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I completely agree, they’re great rules (as are the 1950-85 set), and the best example I’ve seen of what’s possible with a D6 in 20th century gaming. Really like your battle reports too!
Those are fantastic, especially the E8.
Is it because they are easier to pick up or some other reason?
They probably are, but the mdf bases (even the 10mm squares) seem more stable, perhaps because they’re a very tiny bit heavier. Plus they fit in smaller gaps, which is handy when placing figures on fortifications & buildings, plus aesthetically it seems nicer to have everything based on the same stuff, including vehicles and buildings. But, like I say, I could change my mind.
I plan on using it as an army-style game, however, with the figures all based on diaorama bases.
You can do that with these rules?
Most of my infantry are singly based on 12mm tiddlywinks from EM4, but lately I’ve started using 10mm MDF squares from East Riding Miniatures for my “larger” games (30-50 infantry per side), and 15mm MDF circles for smaller skirmishs (maybe 5 to ten per side). For larger games I’m using KR16 and At Close Quarters, for smaller Five Core and Flying Lead. I’m preferring the chunkier MDF basing at the moment, but I’m fickle.
I have perhaps dozens of (in the main very cheap) rulesets I’ve never actually played and possibly never will. I don’t think of this as money wasted, as I’ve actually enjoyed reading them. They’ve fired my imagination, and I’ve often grafted bits of them on to rulesets I have actually used, even in instances where I regarded the donor rules as pile of dung.
However, my main thought after reading this is: How long will it be before I order a copy of Dragon Rampant?? The price really is very reasonable…
I’d intended to leave off buying any wargames-related stuff over the last couple of months, but it’s not really worked out as planned
I’ve got some 6mm yum to base and paint, rules to fantasize about actually using, and the spendathon isn’t over yet…
To quote a wise man; ooh you are awful, but I like you
Ah pffffftt. Might see how much I can get if for in a few months and figure out my own stats for other gear… goddam capitalism!
I used to do this til the dissipation took hold. But it’s a nice way to spend time between turkey & stuffing sandwiches.
What’s the deal with these rules with respect to what you need to play? Is one rulebook enough, or will there be multiple “army books” you’ll need to have a decent game? Cold (Flames of) War seems like something I’d like, but if it means forking out for book after book just to faff about with my 6mm toys, then I’ll probably pass…
Lookin’ good. That “supply” version’s going to be a sci-fi technical (or several, actually) as soon as I get my mits on it.
Hmm, this sounds good. It does make me wonder why I couldn’t get into NEIS, I’ll have to dig it out and have a re-read.
b) I think I’d prefer separate codes for separate versions. But regardless of how it’s managed, I like having the option of different versions of the same model, and tend to buy multiples of all of them, although…
c) In 6mm….… sorry!
I’ve gamed with figures representing myself and my mates in the past and was a bit iffy about seeing them killed off/horribly injured. Just goes to show that no matter how niche the neurosis, there’s always someone else with the symptoms
But hasn’t this kind of thing (deaths of figures presaging dead people) been made into a film? And if it has, when is JJ Abrams doing it again?
I’m using IE and it’s all looking hunky dory. I miss Windows 95.
Necromunda? Combat Zone?
Brilliant work, and damned useful too.
Just been to the site, can’t get the images to enlarge like I could yesterday… Odd.
Yeah, same here. But I know what I’m after anyway. Between Irregular and Leven Miniatures getting their shopping carts wheeled out, I can see a busy time for my clicking finger this weekend.
I’ve never given up on a project, but I’ve quite a few that are, like Fugazi, on indefinite hiatus.
Hmmm, I’m not sure – they don’t look bad, but I reckon they’d be better with a smoother finish.
I’ll tell you one thing for certain: I’m very interested to know what’s going in the middle bit.
Nice selection of H&R gear there – what colour(s) have you used on the armour?
Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I think I’m going to have to buy CWC as soon as Pendraken re-print it; 2 billion wargamers can’t be wrong.
I’ve downloaded Rapid Deployment to have a read-though. At first glance it looks interesting, though I might possibly adjust the scale for a smaller table.
David, I’m going to have a think about incorporating troop quality into the WRG 1950-85, but I’m not sure the D6 would withstand many more modifiers without making ruining the game.
