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Announcements and Shows / Re: The "low down" on Salute 2021
« on: November 16, 2020, 01:20:45 PM »
You have picked up that Salute is now 10th April, cutting it pretty fine with the decommissioning of the Nightingale
Letís see!

The Nightingale at ExCeL was decommissioned many, many months ago, and now only about 10% or less of the entire venue is being 'held' for the NHS as a storage facility for the beds and other medical equipment should they ever need to spin it up again at reasonably short notice.

Personally I still think April will prove to be too soon, on the basis that the restrictions against Trade Shows announced in October were due to be in place until at least April. All current experience suggests that any announcements about lifting restrictions are only being made at the last minute, and there are often extensions. That puts Salute! in a tricky position as they won't know if the show can go ahead (or not) until probably only a matter of days before its due to open... a scenario which makes taking bookings from traders very difficult, which in turn means getting punters to commit up front will also be very difficult.

It may come down to how / if the venue have rolled forward the 2020 booking to 2021, how they might treat a situation in which the show is legally able to open but that announcement comes too late to give Warlords time to organise and promote the event, and - possibly - whether Warlords are sensible and have built up a contingency fund sufficient to insulate them from the losses of a cancelled edition of the show.

Taking that all into account, and without even pretending I know anything at all about vacine roll-out schedules  (which I don't!), my bet would be it gets postponed to later in the year ... !

Friday & Saturday look do-able.   Bringing some PBI stuff to join in is a definate, and maybe also wheeling out some 10mm to try a refreshed BKC game at some point as well with my mate Adam (who's now local to Entoyment) sounds like a plan..  once the PBI schedule is naied down I can work around that I think.   

Piggy Days and Competitions / Re: A Bridge Too Far
« on: May 07, 2019, 05:24:00 PM »
Can any one remember the Market Garden game put on by I think the Ponders End group using an older version of PBI. Martin took part I think. XXX corps being passed from table to table aiming to get the end table where Arnhem bridge was. I think there was a problem with the amount of terrain on each table.

Yep, I've done it as well on a couple of occasions https://www.madaxeman.com/10mm/arnhem.php being one.

The basic gist was:
- 3 or 4 tables, one is Arnhem with the bridge at one side of it, the others are the Road to Arnhem with a transverse road, usually a bank either side of it as the main bit of terrain and a river across it to make life interesting. 
- XXXCorps is a non-player character that moves along the central road each turn (with basic dice rolls) unless the Germans are within 1 square of their route. If the Germans are that close the tanks then come under the control of the Allied player on that table.
- The mission of the allies is to keep the Germans at least 1 square away from the road at all times so the tanks move forwards

- On the "Arnhem" table you have an initial 'assault" scenario with teh Paras going in, and then a series of German counterattacks with increasing quality of opposition.

- Over the course of 2-4 games the Paras simply still have to be alive and holding the bridgehead when XXX Corps makes it to them. This means that the first and second tables probably end up not being fought over in the 2nd and 3rd (or even 4th) round of games as XXX Corps is through them (ideally!) by then.

You could therefore do a 'lite' version with 3 tables and 6 players initially, reducing to 4 players in the 2nd and 3rd games.

I think I should be able to make this one ... Ive got both British and US infantry companies, and a load of Germans (a few platoons in zeltbahn) avaialable to join in with any games going on..

Marketplace / Re: PBI Russian force on eBay (ends 20/1/19)
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:45:14 AM »
Indeed. Iíve never played it myself, but FoW did have a very intense competition scene, to the point at which (as an  outsider) I could imagine Battlefront thinking that they had ďlost controlĒ of the development of the game to a core of highly active competition players who were driving a lot of what went on. 

BFs answer appeared to be to crash the bus (I guess copying GW with their Sigmar reboot of the fantasy game) to shed all of the old players and redesign the game away from competitions - the timing seemed to coincide with a natural point in time when the competition circuit kinda ran out of steam with (re) playing the same armies and opponents under v3 of the rules, so they couldnít really go back but also didnít want go forward as the game design had evolved in a way they didnít like, possibly with the specific intention of not taking them forward with it..... !

Marketplace / Re: PBI Russian force on eBay (ends 20/1/19)
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:25:27 PM »
Interesting stuff indeed - however I'm not sure I;d extrapolate the state of teh industry from one ebay auction...  ;)

The price is probably more a reflection of my painting skills, a slightly unusual mix of vehicles in the bundle, the relatively unique PBI basing standard and (most importantly) what is almost certainly an over-saturated 15mm WW2 2nd hand market right now, with a flood of "I don't like FOW v4" stuff coming onto the market all at once and depressing prices as a result.

(10 years ago I funded a holiday in the states by speed-painting 15mm WW2 stuff and selling it on eBay, as the demand was huge at the time)

Marketplace / Re: PBI Russian force on eBay (ends 20/1/19)
« on: January 21, 2019, 01:10:32 PM »

Less than the cost of lead, but about the same more than the cost of plastic figures I think - but for something I've not used in maybe a decade (https://www.madaxeman.com/reports/PBI_2009.php) I'm not too upset. .

Marketplace / Re: PBI Russian force on eBay (ends 20/1/19)
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:57:41 AM »
Up to £51 now... starting to creep towards "almost-acceptable-price" territory (if I squint...)

