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  • in reply to: Crusader States and A Viking in the Sun #165358
    Tony S
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    That is a very nice discovery!  That book looks excellent, and I was tempted to raise some forces to use it.  Mind you, I am strongly tempted by pretty much anything with colour pictures, but still.

    Are you rebasing your figures to individuals?  There might be a quicker and easier option.  A couple of players at the club use their 15mm DBx whole stands for Lion Rampant (and Saga for that matter) to represent the single 28mm castings that are more commonly used for those two rulesets.

    Looks very impressive on the table I think.

    in reply to: I CAN'T HELP MYSELF. #165338
    Tony S
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    The thing is, I’ve known some Cherokees, an Arikara, and a couple of Comanches, and they would all be deeply offended by your suggestions. You should *hear* the things that Indians say about Caucasians, in part because of a perceived need to offend us to raise awareness.

    When I was a young man, I lived on an Ojibwe reserve for a summer.  When I got there, I stepped out of my car and a little five year old boy wandered over to me, looked up and said

    “You’re white”.

    “Yes,” I cleverly answered, because I was.

    He nodded very solemnly and strolled off.

    Honestly, I was treated politely enough by everyone.   However, I remember one day there was a Pow-wow, where all the tourists came and snapped photos and bought things.  But the real Pow-wow happened at night, after the tourists all left.  My ex’s family were all getting ready, and I started putting my jacket on to go with them.  They all looked at me.  I was told “some of the braves get liquored up, and you’re white”.  Yes, that exact phrase; I remember that quite clearly.  So I decided to stay in and watch TV instead.

    in reply to: Ancient Wargaming and Terrain (or lack of it) #164963
    Tony S
    Participant

    Ancients wargaming – apart from the historical context – is/was heavily influenced by DBx, which regulated terrain (at least in the tournament format) very strictly.

    Can’t argue with that, although I’d suggest that it goes back further, and that all the WRG Ancients rules influenced a lot of their contemporary rulesets.

    But I’d say that DBA (except for the first edition) and DBR actually create more realistic tables than most, because of their random placements.  Again, historical refights excepted, I’ve noticed over the years that where players simply put a table together, it usually ends up symmetrical and “fair” because neither player wishes to take advantage.

    The  Phil Barker sets can produce some really interesting terrain, which can heavily influence both the initial deployments and the battles themselves.  I’ve sometimes simply used the DBA terrain rules to create a table for use in other games.

    in reply to: The Magnificent How Many? #164935
    Tony S
    Participant

    The variety of scenarios is nice – although your last one was very interesting, sadly it would take far more figures that I possess.  My own fault for not going bigger into 6mm I suppose, to coin an oxymoronic phrase.  This scenario is not only more doable, but man – those Brigade figures and photos are very tempting.  I hope they (and Irregular) treat you right; you’ve got to be giving them some sales.

    Are you implying that you’re thinking of a set of rules for dieselpunk tanks?  I for one would be very, very interested in that.

    And, forgive my boldness, but when I saw these new figures, for some reason I thought of you.  Seems suitably offbeat to fit the backwaters and odd corners of the Hellfire universe.  Or a farmer’s worst nightmare.

    in reply to: Ancient Wargaming and Terrain (or lack of it) #164829
    Tony S
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    Many years ago, due to a horrible lack of opponents (as in, none) I would enter DBA tournaments just to face a real human.   It was first edition, and if I recall correctly the terrain rules were very loose and relied somewhat on both players being gentlemen or women.  You’d think Barker would have thought that assumption through a bit more, having done WRG Ancients since time immemorial.

    I found it interesting when I placed lots of terrain, especially in the middle of the board, because I like that in a wargame.  I found that players didn’t know how to handle such complications.  Seems most of the tournament players like open spaces, where their maximized armies (admittedly more difficult in DBA given the lack of points to exploit) could function.  Woods and bad going would usually be in the corners.

