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  • in reply to: Last historical period you started? #198713
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Latest purchases were WW2 naval (1/3000th) but I do have 3mm WW2 land forces, so not really a new period.

    Before that it was various 10mm forces from N. Africa and around the Indian Ocean from around the very early European colonial era. early 16C – mid 17C. They are being painted at the moment.

     

    in reply to: Visual Buy In #198441
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    “You seem to be a bit sad you are not making the most of your collection?”

    Probably true but I’ve been retired from the ‘real’ job for 15 years now, and 10 of those were spent painting stuff for other people, so I now tend to be more relaxed about when my own stuff gets done. I do have more stuff to paint than a sane 73 year old should have but I can pick and choose as I feel like it and don’t have anyone else to please but myself.

    I like smaller scale stuff, 15mm is big for me, and that tends towards the megalomaniac side of me with huge armies. I do try to resist it but often end up with more figures than I can field on a 5×4 ft table.

    I don’t see the point of getting stressed over what I didn’t get round to doing. I have figures I bought 30+ years ago that I painted last year – I get there, eventually, and that is good enough for me.

     

    in reply to: Visual Buy In #198386
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Right, got it now.

    I do like the look of a well put together battlefield but never seem to get beyond ‘usable’ for the games I put on at home.

    I do have some quite nicely painted 6mm buildings to go with my 6 & 10mm armies but they get less outings than they deserve and often end up being removed once they are occupied by troops. I don’t do low level skirmish games so even 6mm buildings with 10mm figures are way over ground scale.

    I still plan to work up some terrain blocks using Brigade Models 1/1000th buildings – many of which have been painted for years now – which will help in getting a good look without the disjoint between models and groundscale.

    I’m happy to shell out for something I feel will work for me – and I have cupboards full of stuff to prove it. What I’m not that great at is getting round to finishing what I started. I’m doing fairly well in finishing figures & rules so games can be played but terrain to go with them is definitely lower down my priority list.

     

    in reply to: Visual Buy In #198375
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    If I knew what ‘visual buy in’ meant I’d possibly answer.

     

    in reply to: What size? #198053
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    1 base represents about 250 men or about 4 bases per Bn.

    Everyone seems to have a different idea of what to refer to as ‘size’ so I prefer scale as a description.

    I have figures to field a full German Corps but haven’t managed to get even a full division in play as yet.

     

    in reply to: HISPANIA wargame on Gamefound #197713
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    OK VAT paid at source – good.

    VAT is 20% (on 24 Euros plus shipping) which is additional enough for me but, if the extra charges don’t apply then I may go for both games.

     

    in reply to: HISPANIA wargame on Gamefound #197685
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    OK, I may have misunderstood the explanation on your website so could you please make it clear.

    Is UK VAT paid before shipping ?

    Are the products shipped from within the UK ?

    It is important to know this because the cost implications are significant and the Kickstarter info is not clear on the answers to these questions.

    Tony of TTT

    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Definitely wargames. Lots of different scales & periods and mostly historical but a few fantasy & sci-fi (which rarely get used).

    Far more time spent planning, painting, revising rules & designing scenarios than actually playing.

    Also recently looking at solo RPG & always a fan of boardgames.

    Can’t see the point of computer games though, maybe its a generational thing.

     

     

    in reply to: HISPANIA wargame on Gamefound #197483
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    Unfortunate that it isn’t UK VAT friendly. Interesting but gets a bit pricy once you factor in the VAT.

     

    in reply to: Theatre of the Mind #197347
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Back in the days when D&D was a big thing many players would only play ‘official’ scenarios so it isn’t a new thing to avoid imagination.

     

    in reply to: Making magnetic counters #197178
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Well, not as simple as I thought. Flex steel and Flex metal are both company names in SA and flexmetal is the name some producers use for the metalised plastic they make helium balloons from. I had to try ‘flexible metal sheet’ before I got some sensible answers.

    Try this yourself as Google knows I’m in the UK and assumes I must want a local product and just ignore the addition of South Africa in the query. So much for artificial intelligence.

    Try this

    The last item on the list (MFL107C) says Ferro 0.5mm which might be Ferrosheet. On the list from the drop-down menu there is also a MFL107 – that might be the self-adhesive version.

