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  • in reply to: Cuba Libre – Liberation Finale! #30307
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     They’re going down in a hail of 125mm tank rounds, Spandrels, and RPGs!

     

    That is all I could think of when you wrote that!

     

    Oh, and I miss Panda’s tables too.  Even if it does makes me feel like I am playing with terrain features drawn with crayon on paper laid out over that table!

    in reply to: Cuba Libre – Liberation Finale! #30264
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    Well,  I am obviously in agreement with that!

    in reply to: Cuba Libre – Liberation Finale! #30227
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    I did not know, but I do now! I have gone at looked at some of the previous threads where Jack was lamenting that I was not reading his AARs.  Just ’cause I was busy playing and writing up a few battles myself rather than reading (and a few games of songs of Blades and Heroes with the children but I assume that does not count as I did not blog it).  But there you go 🙂

    in reply to: Cuba Libre – Liberation Finale! #30222
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    I started yesterday on catching up on the Cuba reports from where I left off before going on holiday to New Zealand last month.  I was on number 16.  I am reading 23 right now.  So I should be up to date very soon!  So far it has been a brilliant read.  With Jack on the side of “goodness”, I know it is not going to end well for the regime.  But you are right, blue is the stayer amongst us.  Well done kyoteblue!

    Avatar photoShaun Travers
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    TankWreck rules are still available. The publisher sells them via eBay. Just do a search for ‘tankwreck’ and they show up.

    Avatar photoShaun Travers
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    Thanks,  I have played a few WW2 games on a 2’x2′ table over the last few years.  All with rules for larger tables and converting inches to cm.  I have been tempted by 2mm and 3mm instead of 6mm but I am finding it hard to differentiate 6mm infantry as it is now, I think 3mm would now be a stretch.  I was not sure if TankWreck would work with small forces  from reading it seemed it would and it does perfectly.

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    On balance, I think it was a combination of the rules I was using  and a possible slight advantage to the Germans.  The Fields of Honor rules have tanks bogging in woods, but in other rules possibly they could move to the edge of the woods and fire at the PanzerIVs from there.  Also no penalties for firing at moving, 2 shots if stationary and it is really biased to the Germans.  The infantry melee is not fast; if faster maybe the infantry could have assaulted (or at least threatened) the PanzerIVs).   I think one or two more T34s would balance the scenario for the first play through.  There is something I am probably missing that would require a few plays to see if it is balanced or not.

    Oh, and the SU-152 I thought would last longer.  I did not know they were cursed 🙂

    in reply to: Struggling with scale #28424
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    I went for 6mm to play on small (2’x’3′ and 2’x2′) tables.  I only play with about  3-8 tanks.  I believe for your size table and the number of vehicles, 6mm would be the way to go.  10mm is a good size, but I think you would have to scale back the number of vehicles to make it look ok.  My opinion only of course!

    in reply to: Hey War Panda !!!! #28405
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    If you are waiting for FOW Fulda Gap then you will alos be interested in my next sideline project,  Expect an AAR on it in the next few months, maybe (I should not really promise any gaming AAR at the moment as I haven’t played  a game in several months!)

    in reply to: Hey War Panda !!!! #28359
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    Hello Panda,

    No wargaming here; well no playing  tinkering with various of my rules, reading some others, reading some books as background to some gaming projects.  Seemed to have filled up time with socializing, holidays with the family to New Zealand and still catching up on some TV shows with my wife.  But I have played a various games with the children, notably Zombie Dice.

    in reply to: Hey War Panda !!!! #28303
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    War Panda is back!  Hello War Panda!

    in reply to: How Big Are Your 6mm Game Tables? #28253
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    2’x2′ for WW2.  It fits into the map drawers I use for long term gaming setup.  My children are getting older and I am thinking of upscaling to 3’x2′ but I am not sure I will be able to handle it 🙂  I normally do 20mm WW2 at the same ratio (1:10) on a 4.5’x5′.  To play on 2’x2′, I simply convert 20mm rules from inches to centimetres.

     

     

    in reply to: Coolest Avatar #25557
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    My thanks go to Editor Mike for helping out kyote in his hour of need.

    in reply to: Panzer Killers – interesting book #25513
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    Hello Norm,

    Thanks for posting this, I think.  I have just ordered this and 3 other East Front Tank books from Pen and Sword!  I have a few infantry books, but actually not many armour biographies.

    in reply to: Coolest Avatar #25492
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    So kyote, who helped you put the avatar on TWW? 🙂

     

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25343
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    Yeah, yeah, ha ha ha.  I don’t have 2mm ancients, but am thinking of them.  If I did gt them, I would probably put them away like Scrooge!

    in reply to: 11 games played in May. #25321
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    Well done Norm, I don’t think I have managed 11 games in a month since I was 20!  Yuo are right about distractions though, I could fit in a lot more game sif I did put my mind to it.  I do remember a few years ago managing about 7 games (fast games though) in one week (instead of 1 or 2 a month) simply by setting the goal of completing them in a week and ignoring distractions.

