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  • in reply to: Something for everybody!!! #126634
    Not 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 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 Sage
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    But not ancient.

     

    Or justified? 🙂

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

    in reply to: Armour and Arrows #122983
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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 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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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.

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

    Not 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.

     

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

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

     

    (I think, it’s been a while)

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

    in reply to: Are game reviewers critical enough? #119365
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    My review, by Not Connard Sage age <cough>

    No amount of opprobrium is too great for this festering pile of ordure.

     

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

    in reply to: Grate Britain #118772
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    Here’s an example of what I am talking about, folks: when did World War Two actually start? And when did World War I finish?

     

    September 1 1939. The unpleasantnesses with Finland/Russia and China/Japan don’t count.However much revisionist historians want them to

    1921. The internal problems that Germany had afterwards, and the rise of Hitler may have been due to World War I, but they weren’t a continuation of it. However much…etc.

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

    in reply to: Grate Britain #118770
    Not Connard Sage
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    Let’s not engage in too much self deception.

    The Channel saved Britain in 1940. If we’d had a land border with Europe it would have been the fall of France over again. ‘Plucky Britain standing alone’ until 1942 wouldn’t have happened, and history might have been very different.

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

    in reply to: Moscow 1941 (boardgame) #118696
    Not Connard Sage
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    When was ‘Moscow 1941’ published Norm?

    Recently, going by the S&T issue number.

     

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

    in reply to: "I've got some letters to write." #117543
    Not Connard Sage
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    Possibly being dim, could you explain the relevance please?

     

    The Dambusters.

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

    in reply to: List Limits #117090
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    Lists are a guide, not a law.

     

    …and what Guy said.

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

    in reply to: Help tracking down old WW2 wargaming book #116937
    Not Connard Sage
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    http://tantobieinternettattler.blogspot.com/2017/05/battle-practical-wargaming-by-charles.html

     

    First rules I owned too, and I still have them. 🙂

     

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

    in reply to: re-basing Pike #116932
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    Ta Lad , are they ‘GW style’ hollow bases? I do prefer flat…

    They appear to be from that pic

     

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

    in reply to: re-basing Pike #116930
    Not Connard Sage
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    Warbases do plastic bases. £2 for twenty.

    Square Plastic Bases (Plain)

    They also supply tiny neodymium magnets to solve the toppling problem. When used with movement bases of course.

     

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

    in reply to: Saddest Wargaming purchase? #116628
    Not Connard Sage
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    Not a purchase, but the one which drives my wife mad is my tray of basing sand. An old baking tray full of builders sand which periodically goes in the oven to dry out and kill anything off.

    Kiln dried sand is better for basing.   😉

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

    in reply to: Saddest Wargaming purchase? #116597
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    Saddest wargames purchase? Probably about two dozen hair rollers. hair roller They were to make cheap 6mm horse and musket era armies, but by the time you’d cut them, trimmed the ends, glued them flat several time (they’re ‘curlers’ after all), primed them, painted them, varnished them to get the paint to stay on the soft plastic, figured out a way of making cavalry and artillery, bandaged up your sliced finger ends, you had: a box of painted, dismembered, hair curlers. I’ve got irregular and Baccus 6mm Napoleonics now.

     

    Inspired by the article in Battle? Or was it MilMod?

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

    in reply to: Saddest Wargaming purchase? #116589
    Not Connard Sage
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    What can I say?

    I bought some Irregular 2mm strips last week. The fact that I can paint and base two armies in under a week makes me inordinately happy 🙂

     

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

    in reply to: Saddest Wargaming purchase? #116586
    Not Connard Sage
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    The purchase isn’t so sad, the fact that you’re looking forward to filling is sad. Very sad.

    Signed

    A Wargamer.

     

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

    in reply to: Dynamic 15mm Persian Leader needed. #116493
    Not Connard Sage
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    How about..?

     

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

    in reply to: Dynamic 15mm Persian Leader needed. #116490
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    This is a stupid question, but foot or mounted?

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

    in reply to: Stay on Target? #116413
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    whoops https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1897811303653060&set=pcb.2500432766641562&type=3&theater&ifg=1

     

    “The link you followed may have expired, or the Page may only be visible to an audience that you aren’t in.” 😉

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

    in reply to: Cuneus #116298
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    Right, that’s sorted.

