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Fight 7 already? I need to do some catching up.
Great report (as always) and I love your figures and terrain.
One question though, would the truck mounted troops really have stayed in their trucks once the shooting started? For some reason I imagine you’d dismount immediately and continue on foot, get the trucks to safety as quick as possible?
Loving the surrendered figures too 🙂
Looks like you had fun.
I’ve ordered these rules and Dragon Rampant, hoping to kickstart my wargaming with them.
I’ve been described as the kind of person who should command the Light Brigade if there’s ever a refight of Balaclava, I like to tell myself that’s to do with being bold and impetuous rather than simply incompetent. :p
Success and failure is about 50/50, but I rarely regret it either way. 🙂
How about doing some Dino Riders or Eldar Exodites after this project?
Your wish is my command. 🙂
He’s blue because he’s a native of Venus, where as we all know dinosaurs also evolved and still survive…
I now have to decide whether to continue with the original plan of a Lost World in central Africa or to play exactly the same games set in Britain’s Venusian colonies, with added big battle actions. Decisions, decisions…
A couple of Triceratops, an adult and a young one (calf?). The moulds are done for these and the Tyranosaur, just got to get casting and painting now. 🙂
I need to do some Cutie explorers/big game hunters too I guess, and some native bearers. Oh, and dig out my copy of Adventures in Jimland that I bought years ago and never did anything with, make more dinosaur species and work on jungle terrain. No rest for the wicked. 🙂
I need to work a bit more on the skin, but I’m happy with the pose and the teeth. 🙂
Vicki, I’m so happy to ‘see’ you, hope this means all is well, we certainly missed you! Dinosaurs, eh? C’mon, you need some tanks or something shooting at them! V/R, Jack
Sorry for the silence, just been really busy with other things. I need to catch up on your battle reports, I haven’t forgotten. 🙂
I may, just possibly, have vague ideas of dinosaurs on Venus too, with Venusians riding them facing off against Victorian Sci Fi colonists. Colonists with steam tanks. Would that do? :p
Happy to see you posting Victoria! Grand Kids love Dinos!!!
Thanks, and they really do. 🙂
I really like the ones I can see, but I’m having the same problem viewing them all as Mike is.
Wonderful drawings. 🙂
What about the Israelis? While we’re guilt tripping him about unfinished projects.
Seriously though, it must be really dispiriting playing games you don’t feel like doing at the moment when you’d much rather be spending your hobby time on something that has your full enthusiasm. He’ll get round to them when he’s good and ready. Plus I don’t want to open that can of worms given the unfinished projects I have piling up…
Vicki – After all this time, that’s all you’ve got!!!??? Well, I’m glad to be back, and I certainly missed you (unlike that vagrant, Kyote)!
I had more, but it was too many reports in one go for the usual flood of comments. I see several things to comment on in the first eleven reports and I’ve forgotten what they were by the time I finish report twelve.
The tank rules looked fun, but the number of hits with no effects seemed a bit weird, sort of more like Pz III’s firing at a KV1 than a Sherman vs a Pz IV duel. I guess ‘you’re hit, you’re dead’ would have made for a really short game, but it felt a bit strange.
I loved the dialogue you gave various characters, @%&$ing excellent…
The variety of the scenarios was excellent, as was switching between infantry and tank battles.
Should we take bets on whether you make it all the way to Germany? I suspect you will this time, I certainly hope so.
What’s the difference between 5 Men at Kursk and 5 Men at Normandy that made you switch rules?
Oh, and finally, I want to see you do a Kelly’s Heroes campaign. Can you shoehorn it into this when they move into France? Please? Pretty please?
(There you go, that’s what you get for complaining about a lack of comments from me. )
I wasn’t trying to bring about any change, but since we’re discussing it now…
I think it’s best to put threads in a section of the forum where people who might be interested in the subject are likely to spot them. So I think it’s right that Madaxeman’s excellent ADLG reports remain in Ancients (or Medieval) even though they usually involve match ups which under your definition should really go in Imaginations. You don’t move those reports there, and I think that’s sensible.
If someone wanted to write about WWII starting in 1938 with an alternative Munich or with a WWII German invasion of Spain and attack on Gibraltar then those could go in WWII or What If, because people interested in both those categories might find something interesting in it. People who’s primary interest is in made up countries would be less likely to find it useful.
I’d rather Imaginations was for people using their creativity to invent new countries and armies, but that’s just my own taste and I’m really into that sort of thing because it frees me from criticism of poor research and historical inaccuracy (I’m great at both of those ).
I’d quite like a What If section and hope it would be busy enough to justify its existence.
Not sure I follow
Well, Alternate History involves (generally speaking) historical countries. So it’s not Imaginations. It tends to have a historical level of technological development, so it’s not Victorian Sci Fi. It’s usually at a higher level than I would consider Pulp to be, though Pulp is sort of vague and you could easily have Pulp in an Alternate History ‘world’.
VBCW is Alternate History because it’s considering an alternative historical course of events that could have happened in the 30’s. But it’s a very specific one, not general Alternate History.
