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General discussion / Re: Rating ease of painting - by PP range?
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:56:58 PM »
Years ago I used to spray my figures black then build up colour with 2 or three highlights. It was named the Dallimore method after Kevin Dallimore who painted a lot for Wargames Foundry and developed their paint range.

I found Army Painter dip probably over 10 years ago now and haven't looked back since. I now spray the figure in whatever the main colour is. I then quickly add the detail whether that be weapons, kit or some variation in uniform before painting the AP dip on. I follow this up with a spray on matt varnish.

I have started to use Games workshop shades such as Agrax Earthshade which has the same result but doesn't leave a glossy finish.

I find the AWI and Samurai figures the hardest to paint due to the detail on the uniform with lots of straps. But in the main most ranges I can paint a unit of 18-24 figures in one session. I dont worry about the odd mistake or slip.  So long as the unit looks good from 3 feet I am happy.

General discussion / Re: Rating RFCM rules RRR
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:26:37 AM »
I would be surprised if Hammerin Iron didn't come top! Painting the ships is a breeze.

General discussion / Re: Rating RFCM rules RRR
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:54:47 AM »
As a long time player of most RFCM rules over the years I would say the following. All of which is just personal opinion and based on my experience.

1. PBI and AK47 Reloaded. 8/9

WW2 is my least favourite period that I actually play. It was a complex war with a huge variety of kit, theatres, nationalities and doctrines to cover. AK47 is a great game but I still struggle with the assault phase. Probably because I haven't played it as much as I would like.

2. Bloody Barons/Washington's Army/Battles in the Age of War/Civil War Battles. 5-6

I've lumped these together as they use similar mechanics. I have played these games the mist. They are all periods i love. The mechanics are great and familiar to me. I suppose they could be made simpler by using grids but I actually like using my ruler in these games. The pre-game mechanic adds flavour but possibly above average complexity.

3. Vikings/Vietnam. 4-5

The dice mechanic of the reducing pool of action dice is innovative but possibly the one thing to get your head around as its so different to other games.  Squares make movement easier.

4. Squarebashing/Regiment of Foote. 3-4

Small table. Easy movement. I think if the 'battle games' these take the least time to become familiar with the mechanics.

5. Hammerin Iron. 2-3

3-4 ships per side on hexes with lots of dice. The add 2 or take away 2 (mainly) for type of gun or distance are easy to commit to memory.

SCW and Western I haven't played as much but would probably put at around 5....maybe 6.

No criticism or slight intended. PP continue to produce the best rules on the market in my opinion. They give me the game I want to play. There are other opinions out there, but these are mine.


Square Bashing / Re: Squarebashing day 2018
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:40:21 PM »
With such stirring words Chris, it can not fail!

General discussion / Re: Military Modelling magazine
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:23:13 PM »
To be honest, most hobby magazines are only occasional purchases as I can get a daily fix of hobby content online.

General discussion / Re: Photobucket
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:18:43 PM »
I did find photobucket easier than most to be honest so I for one will give them another go.

General discussion / Re: Currently Reading
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:17:45 PM »
Agreed Simon. I can't wait  ;D

General discussion / Re: Currently Reading
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:03:02 PM »
A new Uhtred book is due in September. Any guess as to what might happen in it? 😀

Also Max Hastings Vietnam book is due around then too. That will be a nice one for my Audible credit.

General discussion / Re: I'm back
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:51:14 PM »
Thanks everyone....

I will try to make as many events as possible. At the moment Squarebashing and the Weekender are the only two definates.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Website updates
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:37:07 PM »
Aaarrgghhhhhh it is Martin.

Square Bashing / Re: Squarebashing day 2018
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:33:55 PM »
I too paid back in November and despite returning to shift work find myself off duty. Looking forward to this after my hiatus.

May due my British as Americans for a 1918 doughbiy list.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Website updates
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:29:48 PM »
Echoing the above....nice work! And Pirates are due to be the in thing in 2019 so a pirate joke for you.

Why are pirates so cool?
Because they arrrrrhhhhhhhh!

Well, my daughter laughed.

Regiment of Foote (ECW) / Re: Horse holders
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:26:56 PM »
Yep, our thoroughbred took a strong arm to hold onto when he didn't want to go where you wanted him to. But they are lovely vignettes all the same.

Interesting that these rules are being lauded as the best thing since sliced bread with innovative use of squares. Can't think where I've seen squares used in an ECW game before.....

My memory says yes....but it may be worth trawling through the old Yahoo group as I seem to recall lots of discussion around helicopters back in the day. Still a great set of rules!

General discussion / I'm back
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:17:52 PM »
After 3 terrifying months of waiting on news regarding my wife, Lisa's health, during which time I have lurked and done zero hobby, we had the all clear yesterday.

So I can now put some attention back towards gaming again. I've had little to no interest in much else other than family and work so apologies for my silence and disappearance from the conversation.

So what did I miss? Apparently there was a wedding. Trump continues to baffle the world. And my unpainted pile of Piggie figures remains....unpainted.

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