    You may have to contact the company to find out as they don’t seem to have prices on their website.

    I’d hoped to do better but at least one supplier seems to have Ferro-something

    Tony of TTT

     

    in reply to: Making magnetic counters #197173
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Sorry about that Justin – the blurb I got before going to that link claimed this was sheeting that magnets would stick to – didn’t look at the other details, just assumed it was what I’d asked for.

    I’ll try again.

     

     

    in reply to: Making magnetic counters #197170
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    OK, here is a starting point

    Flexible Magnetic Sheets – Magnet Store South Africa

    They seem to have 3 grades – The stuff I use is about 0.6 mm so the 0.5 mm listed here is nearest.

    Not sure what 54 Rand is pricewise but the sheet size on offer is about 4.5 times an A4 sheet so may work out not a bad deal.

    This was the second company listed with a search for Ferrosheet South Africa so there will probably be more.

    Tony of TTT

     

    in reply to: Making magnetic counters #197169
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Sorry Justin I only ship within the UK at the moment, heavy products like Ferrosheet cost a small fortune to send even to Europe. From what my brother tells me, mail is less than reliable in SA at the moment so it would need to go by courier.

    I’d be surprised if Ferrosheet or similar was not available in SA. I’ll see if I can dig up some alternative product names for the same thing. Many companies that sell magnetic sheet also sell a version of Ferrosheet – you could try those.

     

     

    in reply to: Making magnetic counters #197151
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    JS – That company has about the most expensive Ferrosheet I have seen. 10 A4 pcs will cost £93.29, buy from me at Tiny Tin Troops and it will cost you £19.15.

    Tony of TTT

     

     

    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Much prefer proper ground scale units and often have scale rules marked at appropriate distances to make play quicker & easier. Doesn’t really bother me that much using ‘table’ units but it does seem daft to say things like “you are 2 inches out of range” or “cavalry can only move 12 inches”, sort of ruins the effect !!

    Even though I’m 70+ all my education from secondary on was metric here in the UK but coming from a family mostly in the building trade I got used to using both systems (anyone remember the ‘metric’ foot for sizing timber ?) side by side.

     

    in reply to: Navwar – any recent news ? #196384
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    I have to admit that I still have a few fleets of Navwar stuff to start/finish. I do have a massive lot of pre-dreadnoughts (only the Americans to do) and many partly done projects from Ancients to Armada & ironclads too. The addition of WW2 stuff for the Med is probably another project that will be on the back-burner long enough to melt the pan but I’m past worrying about that. I fancied it and I can afford it so …..

     

    in reply to: Navwar – any recent news ? #196382
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Finally got through on the phone. Tony wasn’t there today but a very helpful neighbour of his was helping out and found my order. He told me that he was working through the orders he has but it may take a while.

    I’m sure we’ll all be happy with that, all things considered; I know I’m relieved that it got there.

    Tony of TTT

     

    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    I have found that it is often difficult to identify whether the sources used in these publications are from the early 1700’s or from the later 1600’s. It seems to me that a lot of Grant’s info (for example) assumes that what was in use in 1680-90 must still be in use in 1702 if no contradicting info is known. Hall does at least date many of his illustrations and a significant number are before the WSS.

    I’m not saying they are wrong in their assumptions but many changes did happen around the turn of that century as armies became more centralised and under tighter control with individual colonels having reducing powers to set or vary uniforms and flags.

    Personally I make use of both Grant & Hall and have used Kronoskaf as well, even though the WSS section is still a work in progress. They may be imperfect but all three are good sources and, IMHO, among the best you will get.

     

    in reply to: C11 Southern Italian Armies #195009
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    I’d say that is a reasonable solution given the limited choices available. In 15mm you’d have more specific figures but, as far as I can see (and I’m no expert), they would be close enough.

     

    in reply to: C11 Southern Italian Armies #194849
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    Kite shields seem to be fairly common but not with every army. Byzantines, Normans & even ‘Saracens’ use them, possibly all as early as 1000 other ‘Franks’ a bit later. Goths & Lombards may have stuck to circular ones longer, I seem to remember some imagery from Italy having oval shields in use too.

