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  • in reply to: Military sci-fi book suggestions? #133734
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Late entry for a small series by the Grand Master of ‘Knocking out books in 5 minutes flat’ are the Damned series by Alan Dean Foster. In a sentence – Aliens are sh*t at War, and one side, which is getting its butt kicked in a vast interstellar conflict, goes out looking for intelligent species to help it out, and stumbles across Earth. By coincidence the Human they select as their agent is a Arty Pacifist, who does not like what they have in mind.

    Like all ADF they are trash, but trash with moments of treasure in them.

    also, if you can find them, ‘the VC’s’ was an sweet little alien War in Space series from 2000AD, and there was a later series with similar ideas but a bit more ‘War is Hell’ called ‘Bad Company.’ Good, if you can cope with the slightly goofy artwork that I always found made it harder to enjoy than the earlier Boys Comic style illustration of older 2000AD stuff.

    in reply to: How I’m spending my time… #133733
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    making me very jealous

    on the positive side I am still working for a living, which is more than a lot of people are. on the downside, I am working from home, and as my daily commute was only half an hour altogether, I am only a little richer in painting time.

    I bought a Lion Rampant army at Vapnartak and am working through that, I am also renovating my very old-school skaven for Dragon Rampant, and that inspired me to touch up the rest of what’s left of the army. I have been quite productive, but I was on a painting Jag before the whole Corona Virus thing kicked in, so I can’t ascribe it to that.

    The lunches are better though 🙂

    Patrick

    in reply to: 28mm Plastic Shields #133098
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Those EM4 ones look good, but still a bit too ‘nice’ for skavenslaves. Thank you all though! so cheap though! Pat

    You can always roughen them up with a knife.

    Not 160 times I can’t …….. I will continue pondering.

    in reply to: Dragons #132928
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    the painting is the reason I want one – any idea if they can be stripped?

    in reply to: Dragons #132915
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    gosh, that is pretty I admit

    in reply to: Spray Gloss Varnish #132765
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I suggest two coats of rattlecan clear gloss Rustoleum, B & Q £10 400ml.

    YE Gods that’s glossy. It took 3 coats of Dullcote to matt it down!

    Feels tough as old boots though, thanks Connard

    in reply to: 28mm Plastic Shields #132761
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I actually gave serious thought to that with the ones I have – the backs are ‘boards’

    But they all have that pesky hole in the middle.

    curiously, and I had forgotten this, when I bought them aged about 20, i forgot to ask the mail order dude to provide shields, so used drawing pins with the pins removed, God, that was a chore 🙂

    in reply to: 28mm Plastic Shields #132747
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Those EM4 ones look good, but still a bit too ‘nice’ for skavenslaves. Thank you all though!

    so cheap though!

    Pat

    in reply to: Spray Gloss Varnish #132197
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Sadly, in this case Connard appears to have a point. Not going to find that in the UK.

    I may well have to invest in a few tins of random makes and give them a trial.

    Norm, can you testify regarding Windsor and Newton professional Matt as I am running low on Testors Dullcote – does it do the same basic job?

    Pat

    in reply to: Acrylic spray paints #132156
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I have found even the dirt-cheap hardware store type acrylic spraypaints work OK – they come in Matt and Gloss – the real pain is they take forever to dry.

    in reply to: Review of PSC 15mm Ancients plastic samples #132001
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Second that, if they can make the Lurkio figures to the same quality in this material, I am going to be suddenly very hard up. The Lurkio Sassanids were made in a metal that had the same sort of convertability as stainless steel… drilling out the hands was a nightmare, but worth it for the lovely little infantry you got.

    in reply to: Which dwarf are you… Grumpy? #131925
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Surveys prove that 6 out of 7 Dwarves are not Happy.

    in reply to: 15mm PLASTIC Romans #131189
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    They look excellent. Multi Part Plastic? in 15mm? Sorry…. I wish you the very best of luck, and really like them, but I am not sticking those together.

    in reply to: Vapnartak 2020 #130983
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    It’s always been a struggle to get around the place. I find the only way to get where you want to go when it’s busy is stride through regardless of the havoc I was leaving in my wake (Just Kidding Craig)

    One thing I notice as a very long term attender is that it gets very quiet earlier and earlier each year. At one point it used to close at 5 and they would be chucking punters out. Now, it was dead after 2.

