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Workbench and Suggestions / Latest offerings from the PP workshop
« on: February 01, 2019, 04:20:41 PM »
Martin,

Lovely new releases - you keep surprising / spoiling us with the continued Western output (those new cattle are very nice!).

The latest ECW Cuirassiers are superb - can't wait to see some of those painted up (Mr Fat Wally?).

I'm sad that I completed my VC force (warband?) shortly before you started Vietnam Generation 3 - these new castings rolling off the production line look great.

And, finally, the new Schwimmwagen looks spot-on for a Company Commander base - so I'll look forward to picking one up from you at the Viking Day next week :)

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The company list for the German paratroopers states that air-dropped forces can only use AT rifles, and nothing heavier.

However, no AT rifles are included in the list.

Should this be interpreted as:

a) AT rifles can be added - perhaps 1 per platoon - to the lists?
b) "AT rifles" here includes Panzerschrecks, as per the lists?
c) Panzerfausts can be used by air-dropped forces from 1943 onwards [perhaps as well as (a) and or (b) above]?
d) something else?
e) no idea - I was never any good at multi-choice questions?

I'd welcome thoughts, please. And, even more, an official ruling!

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General discussion / D-Day 75 events
« on: January 28, 2019, 10:18:00 PM »
I received an email today from the Imperial War Museums - there are a number of "D-Day 75" events planned for the summer.

The one that caught my eye was "Daks over Duxford" - a coming-together of "over thirty DC-3/C-47" aircraft between 2nd and 9th June.

On 5th June, some 250 folk in period gear will embark in the UK, cross the Channel and drop over Caen, Normandy.

Here are a couple of links with more information;

https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/daks-over-duxford

https://www.daksovernormandy.com/

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General discussion / Paint consistency and flow improver
« on: January 27, 2019, 09:14:49 PM »
I've been playing around with paint consistency these last few days. During a painting session, I used to have to add repeated drops of Vallejo thinner, and the paint still often felt a bit too thick / "clingy".

I've also had problems with wet palettes: those I've tried to make for myself never quite worked out, while I've had issues with mould in my bought one, and it never did a great job anyway.

However, I've now hit on a combination that seems to work. I have a bog standard plastic palette (from The Range) with 10 dimples (each about an inch across) for the different colours. I squirt in some acrylic paint, and a single dop of Vallejo "slow dry" retarder. As long as I take care to cover the palette (just a piece of paper over the top seems to work for a day or more: cling film would be better), the paint remains workable / recoverable for a long time.

The final magic ingredient has been Daler-Rowney Flow Enhancer. I bought a 75ml bottle (from Hobbycraft) for not much more than a 17ml Vallejo one, and decanted some into a dropper bottle. A single drop in each colour "dimple" in the palette works wonders - the flow is much improved without losing coverage. And I don't need to add lots of thinner any more.

This may of course be what everyone else already does, but flow improver has been a revelation for me!

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General discussion / WSS 100
« on: January 12, 2019, 12:49:42 PM »
I received my copy of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy issue 100 this morning.

It's an 88-page special issue focusing on WW2 German Fallschirmjaeger as it's main theme (but for about 1/3 of the mag - there's lots of other stuff too).

There are several articles and scenarios around "the Green Devils", including a review of suitable figures (honourable mention to Peter Pig for its "comprehensive" range).

Also a half-page ad for PP Vikings.

I'm relatively new to WSS, but very much liking it so far.

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General discussion / Seasonal rattle can primer woes
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:26:10 AM »
As the weather gets colder in the UK, I thought I'd share my latest minor disaster, which I believe is related to the climate.

I was finishing off the spray-priming [grey Plastikoat, which had served me well in the past] of a largish PBI force (Martin may of course prefer "faction" :) ) I'd been careful to spray in thin layers, and all was well - up until the final coat...
 
As I was tidying up, I realised that my final spray had deposited a gritty layer of paint, as if it had solidified before hitting the figures. I brushed off what I could and hoped for the best.

On closer inspection when doing a base layer of dry-brushing later, I found that a largish number of the castings had a pretty rough finish, that will take some careful sanding / covering up with a lot of paint / turning a blind eye to (I did consider unbasing and stripping the lot and starting again, but life's too short...).

Having done a bit of internet searching on these problems, I think my mistake lay in some combination of:
  • not rattling the can long enough (I gave it a good couple of minutes, but maybe 5 would have been better)
  • not warming the can (normally I put it in a bowl of hot water - a top tip from the nice blokes at Timecast - but this time foolishly believed the "best sprayed at room temperature" instructions...)
  • not having the figures themselves warm enough (I'd had the windows open to disperse the fumes, since the family doesn't share my love of aerosols)

Has anyone else done any similar cautionary tales or advice?

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The Men of Company B / New range of VC
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:46:52 AM »
Very exciting to see the three new VC codes up on the website, with apparent plans for another nine :)

http://www.peterpig.co.uk/vietnam.html

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General discussion / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:58:49 AM »
Happy New Year everyone - here's looking forward to lots of thought-provoking chat on this Forum, the soon-to-be birth of The 15 Mill ezine, some great themed gaming days and more lovely sculpts from PPHQ!