    Problem is that much imagery is either of debatable date or known to be from a later period and the habit of depicting troops in the mode of the time of creation was very prevalent. Hence Herod’s guards in plate armour and visored helms in biblical texts.

    Didn’t see too much in the Baccus catalogue that would fit perfectly but Byzantine Peltastoi might do as town militia and there were plenty of Byzantine forces in southern Italy from time to time. The Goths from the ‘Roman’ ranges would just about be OK, at least the mounted types, and their foot might do as rural rabble. Late Roman Lanciarii might work too.

    There must be some other bits that would work but it depends on how you plan to base them – a large no on a base makes it easier to disguise a proxy figure, just a few per base and that gets less true.

     

    in reply to: C11 Southern Italian Armies #194842
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Town militia could be better armed than you might think as many town dwellers were ‘Greeks’ (i.e. leftovers from the Byzantine/late Roman era). Light spear/javelin seems to have been the main armament but not skirmishers – probably equivalent to DBX Auxilia. In some combats they gave Norman cavalry a deal of trouble. Goth or Arab mercenaries possibly ?

    6mm is a tough call for this period, 10mm is better but still not brilliant and easiest is 15mm but I too like small scales so I can sympathise.

    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Make it clear – these are the STL files only, no printed miniatures are in the deal.

     

     

    in reply to: 2D6 Wargaming Closing #194654
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    WW2 in 6mm and Samurai are not my choices but I didn’t expect to hear of a 6mm manufacturer closing down that I have never even heard of. Possibly he advertises on faceache or similar, which I don’t use but sad nonetheless.

     

    in reply to: OMG Pack It In (rant) #194408
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    I don’t remember Navwar doing 5mm (1/300th) figures. Leicester micromodels (late 1970 or early 71 I think) were the first ‘6mm’ or 1/300th that I can recall but they only did vehicles. A bit later Heroics & Ros came along and later still they got called 5mm because others had changed how ‘size’ was measured.

    W&N Series 7 & S7 miniature are my go to small brushes. I agree that the quality has gone down since the original sources dried up but, having tried a number of manufacturers, I still can’t find anything to match even their current quality. Modern sable hair is too brittle in all brands, even treating bristles with Lanolin ( a trick learned from my signwriter father) failed to improve them.

    I haven’t tried any GW brushes recently but one I was given many moons ago proved to be of such poor quality it went in the bin. I’d imagine they have improved their quality since then but I have tried some of the ‘model’ brands and they have all been very poor.

     

    in reply to: Ogre Set 4 – Available tonight 11th Jan #194134
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    I have a number of sets, including the 2nd wave ones, that I’m thinking of selling if you are interested, might split them too.

    Reason is that I have the large hex boards and pieces in enough quantity and variety that I really don’t need the minis. I was surprised to find that the guys I play with were happy with those and don’t feel the need to use minis for the game.

    Tony of TTT

    in reply to: Ogre Set 4 – Available tonight 11th Jan #194112
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    $32 plus UK import taxes & fees on a $40 product is too rich for me. It is only light so why so much. Other US companies can do it cheaper but SJG seem to have stopped bothering about non-US customers.

    Which of the earlier models are you looking for Andrew ?

    Tony of TTT

     

    in reply to: Best Figures Collection in a Boardgame #193154
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    I’m not a Fantasy RPGer but I do have a yen for small games and have the ‘Tiny Epic Dungeon’ and the expansion pack. Each has 8 hero figures in it (though, to be honest, counters or meeples would do just as well) which seem about 25mm to the eye. Hard plastic & nicely sculpted. I must get around to painting them sometime.

    The game is fun too, as are many of the same series.

     

    in reply to: I worry about history #192341
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    I noticed those gaffs too – I’ll bet there is comment in next week’s Radio Times. Considering the quality of recent BBC textual output in both content and the standard of it’s presentation (poor spelling, incorrect punctuation & atrocious grammar)  I suppose this is fairly minor.

    When a British school text book had a timeline showing the start of WW2 as 1941 I realised that Wikipedia should be banned.

     

     

    in reply to: Yeah, but how big is it? #191917
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Mine is 1.6×0.8m but a rear flap folds up to make it 1.6×1.2m. It is also my workbench, has storage under it and is on large castors.