    I would suggest some of our differently abled / Older gamers consider attending after 2 – it is much quieter and easier to get about.

    I picked up a lot of stuff – a lot of boxed plastic (despite not being a fan of it) which I will be splitting with a friend to do a couple of Lion Rampant Retinues, and about a hundred quid’s worth of bits and pieces to boot. I even bought some stuff from Foundry, which I would not normally – at their prices i try to hunt the stuff down second hand. I spoke to many traders and all seemed to be doing well, which is very nice.

    in reply to: Please don’t judge me….. #130978
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Oddly, I really dislike their recent releases, I was always a fan of the quality of their figures, but the new stuff always seems to be ‘fiddly stuff for the sake of it’ and I don;t like the way they look on the table.

    For me, 40k was a terrible game redeemed by lovely figures.

    I still own plenty of the old stuff though 🙂

    in reply to: WARLORD GAMES 25% PRICE INCREASE #130555
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Yeah when you quote them they go all 54mm!

    Inflation….

    in reply to: Sprues or Miniatures? #130408
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I try to avoid multi-part plastics. I don’t like the way they can so easily end up not looking right because the option to put the arm, the head or whatever in an impossible position is too easy a mistake to make.

    And they are often horribly fragile.

    I still end up using them for some things, but would much rather be using metal.

    It’s not the same when I use 1/72 figures – they are cast in one piece, and the plastic is softer so less likely to break. I like single piece figures I guess.

    in reply to: Rick Priestley #130407
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Odd…. I had not heard the name John Lambshead in a long time and then I remembered – ‘Fall of the West’.

    I was told it had two authors – one did the background stuff and another did the army lists. The Background was very good indeed. The lists were bloody terrible.

    and that’s all I knew about John Lambshead.

    So the question is – who wrote the bits about designing games, and who did the bits about insulting Women and Trans gamers?

    in reply to: 3D Printed Rail Fences #129484
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I made fences from spaghetti once, all went well until I inkwashed them… 😐

    classic…. I made a terrain table once by covering Kingspan with a mixture of compost and PVA. It went really well, but I ran out of mix and made a quick batch to finish the last board. Painted, put away…..

    I had in my haste neglected to boil that final batch. Mushrooms. Lots and lots of little mushrooms 🙂 It would have made a good SF terrain if I could have worked out how to preserve it.

    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Any strong reasons why you wouldn’t play one of the Warhammer Fantasy Games? Unless you go back beyond 3rd edition it’s widely available and is good fun in most of its iterations. I had a blast playing 4th/5th recently.

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #129312
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    She is still resisting. I have a game using my 6mm ECW with this next week, which is an odd one as it’s the period whose OHW rules make me go ‘Huh???’ the most – But I am still trying my damnedest with the Trainee Nerd.

    in reply to: Burning Sands Review… #129059
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I doubt you could ask for a better review – Pity about all the ‘It’s’….. God that always jars with me.

    I have to buy myself a set as well. since I had not been paying attention to this set’s development, can someone guide me where to purchase the set’s and supplement’s?

    in reply to: Looking for the right rules #129054
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I like simple rules that give a tolerably realistic game most of the time too. I Thought I had it with the Hail Caesar / Pike and Shotte / Black Powder set up, but was annoyed to discover that each set has slightly different fundamental rules. That’s just bloody cruel.

    I think for simple you can’t top a game like first edition AK47 and they are fun too.

    I loved Blitzkrieg Commander first edition, but like so many rule-writers they had to keep bolting stuff on to make it more ‘realistic’ while totally failing to address much more basic rules problems.

    One Day I will write my own. They will be really basic and I don’t care.

    I am still trying to get my test-monkey AKA 17 Year old Daughter to play the promised One Hour Wargame, but something always comes up… they are too simple, I am sure, but will be pleasant.

