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General discussion / Re: 54mm gaming
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:31:55 PM »
I don't mind helping if people want to have a game with painting figures, I quite like 54mm figures myself. It would be good to see them being used but I may just want to observe rather than get involved in the game.

General discussion / Re: 54mm gaming
« on: October 12, 2018, 04:47:21 PM »
Elite do various Napoleonic figures in white metal for various countries.
Phoenix Minatures sold by a company called Fourth Third Ltd makes all manner of bits from the Viking era onwards, furniture, gubbins and civilians.
Black Hat do 54mm kits where you can mix and match heads, hats, tunics, arms etc to get the look you want.
Then there is scale link that whilst mainly railway related does narrow gauge WW1 era stuff like the narrow gauge engines and associated gubbins that were so popular on the Western Front.
Similarly Langley Minatures do  various bits and bobs whilst perhaps aimed at the railway market is going to be useful for the war games modeller.
Irregular Minatures do a few ranges in metal and also do bits like doors and windows suitable for conversėom and maki g your own buildings.
Don't forget Hinchcliff

General discussion / Re: 54mm gaming
« on: October 12, 2018, 04:33:27 PM »
Not used much in gaming but there is a huge range of both figures and scenic items out there.
The obvious one for us in the UK is Britain's. A good range of semi ex
Pensive figures and lots of s Enid items and equipment from the various farm, stables, zoo, ranges etc.
Plastic manufacturers are Armies in Plastic, China toys, Call to Arms a d Glenco (Pirates!) To mention but a few.

General discussion / Re: Forgotten Weapons
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:53:48 PM »
What channel  no is that on Sky? Anyone know?

Pieces of Eight / Re: another rule system
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:52:50 PM »
Looks interesting just from a model point of view to get a handful of different looking ships.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Play testing the new rules.
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:03:11 AM »
I think the only thing I would add to Stewart's list is that as an attacker using the four little warships it is good to use your extra markers for crew in three of them, but I have opted to use one (especially if you mess up your d6 rolls to make them better quality and end up with a scurvy one.) Purely as a gunboat and put extra cannon on it. There is never any I intention to board anyone using it. The ship can be used well as a decoy to draw the defenders warships or to put the cat amongst the gerbils with the merchants, blasting away. It is not a great loss if it is sunk and can spread chaos leaving the ships with extra crew to mop up the left overs.

Pieces of Eight / Questions ref gunnery if this is OK?
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:00:34 PM »
Sorry, most f it is fine. I have two queries.

1: Chasers. The last couple of games have had one roll, no re-rolls. Looking at rules 35 though it is a bit unclear to me which is correct. Page 40 states that there are no modifiers allowed but re-rolls are allowed, whereas Page 41 states that re-rolls are not allowed.  Maybe I am reading it wrong?

2: The broadside arc is 2, 1, 2 hexs. That is fine, but I am unsure of when ships are blocking or have to share hits. If a ship is in the same hex then even if it is hidden, say a small warship the opposite side of a large merchant, being in the same square means they share the hits? If a ship is in the first row of two hexs, but the target is in the third row of two hexs with no line of sight blocking, does it still share hits? Some people seem to think it does, but others don't? How about if the ship in the way is in the middle hex, does this prevent targeting? I imagine it would but if it could be clarified please.

One other thing, I am pretty sure I have right now. If a ship passes another in the same hex, then that is fine, no problem, but if it ends its turn in the same hex as another then they have to roll for sail tangles. This does not apply to boarding actions.


Pieces of Eight / Re: Land raids
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:32:48 AM »
Perhaps it is just me as a modeller as opposed to being a gamer. I am a person who loves making good looking models and scenery and as a side likes to play an occasional game, opposed to a person who loves to game and as a side wants models that approximate what they are supposed to be,

I see no issue with the who skirmish concept if that is what people want, but it isn't what we do, I know that. I am notvsuggestion worrying about windows or doors and all that, I just want the model to look realistic. Like I say if you can't fit thirty men somewhere, then you can't.  In life that means some have to be a little bit further away, that is all.

