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  • in reply to: Game testing for SPI back in the day #198503
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    …My father’s oldest brother was in the merchant navy and made the run there and back once and swore he’d never run it again. Not because of the U-boats, Stukas or the Tirpitz but because of the constant need to hack chunks of ice off the upper-works of the ship to stop it becoming top heavy and turning turtle.

     

    The Norwegian film War Sailor depicted the sailors in New York in 1944. Military Police deployed to keep them from jumping ship. That’s how they found they were bound for Murmansk. It’s one harrowing film.

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    in reply to: Game testing for SPI back in the day #198501
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    My father only told me one story about the war. He was in Murmansk when a German plane flew over at high altitude. The Russians produced a very large AA gun and shot it down. He was impressed.

    My grandfather’s one story was about the convoy under attack at night. He was a cook and was in his bunk trying to sleep amid the noise of explosions. He got up in the morning and prepared breakfast for the crew. Taking the scraps to the stern for disposal, he realized the ship behind them in the formation was gone.

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    in reply to: Game testing for SPI back in the day #198494
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    If I sink my father, will I disappear?

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    in reply to: Game testing for SPI back in the day #198478
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    Wolfpack? That’s one I missed. How was it? I might look to see if anyone has a copy for sale. My maternal grandfather and my father both served in the merchant marine during WWII. Each made the Murmansk Run twice, not on the same ship. My grandfather wasn’t pleased that his daughter married a sailor.

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    in reply to: Representing Napoleonic Skirmishers… #198241
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    OK, an example of a BBB game with just a few battalions a side is Maida. See “Colin the Wargamer” blog report here. The Maida scenario is freely available in the BBB group files here. (You have to join the group to get access, but it’s free and it’s easy to leave.) Some players like to have extra skirmish counters out in front of their units just for the aesthetic. That works too.

     

    Hmm, missed the Maida scenario. Must give that a try when I get back to NYC.

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    in reply to: Dumb question. Panzer Grenadier machine guns #197500
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    It probably made a difference if the unit was moving or stationary. According to “Paul Carell” a German unit defending the line during the winter of 41-42 scrounged enough machineguns to turn it into a machinegun unit. Might be true, might not.

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    in reply to: Mortar smoke rounds? #197482
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    Smoke rounds on mortars are underused in ww2 wargaming, I always ensure that my mortars have at least 25% of smoke ( WW2 games play better with ammo and fuel limits or restrictions). Smoke is very useful when attacking defended positions or just for blocking line of site fire.

     

    I have been getting back into Crossfire. Every game shows that I need to use more smoke.

     

    Edit: not to confuse the enemy – none of that for the attacker, just the hidden deployment defender. But yes, block LOS to cut down the number of folks shooting at my attackers, you bet.

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    in reply to: Mortar smoke rounds? #197455
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    The father of a friend served in a chemical artillery unit  in the ETO, don’t recall if it was mortars or guns. Too late to ask him now. He said they fired smoke, HE and white phosphorous. Had a shrapnel wound near his nose. He said the Nazis had the bad manners to shoot back around Colmar.

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    in reply to: Kampfgruppe Heller, Poland 1939: Battle 12 #197447
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    I will be quite interested in seeing them when they become available to the general public. 50 minutes… twice that would be good.

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    in reply to: Kampfgruppe Heller, Poland 1939: Battle 12 #197445
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    At a company or so per side? That’s quite tantalizing.

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    in reply to: Dumb question. Panzer Grenadier machine guns #197441
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    As I always told IT trainees, no question is dumb until it is asked the third time.

     

    I know that in Chain of Command they get two MGs, no idea if they were mounted on vehicles.

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    in reply to: Kampfgruppe Heller, Poland 1939: Battle 12 #197440
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    Most interesting. How long did your game take to play?

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    in reply to: Startline – free WW2 rules #197251
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    I took a fast look at the rules, half squad or individual heavy weapons seems to be the thing. Each squad has a rifle team and a rifle/LMG team.

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    in reply to: The battle or campaign you always wanted to do? #197246
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    • Battle of the Coral Sea
    • Battle of Midway
    • Battle of Matapan
    • First and Second Battles of Narvik.

    Recently read Ian Toll’s first two books about the Pacific War. Made me realize how the old Avalon Hill Midway game gave too much control to the players, and how much chance played in the carrier battles.

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    in reply to: The battle or campaign you always wanted to do? #197245
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    A car crash this week will put a bit of a halt to spending more on this project, but that might let me focus on some terrain making.

     

    Ouch! Hope the damage was to the vehicle and not to you or any others.

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    in reply to: The battle or campaign you always wanted to do? #197132
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    I have WWII East Front, so anything set there would be fine. The open steppe combat that surrounded 6th Army in Stalingrad? I know urban combat has lots of fans. I prefer open field fights and dread making up all those ruined buildings.

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    in reply to: Startline – free WW2 rules #197131
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    Hmm, just in the process of redoing my 1/72 Crossfire setup in 12mm 1/144. I’ll take a look.

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    in reply to: Victrix 12mm tanks and infantry #197022
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    I like that!

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    in reply to: Victrix 12mm tanks and infantry #197019
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    Towed Soviet AT guns? :^)

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    in reply to: Victrix 12mm tanks and infantry #196857
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    And now a couple Crossfire companies of German infantry here.

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    in reply to: Victrix 12mm tanks and infantry #196734
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    A couple companies of Soviet infantry with some MGs, mortars, FOs, and T-34s can be found here.

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    in reply to: Are all vehicle machine guns equal? #196597
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    Most interesting, thank you.

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    in reply to: Victrix 12mm tanks and infantry #196362
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    Actually, painting the little guys with basic colors and wash is going really quickly. The heavy weapons sprues are more than half done, another 80 or so figures per side. I think basing them will take more time than the painting.

