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  • in reply to: Old School Ral Partha and Minifig Vikings #165611
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    25mm Minifigs were sold as single figures in the UK, and the ‘Ancients’ (including the Vikings) were based on the drawings in the WRG Armies and Enemies books.

    I bought a couple of hundred in 1980. Sadly all I have left is a unit of beserkers and some cavalry. The cavalry are Rus IIRC.

    They’re in the loft I think. If anybody wants to see pics I can have a look I suppose 🙂

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    in reply to: Renaissance wargamers. #165584
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    While age-related memory loss is a thing, another is that the people you remember inspiring a much younger you are starting to drop off the perch, or at least clocking up some serious years.

    Which is what inspired this thread 🙂

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    in reply to: Hernan Cortes #165520
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    the Meso-Americans had a virtual conveyor belt of them to their bloody altars, with massive bloodletting events on key religious feast days.

    Would that include the Tlaxcalla, who allied with Cortes, assisted in the massacre at Cholula, and allegedly murdered Moctezuma at Cortes’ behest?

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    Might be worth having a look at Peter Pig’s ECW rules, Regiment of Foote.

     

    Or perhaps you could wrangle Dadi & Piombo’s Baroque on to a smaller board.

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    in reply to: Impetus 2 #164749
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    I asked Lorenzo, I knew there was a document that he had put out for people on the Impetus forum in the public domain. Anyway he sent me it as a spreadsheet but I’m not sure how to attach an excel spreadsheet (and with the risk of viruses) so here it is as a jpg. So just work methodically through and be prepared to tot the numbers up on your fingers 🙂

    That’s very kind. Thank you, and Lorenzo. 🙂

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    in reply to: Impetus 2 #164674
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    It’s not such a problem with historicals unless your opponent is the sort of pedantic, nitpicky twerp I wouldn’t be in the same room with anyway.

    The only real reason I collect army list books is to get some idea of where the designer’s coming from. Sometimes it can be enlightening – like Barker’s obvious bias towards Imperial Roman armies. Other than that I don’t have much use for them these days.

    My real moan about Impetus was there’s nothing in the rules that give a clue about how points values are arrived at. Fortunately I’ve discovered there’s a download on the Dadi e Piombo site that converts the old lists to the new rules,  so that’s a start. If only they’d translate all the abbreviations into English 🙂

    Anyway, the quest for a set of rules that work for samurai continues. Gave up on Peter Pig, too many buckets o’ dice.

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    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #164339
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    Sealion has to handicap the British, the Germans have got little chance otherwise.

    Even if the RAF was almost destroyed, the Germans are still dependent on good weather for air resupply and ground attack.

    The Royal Navy need not commit any capital ships, destroyers and light cruisers from the Home Fleet would have  made mincemeat of landing craft and provided anti-aircraft support, but throw in the Ark Royal and Furious providing air cover and things get even worse for the Gerries.

    The landing beaches were mined and boobytrapped – fougasse is a particularly nasty weapon. Anything that did get ashore after all that had to contend with inland static defences and lack of supplies.

    And that’s not even considering American game designers anti-British bias 🙂

     

     

    Take that, Fritz!

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    in reply to: How does super hero RPG works? #164286
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    In the reverse manner to the Call of Cthulhu RPG one imagines 🙂

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    in reply to: Removing Figures from steel bases #164196
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    Craft knife with chisel blade. Superglue lacks shear strength, so if you can lever* the base up it’ll usually give way.

    *by ‘lever’ I mean the thickness of the blade, not get all Archimedean on them.

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    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #164025
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    A Steel Panthers Sealion scenario, featuring the plucky lads of the Warmington-on-Sea Home Guard facing the might of the German army.
    🙂

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    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #163920
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    …and the Royal Navy were almost non-existent IIRC, which is why it was damn near impossible to win with the Brits. There may have been a rationale for that in the designer’s notes, but expecting Germany to take out the Home Fleet was a bit of a stretch.

    I’ve got a paperback copy of the book that was a write up of the Sandhurst game. An overwhelming German defeat had always seemed the likeliest outcome to me, it was nice to have it confirmed by experts 🙂

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    in reply to: 28mm 1970s Cops and Robbers new garage #163730
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    Tasty.

    Does anyone know where I can get some Lahndan gangsters that don’t look particularly gangsterish? By that I don’t mean sawnoff armed blaggers in overalls and balaclavas, but gentlemen in mohair coats and trilbys going about their everyday activities of extortion, pimping and ‘having a word’ assisted by their enforcers with discreet weaponry that doesn’t attract the Sweeny.