    I quite like the challenge that terrain brings to a battle – gives it character!

    in reply to: Poltava 1709 game #164714
    Tony S
    Participant

    Congratulations!   I can easily see why all your hard work took home the prize.   That really gives the feel and look of an actual battle.

    in reply to: A Pirate Raid #164644
    Tony S
    Participant

    I rather like games where people are not entirely sure what is going on.

    Describes my generalship rather well…

    I have to agree with your assessment of those Brigade 6mm militia types.  I’m tempted to order them based solely on that photo.  I’m becoming enamoured of your Hellfire rules, and scuffy armed civilians seem almost mandatory to play them.

     

    Tony S
    Participant

    I’m right in the middle of listening to the second half of the Sean and Alex episode of your podcast, and am enjoying it immensely.  Like many, I listen to podcasts while painting, and just wanted to thank you for all the effort you put into making it.

    Tony S
    Participant

    What was the general consensus among the players about trying Infamy Infamy?  Would they play it again?

    I must say the game looked visually stunning!   Well done!

    in reply to: Thutmose III and Mitanni Maryannu #164574
    Tony S
    Participant

    Chariots always look so impressive – I can only imagine how your army of 28mm ones will appear on the table!

    (And that’s quite a price difference between manufacturers).

    in reply to: Catholic Priests for the Conquistadores #164512
    Tony S
    Participant

    Great job Mark – I always find painting the colourful extras much more fun than the actual painting of the army.

    You mention that you use gorilla glue to help the paint adhere?   But you primed everything – figure and base – later.  Do you find your primer comes off the washers and that Gorilla Glue fixes that?

    I never really thought about it, but it seems odd that paint would adhere to a smooth, shiny glue.   I’m not arguing with you as you’ve actually tried it.  Wonder why?

    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #164349
    Tony S
    Participant

    I hear what you’re staying about the attraction of having things.  I think it’s chance to “dream”, to pretend that we’re going to finally play that game we’ve always wanted to, or paint that army.   A harmless little fantasy really, except for our finances and storage space I suppose.  Possibly marital stress…

    Although it’s odd.  Almost two years ago, there was a once-in-a-century storm (as my insurance company described it) and my basement flooded.  I actually had a sump pump, but the water was coming in faster than it could keep up.

    Anyways, I lost a lot of my hex games, and a lot of miniature rules. And books.  Basically everything on the bottom shelves.

    But as I said, it’s odd.  I thought I’d be crushed at losing so many classic SPI games, or so many rules.  I got the insurance money, but even so – I didn’t feel like replacing any of the hex games.  Perhaps because I’m more a miniatures gamer now, as opposed to when I was a teen.  But then I only replaced a couple of rules that I actually play.

    I think honestly I was ok with missing them, since I knew in my heart of hearts it was just a fantasy that I’d ever play them, so it was no real loss.

     

    in reply to: Korean War: Night bomber biplane #164348
    Tony S
    Participant

    The Germans in WW2 also faced those planes.  The planes used roughly the same tactics as in Korea, and the Germans found them just as annoying and difficult to shoot down.  They called them “sewing machines” because apparently the engine sounded like a sewing machine.

    Thanks for sharing some first hand reports of a bit of history.

    (And I think you’re right Jim; seems to jog a memory of that show).

    in reply to: First Naval Ships! #164320
    Tony S
    Participant

    Thanks all.  You’re most kind.

    I played a game last weekend with them. My opponent who was so sporting as to insist on taking the smaller side also took some photos, rather better than mine.

    I’ll try and post a quick AAR, as we tried Si Vis Pacem, and enjoyed them.

    Tony S
    Participant

    Quite an obscure WW2 theatre, that I really didn’t know much of anything about.  Thanks for the background, admittedly brief but more than I ever knew!  And thanks for warning us that we’re probably going to lose.

    Although we’re wargamers, so quite used to that.

    Hats off to your friend who carved off the lower trousers and wrapped thread around the legs to make puttees.   I, whom am too hamfisted to even do head swaps decently, am very impressed.

    in reply to: Cheap Chinese trees – advice? #164316
    Tony S
    Participant

    Those look great Mike – and I think we got the same trees.   I shall have to experiment a bit.

    I hadn’t thought of just dipping the trees, nor of adding more flock.   Thanks gents!