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    in reply to: Esparraguerra 1808 – A Polemos Refight #196176
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    Nice, no redcoats and precious few French, for a change.

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    in reply to: Basing figures for Sudan Conflict & Zulu War #194645
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    My suggestion: using a cheap brush, paint bases with a mix of water and PVA (Elmer’s in the USA). Dip in sand, shake off excess. You may want to build up sand around figure base to disguise the line while sand is still wet. Let dry for a day. Paint reddish-brown. When dry, dry brush with yellow brown. Fairly easy, looks pretty good. try one first to see if you like it.

     

     

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #193531
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    It ain’t just us.

     

    Watching the streaming series Rome, my artist wife objected when a reporter sketched Pullo in jail. “They didn’t have butcher paper then!”

     

    Even more arcane, we screened Across the Universe for my classical guitarist buddy and he was outraged that the character loosely based on Jimi Hendrix wasn’t playing left-handed. Go figure.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #193530
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    Did Welly go to the Congress of Vienna tho? -d That’s something they got right. He was the main British diplomat there after Castlereagh went home.

    Ok then it was over a decade ago I read it, so my mind isnt what it was…

     

    I find that re-reading books last perused a decade or so so before yields new insights. Or perhaps stuff I just forgot. I look at it as one of the perks of being a senior. Along with half-price entry to the subway.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #193477
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    Yes, the Tories were on the side of Catholic relief. The otherwise reform-minded Whigs were violently anti-Catholic, as were their American cousins, many of them later becoming Republicans after the American Whigs dissolved.

     

    Lincoln’s campaign in 1860 ran against Catholic immigrants (read: Irish) in those states where the (Know-Nothing) American Party had done well previously. Many abolitionists were anti-Catholic. Consistency, eh?

     

    A further aside: an acquaintance once found a list of daily pay scales at a reservoir being built in Manhattan during the Civil War, where the 42nd Street Public Library now stands. Among others, it listed:

    common labor, white  $1.40

    common labor, black   $1.30

    common labor, Italian $1.20

    This at a time when white Union soldiers were being paid $13 monthly to get shot at.

     

    Unfortunately I didn’t make a copy of this pay list. I don’t know where she found it.

    I do recall the highest paid individual was the muck boss, making some 3 or 4 dollars a day.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #193461
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    Off on a tangent (as usual): Wellington was that rare bird, an effective diplomat and an astute general. His “Iron Duke” nickname was acquired long after his battlefield exploits, when as an arch-conservative Tory, he obstinately blocked any reform legislation. It wasn’t an affectionate term.

    Edit: the term arose after he had iron shutters installed on his London house to ward off rocks and such from rioters.

    Austerlitz? Eylau? All across the Channel, easy to mix up.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #193448
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    Did Welly go to the Congress of Vienna tho?  -d

    That’s something they got right. He was the main British diplomat there after Castlereagh went home. And had been planning on allying with the Austrians and French against Russia and Prussia before Bonaparte escaped and upset the the deal. Bonaparte published the papers from the Congress found in Paris, sort of an early Wikileaks. It explains the hostility some senior Prussian officers had for Wellington.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #193446
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    Re historical accuracy in cinema: rereading my Teutonic Knights history, noted that the Battle of Lake Peipus, AKA the Battle on the Ice had precious few members of the Order present and the ice didn’t break. Won’t stop me from seeing Alexander Nevsky again in the future.

     

    In the early part of the film Nevsky tells his troops that they will deal with the Tatars later. A couple generations later, in fact.

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    in reply to: 1/1200 ACW ship models – who makes ’em? #193392
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    Hmm, at 2 inches long, not sure I can tell anything but egregious errors either.

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    in reply to: Ferocious fighting at Chickamauga (ACW) #193190
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    Perfect scenario for 2+ players per side, since fighting in the woods tends to produce a bunch of isolated battles. You only know what happened in the next sector if it becomes full of enemy troops.

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    The BBB Chickamauga scenario is great. Due to the table being all woods with the odd clearing here and there, it turns into a bunch of separate small, desperate battles.

     

    Last time I played Loigny years back, it made the tin undertakers very happy.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #192953
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    Ah, France, a country with two distinctly separate monarchist parties, Bourbons and the Bonaparte parvenus.

     

    I recall Greek nationalists being unhappy about the way Alexander the Great and his relationship with Hephaestion was portrayed in Stone’s opus.

     

    Can’t please everyone.

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    in reply to: Napoleon #192944
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    I think Blucher gets some credit for setting up the situation by not retreating east when Napoleon threatened his supply line.

     

    But yes, Boney should have seen the writing on the wall. But he was a mad gambler.

    In any case, brevity won over detailed exposition.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #192940
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    My two cents for what it is worth . . .  I feel like the movie wasn’t sure if it should be a love story or a war picture…

     

    Your two cents is worth about the same as mine, two cents. Love story or war picture…

    I recall seeing the South Pacific film when I was a wee lad. All the singing, and the dames, OK. But I was disappointed when the film ended without so much as a shot fired, just a coast watcher staring up through the trees. A battle scene mixed in with the romance suits me. Gotta have a battle scene.

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    in reply to: Ridley Scott’s Napoleon #192936
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    I liked it, didn’t love it. Thought Joaquin did OK. I liked his version better than Rod Steiger.

    I don’t expect ever to see a film about Napoleon that really pleases me. Uniforms looked right. And the cannons recoiled.

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    in reply to: Manet, USS Kearsage, CSS Alabama #192620
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    Thanks!

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    in reply to: 1/48 sailors? #192619
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    Thank you, Konstantinos. Sent it on to my ship building friend.

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