    I believe the trend toward simpler rules reflects something much more basic – we are all grown ups, with lives. If I was a kid again I might welcome the chance to really immerse myself in a set of rules and play something mad like Tractics.

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #128410
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Done.  Thank Amon for that. 16 Units in 10 days. Good enough that from a distance they look O…K….

    Now my plan unfolds. These rules need to be payed by beginners and Grognards alike with enjoyment, in less than one hour. And I have the supreme test awaiting…. the 17 year old Daughter.

    Previous wargaming experience? None. 0/10
    Previous any gaming experience? Played Backgammon once when the internet was down. 1/10
    Nerd rating? Thinks my hobby is sad…. does like (new) Star Trek, GoT and is enjoying ‘His Dark Materials. 3/10

     

    Game report incoming.

     

     

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by Sane MaxSane Max.
    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #128338
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Sigh….. I am out of undercoat and my size 4 brush is dying… Resorted to using cheapo spray paint undercoat… 6th Hittie Unite painted. an archer (yuck) and a spearmen unit to go….I can certainly do this but I am now hating them with a passion and taking shortcuts…

    in reply to: Trolling my own self #128276
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I think when building rules / scenarios, the historical outcome should be possible within the range of outcomes, but not assured.

    Oh I totally agree. My Very First Exposure to wargames was an ACW game with a group of much older blokes. It was Fredericksburg. and I had one part of the Union Left. My options were to advance and get mown down, over and over again. It was offputting I have to say.

    I mean, if you design a 1066 game to only allow that fateful arrow to the eye, then you will only have that one single result and thus not have a game, just an exact simulation, right?

    Yes, agree. I would say it’s an unsuccessful game if there is NO WAY things can turn out the same way as the original battle. But if they MUST, then you might as well watch a movie of the battle and save time..

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #128222
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    3rd Hittite unit painted…. i am flagging. The problem is that I am determined to use the many unpainted 1/72 figures I have, and the sets never had enough archers in them – so my 3 Hittite archer units are made up of the only ones I have left – they are ‘Nottites’

    in this case they are Libyans. not even the most optimistic king of Hatti could expect to raise archers in Libya…. I have removed their feathers to make them a little less obviously Libyan, but could not bring myself to cut of their penis-sheaths. (That’s not a sentence that will get written very often. And when will the Penis Sheath make a fashion comeback? Flares, the Poncho, Beards – they all have had their second chance, but not the Penis Sheath. Odd, that) and I am finding painting them a depressing chore.

    Hey Ho, man up and keep painting.

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #128151
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    If I get around to actually playing a game again, I would try a ‘recoil’ rule that I was toying with. If you score a six on the combat D6 it forces the enemy back whatever the final score is after modifiers are applied.

    Like all my ideas it sounds good when I explain it to myself….

    The more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion any sort of ‘tinkering’ is a bit of a bad idea.

    I have loads of 1/72 fantasy figures that I have never found a game for. as soon as I saw this I thought of doing a fantasy variant…. “let’s see…infantry, cavalry, archers, … um… monsters… canon.. warmachines…. oh but surely goblins are not the same as chaos warriors are they…” only adding one or two more troop types is to make it a far more complex thing than it is – and if you are going to make it complex, why not play Age of Sigmar and be done with it.

    the best metaphor is that lots of people like to play football. The author’s point is that every wargame mag and rule-set seems to assume we have the equivalent of an all-seater stadium,, 21 like minded mates and a ref and full kit and that’s the only way to play. These rules are encouraging you to pile some jumpers up in the park and have a kick-about with some mates. start adding rules to a kick-about and all the fun is gone.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by Sane MaxSane Max.
    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #128068
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Thanks Norm, I found your blog under my own steam after I bought the rules 🙂 It’s good to see a common thread on these blogs – people are still using them, which suggests they are worth the work.

    I do think that without Morale, or any sort of fog of war, they lack the ‘HAHA!’ moments that many of my favourite sets have – that moment you say, or at least think, ‘Get In!’ when something happens you had been hoping for but could not be sure of. They seem quite.. predictable.