    We have a lot of Woodland scenics trees at the club, but after twenty years of weekly use, and being tossed randomly into a box, they’re looking a bit tatty.   I think as you two suggest, adding glue (and lots of it) will help longevity.

    in reply to: British Balloon Attacks #164218
    Tony S
    Participant

    I’d say Mythbusters!  My sons and I used to love that show!

    in reply to: British Balloon Attacks #164199
    Tony S
    Participant

    I’ll happily display my ignorance by thanking Andrew for posting the link.  News to me!

    Although I did know about the elephants, so there’s that.  Do I get bonus points for mentioning the HMS Habakkuk pykcrete aircraft carrier?

    in reply to: 1/6000 Scale Painting Advice Needed #164145
    Tony S
    Participant

    Yes, you rang?

    More pertinent to the topic, I – who have just finished my first naval miniatures in forty years, albeit 1:2400 – tried drybrushing, but just couldn’t make it work.   Brush might have had too much paint on it thinking about it in retrospect.

    I ended up hitting them with lots of black wash, something that doesn’t require talent, skill or technique – so obviously that’s right up my alley!

    in reply to: My Table Mats come, and Im making sea and roads #164144
    Tony S
    Participant

    Is the “upholstery” vinyl?

    And that’s quite a mountain you’ve got in the back corner!

    in reply to: Wings at War MiG Alley Game #164112
    Tony S
    Participant

    Thanks DSG!  I’ll shall hunt down that link and try the rules out.

      I think you’ll like the Suez set; Hunters and Sea Venoms and Meteors, yes please!

    That’s actually the attraction – it’s a bit like the pre dreadnought era.  Designers and the military are trying to figure out all this new technology, with some odd dead ends here and there, but I find those evolutionary dodos fascinating!

    in reply to: Battle of Montgat 1808 #164071
    Tony S
    Participant

    Love the castle!   As you say, quite an interesting battle.  My 6mm Napoleonics are also from Irregular. My friends all have Baccus, but I agree with you; Irregular have character!  And I think you get much more of a mass effect from them then from Baccus, even if the sculpting isn’t as good.

    Besides, when I get asked “are your French wearing bicornes or shakos” I always answer “yes”. 

    in reply to: Jungle warfare gets under your skin #164043
    Tony S
    Participant

    Another fantastic scenario!   Quite doable and I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun at the club.  I think I’ll try and round up a few volunteers.

    I don’t have any figures quite that alien (thanks for the heads-up on that figure company) so I’ll have to think on that.  Zombies maybe?

    in reply to: Wings at War MiG Alley Game #164039
    Tony S
    Participant

    I’ve been quite tempted to order the Suez Crisis set.   Obviously you like the rules!  They seem very entertaining after reading your battle account.  Are formations taken into account, as in Bag the Hun?   Do you prefer Wings over Bag the Hun, or are they both good, just different flavours?

    And, in reading your other posts on your blog, please do share your thoughts on the PVC mats.

    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #164024
    Tony S
    Participant

    …apart from the small problem of the Harwich flotilla, which, as one commentator pointed out I-can’t-remember-when, could have annihilated the invasion fleet just by steaming through it at high speed, never mind expending any actual ammunition

    Ha!  That brings the actual plausibility of the invasion home, doesn’t it?

    Just for the record, I was referring to the ease of an initial German landing in terms of the game, not arguing in real life that historically Sealion would have worked.

    That Benson game also seemed quite good.  I rather liked the comment that any arguments about lines of sight could be settled by leaving the house and having an actual look-see!

     

    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #163958
    Tony S
    Participant

    Has any company made Seelöwe in more recent years, using more modern design techniques?

    Well, GMT made “Britain Stands Alone” in the 1990s I’ll say?  Own it, never played it.  It had a rather clever air and naval area movement system, with a quick little tactical resolution game.

