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Hammerin' Iron / Re: Any new ships
« on: Today at 09:36:15 AM »
Some excellent suggestions there. I can’t believe I read a post on another site from an American wargamer who lives by the Stones River battlefield but has no interest in  gaming the ACW.  :o

Squarebashing Next Edition / Re: Countdown to Battle
« on: Today at 09:32:32 AM »
Good thinking! That’s me screwed then.

General discussion / Re: Things on the table
« on: Today at 09:30:34 AM »
7”x4” craft tray used for rolling dice. Usually kept off the mat, but  shown here for demo purposes. For size comparison this is a 10mm SYW game.

General discussion / Re: Toothpicks-a conundrum
« on: Today at 09:22:52 AM »
I use both cocktail sticks, mainly for very small scale mass woodland areas (great for the 3mm ACW games) which are also great for making portico columns on 3mm buildings. I also use toothpicks, which are wooden and flat and pointed only at one end. These are very useful for making chimney stacks on the sides of 3mm card buildings. Incidentally, match sticks are great for making free standing 15mm ACW snake fencing.

Terrain and Figures / Re: MDF dies?
« on: Today at 09:16:33 AM »
I prefer chunky resin buildings, such as the PP Normandy range. I do have a few mdf buildings, particularly in the smaller scales (although I also have a 28mm Roman watchtower). I have a couple of printed WWI planes and a generic 15mm steam engine, but their handling will need to be of the light touch variety. Not sure where things are heading but I am highly unlikely to buy a 3D printer.

General discussion / Re: Things on the table
« on: July 15, 2018, 11:12:19 AM »
My table is 6x4 so when playing a PP game for example, there is room around the edge for dice, charts etc. For my 6x4 games I am intending to buy two small card tables so that players have somewhere to put rules, dice, markers, cards etc. I have recently bought two small craft trays (7”x4”) for dice dice rolling. Food and drink on the table is very definitely a NO. Down the club there is something of a tendency for people to snack during games, especially small food items and drinks cans, as well as mugs of coffee. Some of the tables are 8’ long which allows for this, but most are not. I particularly dislike the habit some players have of bringing takeaway meals into the club, but not a lot can be done as these are often players coming straight from work for an evening game. I think it does say a lot about our modern culture that many people seem to be unable to go three or four hours without eating and drinking.

Eye Candy / Re: Plains Indians
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:31:17 PM »
Really attractive units. I like the horses with war paint added.

General discussion / Re: Recently Been Watching...
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:49:45 PM »
The other night I watched Mohawk on Netflix. Set in woodland New York state in 1814, about a British agent and two Mohawk Indians being pursued by an American patrol. It started quite promisingly, then became rather strange, and I wasn’t sure at the end whether one of the Indians was alive or a ghost. Unusual cinematic fare though, the War of 1812.

General discussion / Re: Dice types
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:46:00 PM »
Although in life sometimes it just does.

One of the things I really like about the Square Bashing mechanism is that you definitely know whether or not a flank attack is taking place. That could prove more (and unnecessarily) complex on a hex mat.

General discussion / Re: Dice types
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:25:43 PM »
I still play a number of games that use D10s, Honours of War uses an average die for shooting (an immensely enjoyable set of rules, probably because they are narrowly focused on Europe in the SYW - remind you of other rules?), and I still play Field of Battle 2 (a Piquet variant) which uses D20, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4. I also have a pair of D3s which come in handy now and again.

General discussion / Re: Never Satisfied
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:14:57 PM »
Unfortunately Duncan there are is a sizeable minority of wargamers who, for one reason or another, lack basic social graces.

General discussion / Re: Never Satisfied
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:31:43 AM »
I am a lot happier with my figures now that I have stopped entering painting competitions. Nevertheless I am still willing to try out new techniques and ideas for my own satisfaction.

General discussion / Re: first WW2 set
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:39:50 AM »
My first rules were produced and distributed by Don Featherstone. They were ACW. A school friend, in about 1969 introduced me to WRG Ancients. I couldn’t make head or tail of them. Ancients went on hold until I started work in 1975, where there were two other wargamers. We played WRG 5th, 6th and 7th. I still never really understood them and the games were one almighty slog. My allegiance changed in 1981 (when I changed job) having now come across Hoplite Warfare, Donnington fast play and building up armies for the Great Italian Wars. There was never any time for WWII. My major interest over the last twenty-five years has been the C19th, and this has developed in the last few years into an interest in the early C20th.

General discussion / Re: Army choice
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:05:06 AM »
I prefer playing with my own army - I feel more responsible for the outcome, although it does not seem to make make me any better as a player.
So I am very much a 10 - which probably goes a long way to explaining the size of my lead mountain.

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