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  • in reply to: Status Update #199679
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Painting? – Eureka 20mm British for ww2. Slowly.

    Collecting? – Just ordered a pile of WW1 Austrians from Picoarmour to do Galicia in 3mm. Gonna do it up all proper too with researching specific divisions etc.

    Playing? – Tabletop action was making characters for a friends RPG campaign, starting a game of Ted Raicers “Reds” over Vassal and playing a game of Do It Games “Downfall of Empires” with the kid.

    Other? – Im working on (among many others) on more WW2 platoon rules because obviously we don’t have enough of those. But THIS time it’ll be different and take the whole gaming world by storm with ….

    A Combination? – I quit coffee and am now on tea only.

    in reply to: 28mm (ish) great war? #199653
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Score, thanks!

    in reply to: Rapid Fire in Normandy begining a battle #199651
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Thank you for sharing. The new rules are really a great little package. Perfect for getting started.

    in reply to: What is your favourite “bad” tank? #199597
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    As I am fond of telling the kid, surely Covenanter must be one of the best tanks of the war: Thousands built, none lost in action 🙂

    in reply to: 15mm and 18mm ranges? #199559
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Lets keep the 20s and 1/72 1/76s separete. Thanks though

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Very kind and I appreciate the details.
    I had wanted to discuss the big exercises before the war (which I think Peter Hart mentions in Fire & Movement) but ended up not quite feeling like it would fit.

    in reply to: Defence is not king! #199486
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    William Philpott in “War of Attrition” makes the observation (from memory, its been a bit since I read the book) that attritional warfare was a pretty rational solution to the problem, given the resources that were available.

    It’s worth noting that the Axis took more casualties during Barbarossa than the combined German casualties of Verdun and the Somme. I suppose point 2 above applies here as well.

    in reply to: Defence is not king! #199456
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    You may be on the something.

    It always fascinated me that single day battles in f.x. the Napoleonic wars had casualty rates that were comparable or often very high compared to “per day” casualties in many much larger battles in the industrial age.

    in reply to: 6mm and 10mm WW1 ranges currently being sold? #199451
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Cheers, 12mm is fine.

    3D print stuff Im not really after for this purpose, since its a bit too hard to categorise with stuff seeming to appear and disappear pretty quickly.

    in reply to: Using rules for a different period? #199441
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    A long time ago, there was a blog with a gent running Napoleonic scenarios using the original 40K rules (which had stats for muskets) to prove a point about the scenario mattering more than the rules. The blog appears to be long vanished though.

    in reply to: Sell me on 6mm #199424
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    That is lovely (and thank you as well)

    in reply to: Sell me on 6mm #199394
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Oh sorry, I meant if you are using “true” ground scale for the miniatures.

    in reply to: Sell me on 6mm #199392
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    What does the typical gaming table come out to in 6mm? 3-400 meters across?

    in reply to: Sell me on 6mm #199386
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    Now who is gonna hype up 6mm skirmishing? 🙂

    in reply to: Defence is not king! #199376
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    It’d be interesting to do some work unravelling casualties from army sizes.

    Gravelotte in 1870 has less casualties than Waterloo, with larger armies, despite the reputation for the Prussians getting shot to bits on the hills.

    The battle of Mukden in 1905 are three times as big as Waterloo and about 3 times the losses for each side (very roughly).

    in reply to: Defence is not king! #199337
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    “Every person who lived before me was an idiot” is a pretty insidious mindset in pop history I find.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Not being able to buy most weapons directly is admittedly a bit weird, but it forces more interesting options and combinations, so hopefully a forgivable fudge

    in reply to: 25mm WFB #199232
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Great work 🙂

    I recognise some of the mens but not all of them. Are these all oldhammer minis or are you picking whatever strikes your fancy?

    in reply to: Another of Mike’s Moans #199192
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Selling the customer products that are falsely advertised seems like a bad idea.

    in reply to: What is your favourite “bad” tank? #199145
    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen
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    Is the Churchill any good?

    Good armour, crap reliability is my understanding. It does look like a mean brawler though!

    in reply to: WW1 being treated unfairly #199091
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    Trenches as models do suck. I use flat “mouse mat” terrain so it looks less goofy.

    As far as casualties, when I am given a minis army, 80% casualties are typical. Im also told some of these dice do have 6s on them but apparently that’s not in the sets I have bought 🙂

    Joking aside I got curious: One of John Terraine’s observations is that the big casualties are to an extent a function of battle sizes.
    The Somme sees something like 50 German divisions take part.
    Franco-British losses on the Somme is 620k in 137 days. So something like 4500 a day.

    Whats the biggest scrap in the west after France 40? The Bulge with 20ish German divisions?
    Allied losses were about 2000 per day, so about half the losses, fighting about half the German divisions.

    Monty rocks it at 750 casualties per day at 2nd El Alamein. He was facing what seems to add up to 12ish Axis divisions, so half the strength of the Bulge and a bit under half the losses per day.

    in reply to: WW1 being treated unfairly #199073
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    Ive kicked around ideas for dealing with wire (where do you cut it the night before, where do you shell etc.) but the issue is that if the wire doesn’t get cut, the attack just isn’t gonna succeed.

