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The Panzer IV. My second favourite vehicle from WWII
I think the long-barrelled Panzer IV is very aesthetically pleasing, though I find it rather less so when it’s fitted with Schürzen plates. I imagine the crews were less bothered about how they looked and more concerned with not being killed by PIAT/bazooka fire, though 🙂
Don’t be elitist. If the figures he has were bought from a pound/dollar shop and he dipped them in a pot of emulsion to paint them, don’t look down your noses at them. By all means encourage him to buy better figures and learn to paint, but accept where he’s currently at. We all started somewhere.
That sounds like I’m stating the bleeding obvious, but I’ve been put off a club by that sort of attitude towards my models.
I used to have a copy of Ambush, but haven’t played it for years. I mentioned it to my brother in law at the weekend, and he gave me his copy! 😀
So now I just have to find time to read the rules, and a spare evening to play. Hopefully it’ll be as good as I remember.
I’d be happy to give it a go, as long as it can be disabled again if it doesn’t work out. Blog comments often allow guest commenters to give a name and email, which allows them to be addressed by name, and for them to get email notifications of replies. Could those options could be made available to guest forum posters?
I’m not really saying anything that hasn’t already been said, but it all comes down to this, posted on Facebook recently:
bullies, bigots, and general asshats are not welcome and abusive conduct is not tolerated. Racism, sexism, and any sort of douchebaggery is not welcome. It is a place for discussion and not abuse.
It seems obvious, but that’s what I want from any sort of forum.
Oh, and also, it works on my phone 🙂
Why on earth would I mind someone positively promoting my business, especially if I pay them to?
The only reason I can think of is if it does have an impact on search engine ranking, but I really don’t know enough to gauge how big an impact it would have. But if the owner has given you permission, then it’s nobody else’s business.
I would say that TWW users have a right to complain that they’re getting content that is available elsewhere, but that’s no different to me posting the same news here that I post to other sites.
I was assuming you hadn’t been given permission.
If you have, then I don’t see how anyone can complain. Even if it does have an impact on search engine ranking, the person that owns the content has said you can, and everyone else can mind their own business.
I don’t have an issue with it. Technically, it is copyright infringement, so I suppose there is the (presumably tiny) risk of being sued.
The Facebook complaint mentioned that it could harm search engine ranking for the original, which is a potential problem, but I don’t know enough to know how big an issue that is.
The articles in the free preview issue are appetising enough, and the low price is easy to appreciate.
That’s gratifying to read, thank you.
Don’t tell anyone, but when the first issue of Sub 15 is released at the end of November, Sub 14 will probably be the same price as other back issues. (We haven’t made a firm decision on that yet).
I always thought their main value was the colour plates. Before the web, they were the best painting guide for virtually any period that I was aware of. Even with the web, because of technical issues, the colour you see on your monitor isn’t necessarily the same as what the artist intended, so there’s still an argument for them in that regard.
As for the text, I’d say they’re generally a useful introduction. Some have mistakes, but I’m not sure they’re any better or worse than other publishers in that regard. Generally I find them easy to read, which has value in and of itself.
There is no need to prostelyze. If girls see cool women like Annie Norman playing with toy soldiers, a certain number will also want to do the same thing. That’s basically what we need to do, not force kids to do anything they dislike.
That sounds eminently sensible to me. It’s also the approach taken by Ada Lovelace Day, which works to address the gender imbalance in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
You have a man literally pointing to her saying, “I don’t know, but you should ask her because she helped develop these [products]” and yet there is no direct dialog with her by the person asking the questions.
Much the same happened to my wife once when we had an issue with her car. Every question was directed at me, and every time I turned to Jen and said, “It’s your car, what do you think?”. She’d answer him, then he’d ask me the next question.
Well, I’m going to have a go.