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25264
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    It all comes down to eyesight.  A few of us don’t have great of it 🙂

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25259
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    ..and from 3 feet away, it would be hard to tell the difference.  I find it hard with 6mm!

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25250
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    Last year I played 1’x1′ with my 15mm ancients (with my daughter) using Neil Thomas’s One Hour Wargames rules.  I think 6mm will not look too bad, nor 15mm for a small game.  well, look not any worse than on a 2’x2′!  3mm?  I would go 2mm for ancients!  And with my eyes, 6mm is starting to look like bumpy cardboard counters to me.

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25193
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    See Jack, even Kyote has seen the light and plays (well ok, used to play) on 2’x2′ table!  I have been thinking for a while 2’x2′ is too big, and looking at doing ancients on a 1’x1′.  I have changed my rules to suit, just have not played.  If I post enough ancient battreps, maybe Jack will see the light.  Of course, if he plays enough moderns, I may be forced to (re)start play them!

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25131
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    Interesting you brought up going to less figures – although I have yet to play the rules, I always thought that it would work best with around 10-ish units on the table. This is less than you have been playing so far, so will be very interested to see if it gives a “better” (probably better = faster!) game.  Better could also equal easier to manage to play too!  So now you have effectively promised a smaller game by writing it down, you now have to follow through.  Take you time though, between you and I (especially you!), I think we have AARs completely covered 🙂 Although kyote is posting some great pictures, and Panda did slipped in a few pictures and text but it is only part 1 so does not count…

    And welcome to the 2’x2′ crowd (and 2’x3′ at a stretch – I play lots of ancient face to face on 2’x3′).  I have said nothing over the last few years, but 3’x3′ – come on, you are not being serious about small sized games!  And I am not saying this out of jealously, no really I am not.  And if the map drawers I play in could take 3’x3′, I am sure I would still have started with 2’x2′. Yeah, right 🙂

     

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    I could talk for hours about ancient rules.  FOG I found is ordinary.  The 1d6 for command I do not like too much but never minded when there are three or more “commands”.  I do like the rock paper scissors but miss the DBM differentiation of (S) and (I).  In reality, I prefer other rules!

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    Kyote – I played a fair bit of DBM when it came out, but cannot get enthused about DBA.  I do have the DBA 3.0 rulebook though and will have to get a game in the next few years, just to see how it plays!

    Panda – you need to look up RSS feeds – that is how I know when you post something 🙂

    Richard – the rules have a dim distant relationship to Two Hour Wargames Rally Round the King. Very distant but the the basic solo play  is based on reactions to being fired on, being charged and a result of melee.  I have done some actual solo rules for ancient game – a fully programmable opponent – but they have not been heavily tested.  I have included them in the rules that can be downloaded.  The 5 game test I did last year with the programmable opponent is here:

    http://shaun-wargaming-minis.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/programmed-opponent-with-ancient.html

     

     

     

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24961
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    I am very jealous.  I have looked around for painted 15mm Ottoman Turks for many years, but never found some reasonably priced.  I have a soft spot for the Ottoman empire, and having the troops would align with this.  One day I am sure it will all just happen.

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24952
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    …and another AAR (its Ancients, so most of the Johns and Jacks can ignore it).

    Avatar photoShaun Travers
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    Yes, the Trojan pig is still ALIVE!

     

    I do not think I can get rid of it 🙂

     

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    Big animals are all I have – one day I will buy some smaller farm animals from the toy store.

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24825
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    It is not too loud, you did not use many capitals…I am not too bad.  My wife however, that is a different story!

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24821
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    OK, I found the time to post an AAR.

    It would have been yesterday, but I went to an acquaintance’s 50th birthday party last night that turned into an engagement party that two minutes later turned into a wedding.    So we stayed a bit longer than originally intended 🙂  He and his partner/fiancee/bride/wife have been together 18 years and have three children, but the wedding was completely unexpected, surprising and awesome!

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24738
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    Kyote-John,

     

    I am *so* close to posting an AAR.  I have had no time all this week to finish off the last 30 minutes it needs.  And will not tonight either (going out for my birthday).  So “whenever” is the best I can do.

