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  • in reply to: Skirmish Fantasy rules – what ho! #74088

    Trying not to sound pretentious… Cinematic in play.

    You mean you want a soundtrack with that? 😀

    My son and I both have a love/hate relationship with Frostgrave.   We do like the campaign system but have concluded that it is too easy for one side to get too far ahead of the other in a head-to-head campaign.  We do like the scale and the detail is just right.  I have not seen Blood Eagle other than a short mention online.  5-15 models per side tells me it is about the same level as Frostgrave right?

     

    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: Rapid Fire Hannut 1940 #73510

    Glad to see the Early War French get some love.  Excellent game!

    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 do you see me on TWW? #72799

    That is to say, what do you think my role/responsibilities as ‘Mike’ on TWW should be?

    First and foremost, you should be a contributor.  Yous should be the voice of reason if there is a dust-up.  You should edit reprehensible material when it is called to your attention.

    What you should not do.  Do not arbitrarily sensor posts, especially when they say something negative about this site.  That has made me pack my bags and leave another site.  I can overlook a lot, but when it comes to constructive criticism, you need to have a thick skin.

    Is that what you were looking for?

     

    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: Sherman and Johnston; match and rematch #72706

    Marvelous post, Vincent!  I learned a few new tidbits of info about the two Generals in question.

    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: Joint TYW and ECW Rules – Make Sense or Not? #72617

    The English army of the time were modeled after the Dutch and Swedish model armies.  So, yes.  To me it makes sense to have rules to simply cover both armies.  To my mind, the ECW was a subset of the TYW in terms of types of units.  In the ECW there are not any larger Tercios or large units of Currasiers.  But generally speaking, there were battalions and horse squadrons in the TYW and ECW.  The tactics and strategies were all similar between the two wars.

    Honestly, the only reason you see rules only cover the ECW is that then the author/designer does not have to account for the stuff unique to the TYW

    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: 1/72 Assyrians #72111

    Impressive!  These are all plastic?  Who manufactures them?

     

    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: Battles Decided by Treachery – Worth Fighting? #71834

    How about adding treachery to battles that didn’t have it? Are there any known battles where a possibility of treachery is now known or believed to have existed, even though it ultimately didn’t materialise? Or at least, any battles in which less-than-absolute loyalty could be conceived of some specific element of one side’s army, without breaking suspension of disbelief all too much?

    Many, many years ago, we played the Battle of Civitate using Terry Gore’s Medieval Warfare.  The game master built in a chance for some of the “non-Norman” Norman troops to join the Papal side.  This was done because the battle in history was a one sided affair for the Normans.  We ended up losing a crossbow unit.  The chance would only occur pre-game though so it was more like variable forces for the Norman side.

    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: RF&F or Pickett? #71698

    I’ve played RF&F once and thought it felt like BF&F (a good thing!) but with a lot of extra chrome.  The game moved along reasonably well and I never felt “bored” between turns.  I can’t comment on Picket’s Charge as I’ve never played them much less seen them at all in action.

    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 Spot of Early WW2 Desert Action #71690

    What a great looking game!  I prefer this theater of war, especially the early war.  The game even seemed to play like some of those engagements you read about.  Thanks for posting.

    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: Some thoughts about die roll modifiers #71599

    Umm, maybe. Quite often there are mixed factors like “cavalry attacking infantry square -3”. But anyway, I don’t know that having +1 veteran or -1 raw is so much more clunky than having stat lines or whatever. Thank you for the very interesting post though.

    Whirlwind touched on something pretty subtle and fairly important.  If combat or morale is binary (ie pass/fail) then you don’t really care if modifiers are + or -.  However, if the degree of success matters, then it makes a huge difference which unit gets a + or -.  The cavalry vs square, for example.  If degree of success is important then it makes sense that the cavalry get a -3 as they would not perform well in combat.  It would not make sense to give the square a +3 since being in square really doesn’t improve the unit’s ability to inflict casualties.  It improves the unit’s ability to specifically resist a cavalry attack.

    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: Some thoughts about die roll modifiers #71584

    I must say my mouth went open a little there at first. 🙂 Translated to percentage chance for effect (and it was 5 to 7): 5+ = 83.33% 6+ = 72.22% 7+ = 58.33% But I’ll note that Phil was also mentioning that “it was the tactical situation on the field that drove the decision what unit to activate next. Thus…”. So in that context, I can understand it.

    So I demonstrated my super power…as in my ability to munge to pieces of the same paragraph together to come up with something completely different.  😉

    Still the difference between a 5+ (a near sure thing) and a 7+ (kinda “iffy”) is still something that should drive one’s decision process.  I dare say, even a 6+ vs a 7 + changes the context but just not as much as I originally thought.

