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  • in reply to: Hataka paint #197588
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    I bit the bullet and sent a small order to Super Hobby, the shipping was a few pence less than the paint.

    It was sent yesterday, I’ll see what it’s like on Friday 🙂

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    in reply to: Your go-to tank books? #197493
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    Book? Where are we? Ancient Egypt? 🙂 My go to these days is https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/

     

    Much of which is taken, unattributed, from…books 🙂

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    in reply to: Weathering black #197490
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    PS: Just remembered. Look up weathering black steam locomotives; it’s a thing model railroaders have to do a lot of.

    RailMatch (and others) produce a ‘weathered black 1412’ in an aerosol. It makes a good base colour.

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    in reply to: Weathering black #197489
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    Paint black*, brush over a thinned grey-black**, dry brush dark grey***.

    Vallejo
    *169 Black

    **168 Grey black

    ***166 Dark grey

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    It also doesn’t make sense to strangle someone before torture does it? Except I suppose that this ritualistic legacy and the burning of ‘the body’ isn’t technically what I understood of this black ritual.

    Context again, it was considered merciful. Only you can decide if it’s merciful to be strangled, rather than burned to death.

    Besides, supplice is a word with many meanings. As I explained, the context here is ‘ordeal’, not ‘torture’. It could also be martyrdom, anguish, misery.

    I recommend a Collins Robert French-English dictionary, like what I used 😉

    Incidentally, in 1811 Reszel was in East Prussia (Rossel), not Poland. Witchcraft was not a capital offence in East Prussia in 1811.

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    in reply to: Huguenot Regiments in the British Army – WSS #197272
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    I’ve got TotSK, but haven’t played them yet. I’m still using Might & Reason.

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    in reply to: Huguenot Regiments in the British Army – WSS #197269
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    Do you really want Hugenot regiments?

    Yes, I think so. One of the attractions to me of this period is that really wide variety of troops in the service of each faction.

    The armies in Spain and the Low Countries were coalitions. Usually of British and Dutch troops, with additions of Danish, German, with Portuguese and Catalan in Spain.

    There must be enough variety there 🙂

    What rules will you be using?

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    in reply to: Huguenot Regiments in the British Army – WSS #197267
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    Thanks both, appreciate it.

    WSS Dutch uniforms were, mostly, grey anyway (because unbleached cloth is cheaper). Draw whatever conclusion from that 🙂

    Do you really want Hugenot regiments?

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    It’ll be fine once it masters context 🙂

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    ‘Le bourreau l’étrangla avant son supplice, et son corps fut brûlé sur une colline non loin de la ville, le 21 août 1811.’

    The executioner hanged her himself before her torture [?], and her body was burned on a hill not far from the city on August 21, 1811.

    That translates as ‘The executioner [bourreau] strangled [l’étrangla] her before her ordeal [supplice], and her body was burned on a hill not far from the city on August 21, 1811.’

    And the gender isn’t ‘wrong’, unless the executioner was female 🙂

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    I will note if the main audience was not anglo’s, I would put all distances in centimetres to begin with, but that isnt financially viable.

     

    Most ‘Anglos’ are perfectly OK with SI units.

    It’s Americans that don’t do metric…9

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    in reply to: WW2 British Merchant Vessels? #197140
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    No idea where you could find a model of Brown Ranger in 1/3000 though.

    As it goes, Navwar do a Ranger class RFA – N1710 Gold Ranger  🙂

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    in reply to: WW2 British Merchant Vessels? #197139
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    Davco used to have a fair range of merchant shipping, but it seems to have vanished since the company was sold.

    The Davco range hasn’t vanished. They are available from Navy Models & Books here: https://navymodelsandbooks.co.uk/product-category/davco-13000/.

     

    Sorry Admiral, I didn’t make myself clear. I know the Davco range still exists, because I bought some a few months ago too, but to my recollection they used to have a larger range of merchant vessels compared to what NM&B offer now.

    Unfortunately, my old paper catalogues went for recycling a long time ago so I can’t check. 🙂

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    in reply to: WW2 British Merchant Vessels? #197122
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    I’m afraid you’re going to have to make some compromises. Merchant vessels are poorly represented in 1/3000, and outside of Navwar, MY and North Head there’s not much else apart from Liberty ships, Victory ships and generic types. Wargamers are happy to use substitutes and surrogates for non-warships. 🙂

    Davco used to have a fair range of merchant shipping, but it seems to have vanished since the company was sold.

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    in reply to: Bases… #197001
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    Aboukir Bay looks pretty blue.

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    in reply to: Bases… #196999
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    Clear bases could be the way to go. PITA to photograph though.

    Exeter, Achilles and Ajax about to make Graf Spee’s day miserable.

    River Plate

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    in reply to: Bases… #196986
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    If you only have one army and one tabletop yes, otherwise…madness.

    Or take up naval wargaming 🙂

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    in reply to: English Jacobite Horse 1715 #196884
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    I’d imagine that they’d look very like other English horse.

    Red coat, tricorne hat with edging, random facing colour?

    I was thinking more of the cut of the clothing rather than the colour

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    in reply to: English Jacobite Horse 1715 #196882
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    I’d imagine that they’d look very like other English horse.

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    in reply to: Hobby Shame / Hobby Perfection. #196861
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    I used to strive for mediocrity, then I realised I wasn’t getting paid for playing with toy soldiers, and carried on being half-arsed.

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    It makes my flesh creep to hear people talking about moves and ranges in inches, centimetres or millimetres. I always use the relevant real-life unit, so metres, yards, paces, cables, nautical miles or whatever is appropriate to the scale of the game being played. Of course there are some wargames rules that do not have a defined ground scale. I do not play with those rules. All the best, John.

