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  • in reply to: Paper buildings 6/10mm #86324
    Russell Phillips
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    I like paper miniatures but I don’t like those complex ones.

    I have to confess, I’ve never actually made a paper model. I am intrigued by the idea, though, and will do one of these days.

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    in reply to: Paper buildings 6/10mm #86320
    Russell Phillips
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    They look very nice, and a quick look at the previews suggests that they’re pretty simple to make, too.

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    in reply to: Last Stand #86198
    Russell Phillips
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    In just relied on the Soviet player not knowing the book, but I like your ideas for adapting the concept to other periods.

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    in reply to: Last Stand #86193
    Russell Phillips
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    > Though to be fair I suspect a great deal of that desire is just so I can quote bits from the film… 😐

    Nothing wrong with that.

    There’s an action in Red Army by Ralph Peters, where a Soviet airborne unit is dropped to take a bridge. The expected ground forces never arrive, and in fact aren’t expected to by anyone outside the airborne unit – the drop was a diversion.

    I think that makes an interesting scenario, especially if the Soviet player hasn’t read the book.

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    in reply to: Pen & Sword: 50 ebooks for 99p each #85672
    Russell Phillips
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    Bargain, but did they really sell e-books at £25.00, that does seem a bit steep?

    I suspect the £25 price was a different format, possibly hardback.

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    in reply to: New film: Hurricane #85496
    Russell Phillips
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    I remember reading the book. Didn’t realise they’d made it into a TV series.

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    in reply to: Recommendations for 6mm tank combat games #85463
    Russell Phillips
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    Sorry, just realised you asked about 6mm. OHW is intended for 20mm, and I think Panzer Kids is too. I’d imagine both could be used with 6mm, though.

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    in reply to: Recommendations for 6mm tank combat games #85461
    Russell Phillips
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    I haven’t played it, but Panzer Kids should be worth a look. The basic version is pay-what-you-want: https://www.wargamevault.com/product/174924/Panzer-Kids-Basic

    I’ve played One Hour Wargames WWII with my son (now 10, but I think he was 8 when we first played). He was able to cope with the rules without any difficulty.

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    in reply to: Digital Rules #85103
    Russell Phillips
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    There is a difference to Wargames Vault purchases – each page has ‘Licensed to [name]. Email address: [purchase email address]’ at the bottom
    (obviously substitute appropriate values)

    TBH, I think this is a good difference

    Wargame Vault has a similar thing. At the bottom left of every page, it has “[NAME] (order #[NUMBER])”. It’s optional, so only appears if the publisher has chosen to enable it.

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    in reply to: Digital Rules #85022
    Russell Phillips
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    Well, no. Now that you mention it, you’re obviously a shady figure.

    Hmm, I bet you work for MI5 or MI6, and that’s why you have multiple names. Don’t worry, though, I promise not to tell anyone 😉

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    in reply to: Digital Rules #85013
    Russell Phillips
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    although having actually met Mike, I’m no longer so sure about the trustworthiness …

    Ah, I’ve never met him in real life 😉

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    in reply to: Digital Rules #84997
    Russell Phillips
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    It’s not the waiting, so much as it looks amateurish. I know Mike can be trusted, but if it’s a site/person that I don’t know, then having a file emailed to me makes me a bit wary.

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    in reply to: My User Name #84987
    Russell Phillips
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    I don’t really care what you call yourself, but as others have noted, if your old 6mm range is still sold under the Angel Barracks name, then people are going to think you’re the person that sells them, and that’s not ideal.

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    in reply to: Digital Rules #84966
    Russell Phillips
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    Is there any reason you can’t offer both options? Personally I’d rather buy from Wargame Vault. Offering to email the PDF manually doesn’t inspire confidence.

    Something else to consider is that Wargame Vault also give you the option of supplying paper copies via print-on-demand.

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    in reply to: Airfix Battles solo #84964
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ve got The Portable Wargame, but haven’t tried the rules yet. I wasn’t at all convinced by a read-through, but I might have to give them a try when I get time.