Iain, I haven’t got the finger out yet, I’m afraid; it may be stuck.
I’m off on hols next week, so I’m going to pack a variety of rulesets to peruse so as to make going away almost pointless
Ah, now you’ve each mentioned major blindspots in my knowledge about rules… the “Commander” series, and FOW. From what I know about BKC I tunderstood it was reliant on armour to make the game “work”, but I’d be interested to know I’m wrong.
As for FOW, hmmm, yeah maybe… must see if its website has any downloads I can check out to see if it’s the kind of thing I’m after. Must admit I hadn’t paid much attention to it until I saw the Team Yankee stuff on here. And it looks like it’d work fine with 6mm tanks.
I like Company Commander, but its strength is based on keeping the units per side at 12 or fewer. I know you can bump up the numbers, but for me you lose the “point” of the rules.
Lookin’ good! Can’t wait to see your first alt-history modern game, if only to see who (and what) is in the fray!
I like rules that, when I turn to a page, stay on that page without external force being applied.
I don’t mind explanations of basic terminology. I can remember not knowing what the term “D10” meant, and the anguish that caused me at the time.
I’ll add my best wishes for the job hunt. What a poopy situation… I’m not sure I like this brave new world! I hope you land a great job.
Just been nosing about your site before it’s too late, and was reminded how much I enjoyed GW’s LOTR rules… must dig them out!
Other wargamers demand you put your clothes on.
BTW, “lonks” is “links” in English.
Stronghold Miniatures were the last company to own the SDD ranges, and IIRC the owner didn’t enjoy the best of health and took an extended break from selling, but with a view to re-starting the business. The website no longer works, so it looks like SDD stuff won’t be available for the foreseeable future. A real bummer as their ranges included some interesting and unusual items in a variety of scales.
Anyway, some visionary archived Skytrex’s site when they owned the 1/600th coastal range, and you can use the lonks to see the photos from here:
That was the best AAR in history.23/08/2015 at 00:40 in reply to: 6mm Western Europe game on 2'x2' with Tankwreck! on blog #29739
Interesting… especially playing on a 2 foot square table with 6mm minis. I like Tankwreck, as you say it works fine with smaller forces. I’ve been playing recently with 3mm stuff and converting inches to cm, but was contemplating using my 6mm the same way, just because, much as I love 3mm, I prefer 6mm.
Looking forward to reading your next report.
Really interesting. Been there (but not done that!) about 20 years ago – those photos of the woodland floor are exactly how I remember the woods around Albert I peeked in past the fencing and warning signs. Eerie places, barbed wire and helmets visible in the earth and undergrowth, and for me even more poignant than the cemeteries. I was kinda scared wandering about outside the woods.
When does the program go out, do you know yet? Edit: Ah – just noticed that bit!
If some 6mm sci fi minis are good, more are better. Two thumbs up.
I agree, well tasty! Some really nice kit in there with great paint jobs.
And yes, Stargrunt III makes me want to weep with joy.
Those Brigade Models merc vehicles are great, I’ve a few sitting undercoated while I think up a paint scheme that’ll do them justice. Did you add a sideskirt or two to the Bizon tanks? They look better that way.
Least favourite: I hate big battle Napoleonics, partly because of the effing uniforms that are a curse to paint, god the very thought of it makes my nose want to bleed, and also because of the tactics… if you’re in column or line STAY THAT WAY and don’t let the fronts ranks suddenly become skirmishers. OK?
I like naval games where steam powered ships blast away at each other with big guns, that’s my favourite.
I sense a certain defensiveness amongst some concerning their gaming behaviour, so it might be a good time to state that
You are bad people and ought to feel ashamed of yourselves.
But I think you know that already, don’t you?
I don’t use casualty figures on the table because I’m pure of heart, decent, and kindly. Also, paying money for soldiers whose sole function is to be dead goes against everything I hold dear. And what if you turn up for a tournament (assuming you go in for that sort of thing) and get there to find you’ve only brought the dead ones? What do you tell your opponent? “My entire army is dead”? How stupid would you look, even in a pursuit where looking stupid is a given?
Flip me, wish I was that quick off the line! Health to blog!
And those Osorios do look much better with shorter barrels!