    As for the problem of the Royal Navy, the Germans are helped by the (historical) reluctance of the Admiralty to send the big ships anywhere near the Channel.  So the Germans shouldn’t have much trouble in initially landing.  However, after an invasion, Churchill can quickly get the big ships to interrupt reinforcements, or resupply, or both.  If the Germans did rather well against the RAF, then they might be able to protect enough of their barges to win.   The German must balance sending more troops, or keeping the existing panzers’ tanks full, again with dwindling shipping.  A few playtests saw some well supplied German armoured spearheads get cut off by British counterattacks when the German player decided gas was more important than jackboots on the ground, and didn’t have enough troops to protect their flanks.

    Looked like a really good game, but never got to try it.

    in reply to: Warhammer RPG on Humble #163850
    Tony S
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>If you like role-playing bundles, I assume you’ve heard of Bundle of Holding?</p>
    https://bundleofholding.com

    Totally legit as well.

    Actually, a friend of mine played Warhammer FRP when it first came out.   So there’s at least one person in the world who tried it!

    in reply to: Warhammer RPG on Humble #163849
    Tony S
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>If you like role-playing bundles, I assume you’ve heard of Bundle of Holding?</p>
    https://bundleofholding.com

    Totally legit as well.

    Tony S
    Participant

    On a scale of 1 to 10 of Wargaming Awesomeness, you’ve hit an eleven easily.   Everything is just…proper!  The beautifully painted ships, the sheer size of the spectacle, your well written and photographed blog report, the added extras for colour like the hardtack, grog and seeing an actual 32 pound ball – words fail me.

    Wow.

    in reply to: Sandhurst Game of Op Sealion Video #163751
    Tony S
    Participant

    Serendipitous!  I just ordered that book from Curry’s History of Wargaming, and even as we speak it is winging its way over the briny deeps.  (More accurately it is almost certainly it is being held in one country or another’s postal sorting depot).

    Not sure whether I should watch the video before or after reading it. Hopefully there are no spoilers!  😉

    Tony S
    Participant

    Seems like a lot of fun Thaddeus!

    Just to add some spice and colour, if you get bored of painting the same uniforms, you may wish to consider painting up regiments of foreign volunteers.   Much like the various contingents in Spanish Civil War (the Mackenzie-Papineau or Lincoln Brigades spring to mind) or the Garibaldi family which seemed to raise briefly enthusiastic volunteers for whichever war happened to raging at the time.

    That said, the reasons for the above volunteers were mostly idealogical (fighting for communism, against fascism, fighting for the right of a good, honest, valiant people’s freedom against the horrible oppressing other peoples) which might not apply to your universe.  But I think a lot of the volunteers were also young men driven by testosterone and tales of warfare and derring-do and just eager to see war, as opposed to pure idealistic intentions.  Or perhaps they just wanted material to write a good book or two later, assuming they lived.

    Perhaps the industrial power, in attempting to blockade their enemy, accidentally sank a ship full of orphans, and international outcry caused volunteers to flock to the agriculturalist banner.  Perhaps the industrial side had planted some colonies in Africa, or South America, and they are flocking to aid the mother country.

    Some excuse anyway to paint up some wildly different uniforms. And depending on the rules you’re using, perhaps they could fight slightly differently?

    What rules are you using?

    in reply to: War of the Worlds and Hellfire #163675
    Tony S
    Participant

    That’s a lot of ideas you’ve worked out.  A few months ago I was sadly eyeing my old “All Quiet on the Martian Front” collection.  I really like the models, but unfortunately I can’t say the same about the rules.  Really wanted to like them, but they weren’t my cup of tea.

    I was idly thinking about which rules could be adapted to a Martian invasion, but hadn’t really gotten far.   So the fact that you’ve done all the thinking for me Jim, is very enticing!

    Even better, some of your caveats about infantry or artillery being possibly too effective under your suggestions, wouldn’t apply in my case, as the higher technology of 1910, and the fact that humanity is familiar with fighting the alien conquerers would alleviate that.

    Many thanks Jim!

    in reply to: Ideas for Zulu War Scenarios #163613
    Tony S
    Participant

    Not only are those great ideas, but thanks for taking the time to add the extra details.  Sounds like you’re a great educator!

