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  • in reply to: Deliberate(?) mistake #54303
    Russell Phillips
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    I don’t think it’s to scale, but I think it is recognisably a T-34.

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    in reply to: Deliberate(?) mistake #54300
    Russell Phillips
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    This is what we found:

    As an aside, the kits are described as “snap together” but require screws. The supplied screwdriver is tiny, and a real pain to use.

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    in reply to: Deliberate(?) mistake #54182
    Russell Phillips
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    Mike, I doubt my son will be disappointed, whatever is inside.

    Tim, I hadn’t thought of that. I’ll let you know if there are any πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: November Sponsors Competition #53319
    Russell Phillips
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    Congratulations, Thuseld.

    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 SchΓΌrzen plates. I imagine the crews were less bothered about how they looked and more concerned with not being killed by PIAT/bazooka fire, though πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: November Sponsors Competition #53186
    Russell Phillips
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    I like Mick’s stream lorry, but I do wonder if anyone is going to mount a last-minute challenge. Is it like eBay, with loads of people bidding in the last five minutes? πŸ˜‰

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    in reply to: Cold War history for kids? #52353
    Russell Phillips
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    Interesting ideas, thanks.

    He’s interested in history generally, so he’d happily read a book about the Cold War if I could find one aimed at kids rather than adults. I’m starting to think there aren’t any available πŸ™

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    in reply to: New recruit #52108
    Russell Phillips
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    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 acceptΒ 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.

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    in reply to: TWW which version… #51388
    Russell Phillips
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    I wasn’t aware that there is a mobile version, so I guess I use the standard version. It’s a responsive theme, so it works fine on my phone.

    That it just works on my phone is one of the things I’ve liked about TWW from the start πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: TWW Issues #50687
    Russell Phillips
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    Ooh, the visual toolbar works on my phone.

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    in reply to: TWW Issues #50595
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m a big fan of WordPress, but it’s a complex beast, and once you start adding plugins, the complexity piles up very quickly. At least the site is mostly functional, but let’s hope a fix is released soon.

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    in reply to: Solo and low or no compete games? #50328
    Russell Phillips
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    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! πŸ˜€

    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.

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    in reply to: Guest Accounts #50260
    Russell Phillips
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    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?

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    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition #49767
    Russell Phillips
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    Congratulations, Rhoderic. Enjoy your new toys πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: Cold War History #49482
    Russell Phillips
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    I really wish someone would do something like the Usborne Battlegame books, but for the Cold War. I had the WWII one when I was a kid, and it was a great introduction to the period.

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    in reply to: September Sponsors Competition #49304
    Russell Phillips
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    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 πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: If World War 1 was a bar Fight #48313
    Russell Phillips
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    I still say this line is a classic:
    Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #47921
    Russell Phillips
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    In my case, like Perfect Six, you can take whatever you like from Shilka’s social media or website. I try to send you everything I think is newsworthy, but there’s always a chance that I miss something.

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    in reply to: August Sponsors Competetion #47919
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks, Guy and Jackson.

    They arrived this morning, but I didn’t have time to look at them, so will have that pleasure later πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: August Sponsors Competetion #47827
    Russell Phillips
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    Thanks, but I did mention in my post that I didn’t paint it. I agree it’s a great paint job, I just wish I could paint that well πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: August Sponsors Competetion #47821
    Russell Phillips
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    Thank you. πŸ˜€

    Yes, you can certainly share the images.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #47815
    Russell Phillips
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    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.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #47813
    Russell Phillips
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    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.

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    in reply to: News Articles – Traders #47810
    Russell Phillips
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    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.

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    in reply to: SOTCW Journal 88 now out #47725
    Russell Phillips
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    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).

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    in reply to: Osprey Books #46790
    Russell Phillips
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    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.

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    in reply to: Blatant Sexism At Shows? #46397
    Russell Phillips
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    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, β€œI 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.

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    in reply to: August Sponsors Competetion #46292
    Russell Phillips
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    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 Β£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 πŸ™‚

    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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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 398: Arthur Harman Article #42961
    Russell Phillips
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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.

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    in reply to: Miniature Wargames 398: Arthur Harman Article #42960
    Russell Phillips
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    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.

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    in reply to: Games like Advanced Heroquest #42870
    Russell Phillips
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    I don’t know of any wargames, but Forbidden Island fits otherwise.

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    in reply to: SOTCW Journal 87 now out #42834
    Russell Phillips
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    That’s good to hear. Postage gets very expensive once you’re outside the UK, and especially outside Europe. We were hoping that a PDF option would help us get more members from outside the UK πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: SOTCW Journal 87 now out #42739
    Russell Phillips
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    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

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    in reply to: Getting the most out of TWW – Traders #42345
    Russell Phillips
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    Maybe I should try and find more time to spend on forums, then.

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    in reply to: Getting the most out of TWW – Traders #42342
    Russell Phillips
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    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 πŸ™

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    in reply to: Solo wargaming #40744
    Russell Phillips
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    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 πŸ™‚

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    in reply to: History and wargames #40044
    Russell Phillips
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    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

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    in reply to: unread links URL? #39348
    Russell Phillips
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    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.

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    in reply to: Red Phoenix for under Β£1 #39338
    Russell Phillips
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    I read it when it was new, so about 26 years ago now

    My memory says it’s very good, and you really can’t go wrong for a quid.

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    in reply to: A generic points system? #39146
    Russell Phillips
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    Also, I keep thinking about how to apply the idea to the Cold War period.

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    in reply to: A generic points system? #39133
    Russell Phillips
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    Oh yes, I know that feeling well πŸ™‚

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