     

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    in reply to: Japan. Massed battle rules in the Age of War #163673
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    I’ve got Daimyo on a USB stick somewhere. Wouldn’t call them ‘Old School’, more ‘typically 80s’ 🙂

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    in reply to: Japan. Massed battle rules in the Age of War #163588
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    Ok, thanks everybody.

    Some thoughts.

    There doesn’t seem to be much out there apart from the old favourites. I’ve got a copy of BAW on order, so we’ll see.

    The point about mixed units is important, especially for ashigaru. I’ve toyed with the idea of adapting the mixed pike and shot bases in Pete Berry’s ‘Forlorn Hope’ into another set of rules.

    Samurai had mostly moved on from being bow armed to adopting stabby-slashy weapons. There might be a case for differentiation of yari/naginata, but having used both I think they could just be classed as ‘polearms’. Especially as yari was more popular than naginata in the the Sengoku-jidai.  The nagae-yari sometimes carried by ashigaru probably needs a separate rule though.

    ‘Units’ of ronin, nah. They were swords for hire, and individuals of doubtful loyalty, so you shoved them in the clan samurai ranks the better to keep an eye on them.

    ‘Sonae’ is problematic term. It could be compared to a Western knight, his retinue, foot soldiers, and hangers on and would probably number less than a thousand men. Whether 30 samurai cavalry, 150 samurai foot, 300 ashigaru of all types and the logistics tail could be represented by a single element is an abstraction too far for me.

     

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    in reply to: Ways to model 15mm thatched roofs? #163585
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    Teddy bear fur, dilute PVA glue.

    Give the former a good soak in the latter, leave to dry on a flat surface. It might need a trim around the edges.

     

    DAS or similar modelling clay, brush with a damp 1″ decorator’s brush. Cover with damp cloth until dry.

     

    Model railways again 🙂

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    in reply to: Reasons NOT to refight historical battles #163471
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    I’d wondered where you were<noscript></noscript>

    I’ve been suffering from the worst cold ever ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-58624295 ). It’s proper buggered me up 🙂

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    in reply to: Reasons NOT to refight historical battles #163468
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    I think you’re all overthinking it.

     

    Just roll the f***ing dice 🙂

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    in reply to: Wargames As An Investment? #162023
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    Some boardgames are worth a few bob, see boardgamegeek

    Figure gamers are a different kettle of tightfisted fish though. My grateful relatives will have rather more money in expensive watches and long deleted LPs than in my pile of lead, and I hope my wife doesn’t flog my guitars for what I told her they cost 🙂

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    in reply to: The Seven Samurai #161982
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    They’re very well done, but I dearly wish sculptors would familiarise themselves with kyudo/kyujutsu.

    That is not a loose position, and it’s probably unlikely that the kata would have been used with either hankyu, chokyu or daikyu in battle. Further, yumi are asymmetrical.

    Rant over, sorry. Don’t get me started on katana 🙂

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    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161939
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    Hate to be nitpicky, but they’re Horse & Musket not WWII

    Did not notice he said WW2?

    But just to be contrary, I would also happily play the WRG rules of my youth if I still had any copies.

    What have I missed?

     

    My last post probably 🙂

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    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161929
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    Probably best if we ask Benjamin which WRG rules he played in his youth. There’s a lot of guessing to go otherwise!<noscript></noscript>

    Oh ignore me. I’ve been working all night, thinking’s too much of a hassle at the mo. 🙂

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    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161927
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    Is it these you are after?<noscript></noscript> It is the late Bob O’ Brien’s copy he let me have many years ago.

    Hate to be nitpicky, but they’re Horse & Musket not WWII 😉

     

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    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161924
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    I still use the WRG Armour and Infantry 1925-1950 rules from 1973 I used as a teenager.

    Very rarely a set of rules appear that capture the essence of what wargaming should be about, emphasis on the game aspect.

    Phil Barker managed that with A&I 1925-1950, and his similar Cold War 1950-1985 rules. Push them too far and they’ll break, tinker with them and they’ll break, but play them in the spirit they were intended to be played and they’re great. A model of clarity and simplicity, but not oversimplification.

    Pity Barker never produced any army lists for them – I own some third party lists, and they feel cumbersome. It’s also a pity he decided to publish the awful second editions in the late 80s, the best part of those are the army lists.

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    in reply to: Ever Happy? #161922
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     I would also happily play the WRG rules of my youth if I still had any copies.

