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  • in reply to: Is 30° Too Fiddly? #65001

    Not too fiddly but not terribly easy to estimate either.  Ultimately, we play games.  There is no need for this sort of granularity.   Stick with either 45 degrees from a corner or straight ahead from any part of the unit.

    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 Orc army #64833

    Nice and effective paint jobs!  Those look great!

    John

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

    --Abraham Lincoln

    DBM. it’s clearly one of the best systems when it comes to representing actual ancient battles. But I really don’t think I would enjoy it. It takes the rather elegant simplicity of DBA and adds just enough additional troop-types to baffle my increasingly limited powers of cogitation. Pat

    Element-wise, you can break it down as having 6 times the variety of DBA.  With DBA it’s just blades, spears and so forth.  With DBM, they get graded on experience and drill.  They are Irregular and Regular.  They are Superior, Ordinary and inferior.  So 2X3X1 = 6 types per element…ignoring Some elements can be Fast and there is an exception element that breaks the norm.  Looking at it in this structured way, DBM is not that bad.

    Where DBM falls down for me is with the rather impenetrable uncontrolled pursuit rules.  DBR has no such rules and is otherwise DBM for the renaissance.  The only reason I’ve not played DBR is because I don’t have the minis!

    John

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

    --Abraham Lincoln

    I won’t go into naming examples.  I think it is better to say that I do not like most modern game designs.  While I think that most games these days are pretty well designed, I do think most of them are also over engineered.  Too much detail for the level of operation they portray.  Many systems also boast a “command and control” system.  More often than not, these systems have less to do with actual command and control and more to do with generating friction in a game.   Some larger scale systems will allow you to command a corps and leave you to maneuver battalions/regiments.  In a corps level game, you should be concerned with Brigades as you basic unit.  Finally, games these days boast “elegant and innovative” game mechanics.  This is nothing more than marketing speak for “fiddly”.  It’s all about statistics in the end.  The rules should be make you more concerned with maneuvering your troops than the actual game mechanics.

    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: Favourite ancients army in your collection? #63685

    Hellenistic with elephants.

    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: Forum Etiquette #63601

    I don’t have a problem with respectful suggestions for alternative figures from other companies.  Most gamers mix and match ranges anyway.  Even a different range of hard suits would provide adversaries for Angel Barracks hard suit figures.  As mentioned above, be respectful and don’t slag other companies.

    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 are you working on at the moment? #63397

    I’ve not painted ancients in a while.  Quite frankly, it’s been a couple of months since I picked up a brush.  The last 15mm ancients I painted were Seleucid Cataphracts…about 1/3 done.  I’ve been doing some car model vehicles for the Western Desert (WW2).  I also have 1/72 scale plastic Fantasy on the paint table.  Most of the busy life of the house has past so I can see getting back to painting soon.

    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 'well' do you paint? #63394

    I can paint to an ‘8’ if I take my time and highlight and so forth.  Like others, I paint to play these days.  I suspect my paint jobs are more like a 6 or 7 now.  Mostly block painted with a few highlights to add at least some depth.

    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: Project Complete: 10mm CSA Force #63335

    Nice work, Konstnatinos.  1″ bases or 2cm?  I like the look of the offset figures on the line.

    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: 6th Hanoverian Brigade in 6mm #63294

    Those look great!  One question.  What are the notches on the front of the bases?

    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: Building a Pictish hillfort #63262

    Wow!  Really fantastic stuff!

    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: If You Were Starting a Range of Figures… #63203

    Dark Age Britain figures – Picts, Britons, Saxons, Irish – in 1/72 scale and in plastic since there are no terribly decent figures out there.

    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: Game of Thrones? #63154

    I watched the first season and a half and gave up  The books are written by a cynical man.  Not my cup of tea.

    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 DBN v2.1 Rules #63101

    <q>Darryl is good people – no harm, no foul.</q>

    I never meant to insinuate Daryl was dishonest if my post was taken that way.  That’s why the goalie instead of a long diatribe that nobody would read anyway.  😀

    Print shop is definitely the way to go for a longer set of rules.

     

     

    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 DBN v2.1 Rules #63029

    Indeed!  Technically Matt Murray is just saying “No!” in general.  He’s kind of a negative guy…or something.  😉

    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 DBN v2.1 Rules #63018

    Matt Murray says, "No!"

    Matt Murray says, “No!” to piracy.

    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: Do you do…Napoleon imagi-nations? #62999

    For a long time when we got started in Napoleonics, it was all made up battles.  The nationalities were real.  British, French, Austrians, Prussians and even Russians all made it to the battlefield.  We fought over a fictitious Island nation of Lower Slobovia.  The battles were often named for the room we were laying in.  Once played in my friend’s garage.  A relativity featureless battlefield dubbed “Girage Plane.”

    Did not make up names for Duchies etc but that would also be interesting.

     

    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 dice question. Your preference? #62928

    Once at 5+.  He’s a grunt for Pete’s sake! 😉  Take the worst of both worlds.  If there is one grunt, there is probably many.

    Better chance (4+ or 3+) is for more skilled characters.

    More shots is for better weapons.

    My 2 cents.

    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: WW2 Battle you most want to game? #62843

    Anything in the Western Desert.  Already did “Snipe.”  Siege of Tobruk would be fun.

    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: Dice Mathematics #62823

    Hi Phil,

    I saw those articles a few days ago.  While I have not fully read them yet, they look very interesting!  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: Chalons 451 AD: Re-themed and Re-fought #62822

    Nice report.  To the point of numbers, I suspect the battle was probably somewhere around 45,000-50,000 troops per side.  We are ushering in the “Dark Ages” here and the support system just doesn’t exist for armies much bigger than those.

    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: In Search of an Ancient Army #62821

    I’ll second the Carthaginian/Punic army.  You can have a lot of opponents.  Early Hoplite army as well?  I’ve noticed there is no Mycenaean/Minoan army there.  One of each and you could fight out the Illiad.  I Hellenistic Pike army is always good.  Lots of color and plenty of different troop types.  Throw in a couple of elephants and you could do the Pyrrhic invasion of Italy against the Polybian army.

    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: WW2 Computer Games #62815

    I play Battle Academy and Pike and Shot (based on the same engine).  They are both very much like miniatures games.  I still play Field of Glory (computer).  I’ve recently discovered Pioneers which is a clone of Settlers of Catan.

    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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