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  • in reply to: Rick Priestley #130372
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    It was maybe a little clumsy in parts, but I didn’t read anything that I could imagine causing genuine distress. Maybe it was Lambshead’s response that caused that reaction, to judge from what is written above.

    I think it was the sentence, “Let’s face it, the image of Dave suddenly transmogrifying into Davina is enough to unsettle anyone — the reverse even more so.” that upset people, and I can see why it would cause genuine distress. I’ll try to explain why.

    A lot of transphobia comes from the idea that men will pretend to be women in order to assault women. I’ve seen it in discussion around “bathroom bills” in the US, and reform of the Gender Recognition Act in the UK. Obviously, this isn’t the place to debate these, but I mention them in order to provide context. There is plenty of transphobia around the idea that a man will put on a dress in order to assault women. “Dave suddenly transmogrifying into Davina” could very easily be seen as an expression of that, and that could certainly cause genuine distress.

    Lambshead’s response certainly didn’t help, but I don’t think that was the only issue.

    in reply to: Rick Priestley #130353
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Some might argue it was a storm in a teacup, but it caused genuine distress. I didn’t see any reaction from Rick Priestley, so have no idea what his thoughts were or are.

    I did see reactions from John Lambshead. He refused to apologise and was insulting and nasty to anyone that suggested he should.

    It may have been intended as a harmless joke. But in that case, I don’t understand why he wouldn’t simply say sorry. I’ve caused upset without intending to any number of times. And my first reaction, on realising that I’ve accidentally upset someone, is to apologise.

    in reply to: Rick Priestley #130310
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Yes. I think it was Tabletop Wargames: A Designers’ and Writers’ Handbook.

    in reply to: Christmas Charity #127821
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    None of those are bad options, but my choice would be Jigsaw. They’re relatively small and likely to have less funding, so I suspect it would make a bigger difference to them.

    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    But isn’t the “mace” referred to here the weapon, rather than the plant?

    I don’t really know, but the author has said that all his sources claimed that it was named after the plant. *shrug*

    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    An interesting read, thanks. I am left wondering just how accurate an unguided rocket would be trying to engage individual AFVs at up to 2000m range?

    My guess would be “not very accurate at all”, but I don’t really know.

    There are plenty of images produced by a Google search BTW.

    Yes, but as it says in the note at the start, I couldn’t find copyright information on any of them, so couldn’t use them.

    in reply to: Is your preferred scale.. #125070
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I’ve used 20mm since I first started with Airfix plastics back in the 1970s 🙂 It’s still my preferred “larger” scale, although I’ve picked up a few 28mm sci-fi and fantasy figures.

    20mm seems to be reasonably well represented, although it does feel like 28mm gets the most online love.

    I used to have some 6mm, and still have a bit, but for smaller figures, I prefer 3mm nowadays. 3mm seems to be a very niche scale, and as such there doesn’t seem to be a lot of online coverage. That doesn’t really bother me, though, to be honest.

    in reply to: 3mm Scale Team Yankee #124985
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    The modern Team Yankee seems to have plenty of fans, and if they enjoy it then more power to them. But I think I’m too old school for it to appeal to me 🙂

    in reply to: 3mm Scale Team Yankee #124983
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I’ve not played the Battlefront game, but what I’ve seen of it didn’t appeal. The GDW one looks like it’s more to my taste.

    in reply to: 3mm Scale Team Yankee #124980
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Yes! Published by GDW in 1987. I’d Place its level of complexity somewhere just to the north of Ogre – facing is an issue, guided missiles are in play, different infantry types.

    Cool. I only knew of the Battlefront game

    Sounds like a very interesting project.

    in reply to: 3mm Scale Team Yankee #124956
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Are you talking about a Team Yankee board wargame? I didn’t know there was such a thing.

    in reply to: The Bear's Claws, reviewed #124920
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Thanks for the review. I’ll just add that the review copy was offered via the sponsor members’ forum. I’m sure Michael would be happy for more traders to offer things for review to sponsoring members.

    in reply to: Kickstarter of an app-enhanced board game #124919
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    It’s an interesting idea, but I have some concerns. Presumably nobody knows what the odds of any particular outcome, whereas with a standard game, the odds are in the rule book. That could potentially mean that people who play a lot will work out the odds, and gain an advantage over anyone that doesn’t play often.

    Also, there was mention in one video that lights change colour or flicker sometimes to indicate particular things. That suggests that players could miss important information if they were distracted at that moment. I don’t like that kind of thing, but it may well appeal to others.

    It might be great for more complex games like air combat or Harpoon, with the smartphone/tablet doing the calculations. Or augmented reality of missiles and bullets flying when you point the device at the minis. Or have some blind counters with the chips and the device will show it as empty or enemy unit depending on if your unts sees it or not.

    I used to have computer programs that did the calculations and book-keeping in miniature wargames. I also wrote a program for modern naval wargaming that did that, but also tracked the location of all units. The idea was to allow submarines to be used stealthily, potentially carrying out an attack without the opponent having any idea of where they were.

    in reply to: Enhanced Trader Membership #124625
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    It doesn’t interest me, but I can see how it might be useful for others.

    in reply to: Dave Rowland's "The Stress of Battle" #124171
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    It is listed now: http://www.wargaming.co/professional/home.htm

    So it is! I did a search for it, but for some reason didn’t think to look on the History of Wargaming Project website. Thanks, Martin.

    in reply to: Dave Rowland's "The Stress of Battle" #124090
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Do you know when it will be published?

    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition 2019 #123957
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Good to hear that you’re enjoying it, Guy

    in reply to: Other Hobbys? #123583
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I’ve dabbled in various things, but right now I’d list my non-wargaming hobbies as board gaming, RPGs, programming, reading, and films. The programming and reading have a certain amount of crossover with work, but I enjoy them as a “time off” activity, so I think they count.