    I’d love a larger one but, with all the other stuff in my workroom, I don’t have room.

     

    in reply to: You’re having a ****ing laugh #191811
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    Ever get the feeling you’ve been had?

    No, I never buy GW stuff.

    When I did a stand at my local show selling my wares I was asked to bring along some samples of the grit I used on bases I had pix of on my website. I put some in bags of various types and sold about 40 bags at one show – more product than from any of the other items on the stall.

    I wasn’t charging GW prices but it did surprise me how readily people will pay for convenience. I suppose I shouldn’t have been but I always think ‘how can I do that with bits I have or can get easily’ first and resort to buying it as a last resort. I genuinely thought that was what everyone did.

     

    in reply to: ‘Bandera’s Boys’ Some thoughts. #191504
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    This kind of history has always existed. Look at some of the victorian histories of England/Britain’s role on the world stage and you will see glorification of events along with justifications that no longer stand up to today’s standards. The same can be said for ‘histories’ of  colonisation of the American west, Australia or Canada or the Chinese domination of their neighbours, not to mention the spread of Russia under both Monarchy & communism.

    Persuading a receptive audience that their own ‘brave fellows’ were heroes rather than psychopaths is never that difficult. Standards may change but that remains a fact.

     

    in reply to: Book Review from Mr. Picky #191304
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    All to often I find the same with Pen & Sword books but, when they are reduced to £4-£6, it can be worth a try as some turn out to be quite useful – not always the greatest, but useful.

    Tony of TTT

     

    in reply to: Ideology on Rules Writing #191005
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    Tom

    That kind of mindset of command is a fairly modern aspect of combat and, even then, more true at lower levels of command than at higher ones. In the more distant past the same may also have been true in warbands or medieval companies where a leader’s personality and perceived competence are more important. Once armies get organised on a mass scale and you want to wargame those larger battles I don’t see that mindset being of use in rule design, even if it did apply at lower levels of command.

     

    in reply to: Trying to make grit like Typhus Corrosion #190502
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    When I make my basing grit I start with builders sand, wash it and then dry it thoroughly before passing it through various meshes and sieves to produce a range of grit sizes. I found that the last step (a fine plastic sieve for straining tea) still left a dusty remnant that effectively masked the fine texture grit I was trying for. Solution was to do a final step by shaking it through an old pair of tights – the dust I threw away sounds like it might be what you want.

    A light coat of thinned PVA, let it dry a short while, pour over the sand dust and immediately pour it off again, tap to remove unadhered stuff and leave to dry. Finally brush off loosely held dust so that it doesn’t clump when you add colouring later.

    On plastic you might try a spray undercoat rather than PVA as PVA tends not to adhere to most plastic surfaces and beads up. You’ll have to work quickly doing that though.

    Toby of TTT

     

    in reply to: PayPal sales notification changes #190454
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    I’m glad it isn’t just me then.

    It will cause me some problems but not a disaster.

    Thanks for helping

     

    Tony of TTT

    in reply to: PayPal sales notification changes #190451
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    Hi Mike

    That is what my current buttons do for the cart except that they also have an ‘Item No.’ – which is the product code.

    It is when they get to me as a sale notification that only the item Numbers come up as a list all on one line.

     

    Tony

     

    in reply to: PayPal sales notification changes #190448
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Hi Mike

    All that would do is give me a very long line of item descriptions instead of the formatted list it used to give, still very awkward to read. If that is the only solution then it would be a great deal of work to change the whole website.

    It has given me an idea though – I wonder if they have changed some of the variable names so that it is ignoring descriptions. Need to try checking if any of the variables coding has changed format or syntax. Seems unlikely but worth checking.

    I know the method is a bit wooden by today’s standards but it works well for what I want – a least it did up to now.

     

    Tony of TTT

     

    in reply to: PayPal sales notification changes #190446
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Sorry Mike

    Slip of the mind. I planned to ask there too & my brain got confused. Not an uncommon event these days.

     

    Tony of TTT

    in reply to: What Is a War Game? #189528
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    If they predicted everything, why did they caught with their pants around their ankles at Pearl Harbour ?

     

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