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    in reply to: Airfix Battles solo #84914
    Russell Phillips
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    Memoir ’44 has a note in the rules about playing with younger children – basically, they suggest not using some of the cards. He can play that and One Hour Wargames without any difficulty. I’ve recently got some 20mm Napoleonic figures, so at some point we’ll find out if he enjoys Napoleonics as much as WWII 🙂

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    in reply to: Airfix Battles solo #84908
    Russell Phillips
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    Gary, I’d also hoped it would be something I could play with my 10-year old son. He plays Memoir ’44 and WWII One Hour Wargames with me sometimes, but I think Airfix Battles would be too complex for him.

    I think the other problem was that the rules weren’t always very clear. I suspect it’s going to gather dust on the shelf until I eventually get around to selling it 🙁

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    in reply to: Airfix Battles solo #84778
    Russell Phillips
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    The rules. It was the first scenario in the book, and designed to be simple to enable you to learn the basic rules. Later scenarios introduce more rules.

    For me, Airfix Battles competes with Memoir ’44. I’m not a fan of complex rules, and Airfix Battles isn’t complex per se. But it is more complex than Memoir ’44, without seeming to add anything.

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    in reply to: Why you like TWW #84767
    Russell Phillips
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    TWW needs to have quite a few members with something of value to say & the will to say it, hopefully over a range of genres to survive & grow.

    You’re absolutely right, of course. I’m going to make an effort to post more.

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    in reply to: Your mysteries of military history #80027
    Russell Phillips
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    Fair point, but I got an answer from the SOTCW forum 🙂

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    in reply to: Your mysteries of military history #79887
    Russell Phillips
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    I thought that the BEF’s tanks were a matter of record? <confused>

    Possibly. I’m not at home, have limited time for internet searches, and no books on the subject. Arguably, I shouldn’t have asked in this thread, so feel free to ignore.

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    in reply to: Your mysteries of military history #79885
    Russell Phillips
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    What tanks did the BEF have with them during the Battle of France in 1940?

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    in reply to: Christmas Loot? #79862
    Russell Phillips
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    The in-laws bought me a rather good tank book, and the wife got me a three day ticket to Tank Fest at Bovington Tank Museum.

    Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m very happy 😀

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 418 #79819
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m fairly sure I still have a copy of Hell by Daylight. I only got to play then a few times, but they’re a good set.

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 418 #79686
    Russell Phillips
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    Are the Hell By Daylight rules the same ones that Jim had published way back when? Or have they been changed?

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    in reply to: Your mysteries of military history #79192
    Russell Phillips
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    At Waterloo, why didn’t Napoleon just ignore Hougoumont?

    At least some histories seem to think that the attack on Hougoumont was only intended as a diversion. That seems to be debated, though, and I’ve never seen a definitive answer.

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    in reply to: Your mysteries of military history #79176
    Russell Phillips
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    Do other nationalities’ AFVs have the equivalent of the British boiling vessel (BV)?

    In WWII, I believe tanks often had telephones on the back to allow infantry to communicate with the crew. Do modern AFVs still have them, and if so, which ones?

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    in reply to: Paper armies? #78812
    Russell Phillips
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    Only occasionally. We used cardboard from cereal packets and referred to them as “Kellogian” figures. It was a long time ago, but I seem to recall we used Kellogian figures for Napoleonic artillery because we didn’t have enough models.

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    in reply to: What You Look Like #78552
    Russell Phillips
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    This was from when I had a pony tail:

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #77779
    Russell Phillips
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    Yes. I got there by clicking the “Submit News” link in the left-hand bar.

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    in reply to: Tank Destroyers – Disappointing? #77301
    Russell Phillips
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    Operations Research conducted in the 1980s demonstrated that dedicated AT weapons (even those identical to tank mounts) are at least twice as effective as tank mounted weapons in destroying enemy armour. Yet NATO was sold the myth that the most effective AT weapon was another tank,

    I may be wrong, but I always thought the “best anti-tank weapon is another tank” thing was based on a more holistic view, rather than just the simple effectiveness against armour. A MILAN firing post might be more effective at killing T-64s than a Chieftain, but the Chieftain has other advantages: it’s more mobile, gives arguably better protection (I say arguably because it’s harder to hide a Chieftain 😉 ), and is generally useful, whereas the MILAN is only useful against armour.