    Now what about scythed chariots? Flaming pigs?

    Wait…come back…

     

     

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

    in reply to: Cuneus #116284
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    WRG ancients (pre 7th edition) used to allow the flank figures in the second and third ranks of wedges to fight even though they weren’t in contact with the enemy – they therefore got more figures fighting than the opposition. I seem to remember arguments about it, the detailed nature of which – possibly did the receiving line/body get overlaps on the front of the wedge – escape me. I don’t think any rules I use now get down to this level of tactical detail – Impetus, Sword and Spear, AdlG, and remembering the factors and charts in WRG make me think perhaps I’m happy to ignore that level in bigger games. But now you’ve mentioned it, I do wonder why these formations got such prominence in early wargaming rules – was it because the sources suggested they were battle winners or was it because people wanted variety and cunning tactic? I’ve got some 5th and 6th edition rules (possibly some earlier ones too) lying around somewhere – I’m off to dig them out and see if I’ve made all this up!

    WRG’s wedges were…complicated. The first two rank’s outside figures could fight (the first two ranks only had outside figures anyway IME), but the other ranks behind could only fight if the could ‘see’ the enemy. So no poking your wedge through a handy gap and counting all of its figures in contact. Then there was the flanking thing – if the enemy continue deeper into the wedge then the figures in the wedge count as contacted from their flank unless the can turn to face. Of course, yer average Roman legion was equipped with enough pointy and throwy things to render all that moot given the fact that the wedges rarely numbered more than nine or so figures. Or maybe that was just us.

    One thing Barker didn’t throw into the mix was that one side of the wedge would have counted as unshielded. Think about it.

    I think, it’s been a while.

     

    Thank gods for Impetus. I say

     

     

     

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

    in reply to: Lead Adventure Forum… #116210
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    It’s buggered. 🙂

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

    in reply to: C19th Colonial #116029
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    Hmmmm…. I think Airfix British and Zulus were the very first wargaming armies I ever had.

    You might think that… but you’d be wrong!

     

    Quite.

    Airfix didn’t produce any late 19th century British AFAIK, and the only ‘Zulu’ types were the natives in the Tarzan set. 🙂

     

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

    in reply to: Tamiya 1:25 Tiger tank… #115615
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    Almost spot on with the Bank of England inflation calculator £10 in 1974 = £102.38 in 2018

    I suppose I earned about 40 quid a week in 1974. I make rather more than £400 a week now.

    I can buy two!

     

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

    in reply to: Tamiya 1:25 Tiger tank… #115613
    Not Connard Sage
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    I built one of them! It cost around a tenner in 1974.

    It’s 10 times that price now.

     

     

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

    in reply to: the appeal of the ordinary #114148
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    I stick with ‘ordinary’ wherever possible for the simple reason that elites the Horse and Musket period have far too many frills and flounces to paint.

     

    I hate painting 🙂

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

    in reply to: West German Army in CENTAG 1958? #111790
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    How’s yer German?

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/II._Korps_(Bundeswehr)#Heeresstruktur_I_(1956%E2%80%931959)

    I’ve no doubt the ever helpful John Salt will be along shortly to provide far more detail 🙂

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

    in reply to: Spears and axes #111597
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    You’re over thinking it. 🙂

    Clearly. Isnt that the point of the hobby? Overthinking something essentially unimportant for the fun of doing so?

     

    I’m more of an Occam’s Razor bloke meself. 🙂

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

    in reply to: Spears and axes #111519
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    It’s probably just a random mix of weapons that someone stuffed into the package. You’re over thinking it.

    🙂

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

    in reply to: "Teppo" #111131
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    All I can find on their FB is this.

    “Hi guys. We recently painted some samurai figures that feature in the new “Teppo” Battles in the Late samurai Era rulebook. We were sent a copy to check out. It’s a great set of quick play rules that are clean, clear and concise and a lot of fun to play. There are special rules for Weapons and armour types that I particularly like. If you’re interested “Teppo” will be available via Caliver books at Salute 2019.”

     

    Not really a review, is it?

     

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

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