    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: Some thoughts about die roll modifiers #71543

    I found it almost stunning that some people would not be guided by the chance of rolling a 6+, 7+ or 8+.  The difference is significant!  72%, 58% and 42% respectively.  I’d never considered classifying modifiers.  I’m not a huge fan of lots of modifiers.  I prefer enough to make the game interesting without sacrificing speed.

    Interesting articles.  Keep them coming!

    John

    John

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

    --Abraham Lincoln

    If ever you are stumped about what Mr. Thomas meant about this rule or that rule (turning for instance) you can pickup Battlegames #22 where he writes an article about these very things.  In case you were wondering, turning is a pivot about the center of the unit and not a wheel like some interpret.  Well worth the price of admission.  Battlegames #22 at Wargame Vault.

    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: Inspire me #71208

    You have a wargaming Guidance Councillor?!?

    It would have been something if I did!   He was referring to changing degrees late in my college career.  The painting was the paraphrase part.  😀  It really is sage advice that can be applied to just about anything.

    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: Battle of Hook's Farm, Woking #71190

    Your terrain mat looks VERY realistic! 😉

    Seriously, very fun looking game!

    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: Inspire me #71182

    Finish enough forces to play a decent sized WSS game.  No, not Napoleonic.  Then play some WSS games.  During your paint time, paint a manageable amount of Napoleonic figures in a set.  5 seems to be a good number as suggested above.

    Forget about the amount of time to do this.  As a guidance counselor told me (to paraphrase!), even if you take 10 years to finish, in 10 years time if you don’t paint Napolenics, what will you have to show for it all?  Slow and steady.  You will get it done and be happy you did.

     

    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: More WSS love #71073

    Great work!

    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: American made figures… #71072

    Splintered Light Miniatures

    Sgt Major Miniatures

    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: Are modern sculpting standards higher? #70690

    I agree with what Not CS said.  Things evolve.  I think some good old fashioned competition also has something to do with it. (Mine have to be better in order to sell!)  Finally, there is sculpting techniques for small figures that almost certainly have been developed over the years to make it easier to sculpt.

    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: Frostgrave pre-generated warbands? #70637

    I doubt it.  The warband generation is pretty easy to do.  You get no more than 10 figures including a Wizard and an Apprentice.  Should you choose the apprentice starting off, that costs 200 (or is it 250?) coins.  The balance is spent on your henchmen.  Starting out, I’d also recommend taking several expendables and a single strong warrior and maybe a couple of shooters.  The expendables are for carting the treasure off the map.  Other henchmen are for holding the line, getting more treasure and killing the enemy warband.  More is usually better than less when it comes to numbers.

     

    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: Help please with the maths of dice and chance. #70446

    When figuring the final chance, as you are, you always multiply, as Victoria suggests above.  Thus, you would multiply hit and penetrate together.  If you had a chance to hit, penetrate and save, it would be all 3 multiplied together.  Percentages are always expressed as decimals before multiplying.

    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: Never Ending Story #68837

    I’ll let you know when I finish.

    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 Got Buzzed by a P51… #68615

    I was in Ft Lauderdale years ago with my wife.  We were sitting on a deck overlooking the ocean.  I heard a low rumbling and looked up expecting to see one of those Piper Cubs towing a beer sign.  Instead, it was a silver P-51D possibly with Normandy stripes.   Low flight right over the water.  I can share your feeling, Irishserb.  Incredibly cool.

    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: Fast Play Rules? #67701

    Newbury’s ‘fast play’ rules were much reduced versions of their ‘full’ rules. I still own a copy of ‘A Thousand Years of Medieval Warfare: 500AD – 1500AD’. 42 A4 pages of small type for the main body, and 8 pages of 18 tables and charts. I’ll scan you a page or two if you like. 🙂

    8 (Eight!) pages of charts!  Thank you for the kind offer but I think I shall pass. 😀

    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: Fast Play Rules? #67698

    Fast play is a vague term that could mean anything.

    DBA and games like it are fast play because the game is over in an hour or less….usually.  That’s pretty fast.

    Games that move along at a clip where no player is bored and by the end of an evening the game is done could also be fast play.  I suppose that is pace.

    Games that are done in an evening in general are fast play, regardless whether the player is bored or not.

    Empire was incredibly slow.  Never finished a game in a weekend.  Newbury fast play rules were probably a step up simply because they could be played in a day where a day equals 8-12 hours.  Or, maybe the author was just being cheeky with his title.  I suppose someone who knew Mr. Halsall or even the author himself if he is still with us would be able to answer for sure.  😉

    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: 1/72 Afrika Korps #67552

    Great looking army!  Love the light green tropical uniforms.