    The problem with wargaming is, it’s all a fudge. If you get one aspect of time/space/motion ‘accurate’ something else flies out of the window.

    Like all gamers of a certain age, I used to obsess about it too. Until the turn of the century, when I had a Damascene moment, and realised…it didn’t matter.

    Happiness reigned 🙂

     

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    I was an engineer, I use millimetres for everything 🙂

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    Historical wargaming in 1970.

    We just called it wargaming then, there wasn’t much sci-fi fantasy stuff around anyway.

    Played Call of Cthulhu to death during the 80s, but that’s not what I call wargaming, and nor is board wargames. No, stop, I don’t care if you think I’m wrong.

    I really, really like HotT. It’s much better than DBanythingelse. Barker got that one right.

     

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    in reply to: Uniform Books – Best Ones #196618
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    Okay, my turn to be picky! Question was ‘best’. I reckon the two Funcken Napoleonic volumes are the best of the flawed attempts out there to get near the original criteria. Give a seventeen year old those two books and I reckon they could paint up sufficient figures to a not too ‘orrible standard to fight most campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. Of course there are changes (probably quite a few) you’d make if you were doing a revised edition, but given the influence of online sources will any publisher ever bother with the like again?

    There’s still some controversy about ‘aurore’. 🙂

     

     

     

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    in reply to: Uniform Books – Best Ones #196610
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    So, to précis,

    There aren’t any.

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    in reply to: How to paint 6mm early German armour? #196534
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    Panzergrau was a bluish-grey. I’d look at Vallejo 70.943 and go from there.

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    in reply to: Uniform Books – Best Ones #196527
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    • <p style=”text-align: left;”>Some Funckens are better than others. The two Napoleonic books are 50 years old. I have copies, but there’s far more reliable stuff around these days.</p>
      The other volumes I don’t have. The Lace Wars are reputed to be OK for British and French, but as they cover all the major wars from c1725 to 1785 I’m sceptical. There’s a separate volume that covers the AWI.

    The Blandford Press volumes are hardly comprehensive, and also getting on for their half century.

    A comprehensive single book is C E Franklin’s ‘British Napoleonic Uniforms’, but it’s not cheap. Nicely illustrated though.

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    in reply to: Uniform Books – Best Ones #196491
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    There aren’t any. Uniformology is too large (and contentious) a subject to be covered in a couple of books. Also, they need to be revised as new information comes to light – Funckens used to be the ne plus ultra of uniform books, now they’re hopelessly outdated.

    Of course, it all depends on your definition of ‘accuracy’ 🙂

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    in reply to: Navwar – any recent news ? #196383
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    Well that’s OK then. I don’t mind waiting, I’ve got loads of ships from the 1980s to strip and repaint. 🙂

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    in reply to: Navwar – any recent news ? #196380
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    Hope so. I sent an order this week…

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    in reply to: 1980’s French Scenarios? #196302
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    The Russians have always excelled at (someone else’s) self sacrifice. I don’t know why the Ukrainians bothered with counterattacks. Just dig in deep, create defence in depth and throw ordnance at the Russians until the populace begin to notice that there are fewer young blokes around.

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    The problem is that there is more information for Louis XIV’s earlier wars.

    Why that is so is moot, but much of the uniform and unit standards is extrapolated forward to the WSS. If the information isn’t there it’s the best that can be done.

    There are probably more accurate descriptions in various continental archives waiting to be discovered. Then again, there may not. British uniform colours are patchy, and one may presume that Anglophone researchers have trawled what’s available already.

     

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    You and I are probably considered a very bad influence on TWW

    Why limit your sphere of influence to just here 😀

    Banned everywhere else 😀

    In fact, I’m banned from the Wargamers Forum without ever having been a member 🙂

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    I thought it had been agreed he wasnt THAT short.

    You and I are probably considered a very bad influence on TWW 🙂

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    in reply to: Another Wiffle… #196231
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    It keeps me awake at night.

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    A lot of the stuff from the last century was supposition, or just made up. Newer research is a little more accurate, probably.

    The problem is that they all seem to use the same sources…

    If you can give me some specifics, I can let you have what I’ve got, but I’m not saying that’s ‘better’ than others.

    As it goes, Front Rank WSS are lovely IMO 🙂

     

     

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    There isn’t one. Trust me on this, I’ve looked.

    Most uniform information isn’t 100% reliable (or even 75%) anyway. However, Kronoskaf has a WSS site that’s quite useful. It’s a work in progress though, and may never be complete.

    http://kronoskaf.com/wss/index.php?title=Main_Page

    Other than that there are various Pike & Shot Society publications, but they ain’t cheap.

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    Let’s not get started on the flags…

     

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    in reply to: 1980’s French Scenarios? #196094
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    A problem with wargame TO&E and Orbats is that they’re often designed around the rules rather than reality.

    Isby and Kamp’s “Armies of NATO’s Central Front” is pretty accurate  for the first half of the decade. It’s also out of print, and rather expensive if you can find a copy.

    Bruce Rea Taylor’s “Ultra Modern Army Lists and Organizations” is also useful.

    However, neither should be treated as the last word on the subject. French lower level unit organisations were all over the place in the 80s.

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    in reply to: 1980’s French Scenarios? #196054
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    de Gaulle threw his teddy out of the pram.

      He did a lot of that…

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    in reply to: 1980’s French Scenarios? #196039
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    The EBR was phased out during the 1980s, being replaced by AMX-10, and the countries comprising NATO had their own camouflage schemes. Standard MERDC was almost uniquely American.

    Anyway, paint colours and history.

    https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/france/

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