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Marketplace / 20mm MexRevs
« on: February 18, 2021, 11:03:47 AM »
I know it's the wrong scale etc, but I started a 20mm skirmish project and never finished it. I not likely to restart it so it is free to a good home. Buyer collects, but hopefully that can be networked.
John

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Army Tutorials & Gallery / RCW painting guide
« on: December 30, 2020, 01:23:13 PM »
Apart from the Osprey's can anyone recommend a good painting guide for RCW uniforms. I am thinking of putting together a force, probably a White army.
John

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General discussion / Leftovers
« on: December 12, 2020, 06:32:36 PM »
You've identified the next army you want to build. You've bought the figures (from Martin I hope). You've organised the figures into units and then you've painted and based them.
After all that you've got 3 mounted standard bearers, 5 riflemen, 3 pikemen and one cannon left over.
My question is what do you do with your leftovers? Do they sit in a box in the corner of the shed? Do you sell them on straight away on eBay? Do you melt them down and clone other figures (shame on you)? Or what?
John

By the way I mainly do the shed option until I find someone to give them to when a chance conversation identifies that that someone is building the appropriate army.

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General discussion / I Know Martin has been AWOL but.................
« on: December 01, 2020, 10:53:43 PM »
Can anyone explain to me why people in the UK post Peter Pig items on Ebay at more than the retail price when you can buy them new from Martin for less. Are they surprised when no one bids for the items? There are currently at least half a dozen such posts. Makes no sense to me, but hey ho if it keeps them off the streets.
Merry Christmas
John

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Marketplace / 15mm PP British paratroops
« on: November 21, 2020, 12:29:33 PM »
I have approximately 200 figures for sale. Peter Pig British paratroops. All in good condition, unpainted and individual figures. 15p a figure. Postage extra. Payment via Paypal.
Tell me what you want (i.e. riflemen, bren gunners etc) and I will sort through them to make sure I've got what you want.
Cheers
John

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General discussion / Lost Army
« on: November 01, 2020, 03:19:06 PM »
Is it just me ....or do others have the same problem.

I sometimes buy a few figures to make up a single unit or maybe two to add to an existing army or to allow me to use army A as army B by swapping in the new unit(s) for others. So, for example, I might buy two or three packs of ECW pike, musket and command so that I can alter the balance of my ECW early Royalist army.
The trouble is that sometimes I buy something more obscure, start painting the figures, and then get distracted or bored, and move on to some other project. Months later I return to the original, half painted, troops and wonder which army I bought them for. Currently I have 15 Cuman horse archer/javelin which I have returned to and I cannot for the life of me remember why I bought them.
Am I alone in this or do others have this wargamers obliette?
John

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PBI / PBI 2020
« on: October 06, 2020, 06:27:58 PM »
Game today with Martin. He was 1944 German, I was 1944 British. Both forces average.
Martin had 3 infantry platoons (PC, 6 rifles, 3 LMG each), 3 Stugs
I had 2 infantry platoons (PC, 4 Brens, 6 rifles, 1 PIAT each) One platoon also had a light mortar, 1 Sherman 75, 1 Sherman 76, 3 25pdrs and 1 Medium mortar platoon (PC, 3 mortars, 1 rifle, 1 Bren).
Martin won the Piggy chase by a street so I was the defender. Objectives were in rows 3,3 and 5.
I deployed one infantry platoon around the left hand objective and in the woods ahead of it and the mortar platoon in and behind the central objective (both in row 3).
Martin had his Stugs off table and deployed his platoons equally across the table. On his right he pushed through the woods and assaulted my one infantry platoon. His sausage crunchers got a mauling and promptly disappeared of back to Berlin. In the centre he was held up by some off table artillery and the mortars, but on his left he faced no opposition and took the third objective easily.
My second platoon used rapid arrival to hold the Germans back but got mauled in the process and also disappeared.
Martin was able to raise another infantry platoon from the dead without them making much impression on the British line. The two Shermans came on half way through and tried to force their way through the Germans in the centre with ineffectual machine gunning. They were stopped by a brave lone tank hunter who successfully shot three panzerfaust shots, destroying the 75 and immobilising the 76, before being shot himself.
The last turns of the game (there were 10 in all) saw the arrival of the Stugs and the 25pdrs on their respective base edges but none of them got the chance to fire.
Result was a win for the British 55-44. They held two objectives to one. The Germans lost two platoons to the British one.
I am sure Martin will correct me if I got any of that wrong.
Overall the game flowed well. CC is simpler, motivation is simpler and easier to keep track of. Diagonal shooting has gone. Assets are reduced in choice.
A very pleasant day.
Also got my first winter project - a partisan force for PBI. Perhaps they could fight alongside the Greeks in Crete?
John

