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Piggy Days and Competitions / 26th June - a new dawn in UK gaming?
« on: February 22, 2021, 06:49:01 PM »
If all goes to plan, according to today's announcements 26th June could be the first Saturday those of us in the UK are allowed out to play again?


Terrain and Figures / New Ironclad Miniatures Field Positions
« on: February 13, 2021, 10:18:48 PM »
While we sometimes wish that the industry were larger, one big advantage of its current size is the direct access to friendly proprietors, and at times the ability to influence what they produce.

For example, Warbases have produced a number of special lines (e.g. markers for Square Bashing and Vietnam) or special requests (ships' "papers" for Pirates) to support RFCM rules; tinywargames will make gaming mats to order and our very own Mr Pig has been known at times to allow his arm to be gently twisted.

I had been looking around for some "dug in" markers for the defenders in the forthcoming Crete playtest (admittedly it's been a long time in coming, but one day it will!). Ironclad Miniatures looked to have just the job in their Field Positions range [https://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/ourshop/cat_870434-Field-Positions-15mm.html], but these sadly turned out to be sized for Flames of War and wouldn't quite fit a pair of 3x3 cm bases.

However, my enquiry was timely, as John at Ironclad had been planning to make some new masters to replace his current range. And he kindly agreed to increase the internal dimensions to take standard Piggy bases. John generously sent me a couple of samples (more are planned, presumably to replace all the current variants) of his new products this week.

I think these are really neat little models, and it's nice that there are two variants.

The pieces as delivered, and before any tidying up, being manned by figures on standard 3x3cm Piggy bases:

These new castings aren't yet on Ironclad's website [those shown today are of the old range, but hopefully give an indication of the variety to be remastered], but I'll be buying a bunch for Crete (sandbags and rock sangars seem appropriate) and other uses.


Mexican Revolution / Introductory training scenarios?
« on: January 27, 2021, 09:45:51 AM »
Picking up on the recent discussion in the Longships channel, would it be an idea to include within the MexRev rules some "training" scenarios? This would both help people get used to the rules and give them something to do with their first troops as they continue to assemble their forces.

Examples could be:
 - 2 foot units moving into contact
 - a foot unit being charged by cavalry
 - a foot units defend a building against a gun and a foot unit

These could be the kind of quick games that PP has in the past (e.g. PBI) demo'd at shows. They could build up to a scenario that is actually a proper mini-game - even maybe a formal cut-down version of the full game. Videos on the PP website could be shot to support the more basic training exercises.

This is not to make more work for Martin, but really to explore how to make RFCM games more readily accessible to folk as they build their forces and to keep up engagement during those weeks / months of painting (cf. the DBA buld up to DBM).


Terrain and Figures / Painting Gebirgsjaeger
« on: January 25, 2021, 08:43:59 PM »
I saw a link to this document today on TMP (it's on Dropbox, but you can download directly to your device without logging into Dropbox):


It's by the talented 'Heresy Brush', the author of some of the Painting War guides (I have his SCW book and find it both informative and inspirational).

Anyway, as well as sharing some of his painting technique, this short document provides detailed guides for painting German mountain troops in the following theatres:

 - Murmansk, March 1942
 - Tunisia, April 1943
 - Crete, May 1940 [sic - I think he got that one a year out


Bloody Barons / Wargames Illustrated online resources
« on: January 15, 2021, 09:35:09 PM »
I understand that Wargames Illustrated recently published a mini ruleset for WOTR "big skirmish" called Never Mind the Billhooks, which was issued free with their magazine.

This seems to have generated some ongoing interest, and a number of online resources.

One of them deals with simply but effectively painting figures (aimed at 28mm, but these look very suitable for appropriately detailed 15mm figures, in case anyone knows a manufacturer who makes such products?).

The painting guide is here: https://www.wargamesillustrated.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Billhooks-Painting-Guide-Web.pdf

It lists several Freezywater Publications as resources, so presumably has something going for it?