    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: Italian Force in 10mm for 1940 #67518

    Those are quite nice!   One of the beautiful things about 10mm is how fast they paint up!

    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: Morale in Twlight of the Sun King #67508

    I rather like the expanding dice (D4, D6 etc) but for whatever reason, it seems to confound many people.

    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: Honest Feedback Wanted – Fences #67415

    They look quite nice.  As others have said, some sort of filler would take care of any bubble holes left behind.

    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: Ramble about 1/72 fast build #67320

    Great little ramble.  I actually collected 15mm for a while and then sold it all off and started 1/72 scale in several eras including Fantasy and Early Desert WWII.

    You asked what to start?  Well, buying Stug IIIs eliminates the possibility of the desert war since they did not make it to the African continent.  The next best choice, IMHO, would be Sicily and by extension, Italy.  Imagine Tommies and Yanks working closely together to rid the boot of Fascism and Naziism in one great campaign!  It also is a campaign that has a little of everything in terms of equipment.

    John

     

    John

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

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Well Shaun, that certainly IS portable! 😀  I like the goal system rules you have.  I’ve always been partial to those mechanics ever since the Super System came out all those years ago.  I’ll give them a try soon.  I already have my own portable board and 6mm armies.

    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: 1/72 Alexandrian Macedonians #67094

    Those look fantastic!

    John

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

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Reaper Bones you say?  DO NOT PRIME.  They come ready to paint.  The only thing I’d advise is to wash the figures in warm soapy water then rinse with clean water.  Start painting.  I painted an E;g archer in this manner.  It held the paint quite well.  Hope that helps.

    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: Why you like TWW #66993

    The moderator here seems to be pretty even handed…not that much moderation is needed!

    The content is either about history or wargaming.

    There is a kind of a Who’s who of expats from another wargame website…familiar faces.

    My one dig (and it has been mentioned earlier) the “recent posts” roll is far too short.

     

     

    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: BOLOs: Honor of the Regiment #65972

    The problem with photobucket is they limit the DL usage of a given account.  Right now there is not your images, which I am sure I would marvel over, but rather a image of a dial saying you are over limit.  🙁

    EDIT: Third Party hosting disabled.  Visit some link.

    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: Thinks for having me! #65966

    More ships!  I do enjoy the photos of that which I have no talent for!  Welcome aboard.  I’ve not been here long but it has been a fine place so far!

    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: Request Permission to Come Aboard #65965

    I’ve seen a quite a few familiar faces from another site here.  I remember seeing your name (BrianW) on TMP.  Welcome aboard!

    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: What if…Bunker/Breeds Hill #65964

    I think the important point is that you could post ships on the north edge of the Neck and fire with impunity.  This is something the British could not do against Breeds hill because of the hight of the hill itself.  Anything approaching the neck would be subject to naval gun fire.  A smaller ship was the Lively.  It had 20X9 pounders.  That would essentially give the British a 10 gun heavy battery at their disposal.  A larger ship, if it could get close enough was the Somerset.  It was a 3rd rate ship of the line.  The 13X32 pounders would have been pretty demoralizing to the continentals.  There would also be 14X18 pounders and 6X9 pounders.  I suspect they could have broken up any Continental attack.

    I do think it would make for a very interesting scenario.  Part of the victory conditions would be for the British forces to not take excessive casualties.

     

    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: 1/72 ? #65858

    The plastic disease has to do with temperature and climate control.  I had a friend who had the Astronaut set at their summer cabin.  It was not winterized.  He left them there.  The following summer he returned to find that most of the figures had crumbled.  He thought some kind of bug ate them or something.  We were only about 10 years old so cut us a break.  It was likely the cold temperatures that broke the plastic down.

    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: 1/72 ? #65838

    1/72 scale plastic figures definitely shine for WW2.  We are also are spoiled for choice with Medieval, Ancient, Napoleonic and Colonial eras.  Other eras still have holes that need to be filled.  Mid 18th century has many OOP sets and the cavalry is underrepresented.  Renaissance during the time of the 30 Years War and ECW also have some significant holes.   The Early Dark Ages/Post Roman Britain are still lacking in proper generic Dark Age Germanic foot warriors.

    Fortunately there are companies that do 1/72 scale figures to fill the holes.  Lancer has a range of 18th century figures including cavalry.  Tumbling Dice have a range of Renaissance figures for TYW.   Tumbling Dice and New Line Designs combined can fill the holes for the Dark Ages.

    Of course, the main reason to buy plastic figures to begin with is cost.  They are significantly cheaper.  So, by going metal, you are effectively tripling your cost.  It is a good scale and the one true scale as far as the birth of the hobby is concerned.  😉

    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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