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  • in reply to: F&I War Frontier Fort… #137928

    Nice work you’ve  done there.  I’ll check back in 25 years to see how the stairs are coming along. 😊

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D printers #137811

    I have a Creality Ender-3.  I’ve printed 1/2400 scale ships and 1/72 scale figures with great success.  This is an FDM printer.  You can get a layer height of .08 and print small  objects quite well.  Lately I’ve been printing nano-scale starships.  Either type of printer is going to have a small learning curve.  Easy enough to learning but you will have to put in the time and not get discouraged if/when you fail with a few prints.  You can also print stuff like 2mm troop blocks for large scale battles.

    I chose a FDM printer because, at the time, plant based (aka non-toxic/biodegradable) plastic was available.  I understand that there is now biodegradable resin now so this is no longer an argument though the cost is somewhat higher than PLA.  Neither type of printer will be lightning in a bottle.  Both types of printers will have their strengths and weaknesses.

    Armored Cruisers

     

    Death Knight and Lich

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    1. Congratulations and..
    2. We definitely need more source material  for this wonderful game!

    Well done!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Looking for plastic minis #136304

    Check out the Pendraken ranges of Fantasy figures.  All 10mm.  Yes.  All  metal but they are priced quite reasonably.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Wadi Fookem, May 1941… #135979

    Nice layout and figures!

    BTW, you have a great written Scottish accent.  I only understood every fourth word. 😉

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Lack of an Opposing Force #135860

    I just remembered I have a 28mm Norman Army that was originally a rather careless purchase for Saga, buying far too many boxes of Placky Conquest Games Figures, and no longer have a matching Saxon force.

    You don’t really need Saxons to fight.  Norman on Norman action works  fine.   In fact they could stand in for a good  many armies  of the time so long as they  have a cavalry base.  Normans  vs Franks?  Normans vs Holy Roman Army?   Normans vs Lombards?

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Lack of an Opposing Force #135846

    Back in the late 70s and early 80s, some friends and I started into Napoleonics in 15mm.  Almost the entire collection was 2nd gen Minifigs.  Another buddy and I had the French while 3 of my other friends had English, Russian and Austrian.  Some rather great times.  we  had playing Fire and Steel (aka  System 7).  I acquired most of the English and some of the Russians.  I’ve since touched up/repainted most of the forces as my paint skills are considerably better than they were in 1978.

    I’ve got WW2 both sides for Early N Africa and plenty of Micro Armor for Western Europe.   Also lots of 15mm armies for  fantasy, medieval, dark age and ancients back to the Punic wars.  I have always painted both sides ever since my college  days.  These days, my friends are more into Dungeons and Dragons.  I can get them to occasionally play a miniatures game.

    John

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Who Makes Good Stand-Ins For “Chigs”? #135583

    15mm full armored… 

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Who Makes Good Stand-Ins For “Chigs”? #135582

    GZG has Kra’vak aliens which are a sort of an approcximation to the Chigs.  The 15mm versions have helmets.  The 25mm versions do not seem to have helmets.  The figures look kind of close though.

    https://shop.groundzerogames.co.uk/25mm-stargrunt/kra-vak.html

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Rules of thumb in combat #135126

    A friend of mine was a tank commander in Europe during the Cold War.  They had target prioritization.  Specialists, flankers and then the nearest threat.  So, if you are in a tank  and there is an anti-tank weapon at effective range and a nearby infantry platoon and another armored vehicle  to the flank, you would kill the AT weapon, the vehicle and the infantry platoon in that order…assuming you survive.  😀  The same could be said for infantry.

    Another friend told me a  story when he was in infantry training.  The drill instructor said, “Gentlemen!  If you see a man with a flame thrower, you shoot him first cuz he will rain scunion* on you!”

    These principles work surprisingly well in wargaming.

    John

    *Back  in the day, I suspect scunion meant something different than “weed”.

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D Print files for my 6mm / 10mm trees #134036

    Hi Patrick,

    And exactly why did you not have these done BEFORE I started making new trees for my tabletop? 😀

    Seriously, those look great!  Have you printed them yet?  How did they turn out?

    John

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The Rough Guide to Solo Wargaming #133786

    Complexity and size of game is really kind of a personal choice.  I like simple games in general because I prefer to worry about tactics more.  I don’t want to lose because I was not clever enough  to apply the game mechanics correctly.  Like others, I forget things easily and don’t track details like I used  to.  So if I am doing twice the work, you better believe I am going for simplicity! 😀

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: How I’m spending my time… #133736

    You have an impressive array of activities.  I do  hope nothing comes of your isolation and you are able to engage with your wife again at the end of it.

