it for plastics tho PS I use this now or the floor one https://media.bunnings.com.au/Product-800×800/fabc34d1-1665-4c89-bf35-1d4a213ae182.jpgVarnish

     

    I think (and I’ll stand correcting) that might be a bit tricky to get in the Norf of England. 🙂

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    in reply to: Spray Gloss Varnish #132151
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Thinner layer innit? That’s why it doesn’t wear as well

     

    I suggest two coats of  rattlecan clear gloss Rustoleum, B & Q £10 400ml.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Maximilian #128161
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I’ve got a copy that the Pike & Shot Society gave away to its members.

    It’s an A5 booklet, the published version was A4ish. I don’t think it went to a second edition.

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: ECW Small Battles: Rules Recommendations #127447
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Forlorn Hope, if it’s still in print.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Blacktree Design… #127200
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    A certain other gaming website, that may contain the letters M, P and T, has lots of posts by unhappy Blacktree Design customers 😉

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Matrix Games Sale #127196
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    An impressive array. Any recommendations? If you are keen on WWII Desert War are there any two-player internet playable options available?

    Most Matrix Games have PBEM options.

    This looks challenging, maybe not as challenging as World in Flames which is a bit of a bargain with 80% off 🙂

    https://www.matrixgames.com/game/desert-war-1940-1942

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Something for everybody!!! #126634
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    there’s no Private Messaging on this forum?

     

    Ah but there is.

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Is your preferred scale.. #125076
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Ain’t got one. 🙂

    I’ve got all sorts of stuff from 2mm to 28mm.

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: French Napoleonics #124717
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    But not ancient.

     

    Or justified? 🙂

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    in reply to: Armour and Arrows #122983
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Well, one thing’s for damned sure: the French repeatedly got fucked over by longbow armies, so they were far from being a useless weapon.

    Aided and abetted by the gung-ho attitude of the French knnnniggets.

    Besides, there were a lot of battles in the Hundred Years War (it did go on for quite a long time 🙂 ), and the Brits got fecked over by the French a lot too – Patay springs to mind. Also les anglais perfide didn’t ‘win’ in the end. 😉

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Wars of The Roses questions #122364
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    George MacDonald Frasers The Border Reivers is probably as good as you can get on the topic.

     

    The full title is ‘The Steel Bonnets. The Story of Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers”. It’s an exhausting read IMO 🙂

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Impossible units #121531
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Any smile undoubtedly comes from the thought of wearing a kilt on horse back: almost certainly a role only for the “hardest” hielander

     

    No saddle either. Och ouch!

     

    Of course, they could have worn trews. 😉

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Not to paint is to die a little #121006
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I bloody hate painting. If I wasn’t such a tight git I’d pay someone else to do it.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: A Nostalgic Rules Review #120992
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    The second edition addressed some of those issues.

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9389/wargame-rules-1685-1845

    Of course it also introduced some new ones 🙂

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Hittites and iron weapons #120865
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    is there a good way of knowing who used arsenic bronze rather than the normal sort? I am aware they are meant to be quite different looking things.

     

    Arsenical bronze was used all around the Eastern Med, Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent.

    So the answer is yes. Probably.

    Good luck finding silvery-bronze paint 🙂

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Enamels, the awful reality.

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    in reply to: Samurai Skirmish Boardgame from the 1980s #120385
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Samurai Blades by Standard Games.

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5235/samurai-blades

     

     

    I have a copy of SB, but I’m afraid it’s not for sale.

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    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Back in ye olden days when I used enamels Humbrol was the business – loads of colours, covered well (mostly), inexpensive.

    Then in the early 90s they went and altered the formula – less pigment so some were thin to the point of translucency, matts dried satiny, and they culled the range from hundreds to dozens.

    That’s when I finally decided that acrylics were the way forward.

     

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    in reply to: Veritas #119650
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Ita vero

     

    (I think, it’s been a while)

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