    One thing I spotted when I slapped some Goths and Romans on the table – they are the only set I can think of where combat only takes place in your own turn. it means if the enemy destroy a unit, it’s always your turn next – so supported lines actually work. I could do a Mons Graupius, send the auxiliaries in first to wear the Barbarians down, and if they do break, the legionaries can actually be in position to charge in and finish the job – charming that a rule set this simple can convincingly model something that in most other systems is very difficult to achieve.

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #128043
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Tada, all 8 units painted for my Egyptians, with two-pre-done ‘cavalry’ chariot units – an army in 4 days. This is looking do-able.

    So, on to the Hittites.

    I will take some pics when both armies are done, and then I have a cunning plan for testing how well these rules will suit the beginner. More to follow.

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #127988
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    erm, isn’t that basically a “House Rule”

    a List for a period not covered by the ones in the book? Nah, i would argue it’s Not 🙂

    4 Units down. I am realising that an awful lot of these lads were in my drawer for a reason – the ugly guys, the ones with too much flash, the ones I had painted 30 of already… well, I must be strong. Peleset next, The leather-boys of the Ancient World they are always fun.

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #127931
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    two units done, 14 to do…. I am starting to think I may have challenged myself a week too far though…. New Title – New Year’s eve challenge.

    in reply to: French FCM 36 tanks #127905
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    OG huh? Some of these French tanks are very hard to get hold of anywhere. I am sure mine were QRF.

    Lovely painting BTW especially given the size.

    I thought Stugs were small.

    FCM’s are BIG compared to some of them 🙂

    in reply to: Christmas Challenge #127898
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Nice, hadn’t read that before 🙂

    I think ‘Queen Bolster’ is an odd name though.

    in reply to: Museum Miniatures range z #127588
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    wow. If they actually look like that it will be a huge turnaround. Museum used to be lovely people making ugly figures 🙂 I can foresee buying these Indians in 15mm in particular – but if I put them on the table all my other armies are suddenly going to look very old hat… and weedy!

    Thanks willz!

    Sane MaxSane Max
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    I always think it’s a great pity Warmaster Ancients didn’t quite storm the world of wargaming – it’s fairly popular, but not massively so. I don’t think any era looks quite as good in 6mm as Ancients do.

    Mine are all based on 40*20 , and I have never found it a problem when playing other games.

    Hail Caesar is really just Warmaster Anicents Lite, and I find the same base conventions for 6mm and 15mm to be the vest way to go.

    in reply to: Ancient Warfare Magazine #127247
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Thanks Geof, subscribed, so I will blame you if it’s crap 🙂

    in reply to: His Dark Materials #126300
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Very much better episode last night, and I am warming to this casting of Lyra. The pace has certainly picked up, and there were moments of real tension.

     

     

    in reply to: His Dark Materials #126011
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    why would it be Dr who?

     

    It was the BBC’s Jewel in the Crown, and they have been trying to re-create that success ever since.

    Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for Atheists

    No, it really isn’t. 🙂   This is not the place to start a religious discussion,so I will only say that I feel that’s the theme that seems to always get picked up on, but there is so much more to the book than that. For me the most powerful theme is the one about Parental responsibility. Lyra’s real parents are monsters. (One is a magnificent monster, but a monster all the same). She acquires a series of wonderful substitute parents as the books unfold. But there are a great many other themes, far more than you would expect in a book for kids, and it deserves good treatment at the hands of adaptors.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Sane MaxSane Max.
    in reply to: His Dark Materials #125950
    Sane MaxSane Max
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    Vaguely remember watching a film on a similar vane a few years back which was a bit pants.

    I am rather glad the series only vaguely reminds you of the Movie. It was  indeed pants. And so much potential, a good cast.

    I suspect the BBC are saving CGI money on the daemons, so for minor characters it can be assumed their Daemon is under the table or some such.

    The big jarring issue for me was the helicopter in the first scene. That’s the sort of thing only a fool would have included. A world with working helicopters will have zero use for military dirigibles!

     

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