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  • in reply to: What are you reading? #143726
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    in reply to: Two WWII books for £0.99 each #142416
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    There is another one ….. D-Day, the Soldiers Story, by Giles Milton at 99p.

    Thanks, Norm.

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    in reply to: Help me choose a book title #139998
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    If you buy Russell’s forthcoming book you won’t need to research it, he will have done the hard work!

    That is the idea 😉

    including unfeasibly exciting destroyer dashes to land commandos in the rear of determined French resistance.

    Yes, HMS Anthony dashed into the port of Diego Suarez literally under the French guns, landed commandos, and dashed out again, undamaged.

    I think a book on the entire campaign sounds like a great idea, whatever it is called.

    That’s good to know.

    Thanks everyone for the comments. I really appreciate it. I’m going to go through them all (from here and elsewhere) before I make a final decision.

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    in reply to: Help me choose a book title #139860
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Knowing nothing about the battle for Madagascar I’m struggling to relate all the pre-colon text to the text that follows it. That said, A Strange Campaign intrigues me the most and would possibly make me pick up a copy at a stand or stall to see what it’s about.

    I suspect many (most?) people don’t know much about the Madagascar campaign. The bit before the colon is the main title, the bit after is the sub-title. I tend to go for titles that I think sound interesting, or picked from a relevant quote, then use the sub-title to make it clear what the book is about 🙂

    ‘A Faculty to Dare’ is a fabulous title.

    My wife said it sounded like a Mills & Boon title 🙂 It comes from Churchill: “We must not lose our faculty to dare, particularly in dark days”.

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    in reply to: DriveThruRPG bundles #138138
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I bought all six bundles. It’s an eclectic collection, to be sure. I haven’t had time to go through what I’ve got yet 😀

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    in reply to: DriveThruRPG bundles #138121
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    90% off £400 is £40, these are all £8.

    If I’ve put the numbers into my phone’s calculator right, the discount on each one is about 98%

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    in reply to: Hobart’s Funnies #137826
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I never had one of those Spectrums. My first Spectrum was a +2. My friend had a ZX-81 with a RAM pack, though 🙂

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    in reply to: Hobart’s Funnies #137803
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Looks like I can’t message you, I’m guessing because you’re not a supporting member? So here’s the short version. If you need more details, email me at russell-AT-russellphillips-DOT-uk

    • Log into WordPress, go to the Dashboard
    • Go to Appearance->Themes
    • If Twenty Twelve is on the list, hover over it and click Activate
    • If it isn’t, click Add new theme, search for Twenty Twelve, click Install. Once it’s installed, click Activate.

    You can use any theme you like, of course. I suggested Twenty Twelve because it should be similar to what you have, but it works nicely on mobile phones.

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    in reply to: Hobart’s Funnies #137733
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I might if I had any clue what that was.

    I can send more details via PM if that would be useful? (probably not before Monday). Part of the day job is dealing with WordPress sites.

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    in reply to: Hobart’s Funnies #137726
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Very interesting post. I’ve always been fascinated by Hobart’s funnies. But your post had some information that was new to me, which is always good 🙂

    I have a request, though. Can I ask you to consider changing to a responsive theme? Most of my browsing these days is on my phone. I think the Twenty Twelve theme would look similar to what you have, but it’s responsive, so works nicely on mobile devices.

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    in reply to: Great service from Gaming Enhancements #137504
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I know how I’d feel if I’d ordered something and hadn’t received it yet other out of stock items were replaced. Customer service is important; we look after you as best we can and it makes you feel valued. Plus the chats with customers brighten the day as well!

    Absolutely, I’d have wondered where my stuff was. But you’ve gone the extra mile with this order, so I thought I’d let people know.

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    in reply to: Mirror of Bob Mackenzie’s Website #136425
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I should note that it was Phil Gray that spotted Bob’s predicament, and suggested that we step in to help. I just contacted Bob and arranged the transfer.

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    in reply to: Virtual Campaign Map #136114
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Some years back, I played some hex & counter wargames with a friend in the US by using this idea with Google Docs. I set up a shared image with the board and counters as separate layers. We had some fun games that way 🙂

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    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Yes, I think that’s 44 Pattern Battledress. I think they went for the short BD in the 1930s simply because it was a lot cheaper than the nice, long ‘safari jacket’ and they already had an eye on the coming war with Germany and the need for massive, rapid (and cheap) mobilisation.

    I think I’ve heard that before.

    Thanks for the interesting discussion, everyone.

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    in reply to: Like Crossfire? Have you seen this? #132344
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I haven’t played Crossfire, but it always sounded interesting. I
    just downloaded and read Covering Fire. It looks just as interesting as Crossfire always sounded, but on a single sheet 🙂

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    in reply to: Gods Eye Games #132265
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    It’s a toss-up between paperback and PDF for me. I have been known to buy a set of rules in both (I really appreciate it when the PDF is available for a minimal extra cost). I much prefer ePub or Mobi over PDF for the digital version, but they’re not very common in rules 🙁

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    in reply to: February Sponsors Giveaway #132082
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I have a smattering of random 28mm sci-fi figures that these would fit in nicely with. I’d use the Grimdark: Firefight one page rules.

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    in reply to: Please don’t judge me….. #131167
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    I’ll have to look those videos up. Covering Fire sounds interesting, too, though I’ve never played Crossfire.

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    in reply to: Please don’t judge me….. #131070
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    The one page rules are Grim Dark Future.

    Thanks. I discovered those recently, when I was looking for suitable rules for the sci-fi figures that I have. Good to hear they’re working for you.

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    in reply to: Please don’t judge me….. #130974
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    No judgement here. I used to play Warhammer 40K back in the day (late 80s/early 90s, I think the rules were 2nd edition Rogue Trader). Got rid of those many years ago.

    I’ve picked up a few of their figures from magazine covers recently, but I have no interest their rules. What one-page rules are you using?

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    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*

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 🙂

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    in reply to: Dave Rowland's "The Stress of Battle" #124090
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Do you know when it will be published?

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    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition 2019 #123957
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Good to hear that you’re enjoying it, Guy

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    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.

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

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    in reply to: 1/72 WWII scene inspired by a photo #123551
    Russell PhillipsRussell Phillips
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    Cool idea, and very nicely done.

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