May I present, “Mujahideen with Strela“. Those of you in the UK may remember that The Works had some 20mm die-cast AFVs for sale recently, for £2 each. I bought quite a lot of them, with no real idea of what I was going to use them for. Some get used in games with my kids, some were swapped for a platoon of resin BMP-2s. Others were swapped for some painted and unpainted Soviet and Mujahideen figures. This is one of the painted Mujahideen. I don’t like painting, so I was very happy to swap for painted figures 🙂
I particularly like this one because he looks so relaxed, and yet he’s carrying a Strela surface to air missile, something that caused the Soviets to change their use of helicopters in Afghanistan, making them much more cautious. He’s wearing traditional Afghan clothes with a combat jacket over them. The juxtaposition of tradition and practicality appeals to me, and was common in the 1980s.
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so stop &*%@!/$ telling me I should.
I think this could be applied to pretty much any part of the hobby. There are all sorts of things that some people will say wargamers should or should not do. Do what you enjoy, but accept that we’re all different and don’t tell others that they should do the same.
I haven’t read the responses, but surely it’s a case of “each to their own”? I’m neither a modeller nor a painter, so my stuff will never be made or painted to a great standard, unless I happen upon well-painted models at a bargain price.
To answer Whirlwind’s question, I’ve never quite got that simple. In 20mm, I tend to paint anything large enough for me to bother in the relevant colour, apply a wash, and varnish.
I’ve been looking at 2mm or 3mm for ages, but haven’t yet bought any actual models. I was thinking recently about how I’d paint them, and I suspect it’d be a single colour, possibly with either a wash or highlights dry-brushed.
Subscription 14 (of which 87 is the penultimate issue) was the first to have a digital option. You can sign up for Subscription 15 now (Wargame Vault / Direct). The first issue isn’t due until the end of November, but you get 10% off if you subscribe early.
Back issues from issue 59 onwards are also available as PDFs, and I’m working on getting issues 53-58 into PDF.
Just to be clear, we still offer paper copies. The postage outside the UK is still expensive, but we have managed to reduce prices across the board for Sub 15.
Edited to add: If you subscribe (to the current Sub 14 or Sub 15) you’ll get a discount of about 80% off back issues.
- This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by Russell Phillips. Reason: Added note about back issue discounts
There are some interesting ideas and points there, thanks.
I tend to think of myself as a publisher, albeit one that publishes books that are useful for wargamers. Because of that, I tend to look to advice for authors & publishers when it comes to marketing. I try to keep an eye out for useful ideas from other industries, though.
I agree that forum posts seem to help the most. I don’t get to do much gaming these days, so I don’t tend to have much to talk about 🙁
I suspect I’d prefer playing against the system, so Two Hour Wargames sounds like a good start, especially since I’m not sure how much time I’ll have. I’ll have to start reading the Solo Wargamers Association blog, and pick up a copy of Featherstone’s book too.
Thanks for all the help 🙂
I might not have got started in wargaming if I didn’t have an interest in military history, but I don’t think it’s required. For me, knowing something about the units/vehicles/equipment involved adds to the enjoyment.
I’ve played fantasy and sci-fi in the past. I don’t have any interest in it these days, but I don’t see why I should care if others do. I’ve not seen much snobbery around it, but I did once know a wargamer that referred to either/both (not sure if he recognised a difference) as “the ruination of wargaming”.
Oh no’s point about historical being equivalent to fantasy is an interesting one. I first got interested in Cold War gaming in the 1980s. Nobody really knew the capabilities of most of the stuff on the table. Reference books would contradict each other. In fact, one book I had contradicted itself – it said that the British Swingfire anti-tank missile could defeat all known armour, and that the Challenger’s armour was proof against all known anti-tank weapons
Link to forum list refreshed new posts icon automatically. Had to refresh page if I just did the back button. Chrome on a laptop.
I do some web development, and I find Chrome’s caching to be a massive pain. It’ll often show me the old version of a page, even after a refresh.
Control-Shift-R should force Chrome to refresh the page from the server, bypassing the cache.