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05/05/2021 at 08:37 in reply to: Selling STL files through DriveThruRPG & Wargame Vault #155901
My understanding is buying an stl file from the site lets you print as many as you want. It works pretty well for RPG terrain where the buyer is unlikely to print more than a few copies of the same model. For wargames though it sounds pretty good for the buyer to buy a model of the M4 Sherman and print out thousands. Not so good for the seller.
I don’t have a 3d printer, so I may be way off the mark, but I’d have thought you could justify pricing the files higher precisely because the buyer can print as many copies as they like.29/03/2021 at 10:52 in reply to: (For Sale)Clear out – added 15mm painted Hovels Buildings #15439728/03/2021 at 12:46 in reply to: (For Sale)Clear out – added 15mm painted Hovels Buildings #15434428/03/2021 at 12:08 in reply to: (For Sale)Clear out – added 15mm painted Hovels Buildings #15434124/02/2021 at 16:33 in reply to: PT Boats in the Med – a selection of 1943 scenarios for Cruel Seas #151401
The mention of Board Game Arena reminded me of YouPlay.it. I haven’t played anything on there for ages, and it doesn’t have many games, but two might be of particular interest: Blue Max and Wooden Ships & Iron Men. I haven’t played Wooden Ships on there, but Blue Max worked well.
I’m not sure if this is the kind of thing you’re after, but Memoir ’44 has an online version that you can play against another person: https://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44-online/en/start/
There’s no up-front cost, but each game costs two or three “gold ingots”. You get fifty for free when you sign up, so you can try it out. They’re not expensive to buy ($8 for 200, $30 for 1,000, $60 for 4,000).
I’m a fan of Panzer Kids. I play it with my eight year old daughter 🙂 My wife and I are both board gamers and role-players. We’ve always played board games and RPGs with our kids, so moving onto miniature wargames was a logical development for me.07/12/2020 at 11:44 in reply to: Do I Really want to Pay More For Wargames Figures? #147960
Some people are not that fussed over the look, they prefer the mechanics and the game, rather than the look/feel? So they choose cheapest.
I’m largely in that category, although I don’t do much buying or wargaming these days.
For the rules we all play a typical 15mm army comes in at 120-odd figures. That means the price difference between buying an army of the most expensive figures on the market today (50p each = £60) vs the cheapest (31p each = £37.80) is just £22.80.
When I was younger (and wargaming regularly) £22.80 was a big difference, even allowing for inflation. I had very little spare money to spend on wargames figures, so I’d buy the cheaper option wherever possible. At the time, I did a lot of WW2 and Cold War wargaming in 20mm, which meant that a lot of vehicles were available as resin, metal, or plastic kits. The plastic kits (Esci or Airfix IIRC) took much longer to assemble, but were much cheaper than the resin and metal options. So I bought plastic kits wherever possible, because I could afford to spend time much more than I could afford to spend money.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.11/04/2020 at 10:53 in reply to: New article on SOTCW website: Experimental Infantry Brigade 1934 to 1936 #134631
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.
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 🙁
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?
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.
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.05/12/2019 at 14:40 in reply to: New SOTCW article: 44M Buzogányvető anti-tank rocket #127645