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  • in reply to: Why you like TWW #70134
    Russell Phillips
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    If you correctly and sensibly TAG a topic it can easily be found regardless of which forum it is in.

    Is there anywhere that all tags are listed, rather than just the most-used ones?

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    in reply to: What rules have you changed? #69411
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m currently using Pz8 for 3mm Cold War games.

    I’ve tweaked weapons to differentiate a little more because they were a little too generic for my taste.

    I’ve added rules for things not covered, like combat engineering. Pz8 is only two pages, so can’t cover everything.

    I’ve also re-written them to use hexes. That was mostly translating ranges.

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    Russell Phillips
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    I believe one reason the Soviets used rockets in WWII was because it was relatively easy to set up manufacturing facilities after half the country got over-run by the Germans. During the Cold War, when Khrushchev was in charge, another reason was that it was easier to get funding/approval for development and manufacture of rockets and missiles. Khrushchev thought rockets and missiles were the future, so would back them over guns.

    As for rules, I’ve seen at least some rule sets give multiple rocket launchers a larger area of effect than standard tube artillery.

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    in reply to: Companies that talk #68887
    Russell Phillips
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    It helps, but it’s one factor among many, so I’m not sure how much it influences my decisions.

    On the other hand, sometimes I go to a trader’s website because of how they act on forums etc, and am then disappointed to find they don’t cover periods/scales that I’m interested in :/

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    in reply to: I am a twonk #68366
    Russell Phillips
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    Look on the bright side: you’re still able to come here and tell us all about it. If you’d superglued all of your fingers together you wouldn’t be able to do that πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 412 #67293
    Russell Phillips
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    I’d not thought of it like that, but I can see what you mean.

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 412 #67169
    Russell Phillips
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    Very nice. I’ve never played the period, but I do like the look of the early Vickers light and medium tanks.

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 412 #67137
    Russell Phillips
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    Conrad’s piece sounds interesting (as it often is), and anything by Jim Webster is always worth a read.

    Is that a Vickers Medium Tank on the front cover?

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    in reply to: Why you like TWW #67006
    Russell Phillips
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    Also, from a trader’s perspective, I like the advertising and news options. I have access to stats about my adverts, I can submit news months in advance, and I can subscribe to news articles, so if someone comments, I can reply.

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    in reply to: Why you like TWW #66888
    Russell Phillips
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    The friendly atmosphere.
    That it works on my phone just as well as it does on my laptop.
    No regular downtime (honestly, that should be a given these days).
    Being able to get email notifications of replies to forum threads.

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    in reply to: Signing In #66559
    Russell Phillips
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    Honestly, I can’t really remember the signing up process. That tends to suggest that it was fairly painless, though πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: Opening links…. #65886
    Russell Phillips
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    Tip for when you’re on a computer: middle-click will open a link in a new tab (at least in Chrome and Firefox).

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    in reply to: A probably stupid question about tank destroyers #64863
    Russell Phillips
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    It never comes up in games does it

    No, but there are probably lots of odd quirks of various weapon systems that are ignored or not directly handled in rules.

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    in reply to: A probably stupid question about tank destroyers #64809
    Russell Phillips
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    And a possibly even stupider question, is the gun removed for rail transport?

    I’ve seen modern tanks with their turret rotated to the rear when on rail cars, probably because it’s easier to get on/off without a long gun sticking out the front. If you’re referring to tank destroyers without rotating turrets of course, that won’t be an option.

    I found this image of a Jagdtiger on a railway car, with gun in place:

    Source

    Also this (ISU-152?):

    Source

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    in reply to: Image Test Topic #64535
    Russell Phillips
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    Doesn’t work on the “Text” editor, which is my preferred option. Interestingly, the “Visual” editor has two buttons – the second oneΒ allows dimensions to be set.

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    in reply to: Modern WW2 battles #62851
    Russell Phillips
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    Would you use airdrops or switch it to airmobile forces?

    I’ve never got close enough to making it a reality to really consider that question. I’d probably have paratroopers at Arnhem and helicopter forces at the others.

    Russell

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    in reply to: Modern WW2 battles #62804
    Russell Phillips
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    Ooh, that’s an interesting question. Personally I’ve always wanted to do a Cold War-era Market Garden, with the Soviets attacking and Brits defending. I’ve never had anywhere near enough toys or space to do it justice, though.

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    in reply to: Playing with your Partner? #62422
    Russell Phillips
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    My wife plays board games and RPGs. She has no interest in wargaming, but has played Memoir ’44 and Airfix Battles with me.

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    in reply to: Soviet SPG-9 #61898
    Russell Phillips
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    The Anti-Tank Platoon of a Motor Rifle Battalion (BTR) had two of them, with each being allocated a BTR-60PB for transport.

    I think I knew that, and knowing they had a wheeled carriage, assumed they were towed rather than carried inside. Thanks, it’s always good to get better information.

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    in reply to: Soviet SPG-9 #61892
    Russell Phillips
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    I believe it was normally towed behind a BTR, with the gun crew inside. It had a two-wheel carriage for towing.

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    in reply to: April Sponsors Competition #60079
    Russell Phillips
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    Rommel. I’m much more interested in WW2 than the other periods, and judging by the sample PDFs, it looks interesting.

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    in reply to: Are we starting to over weather our vehicles? #60055
    Russell Phillips
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    I find myself wondering if this began with GW. From what I remember of Warhammer 40K, rust and the like would be entirely fitting on at least some vehicles (orks, for instance, probably wouldn’t put much effort into vehicle maintenance).

    Mostly, though, I’m of the opinion that if the owner is happy, that’s all that really matters.