PBI / Corinth Canal
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:40:52 PM »
Here's a recent video compilation from Mark Felton - covering the Corinth Canal attack by German paratroopers shortly before the Crete campaign:


Something else to play with the forces several of us have been building up for Crete? And yes, Miles, there are even tanks  :D


Eye Candy / MOVED: MexRev scenery
« on: December 13, 2020, 08:25:42 PM »

General discussion / How much of a paint bottle do we actually use?
« on: December 07, 2020, 10:27:48 AM »
As I cleaned out my palette this morning, following a weekend in which I hadn't done quite as much painting as I'd planned, I wondered how much of the paint that we buy in a bottle we actually use...

Between what's left on the palette, what gets washed off on the brush during painting sessions, or wiped off on a tissue when dry-brushing or is over-spray with an air brush, and what finishes life as dried up gunk in the bottom of the bottle...

There is clearly no single answer to this, but I'd be interested in your views and personal experiences. Also any top tips in approach to reduce the waste!


Bloody Barons / Sources of inspiration for painting
« on: November 28, 2020, 11:25:46 AM »
I've been reading up on the battles of St Albans - and trying to resist the urge to distract myself from my current painting project and start WOTR instead...

But there's no harm in getting prepared, and I've realised what a great source of painting inspiration the Peter Dennis's illustrations are in his "Wargame the Wars of the Roses 1455-1487" paper soldiers book. Livery colours and flags / banners too.

Martin has previously mentioned the illustrations in the Osprey campaign books as good sources of inspiration too. Does anyone else have their own favourite pictures of the period?


General discussion / PSC Black Friday deals
« on: November 27, 2020, 10:26:43 AM »
While clearly no-one here would dream of buying 15mm stuff that Peter Pig produces from any other source, Plastic Soldier makes some nice models of vehicles that PP does not yet cover. Many of these are 25% off at the moment:


(do not click on the "15mm WWII" link at the top of the page, as it is missing much of this stuff!)


PBI / Kampfgruppe von Ben
« on: November 12, 2020, 08:35:05 PM »
I'm posting these rather tasty photos on behalf of Ben and Dave, who are still wrestling with an over-worked PC:

Here is Kampfgruppe von Ben. Ben wanted to add to his German late war force, so here are some 9th SS vehicles to match those that he fielded at the Arnhem day.



General discussion / This Day in History
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:28:32 AM »
I thought I'd start a new thread for your delectation, Ladies and Gentlemen, on the basis that it might be appropriate to remember and discuss important dates in the military past.

With suitable apologies to our French friends (pour ce coup de Trafalgar...), today is Trafalgar Day. Stewart may have some choice thoughts on this topic for us all?


The Men of Company B / Wargames, Strategy & Soldiers #111
« on: October 15, 2020, 04:43:36 PM »
The next (#111) issue of WSS will be focused on the various 20th-century wars in Vietnam:


I've pre-ordered, to save some money. And used my voucher from having completed the Wargames Survery to save even more  ;)


Eye Candy / Martin's new photo set-up
« on: October 07, 2020, 03:04:08 PM »
I hope everyone likes Martin's new photos.

I've replaced the previous ones with new versions received today in the News banner. Same castings, but much more contrasty shots. I'd thought the previous graininess was down to dodgy priming, but it seems that the camera did indeed lie in this instance!

The latest photos are, I hope all will agree, a big improvement.


General discussion / Priming figures - a vote for Stynylrez
« on: October 03, 2020, 09:15:03 AM »
There have been a few posts in which people have mentioned Badger's Stynylrez primer.

Having heard about Miles's good experiences air-brushing it, I bought some some time back and was similarly impressed.

However, at least as useful for me is how well it works to prime figures when brushed on. It is very runny but still adheres well to metal, so just a very small quantity is needed and it doesn't obscure detail.

I just used a "squirt" to prime 6 Peter Pig packs of figures, in no more time than it would have taken me to airbrush them and without the faff of getting all the kit out and cleaning it all up afterwards.

The product is available in a range of colours (I have mostly been using white for figures) and bottle sizes, for example here:



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