So, as an example, say I wanted to game Harry Turtledove’s alternative history of the USA and the Confederacy, lets say I decided to refight the US invasion of the Sandwich islands to take them from Britain in 1914. Where should I put a report of that game? (Polite suggestions only please. )
If it should go in the WWI section of the forum then shouldn’t Paskal’s thread have gone into Ancients by the same logic? Two historical countries using historical forces to fight a war that never happened?
It’s not a big issue, just an observation.
- This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by Victoria Dickson.
Just an observation, but it’s strange the Alternative History section of the forum doesn’t contain a place for discussing Alternative History other than VBCW…
I love it when figures arrive. Came home today to a nice little parcel of figures and a note to collect another parcel from the post office (too big to fit through the letter box). Just wish I could paint faster than they can deliver.
If I was you I’d find a way to fit the Grays into Vietnam, a nice 3 way fight between them, your Marines and the Vietcong. 🙂
They look really nice. Are the rules similar to Memoir 44?
Don’t get me started, I was looking at the Rebel Minis pulp and steampunk adventurers yesterday, soooooooooooo tempted lol
What rules are you going to use with your 15 mm crossbowmen Victoria?
I’m planning on trying Furiosa from Alternative Armies. I bought the rule book and the supplement after I saw them advertised on here, actually. I was tempted by the thought of scratchbuilding Leonardo’s ‘wondrous inventions’ and having renaissance battles with air support and tanks…
Plus fighting more historical ones too, obviously.
I’ve given the rules a quick scan, it’ll be ages before I get enough figures painted up for even a tiny battle so I’ve plenty of time to familiarise myself with them. They look a bit complex but I’m not letting that scare me off. 🙂
If Furiosa doesn’t work out I have other options, the figures won’t go to waste and it’s a fun period to paint. (Meanwhile I’m considering another side project in a completely different period, very small number of figures but in a larger scale to let me see if I can paint them to a decent standard, I’m in full butterfly mode now )
Madame , For me it is impossible to do anything if I do not know how it was, I do in historical damage – as close as possible to known reality – not in science fiction. And even in science fiction, unless you create everything, you have to follow the pattern of what you’re interested in.
Well, I suppose you could classify a refight of the battle of Gujrat where the 3rd Bombay Native Infantry have white facing colours instead of sky blue as science fiction if you wanted to…
Perhaps you mean Alternative History? Though if you were going down that route, I’d think the change in the course of the battle from gaming it was a far bigger change than the facing colours.
Obviously it’s better to have them correct if you can, but I don’t think I’d pursue it with your dedication. 🙂
That must be really frustrating, I think if I had to know every detail before I started a project I’d get nothing done.
Well, I hope someone can answer your questions soon so you can get started. 🙂
I look forward to seeing some pictures of these armies you are painting.
Twisting them, which lost an arm of the crossbow on one of them, took the whole thing off on another and gave me two that seemed ok till I went to undercoat them, where the touch of the brush was enough to see them fall off.
Really good report, things went like clockwork to begin with and then got a little messy, didn’t they? But it never felt like you were going to lose, I’m surprised the bad guys stuck around as long as they did.
With the standard of your terrain, figures, photography and writing this felt more like something I’d find in a magazine than a blog, no offence intended to bloggers. It has a glossy professional feel to it. 🙂
I’d say finish one thing before you start another, but I never do that myself so go with what you want to do. 🙂
I can recall a certain someone’s better angels being severely offended when KG Klink saw several soldiers summarily executed for cowardice on the battlefield!!!
I think it was Cubans doing the executions then too, but I might remember incorrectly. See what a bad influence you are on me, calling for extreme punishments now? :p
Don’t think I read any of your Klink stuff, I need to complete your back catalogue of greatest hits. 🙂
Whoever planned this operation should be taken out and shot. Insufficient forces committed and no attempt at concentration of what is available, this has disaster written all over it. And why no air support?
Or, to put it another way, great report, very exciting. 🙂
The terrain really is wonderful, Santa clearly wanted the look of your games to be as awesome as possible.
3) The Cubans here are Army, not Marines
I believe this is the sole reason they aren’t rated as ‘elite bullet proof heroes’.
I’m looking forward to the action at the Western edge of Northeast South Leon (West was feeling neglected so I had to include it), I checked out the Blackhawkhet post you mentioned and I’m wondering where the civilians fit in?
Oh and your Cubans chewed up your other Cubans.
Only through incompetent leadership, the other side aren’t Cubans this time. They are, erm, Leonians?
I really like technicals, I have a few sitting unpainted that I ought to do something with.
Great report, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a quality difference between the paras and the FLA, which seems surprising to me.
Great report. Though you technically won it felt more like a defeat to me, if that makes any sense. Probably not. lol
I agree with John about the tree and brush lines, very nice looking and something I will have to try. The look as a whole is outstanding. 🙂
It’s kinda like Writers have some books that I love but others it’s a slog to get through. Love the writer but wish they wrote more of the stories I love. I love your Marines and Israelis, the Cubans are a slog.
You’ve been told, you’ll like the Cubans whether you like them or not, so there.