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    in reply to: Cheap and cheerful gaming mats at Lidl #60012
    Russell Phillips
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    I’ve been wanting a good gaming may for a while, but haven’t been able to justify paying for one πŸ˜€

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    in reply to: Cheap and cheerful gaming mats at Lidl #59981
    Russell Phillips
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    Just bought two today. An absolute bargain, thanks for letting us know.

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    in reply to: Cheap and cheerful gaming mats at Lidl #59886
    Russell Phillips
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    That does look ideal. I thought at first it was the stuff that greengrocers sometimes have out, with long blades of grass. Might be good for 28mm, but it’d be like jungle for 3mm/6mm πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the heads-up, we’ll have a trip to Lidl on Thursday.

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    in reply to: Cheap and cheerful gaming mats at Lidl #59884
    Russell Phillips
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    How deep is the pile? Would they be suitable for 3mm or 6mm figures?

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    in reply to: Monthly Competitions #58603
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m happy either way, but I’d imagine it’d be easier for you to have them two months long.

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    in reply to: A Sh*tload of Saggers #58010
    Russell Phillips
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    I’d certainly be interested. I like FFT, but I agree that it’s not a fast system.

    I like the suggested name, both as a play on FFT and because I live in Stoke on Trent, and saggers are an important part of the local history πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: How do you keep track of your collection? #56592
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks for the suggestion. The big problem with Collection Calculator (for me) is that there’s no way for me to download/backup my data. I get paranoid about trusting my data to other people and not having my own copy, so I’ll stick with a simple list.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #56591
    Russell Phillips
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    The RSS feed isn’t intended to be read by humans. It’s intended to be used by a dedicated RSS reader. This page has suggestions, if you want one.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #56424
    Russell Phillips
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    I wouldn’t be happy. Probably not unhappy enough to stop paying to advertise here, but since I think the news is the most valuable part of what I pay for, I don’t want other people to get it for free.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #56422
    Russell Phillips
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    I probably should have been clearer.

    There’s not much value (to me) in you posting news articles on social media, because I do it myself. I have no objection to you doing it as well, since it costs me nothing in time or money. It’s a nice bonus, but I’d not pay for it.

    For what it’s worth, I’d say the news posts on the front page are the most valuable to me, followed by the adverts.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #56419
    Russell Phillips
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    I don’t think there’s a lot of value in the posts to social media, so I think I’d prefer you didn’t do that.

    This might help you increase site visits, though (and other traders with Facebook pages should take a look too):

    1 Simple Marketing Tip to Boost the Reach of Author Facebook Pages

    I’ve been following the advice in that post for a couple of months, and I can honestly say that the reach of my Facebook posts is now three to four times what it was.

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    in reply to: How do you keep track of your collection? #56414
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks for all the replies. I think for now I’ll just keep a simple list πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: How do you keep track of your collection? #56057
    Russell Phillips
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    I keep everything in a spreadsheet. Works for me. I have columns for a description, number of figures, manufacturer (if known), link to a photograph if I have one, and some notes for use in games or painting. What I do not keep track of is game-specific information. Several years from now rulesets will have rotated out and others in, but the miniatures will still be there.

    I’ll probably end up with something like this. If nothing else, keeping it simple is a good thing. I’ll probably keep wondering about ways to make it better, but if I can keep that urge in check I should be OK πŸ˜‰

    Right now, my collection is pretty small. About 10-15 years ago I decided I wasn’t going to be wargaming any more, and gave everything away. Last year I finally accepted that I’d made a big mistake πŸ™ So, if I’m going to do it, now is the best time, before my collection grows much more.

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    in reply to: 2016 – Best Purchase #54888
    Russell Phillips
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    Simple one for me, the tanks that go with my Cuties.

    That has made my day πŸ™‚

    I think my best purchase was probably a bunch of 20mm AFVs from The Works at Β£2 each. Some were swapped for other vehicles and infantry, some I’ll keep, and some I’ll probably put on eBay when I eventually get around to it.

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    in reply to: Black Powder and One Hour wargames #54595
    Russell Phillips
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    That’s a great post. I found OHW an interesting read, but I doubt I’d use any of the rules as my main set. The idea of using them for periods that I’m not interested enough in to buy large armies for is a good one, though.

    I’m indebted to OHW for giving me a set of rules that I can use to introduce my young son to wargaming. I had been intending to write my own set of simple rules, but never quite got around to it. I suspect it’s just as well that I didn’t, because I don’t think they would have been simple enough πŸ˜‰ OHW do the job very well, though.

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    in reply to: Deliberate(?) mistake #54367
    Russell Phillips
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    They do look like the same ones. The pack my son got has those four, plus some other vehicles. Having seen them, I don’t think I’d want to pay any more than 45p per tank πŸ™‚

    The “W-12” is some sort of self-propelled AA vehicle, might be their representation of a Gepard.

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    in reply to: Deliberate(?) mistake #54353
    Russell Phillips
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    Victoria, the T-34 is about 50mm long and 40mm tall. It (and the other vehicles in the box – there are eight in total) do seem like they’d fit in well with your figures, if they’re about the right size.

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    in reply to: Sexism in Rules? #54321
    Russell Phillips
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    Yes that was the argument at first. However, in fantasy contexts, and in many historical contexts, some of the figures represent women and in skirmish games grammar makes a difference when you must refer to them too.

    My point was that no-one has argued about how figures should be referred to in this thread (unless I missed it – I did a lot of catching up before writing my post), and so Rod seemed to be arguing against something that no-one had said.

    For the record, in any context where the figures may represent men or women, I’d support gender-neutral grammar when referring to the figures.

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