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    in reply to: Tank Destroyers – Disappointing? #77096
    Russell Phillips
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    As Tim says, if there is any disappointment, it was about US Tank Destroyer doctrine, largely as they were misused as tanks. Everybody else’s tank destroyers got on with destroying tanks. The doctrine is still in use today, albeit implemented by attack helicopters.

    Same with battle cruisers, heavy cruisers misused as battleships. When used in their intended role (Armoured cruiser killers) as at The Falklands, they worked very well.

    That was my understanding, although I was slightly confused for a moment as I couldn’t remember any battle cruisers being present at the Falklands in 1982 🙂 (It’s early, and I haven’t finished my first coffee yet).

    the concept was to be able to outgun anything smaller, and run away from battleships

    I seem to recall the German WWII pocket battleships had the same basic concept. They do say there is nothing new under the sun.

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    in reply to: Identifying Plastic Figures #75968
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks everyone. I’ve got all of these identified now, and there’s a much better chance I’ll be able to identify the other figures that I’ve got.

    Now I just need to get around to painting them 😉

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    in reply to: Identifying Plastic Figures #75914
    Russell Phillips
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    Thank you both, that’s very helpful. William, don’t worry, I can get to the pages easily enough.

    I haven’t used plastics for many years. I didn’t even know about the Plastic Soldier Review website!

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    in reply to: How do you see me on TWW? #72722
    Russell Phillips
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    I used to use different browsers, but I’ve found profiles to be better. Still, it does the job, and seeing how the site works in different browsers is no bad thing.

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    in reply to: How do you see me on TWW? #72718
    Russell Phillips
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    The only thing I can add is a tip re multiple logins: If you set up two profiles in your browser, you can have them both open at once. One logged in as Mike, one as AB.

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    in reply to: Is wargaming a sustainability-friendly hobby? #72665
    Russell Phillips
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    could you picture yourself being content living in the sustainatopia described above, specifically in a way that entails a greater involvement in the wargaming hobby and/or other comparable hobbies, in exchange for quite severely curtailed purchasing power?

    I think I could, yes. My whole family (me, wife, two kids) play board games. We never seem to have enough time to play as many as we’d like, so more time to do so would be great. We have a collection of over 100 games, some of which we haven’t played yet, so I don’t think the reduction in money would be a huge issue, as long as we were still able to pay bills etc.

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    in reply to: Dear Mike, can we have a… #72334
    Russell Phillips
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    I am already a sponsoring member and I appreciate the trial…but it does seem to freeze the page for several seconds while it does its thing! Regardless of that hiccup, thank you!

    Interesting. It seems ok on my laptop but does indeed freeze my phone a treat. What are you on?

    It seems to take a while to do its thing on my work machine, too. Didn’t freeze it or anything, but it took several seconds to register the “like”.

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    in reply to: Dear Mike, can we have a… #72290
    Russell Phillips
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    Much better.

    I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to become a sponsoring member twice concurrently.

    Mike, would it be possible to set up several types of membership, with different costs? Even if they all had the same benefits, it would make it easy for idiots nice people like Rhoderic to give you more money.

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    in reply to: It Didn't Happen, Thankfully, But If It Had…? #70671
    Russell Phillips
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    I was a teenager in the 1980s. The conventional wisdom at the time seemed to be that Soviet soldiers wouldn’t be willing to fight a war of aggression, and NATO technology would win out over Warsaw Pact numbers. I wasn’t convinced by either of these arguments.

    For the first, I always assumed that if the Soviet Union did initiate a war, the Soviet people (and especially the soldiers) wouldn’t know that. Their media would be full of stories about how the Western Imperialists had attacked again, just as they had in 1941.

    Secondly, I saw parallels with the later years of the Second World War. German equipment and vehicles are generally considered superior to Allied equivalents, but the Allies had numerical superiority. There were other reasons for the Allied victory, of course, but that parallel made me uneasy.

    I still think the first point is one that many people don’t give enough consideration. My brother-in-law was convinced that the footage of the Tiananmen Square protests would lead to an uprising that would bring down the Chinese communist party. I pointed out that the Chinese would see very different news coverage. I don’t know why the uprising didn’t happen, but I’ll bet very few Chinese saw the iconic footage of the man that blocked tanks.

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