    I need to find motivation.  I have several drywall repairs to  do.  My sinuses are clobbering me like the usually do this time of year.  So kicking dust up is not all that appealing to me.

    I  have  a couple of projects lined up including, oddly enough, troops for the Battle of the Mon(ongahela)…aka Braddock’s defeat.  As well, I have Russian ships for Tsushima to be painted and based  as well as the whole Japanese 3rd division of the same battle.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: A tale of two tank platoons #133731

    I applaud that you don’t allow the crews to play “hero”  in the game and force them off the field if they lose their nerve.  That is consistent with military thinking of the modern time.  Tanks can be replaced.  Human life cannot.

    I think the tweaks you used seem to work really well without actually complicating things.  Well done!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The Rough Guide to Solo Wargaming #133711

    Thanks for posting your thoughts.  One of the things I’ve found for solo gaming is that since the player is doing all the lifting for both sides, it is better and more enjoyable to play rules on the simpler side.  Often skirmish games which require fewer figures seem to work better than large massive games which require more time to setup and much more time to play.

    Solo Campaign games tend to bog down when you have a lot of detail to wade through.  The first few turns fly by quickly because all sides are still ramping up so  there is not a lot to do.  But once the war gets into full swing, it is much tougher to play all sides.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Churchill #133486

    Marvelous job!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Like Crossfire? Have you seen this? #132446

    <q>The game Monopoly and Twister are patented for example.</q>

    More for the look and feel of the game…artwork and such.  I could make a Monopoly game, call it something else and completely reword everything and nobody could stop me.  I doubt it would sell though. 😉  I suspect I’d run afoul of the copyright law if I made the board with exactly the same layout but with different wording.

    “Cover Fire” is fine.  Clearly done in the author’s own words and it appears their may be a few differences, especially in how groups work.  The latter may not be a bad thing. 😉

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Like Crossfire? Have you seen this? #132332

    Nice find, Patrick!

    I very much enjoyed Crossfire.  The rules are a bit confusing at first but the game flows quite well.  The game linked above is like a 1 page intro set for Crossfire.  No vehicles just infantry and MGs.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: GZG 25mm Neu Swabian League review #132321

    Marvelous figures and paint jobs!  I, too, really like that range of figures.

     

    John

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Is AAG Dead? #132308

    <q>Oh my, then what a poor choice on my part for a blog title. Damn.</q>

    Well, probably less poor choice of words then since it was a bit of flooding.  I am glad it was something that can be replaced rather than the death of loved ones!

    Hope they get back into operation soon!

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Beautiful setup and another great AAR.  Who makes the building scenery?

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: German ATR Rifles: Last Use #132088

    They were with Rommel in the desert.  Ineffective enough that they never bothered to replace them.  The Panzerfaust made it’s debut in 1942 so 1942 is likely when they were discontinued.  I suspect they lost favor by the end of 1941.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D Printed M-26 Pershing for Korea #131942

    I cannot find what settings I used. It was a little fiddly to get the Supports off of the turret, but not too bad. I suspect you will find a better way to do supports, I think I tend to add too much.

    No worries, Patrick.  I’ve printed a few of these myself.  I used the zig-zag supports which can be a bit of a pain to get off and they do waste a bit of filament.

    I printed mine exactly as you, with the tracks and turret parallel to the bed.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Review of PSC 15mm Ancients plastic samples #131924

    Are the horse and rider separate?  The fact that some are turned to make the figures more flat suggest that they are 1 piece.

    I believe they are Xyston.

    They are Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) in their upcoming ancients range.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D Printed M-26 Pershing for Korea #131893

    You could find it in the 1:100 scale collection.  Those do have patterned tracks and scale up nicely to 1:72 scale and probably down to 1:150 if one chooses.

    How did you orient the tank when you printed it?  Did you use supports?

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D Printing Advances! #131829

    Hey John! Sorry for the delay, I am swamped at work and still slogging through graduate school. I am still printing away much faster than I can paint, but tonight I am going to try to finish up a platoon of M26 Pershings that I scaled up to 1:150. I have also finished printing all the bits for my 10mm trench system and will start painting tonight too. I did get my files posted up to Thingieverse, I cannot remember if I posted that fact here or not: https://www.thingiverse.com/JozisTinMan/designs And, I have bought Forward March Studios 2mm sets, we shall see where that takes me. I have also gotten in to printing pegboard holders for my tools in the garage… I’ll try to get some stuff posted tonight!

    Trenches came out great!  So is 1:150 scale your chosen scale for 10mm figures?   I was wrestling with what scale to change to specifically for 10mm.  I’d always heard it was 1:144 but others have said that this was more like 12mm.