    I’m sure the idea could be built out though. I read a book recently on raids and they were fantastically elaborate affairs with fires in different areas, decoy fires, men assigned to a number of tasks etc. You could definitely turn that into a whole pre-game sequence, maybe with the othyer side having a limited number of precautions.

    in reply to: Theatre of the Mind #199072
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    Giving info to players based on their character is also a nice way of loredumping a little bit.
    “As a knight, you know that the men serve the order of the enlarged spoon, known throughout the North for their love of spicy soups”

    in reply to: WW1 being treated unfairly #199044
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    Paths of Glory is absolutely teeth grinding to play because as you say, you need to do a number of things each turn and the resources add up to about half of them 🙂

    If you are into board games, check out “The lamps are going out” from Compass games.

    in reply to: Theatre of the Mind #199037
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    I did play with a fantasy RPG group some years back (some homebrew game of theirs) where everyone was expected to paint a miniature for their character but they just sat in front of the player at the table. They just liked the visual representation I suppose.

    in reply to: WW1 being treated unfairly #199034
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    What rules do you use for operational stuff?

    in reply to: Theatre of the Mind #199012
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    Currently all my RPGs are played over voice chat (Discord) so we use theatre of the mind. If it is a complex battle, I recap every turn to make sure everyone knows exactly where they are compared to everything else. For whatever reason, I am pretty good at keeping a “mental map” so that works fine.

    Face to face, we have occasionally used miniatures but I tend to prefer them as more of a general “you are here, the lizardman is over there, you guys are here” than counting out hexes or anything. I’d say half our games use no visual aids at all, for the rest its sometimes just a sketch on paper and sometimes its a few minis.

    I did run a GURPS ww2 game where we played out the firefights using hexes, minis and the whole thing, treating it as a skirmish wargame, then role played in between. I’ve done the same with Inquisitor. That was good fun but a different experience intentionally.

    in reply to: Yes, it is broken #198932
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    I havent had any real bad experiences in the minis world. Mostly just small shops that take a long time to ship.
    Now retro computing scene: Defective products, people who suddenly become unreachable once you report a problem even though they are still shilling their product on forums, it’s been a lot.

    in reply to: Suggest me a couple platoon level ww2 rules #198931
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    Thanks folks, that will do.

    in reply to: Suggest me a couple platoon level ww2 rules #198873
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    I did play Nuts quite a bit. I’ll check out the other two, thanks!
    I did own the original FoF but its been so long I don’t remember much of it.

    in reply to: What Ya Playin’ ? #198838
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    Nobleknight had a sale so I picked up Storm of Steel by Decision Games (I think a 1st edition, Im not sure) and The landing: Gallipoli 1915 which seems to be a neat little dice game.

    in reply to: Last historical period you started? #198788
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    Many years ago I played Crossfire with a guy who had made a huge pile of armies by downloading photos of various troops and tanks, printing them out, putting them on stiff card and laminating them. They were basically board game pieces but for minis gaming.

    in reply to: This week in gaming #198737
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    It definitely counts

    in reply to: What Ya Playin’ ? #198523
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    I’ve seen a couple of them yeah, but I need to buy a bunch. The way Skirmish Campaigns is structured suddenly made sense once I read Arc of Fire 🙂

    in reply to: What Ya Playin’ ? #198521
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    Lately been getting into Arc of Fire so that may join the list.

    As the co-author of AOF – so happy to hear that people are still getting into it after all these years! What games have you been doing with it?

    Oh shoot! Yeah, your game rocks. I was pleasantly surprised that even calling artillery is pretty easy to figure out, which is usually where “realistic” games get bogged down.

    My brother in law is getting into miniatures (since he builds 1/72 scale model kits already) so we have been doing some East Front WW2 and I am planning to run a narrative campaign for him, where he’s going to try to survive during Barbarossa.
    I may try it out for some proper trench fighting in the future.

    in reply to: What Ya Playin’ ? #198518
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    Im going to take that as “most games played in the system” so that would look like:

    Crossfire, Warhammer 40.000 2nd edition, Stargrunt 2.

    Lately been getting into Arc of Fire so that may join the list, though I also have Disposable Heroes lined up which looks pretty promising.

    For ww1, Ive never found the game that quite nails everything for me and Id like that to end up being my primary period.

    For RPGs, its anything BRP based in English or Swedish (Drakar och Demoner, Runequest, Hjältarnas Tid, Pendragon etc.). Though the next campaign is looking like GURPS.

    Board wargames, the most played would be Twilight Struggle I think but my “jam” is WW1 grand strategy. Imperial Tide and The Lamps are Going Out being favourites.

    in reply to: Books on the Bulgarian army? #198517
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    Much obliged!

    in reply to: And you thought 6mm was small! #198454
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    You could turn a large table into an entire geographical region. Absolutely stellar little pieces.

    in reply to: In defence of the forum #198298
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    For facebook it depends a LOT on the group in question.
    I don’t tend to stick around for long, since a lot of them are just an endless series of pictures with 1 or 2 comments in reply.

    in reply to: In defence of the forum #198284
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    Maybe we should all be in a giant whatsapp group and when some messages it, we tell them to naff off and go and paint/read/play/use a forum instead!

    “If you got time to post, you got time to paint!”

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