     

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24627
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    Mike,

     

    Is that a bad thing 🙂  If nothing else a gamer is always going to talk about what they are doing now, or going to do, or want to do 🙂  Or at least the one that frequent blogs and forums anyway!

    in reply to: Yall are way to quiet. #24623
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    Sick for last two days, also in the middle of writing up three AARs and halfway playing another game. And some games have arrived in the post (Victory over Europe and the UpFront Wargame Vault redux), and I am attempting to read about 6 autobiographies on WW2 company commanders (2 1/2 done) before finalising my company level solo rules.   And attempting to do this in between real life events. *Way* to busy to actually get around to posting to replying to anything.

    in reply to: "Time to Burn" Part I #24049
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    Panda,  I am not disagreeing with you about terrain. I did laugh – I could picture an AAR that  consisted solely of pictures of miniatures on chairs, tables and drawers!  But you may have realised I  do tend to spend more time playing that setting up the terrain…

    in reply to: "Time to Burn" Part I #23969
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    Now I have actually read the blog post, it is skirmish, not squad based so obviously I should not have commented from work without any context.  But this is the internet and so I blame that lots of other people do it too!

     

    Panda, you obviously had lots of fun playing, even if I am not really sure if you were using any published rules 🙂

    And Panda, your “half an AAR” post does not count as an AAR until the last bit is finished. Even it is looks great and is done in a comic style.  It is like posting 1 1/2 hours of video over 4 posts and counting it as 4.  It is 0 until the last bit, then it is 1,  not 4 🙂

    The Star Wars AAR certainly did not excel in terrain like yours.  From a diorama perspective, the Ikea table I played on did not really look like I had gone to a lot of effort in the visual category.

    in reply to: "Time to Burn" Part I #23960
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    I seem to remember (I am at work) that Five Core Company Command allow s assault squads to fire 1 shock for at units in cover. I remember the rule as it is a big exception to ” in cover, not peeking, no target “. So if you do add it for normal squads, that may have flow on effects to assault squads!

    in reply to: KG Klink, France, Game 4 #23916
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    I posted a small Stars Wars space fighter AAR the other day (for a belated May the forth by with you).  Does that count?  And If Ivan is looking at rules for dogfighting with planes, it would translate into space fighters just as well.

    in reply to: KG Klink, France, Game 4 #23735
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    Aussies like beef, New Zealanders like sheep.

    I, like Rod, scanned all the photos, found nothing.  and with your hint and looking at the photo, and ones up and down from it,  still nothing.  May need a bigger hint.

    To stay off topic but still gaming, I have TankWreck, by the same person who did ShipWreck.  Not a bad set of rules, even if it it uses d10s.

    in reply to: KG Klink, France, Game 4 #23665
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    Jack – not sure if it tickled me, I saw it more as …wait for it…an omen <groans can be inserted here>.

    in reply to: 6mm WW2 '43 East Front game on blog #23537
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    Hi Rod,

    I think I would have gone nuts too with a t34 moving 6cm and infantry moving 2cm!  I am very glad I did not scale it down.  I would not recommend scaling it down, unless you were playing in 2mm on a 6″x6″ board.

    Hi Panda,

    The rules are very simple but I like some of the concepts and have used them in some of the WW2 rules I have written (and played) over the last few years.

    I do not game in 6mm often and only started in 2011. I started back into game after a break by playing 15mm ancients on a 2’x2′ table in some map drawers. After getting back in WW2 playing some 20mm in 2010, I acquired a small amount of 6mm German, Russian and british to play in the map drawers. I played 5 games over about 18 months from Aug 2011 to Mar 2013. I have always meant to play more, but keep getting distracted.

    For the 5 games, go to this page and about 40-50 lines down is the Vyazma or Bust mini-campaign with AAR links.

    http://shaun-wargaming-minis.blogspot.com.au/p/ww2-rules-ramblings.html

    Lastly – “but in regards to catching me you still have a ways to go and to be honest I doubt you have what it takes to catch up ;)“: all I can hear is the jealousy in your words 🙂 I would pity you except I think it would be wasted 🙂

    Oh, and I cannot tell a lie about 6mm.  I do have some British 1980-era 6mm Chieftains, Saracens (I think) and FV432s when I briefly dabbled in Moderns in 1980.  I played two games against someone  in 1980 using WRG 1950-1975 rules (I quite liked them) but have done nothing else Modern since.  All I need is some 80’s Soviets to fight against, and British Infantry (mine got lost) and I may even think about a game.

     

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