    John

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D Printing Advances! #131740

    Tea, Earl Grey, hot. Oh, and a Mark II Matilda tank, 1/56 scale, colour Italian campaign 1944.

    Exactly!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D Printing Advances! #131678

    I still enjoy painting but am happy to print out the models to paint, even on my Ender-3.

    Which begs the question.  How’s the 3D printing coming Patrick/JozisTinMan?

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Just Jack???!!! #131477

    He seems to have  visited TMP today.  So if you are worried about him, I suspect he is OK.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Flocking Sand. #131316

    50 pounds!?  That is a lot of basing!  Get busy, Mr!  😉

    It does seem over the top at first glance but at just $5, you can gift some to friends and still make out like a bandit compared to the cost of the equivalent in model railroad products.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Squad Hammer Core for WW2 #131315

    I believe you want Hammer of Democracy.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Wargaming for 6 year olds. #131080

    Great looking models.  And yes.  Slow and steady wins the joust! 😀

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Wargaming for 6 year olds. #131000

    This is great!  I did something similar with my son when he was that age.  He even helped designing the rules.  Naturally they were called Jack’s Rules of War.  More like a skirmish game.  We’ve played a good bit of Frostgrave (Osprey) and Sellswords and Spellslingers (Ganesha) for role playing.  But that was when he was a bit older.  He’s 12 now.

    I hope you and your daughter game for many years to come.  Those are some great times together!

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Starmada rules? #130933

    It’s a very fun set of rules but yes, the clever naming conventions and the fact that several mutually incompatible versions are in print at the same time has made it very hard to keep track of. I thought “Nova” was the current edition but I could be wrong. I played it back when it was a free Word file, actually.

    I did as well.  Helped with the play-testing of version 4 when it became shareware and then version 5.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Starmada rules? #130932

    Fleet Ops is the abstracted version of the game to allow for large amounts of ships.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Starmada rules? #130797

    Newer versions promised to be more streamlined.  I had the admiralty edition.  I did not think it was a step in the right direction.  Mostly tried to take things out a streamline the rules.  Mostly it was just a little different and enough was taken out to where you could not necessarily create any universe you desired.  I still think Starmada 5th edition compendium is the best version, at least of the ones I know about.  X was OK but did kind of get more complex than 5th edition.  Others will undoubtedly disagree.  Horses for courses.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The end times are nigh – or are they? #130689

    There are several companies that seem to keep on going.  GW for example.  They are propelling our hobby, whether you like them or not.  I suspect that many of the older gamers remember the grand old days when games came in a spine stapled pamphlet, everything was black and white courier typed and there were few, if any, pictures in the book.  Today, everything is in full color (if the publisher knows what is best for their business!) and often times games come with all sorts of extra parts and gizmos required to play the game.

    We are spoiled for choice.  The market does seem saturated with games but not source material.  Scenario books would be the saturation I’d be happy with.  But instead we have a dizzying array of rule books on the market today.  Many are sold in PDF format which is very low risk to the seller.  Some, of course, are better than others.

    I think people are equating “the hobby is (ever) changing” with “the hobby is doomed.”  So long as people like games and crafts, the hobby of table top wargaming will exist.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: My 3mm Soviet Tanks Corps is DONE! #130563

    Thank guys! John just made me actually laugh out loud! For the Germans, I am doing a 1944 Panzer division, understrength of course. A lot of infantry to paint up, ironically, in the two panzer grenadier regiments. Later, I am planning on doing Panzer III’s and T-70’s so I can wind the clock back to 1943. Then, I can finally start playtesting rules. I have 3 different potential firing systems rolling around in my head, but I am forcing myself to get the painting done first. And it is giving me time to read.

    If you need any testers, I have some 6mm miniatures itching for a fight.  They are Western Front but I suspect they will still work for armies.

    I’ve been printing some horse and musket armies which are 2mm.  Not much different in size.  They look pretty cool setup on the table top.  I don’t have enough to play a game yet but I am hoping to cobble together something by the summer.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Rick Priestley #130406

    The vague dig at the Trans community at the end was both uncalled for and completely unnecessary.  For the record, I was mildly interested in the book until I saw who it was by.  For me, it would undoubtedly be filled with all sorts of GW style advice.  I like simplicity, 6 siders and saving throws but I dislike buckets-o-dice.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: My 3mm Soviet Tanks Corps is DONE! #130396

    The uniforms on the infantry are all wrong.  Too many buttons on the coats…and the button colors are wrong too! 😀

    Looking good!  The beauty of 3mm is  that not a lot of effort is needed to make the minis look the part.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

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