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  • in reply to: Cold War Gaming? #30645
    Shaun Travers
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    I was a Cold War gamer for about 6 months in 1980-1981 as a teen.  but I recently have dug out my 6mm British, acquired some Soviets and played a few 6mm Cold War with Tank Wreck!  A dabbler with 34 years between games!

    Shaun Travers
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    Thanks all.

     

    Richard – I acquired the villages pre-done via ebay earlier this year and have been itching to put them on the table.

     

    Norm, infantry move 3″ in the open and infantry small arms need a 6 or less to 5″ and a 2 or less at 5″-10″. BUT, if any firer (including infantry) is firing at infatnry up to 10″, there is a -2 modifier.  so infantry firing on infantry is effectively limited to 5″ at a 4 or less (there are other mods for cover, suppression etc).  Note that small arms may affect light vehicles so do have a chance against them at 5″-10″.  And for my game I converted inched to cm, so infantry combat was at close ranges all the time!

    Count – very little chance of big table action.  i don’t have any space to set one up for a while, and if i did I would have to get my 20mm WW2 collection onto the table.  I do want to do 6mm on a larger table one day, but you may be waiting quite a few years!

     

    in reply to: Billy No Mates? #30415
    Shaun Travers
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    Another vote for convenience.  Not a lot of time outside the family and so I game here and there, often in 10-15 minute slots in the evening ans occasionally a month or two between them.  Hard to find an opponent that wants to play that way! I also play rules most others around here may not want to play.

    in reply to: Batting For Both Teams #30399
    Shaun Travers
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    Both sides.  Only once have I ever collected one side and that was in my very early gaming days with a 6mm Modern British force in 1980.  Languished without being gamed with for 35 years – until 2 weeks ago! – due to me not owning miniature opponents.  I play mostly solo these days, but back in the day when I was not, I usually supplied both sides.

    in reply to: Ahistorical Battles #30398
    Shaun Travers
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    I started ancients with WRG Ancients 5th edition.  One thing I did not like was the ahistorical matchups that always occurred.  So i jumped out and returned for DBM and played historical matchups only.  Another hiatus for Ancients and restarted about 5 years go with only historical matchups, and especially historical battles.  Like Alvin, I find playing ahistorical matchups is just a fantasy I am not really interested in.  But I also realise that even if it is a historical matchup, it is fantasy on army composition and the battle itself.  But I can handle that as it is at least possible something like what I am doing occurred with historical matchups.  For my ww2 games it has always been historical matchups, and often scenarios based on actual events.  To anser the original question, opponents have to match historically for my games.

    in reply to: Cuba Libre – Liberation Finale! #30307
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
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    Well,  I am obviously in agreement with that!

    in reply to: Cuba Libre – Liberation Finale! #30227
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
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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!

    Shaun 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.

    Shaun 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.

    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    War Panda is back!  Hello War Panda!

    in reply to: How Big Are Your 6mm Game Tables? #28253
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    My thanks go to Editor Mike for helping out kyote in his hour of need.

    in reply to: Panzer Killers – interesting book #25513
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    So kyote, who helped you put the avatar on TWW? 🙂

     

    in reply to: A Bunch of 10mm Modern Troops Finished #25343
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    ..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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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 🙂

     

    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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!

    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    …and another AAR (its Ancients, so most of the Johns and Jacks can ignore it).

    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    Yes, the Trojan pig is still ALIVE!

     

    I do not think I can get rid of it 🙂

     

    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
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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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    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.

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