    Must be some on eBay…

     

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    in reply to: Absolute Emperor – new napoleonic rules #161867
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    You should promote that Wiki/blog more Guy.

    It’s jolly interesting 🙂

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    in reply to: Designing Scenarios #161515
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    I just crib scenarios from the doyens of wargaming past when I’m trying out a set of rules.

    Get thee to Grant, Wise, et al

     

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    in reply to: Play testing “On the Hoof” rules. #161283
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    Nice to see the Airfix thatched cottage still in service 🙂

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161081
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    Anyhow – I wasn’t biting anyone’s head off!<noscript></noscript>

    Neither was I. I’m not a werewolf. 🙂

     

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161074
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    I said it above, but it bears repeating: I’d bet that “smarty pants” is a poor translation of some German colloquial term. Even so, they should’ve run the text past a native speaker, first.

     

    FWIW I ran ‘smarty pants’ past my iPad’s translator. It came up with ‘Klugscheißerchen’.

     

    Which is even more insulting. 🙂

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161072
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    Dunno mate. I think we’re on the naughty step but I’m not sure.<noscript></noscript>

     

    Oh well, won’t be the first time 

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161063
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    ? Whose hat? Whose head?

     

    Er. Wot?

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161053
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    I was hoping to avoid the whole ‘fun’ canard.<noscript></noscript> .

    ISWYDT 🙂

    I’m a live and let live kind of bloke usually, but when anyone presumes to tell me I’m having fun in a way that doesn’t meet their perceptions of fun my hackles begin to rise. So they can continue to have their fun in their way and leave me to get on with having fun my way, as long as they leave out the passive aggressive insults.

    If they can’t do that, I can give as good as I get. I’m looking at you UshCha, you prat.

     

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161048
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    “Simulation”, it’s a slippery word. No-one ever quite manages to define it.

    Here’s a simulation: Waterloo 1815. Roll a D6, on an even the Allies win, on an odd the French lose. Historically accurate or what? Works for any battle, just change the names. You could even add a bit of variation and use average dice, the result would be the same.

    …and wargaming’s one of my hobbies. It’s supposed to be bleedin’ fun. Like other hobbies I have/had, it’s a good excuse to meet up with like minded people, bugger about, have a laugh and a few pints, and go home happy. I don’t expect to be Valentino Rossi if I take the bike out, Date Masamune practising iaido, Jimi Hendrix playing guitar,or ****ing Napoleon playing wargames. If I gain a bit of insight while I’m doing it that’s great, but it’s not why I’m doing it. If I happen to fall over a bit of *gasp* ‘simulation’, bonus!

     

     

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    in reply to: Why Wargamers Game #161007
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    If anyone is interested in reading the paper, it’s here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348602364_It_is_not_all_for_the_same_reason_Predicting_motives_in_miniature_wargaming_on_the_basis_of_personality_traits

    Reads like bollox to me, but I’m not a social scientist.

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    in reply to: Sail cuts #160971
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    in reply to: BBC article on table top gaming #160814
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    Annie is on BBC Radio Nottingham tomorrow.

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    in reply to: FREEBIES! #160628
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    At least. He was certainly prolific back in the day.

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    in reply to: FREEBIES! #160621
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    Dear old Terry Gander, I remember all those Airfix guides wot ‘e wrote.

     

    Is he still around?

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    I am a Brumie by birth, and I never wash models before painting..

     

    That’s Brummies for ya. Afraid of soap 😀

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    I would love to understand what the differences are between why and when someone’s paint will peel/flake and won’t. I paint mostly metal, but with plenty of hard plastic too and don’t wash either – I clean up any mould lines etc and prime with whatever cheap black spray primer my local shop had in stock when I was last getting supplies. I then paint with a variety of acrylics (Citadel, Army Painter and Vallejo). With thousands of miniatures overall (from 10mm-32mm) in this manner over many years nothing has peeled – I’m in the Midlands of the U.K. so not particularly hot, cold, dry or wet. Perhaps that has something to do with it? I don’t know but there’s got to be something as I don’t do anything special or use any amazing primer or anything.

     

    There’s  a coincidence, I live in the Midlands too…

    I don’t wash hard plastic either (wasn’t heard of when I was kid making Airfix kits), although I’ll sometimes give metal figures an IPA bath. I use Halfrauds rattlecan automotive primer, and Dullcoat spray varnish under and over the paint for metal figures. The plastic model kits I’ve painted in acrylics seem to be holding up well, so figures shouldn’t be much different.

     

    Must be the Midlands climate 🙂

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