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General discussion / The Great Escape: 75th Anniversary with Dan Snow
« on: December 26, 2018, 05:09:10 PM »
In a bid to find something other than Mary Poppins Returns to watch at the cinema over this festive season, I stumbled across a 75th anniversary showing of the original 1963 film of The Great Escape.

Dan Snow will be hosting a commemorative evening at the Eventim Apollo in London, with the event broadcast live as a pre-show across UK cinemas, followed by the film itself.

https://www.odeon.co.uk/films/the_great_escape_with_dan_snow_a_gala_screening_on_the_75th_anniversary/18305/

There appear to be previews on 23rd March, with bookings being taken for 24th March 2019. I think I can justify this on the grounds of historical PBI research...


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Pieces of Eight / Revell Pirate Ships
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:44:36 PM »
When picking up some on-offer Really Useful Boxes from Hobbycraft this morning, I saw that they also had two different snap-together 1:150 Revell Pirate Ships in store.

I think these may be the ones that Stewart has to adorn his Land Raid table?

Anyway, the "Ghost Ship" (I don't think you necessarily need to apply the green glow-in-the dark paint!) was 24 (although I see it's online for 18, here:  https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/revell-ghost-ship-easy-click-kit/639281-1000 )

And the "Pirates of the Caribbean" Black Pearl was 18 in store (but seemingly not available from them online, albeit 22 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revell-05499-Pirates-Caribbean-Black/dp/B06XBXZRKZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544880953&sr=8-1&keywords=revell+pirates+of+the+caribbean )
).

I may pop in to the post-Christmas Hobbycraft sales to see if they're reduced :)


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General discussion / Really Useful Boxes
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:34:37 PM »
... are 25% off currently at Hobbycraft (for those of you in the UK).

This means that the "standard" (?) litre A4 boxes for storing figures are just 3.75, while their 9-litre big brothers are 4.50.

I think I may just treat myself to a few more...

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Terrain and Figures / Purveyors of 15mm scenery - who am I missing?
« on: December 01, 2018, 09:58:18 AM »
I'm going to do an article on available 15mm scenery for the first issue of Martin's "15 Mill" ezine.

Before I launch into writing, I'd like to check I've not missed out any major 15mm / 1:100 supplier. My criteria for inclusion are (generally, I've maybe not been 100% consistent) that these are still being sold; are ready-made or kit forms of buildings, fortifications and the like, or ready-made terrain; that they're suitable for historical games. I'm conscious that there's probably a UK bias, but I'm happy to remedy that if folk can provide details of other manufacturers.

My list so far is:

Peter Pig
TimeCast
Arcane Scenery
Ironclad
Baueda
4Ground
Hovels
Battlefront
Kerr & King
Blotz
S&A Scenics
The Scene
Model Scenery Supplies
GCMINI
Old Glory Miniatures
Total Battle Miniatures
Tiger Terrain
Sally 4th
Oshiro

So, clearly a thriving scale to be playing in!

In my article, I plan to include contact details for each manufacturer, a brief summary of their respective ranges, and - where applicable - some comments on their models and anything of particular interest to RFCM rules.

Do please let me know where I've forgotten firms!

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Pieces of Eight / Ships #37
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:50:18 PM »
Les, I now have my mark-up that I'll send over to you when I can scan it in the morning.

Meanwhile, a few queries for Martin / other play testers to mull over:

 1. at what precise point in the game are tricks selected? Page 28 states that this is after the Attacker is chosen, but it's not mentioned in the pre-game set-up sequence on page 54
 2. is the type of trick declared if the roll for it turns out to be unsuccessful?
 3. does the Hidden Loyalty trick completely cancel out, or simply delay, opponent opportunity shooting?
 4. a 33% chance of losing one's ship when rolling for Hidden Loyalty versus the possibility of an unopposed first grapple look like pretty unfriendly odds: am I missing something here?
 5. reference is frequently made to "within 1 hex" range: isn't this the same (and more easily expressed) as "in an adjacent hex"?
 6. I still struggle with the notion that, when "parallel parking" alongside another ship, the joiner can choose which direction he faces, as this is equivalent (for one direction) of doing a "handbrake turn" of 120 degrees, which seems a little drastic...
 7. during boarding actions, one can count "2 steps bigger" if there is a small ship vs a large one: does this also apply to quality of crew, or is one step the maximum? Either way, it might be useful to state the correct interpretation
 8. how are folk choosing to mark the 5 hexes (and potentially up to 5 additional ones) at the exit corner?
 9. I don't get the example (page 58) of "A player wins "training of crew" by 1 but has small warships that are not battle hardened. Instead he adds 1 gun to one of his warships". It would make sense if they were battle hardened, as their quality couldn't improve further, but not otherwise. Again, am I missing something?
 10. in the Increase Fleet Size Aspect B, it says (page 59) "roll first": what does this precede: the choice of ship that is being rolled for, or something else?

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Pieces of Eight / Land Raid #16
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:14:56 PM »
What is the general consensus on the number of figures per base - is there a trend towards either 2 or 3?

And similarly (after the bad behaviour exhibited by many of us with both the Vietnam and Western rules...), are folk using the prescribed 30x30 mm bases, or tending more towards 2p coins?

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