    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition 2019 #123582
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Well, that’s a surprise! I have tried to send a PM, but for some reason Russell, you are an “invalid recipient”…

    That’s odd. I’ve had messages from other people. Oh well.

    I must be honest, it’s not a book I will find particularly useful as a gamer and modeller of the ancients and fantasy variety, so would be grateful if you would re-roll, and give Guy another chance. Hope that’s OK. Geof

    That’s very gracious of you. OK, re-rolling the same D4 …

    It’s a 1! Guy Farrish, send me a PM (or email me if PMs don’t work – Russell -AT- RussellPhillips -DOT- UK) with your address and I’ll get it in the post.

    in reply to: 1/72 WWII scene inspired by a photo #123551
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Cool idea, and very nicely done.

    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition 2019 #123509
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Thanks to everyone for taking part. Now that the competition has finished, I’ll say that I’m surprised no-one mentioned The Beast. There were some very interesting mentions, though, and I’ve discovered some new films and books to check out. Honestly, I’m terrible at favourites because I change my mind too often, which makes it hard for me to choose a winner 🙂

    I’ve narrowed it down to a short list: Guy Farrish, Geof Downton, Ben Waterhouse, and Gregory Principato.

    Count Belisarius would have been on the list if he hadn’t said that if he won the prize should go to someone else.

    So, I rolled a D4 and it came up a 2, so Geof Downton is the winner!

    Geof, if you PM or email me your address, I’ll get the book in the post.

    in reply to: Sponsor Reviews #123360
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Team Yankee was one of the inspirations for it, so I’ll happily take that 🙂

    in reply to: Sponsor Reviews #123356
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    I’m always up for a good read, but perhaps someone with more invested in Cold War/modern would be better suited. If no one steps forwards I’d be happy to give it a go!

    It’s been nearly a fortnight and no-one else has asked for it, so if you PM me your details I’ll send you a copy.

    in reply to: Walking the Walk? #123140
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    I don’t care about any of the things you asked about per se. I care about how well the site is run. As others have said, having some knowledge of the hobby is probably useful, but ultimately what I care about is the end result.

    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Very nice, Dave 🙂

    in reply to: Top bombing #121302
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    I haven’t built an Airfix kit in years, but I’m sooo tempted.

    Likewise, that is actually quite tempting.

    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Thanks. I’d not heard of him before reading Richard’s article, and I suspect I’m not alone in that.

    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition 2019 #121074
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Lovely prize!

    But – Gaaaarrrggh! So much choice!

    I’m not sure if it will be me or Michael choosing the winner, so I’m not going to comment on your choices.

    But I just wanted to say I’m pleased that you like the prize, and that it was difficult for you to choose a favourite 🙂

    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition 2019 #121066
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Just to be clear, the prize is the cloth bound hardback edition (the one with a dust cover). List price is £39.99

    in reply to: Gaming inventory software… #118108
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Thank you, Russell. I was not familiar with Collection Calculator. It does indeed give me food for thought.

    Glad it was helpful. I’m pretty sure I first heard about it via TWW. I had a look but decided it wasn’t what I wanted, but it’s always useful to see how other people approach problems.

    in reply to: Gaming inventory software… #117947
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    I just remembered Collection Calculator. Might be worth taking a look for inspiration/ideas:
    https://collectioncalculator.com/

    in reply to: Help tracking down old WW2 wargaming book #116929
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    I was going to suggest that it sounded like Charles Grant’s Battle. My first set of wargames rules, I still have my copy. As well as templates for artillery and mortar fire, it also has cones for SMG & MG fire.

    in reply to: June Sponsors Competition 2019 #116120
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    They look very clever. I’d use them for games with my kids. I’ve introduced them to Panzer Kids and Neil Thomas’ One Hour Wargames. OHW are specifically designed to be played on a 3′ x 3′ table, so a set of nine tiles would be ideal.

    in reply to: Gaming inventory software… #116032
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    I use calibre for my books, including wargames rules.

    For my wargames models, including terrain, I wrote a very simple web app (PHP & SQLite). It records scale, nationality, period, and state (not started, in progress, unpainted, complete).

    in reply to: Dice Wars #115061
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I like the idea of dice towers that double up as terrain. I’ve seen a GM screen for RPGs that had dice towers built into it, and always thought that was a nice touch.

    My wife won a dice tower, which we use sometimes when playing board games with the kids.

    in reply to: Dice Wars #115056
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    Many years ago, I saw a participation game at Triples that had enclosed boxes with a clear plastic lid for the dice. Pick up the box, give it a shake, look through the clear lid to see the result.

    I always thought that was a rather clever idea, but for general use you’d need some way to open the box to change dice.

    in reply to: Where to get cheap 25/28mm #114778
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    The EM4 orcs look ideal, shame they don’t do goblins. EM4 orcs and Irregular goblins are currently looking like favourites.

    I’ve got some of the original figures, so I want ones that will be roughly the same size. 1/72 are too small, unfortunately.

    in reply to: Where to get cheap 25/28mm #114734
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    They are cheap, but they come in boxes of 40-50, and I’m only needing half a dozen or so of each type. I doubt I’ll be able to get a look at them, so I’ll probably plump for Irregular. We’ve already got some figures, so I’d like to get more that are at least roughly equivalent in size.

    in reply to: Where to get cheap 25/28mm #114726
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Looks like Irregular are cheaper than Reaper. I’m not too worried about how they look, so I’ll probably go for some Irregular figures.

    Thanks both.

    in reply to: Where to get cheap 25/28mm #114723
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
    Participant

    However I will take that useless copy of HQ off your hands, no need to even pay me, I will take it for free!

    Nice try, but I value my life and marriage too much 😉

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