    All too often, I think we tend to lump various peoples and nations into one homogenous mass.  Probably a result of our modern mindset and assumptions of Nations, and also because we have no records of those conflicts in many cases.  How many internal ancient Gaulish, or ancient German wars are we completely unaware of?

    Upon reflection, I can’t really recall ever seeing any Zulu vs Zulu  , or Afghan vs Afghan, on a wargaming table.  There always seems to be figures in red opposing them!   A very refreshing post Nathaniel.

    in reply to: Undead Army #163549
    Tony S
    Participant

    If I’m reading your blog correctly, you used Contrast paints for these?  10mm 3D prints?  Wow!  I tried contrast paints for some 15mm figures, but they didn’t turn out too well.

    But your army looks great!  Nicely done.  Makes me all nostalgic for Warmaster again.

    in reply to: To the Strongest – typical army size #163548
    Tony S
    Participant

    I must admit I never even looked at the points or army lists.   Just threw a couple of existing armies in the table, in the assumption that what is “even” in one ruleset should be reasonably fair in another.

    It’s amazing how much time is saved but using a grid.  I’ve played gridded games for years, being a fan of Peter Pig’s rules.   Terrain looks better, moving troops is fast and easy, no arguments about “flanks”, no need to rebase – and yet there are those down at my club that refuse to play anything with a grid because it “looks like a boardgame”.

    That said, I didn’t like the look of cards on the table.  Just too obtrusive in my opinion, and visually detracted from the terrain and figures.  I use the chits from TtS publisher, Big Red Bat.  And since I’m crap at shuffling cards, it is also easier for me to randomize them by shaking a cup.

    If you’re interested in the ECW, I’d strongly suggest you consider trying TtS sister set, For King and Parliament.  Fantastic game.

    in reply to: To the Strongest – typical army size #163490
    Tony S
    Participant

    We’ve played decent two player games with twelve or so units a side.    Actually, they were triple size DBA armies, so we used three DBA elements for a single TtS unit.

    Seemed to work for us.  I like both triple DBA and TtS.  Different styles of games, but quite enjoyable.

     

    Tony S
    Participant

    I’m afraid I spotted an error in your solo scenario.

    As in… scenario!?  That’s an solo mini campaign.  You don’t do things by halves Jim.   Well done!  You’ve put a ton of detail and ideas there.

    Just to add to your suggestions for 15mm figures, if you like a larger scale, I’d suggest the 28mm Home Guard range from the Foundry that the Perry’s did years ago.   Lots of characters that may or may not resemble an old TV show.

    in reply to: Grudziadz Poland 39 in 6mm #163376
    Tony S
    Participant

    You just can’t beat 6mm terrain.  Looks outstanding.  And it’s always refreshing to see early war scenarios.

    in reply to: 15mm huge battlefield #163066
    Tony S
    Participant

    Good lord man!  That table is big enough to generate it’s own tumbleweeds.

    Looks really, really good.

    in reply to: OHW meets ‘O’ Group, 1943 campaign #162973
    Tony S
    Participant

    As ever, your articles are very well written and provide food for thought.   Another fantastic one Norm.

    It’s quite relevant to myself, as we’ve been considering trying O Group, but are quite doubtful that we can finish a game in time, as the club has a three hour limit.   After the inevitable faffing with terrain, and organizing troops, making a coffee, mocking others in their games, taking stick from said others for your tabletop blunders, it really means two hour actual gaming time.

    Hearing that downsizing O Group is not only possible, but seems to still work rather well is very encouraging to me!   Even better, bolting on some of the more attractive OHW aspects have me quite intrigued.

    I’ve played a few OHW, but despite my general agreement to his rules ethos, didn’t actually like playing them.  Too many corners rounded off for my tastes.  But I absolutely loved the random force generation and the plethora of scenarios provided.

    We’ve adapted the scenarios to DBA games, and used the random force generation and scenarios for the 1859 War, but with the excellent Shako to Coal Scuttle rules.  Both periods worked with great success.

    I’m quite looking forward to the rest of your campaign Norm.  Is it a face to face, or solo affair?

     

     

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