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General discussion / Ou est la belle France?
« on: September 06, 2020, 11:22:00 AM »
Hi all,
this all started with one of my flippant remarks, but the responses I had has made me think that this may be a possible, once Covid has passed.
Here is the idea:-
A group of RFCM/PP stalwarts get together and travel by car and ferry to France for a wargames weekend. We could travel either 2 or 3 to a car depending on how much wargaming equipment we take. Travel from either Poole or Southampton to Cherbourg, Le Havre or Caen. Then drive to somewhere in Normandy, preferably near a French wargames club (Les may have to advise here) and take on the locals at our favorite PP games. We could hire a gites for accommodation.
So it could be (for example) 6 of us in 2 cars travelling over daytime Friday, spending one day gaming against a local club and the other day gaming against each other or sight seeing or just chilling and then returning to the UK on the Monday. If it works out then we could plan longer term for 2024 and do a Battle for Normandy theme.
From a cost perspective I would suggest that we go out of season. What do people think? Would anyone be seriously interested? Can others perhaps add a little flesh to the bones?
Bon chance.
John

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Terrain and Figures / 25pdr limbers
« on: July 17, 2020, 09:59:27 AM »
Does anyone know where I can acquire a few 25pdr limbers in 15mm? I have the guns. I don't need the tows, but would take them if that is the only way to get the limbers.
Cheers
John

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PBI / 25pdr
« on: July 01, 2020, 12:29:37 AM »
Hi all,
does anyone know when in 1942 the muzzle brake was first fitted to the British 25pdr field gun? Where ever I have searched on t'internet it just says in 1942. I know in PBI stats terms it is not important, but to a pedant like me, it is.
Cheers
John

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General discussion / Favorite Paints
« on: May 01, 2020, 10:41:30 AM »
Do you have a preferred brand of paints, and if so is there a reason?
I use mostly Citadel paints because I can get hold of them easily. They are a bit pricey but they do the job.
However I do use others. Howard's Hues, Vallejo, Miniature Paints and Colour Party.
I have some Tamiya but I don't find that they cover all that well, especially if they have been thinned.
I am not a fan of the dropper type bottles that Vallejo and others use as I don't tend to paint from a palette. Also you do not get much for buck.
I have some Colour Party pots that I have had for years. I thought that they had gone out of business but rediscovered them recently. Their pots come in 30ml size for about 1.75 which I think is excellent value. They also do larger sizes which are great if you are painting a whole WWII division.
John

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General discussion / Next Project
« on: April 23, 2020, 07:12:37 PM »
Finished my PBI Greeks a couple of weeks ago. I have just completed my early war summer Russians and my 1915 Austrians are ongoing. So obviously I have decide to start on my early war Fallschirmjagers for PBI. Not quite sure why I'm so into WW2 at the moment but I am going to make the most of it.

What have you decided to paint up next?

Keep well
John

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PBI / PBI Greeks
« on: March 17, 2020, 01:44:20 PM »
At Simon's request here is what you can do to get a WW2 Greek PBI company.
For your company commander you need a figure from the WW1 British High command pack. It should be wearing boots and not puttees.
The Greek government in the late 1930's and early 1940's bought equipment from Britain and France and captured a lot of Italian equipment when they fought.
The uniform looked very close to the Italian uniform in 15mm, except it was either khaki or olive green. Helmets were either olive green or darker. Packs and equipment seems to have also been Italian in style and much of it was natural leather, apart from the usual cloth bread bag. Puttees I have done in slightly different shade of olive green so that they show up. So most of my force is from the Italian regular infantry range including the platoon commanders. I also found some older PP castings of Italians without packs which I have added in for variety, as well as some Italians in greatcoats.
The Greeks used Hotchkiss LMGs amongst others and so I have used LMGs from the WW2 French range. The Adrian helmet was worn by some in the Greek army. Strictly speaking the French uniform isn't right but in 15mm it is fairly close.
Artillery can be any of a number of different 75mm WW1 pieces. I have used those from the Serbian range. A/T guns can be Pak 36 37mm German guns or 47mm Boehler. I used the latter.
The Greeks had very few tanks. I used captured Italian CV33/35 with 20mm cannon, but in reality twin MGs would be more common. One tank that is in the Company Architect book is the Vickers 6 ton. The Greeks had a few for training but the order they placed with the British was never fulfilled due to the outbreak of war. So they were never used in combat.
For the support platoons I used Italians for the mortars and French for the MMGs (Hotchkiss again).

My Greeks are for the Italian and early German campaigns. For the Greeks after the British became involved then use British equipment, weapons and uniforms. They lost their unique identity.

Due to the low cost of the Greek hardware it is possible to field an enormously large but potentially useless  "raw" company, with 6 infantry platoons, 2 support platoons, 3 A/T guns  and 8 tanks. All this for 400 points.

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General discussion / Rubbish War Films
« on: March 07, 2020, 07:57:38 PM »
Currently sat in front of Legion of the Damned starring Jack Palance. It looks like it has been dubbed into English, even though most of the cast are American or English. Also some very dubious German accents. "Ve vill vin ze var". Not forgetting the obligatory "girl" who the good guys take with them. Jack Palance has a Scottish? accent. Hilarious.

Anyone think of other rubbish war films?

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Army Tutorials & Gallery / !914 Belgians painting guide
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:02:06 AM »
Can anyone point me in the direction of a painting guide for the Belgian Army 1914. i.e. before they switched from blue to green.
Cheers
John

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