It should be possible to make scenery to fit a given number of bases on it, be that buildings, trees, hills whatever, it just takes a bit of thought about where you place things.

I just don't like the game to distract from the model, but I do want the model to allow the game to be played. It is just putting some thought into it. Like I said though for me the model is the important thing, the game is, whilst fun and enjoyable, something that should fit the model.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see what people co me up with for this as it sounds like it is going to be building rich which is quite unusual in many respects. I guess we will have to see how it evolves, but in an sure we will have fun both making the models and playing the game.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Land raids
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:08:14 PM »
I really dislike n 
 the moving of scenery. I find it hard to come to terms with fitting more people in an area than an area will fit. If you want to imagine they are in the buildings fine, take the roof off and put then in, or if it is solid like Martin's just make a note of it and take the figures off. Somehow it just seems that it is very hard to get a good scenic feeling if you are going to be moving a house or pub etc to accommodate figures. I would rather a rule that said the  extra ones that dont fit on a base have to go on an adjacent square, for the scenic view point of course..😊

General discussion / Re: Recently Been Watching...
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:51:57 PM »
I cannot see why? There maybe larger objects out there but then I Don't see why they cannot be planets as well.

For example if the talked about planet 9 is found the evidence points to it being a Super-Earth category which would make sense as it seems our system is an odd one out not having a planet of that mass; but it is also going to be a Kuiper Belt object and as such will no more of cleared its orbital trajectory than what Pluto will have.

Or for that matter Neptune, as we all know for part of its orbit (admittedly a small part) Pluto is nearer to the Sun than Neptune, so the same could be said for it as well. As I mentioned in my question, Earth is far from clearing its orbit although I admit nothing that big is in our way.

As it happens and unbeknown to me at the time of my question (as I have been pondering t for a while now.) A paper has just been published on the matter detailing the number of Trojans sharing orbits with Jupiter (some of which are quite big) as well as Earth and putting the point across that Jupiter is also in the same uncleared orbital position as Pluto and as such should also have planetvstatus withdrawn if this is the one criteria on which Pluto falls down under the new classification, which it is.

Personally I think that is a rubbish criteria as if we applied itvstrictly then none of the planet's would actually be planets.

When I was growing up a planet was an object orbiting the Sun (or another star.) That was also spherical under the influence of its own gravity. Therefore Pluto was one, but so would some of the other small worlds out there be and that is fine by me and to be honest I think most people. What we call then isn't going to matter two hoots to them, so it doesn't matter to me either. I see no issue with our sysem having twenty planets if that is how many it has.

I say make people happy, reinstate Pluto and bring those other worlds in from the cold! Most of them have names anyway and it is surprising how quickly children can memorise a few extra!

Pieces of Eight / Re: Card buildings
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:13:10 PM »
Just think of all the resin ones you could sell us.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Land raids
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:12:02 PM »
Yes, as keen as I am on modelling and would love the challenge I would then have no where to put it once done. I would be eager to do a club board, but someone else would have to find Spence to store it I am afraid. (Not afraid exactly, I mean it is not scary, but I just don't have room. Maybe afraid of the misses when she seen me trying to sneak it behind the sideboard!)

But, on a serious note, if you do want one made Martin, let me know. When I am back from my days that are holy I will get on with it for the club. Just say the word.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Spare sails from Minairons
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:54:05 AM »
Or even the Admiral! 😂🤣😅🚣‍♂️🚣‍♀️

General discussion / Re: Recently Been Watching...
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:36:58 PM »

See above link, Radio 5 Live, Up All Night Science with Dr Karl. Around 37 minutes in there is a question for Dr Karl from me regarding Earth, Pluto and clearing out ones orbital path.

Pieces of Eight / Re: Spare sails from Minairons
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:33:09 AM »
These do look interesting I have to say. I see they also have a galley model which would be good for the Mediterranean pirates! It looks like it would fit nicely alongside the two war galleys I have from the old Man O War game that I picked up cheap on eBay. (Unlike most of the Man O War stuff which is a small fortune.)

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