Marketplace / Re: PBI Russian force on eBay (ends 20/1/19)
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:05:17 PM »
They seem far too cheap Tim!!

At the moment I tend to agree... I think the technical term is "priced for sale"  ::)

Seriously though, it will be interesting to see where they end up - a lot of my competition-going mates who used to play FOW have all been scathing about the new v4 and have largely stopped playing, however local shops still seem to be carrying lots of their (sub par compared to PP of course...) product, so its hard to see if this edition has just shed the competition gamers or has hit the wider WW2 market as well.  Any thoughts from Piggy Towers? 

I of course have never deviated from the one true religion of PBI for my 15mm WW2 gaming, and do still have British, Germans, Americans and Belgians for PBI, so I'm hardly missing out by freeing up storage space by letting these guys go.  ;) 

Marketplace / PBI Russian force on eBay (ends 20/1/19)
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:55:47 AM »
With my 4 Bisley 15 drawer filing cabinet figure storage solution rapidly approaching "full" status, rather than test the floorboards (and my domestic harmony) with a 5th cabinet it's become time to have a bit of a new year clearout.

The end result is that onto eBay rumbles a 15mm WW2 Russian PBI army (well, probably more like a company with armour support) as well as some excess 15mm German armour.

The Russian figures - and there are nearly 200 of them - are mostly original Battlefront metal Russians - well fed little chaps with those cute big round heads. Originally collected and based for Peter Pig's PBI ruleset so there's also a host of casualty markers included as well as lots of AT and other support - even some bomb dogs !

The accompanying armoured support is eclectic and numerous - T34's, KV1's as well as some more exotic bits of machinery as well. The tanks are mostly (but not all) Rocco plastic ones in 1/87th scale. That makes them a smidge larger than normal 1/100th 15mm vehicles, which I feel fits better with the slightly oversized 15mm infantry that Battlefront make. They are also better proportioned than many of Battlefront's supposedly 15mm-scale AFV's, which seem to be stretched vertically to scale with their infantry too.

And then, in a separate listing, some extra bits of German armour. Two Forged in Battle Tiger 1's, and a couple of (I think) Skytrex metal PzIV's both is late war cammo schemes

Both lots are on eBay now (see link below) and will end next Sunday evening (20th) around 7pm. A %age of all sale fees go to SSAFA, the armed forces charity.


Piggy Days and Competitions / Re: A Bridge Too Far
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:16:03 PM »
Well I was thinking about using the split table system 2 table's wide. The 3-4 table's for Hells Highway ! So that would be 6-8 table's in all. 2  table's for Nijmegen and 2 for Arnehem ( Oosterbeek) pocket ?So that would be 4 table's each maybe 6 if we are going to include part of the Bridge at Nijmegen ?

One of the tricks I have found with many of these multiplayer thingies is to make sure each individual game is still a legitimate battle in it's own right, and have the "campaign" element of things happen based on the conclusions of each of the individual games.

If there's a way of making it work through a series of games which are basic battles on standard tables that also has the advantage of making it easy for all concerned to get up to speed with whats going on, and it keeps things moving too - a whole series of standard sized games can essentially run on a timetable like a competition, meaning that you don't get some games running out of sync with the rest and slowing things down because they are "bigger".

Piggy Days and Competitions / Re: A Bridge Too Far
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:50:59 PM »
I've played Arnhem as a multi-player pseudo-campaign using PBI before - I think I found the idea in a magazine somewhere, so I can't claim credit for it.

It was 4-5 boards set up in a row, with the road to Arnhem running down the middle of them.

Most of the boards had a river & small bridge running at right angles to the road, with the final board (or 2) being the outskirts of Arnhem itself with the main bridge too.

Each board had Germans vs Paras fight on it, with one player per side

The "clever" bit was the XXX Corps was a "non player character" - a load of Shermans would dice to move down the road automatically unless/until they came to a spot with German infantry in an adjacent square, in which case they would stop and engage them.

So, the US Paras & others had 3-4 battles fighting to keep the road clear and the Germans had to fight to block it.

On the last table the British Paras had to first fight to get a foothold into Arnhem, and then in the next game fight to hang on in there for a couple of games whilst the Germans brought up more reserves each time.

There were some rules for the reinforcements/starting stances of the forces in each successive game - as in, if the US paras beat the Germans on the road they started the next game defending etc.

The victory conditions were that XXX Corps got to Arnhem before the paras were wiped out (of course..)

It worked really well - we played it (in 10mm) a couple of times, but again we are talking many, many years ago.

There are some photos here https://www.madaxeman.com/10mm/arnhem.php


Piggy Days and Competitions / Re: New Show in London
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:44:31 PM »
Not me sorry. Salute is my one venture into London. I keep thinking of trying to get to SELWG but can't justify the time or expense over and above what Salute costs.

That nails the key challenge to my mind. Less than a month away from SELWG - the 2nd biggest show in London - and probably only a week or so from Colours, which is eminently do-able for anyone in West London anyway.

It also smacks of a publisher trying to think up another revenue stream, and deciding that it's going to be easy to copy UK Games Expo. 

Piggy Days and Competitions / Re: PBI competition 2017
« on: May 26, 2017, 02:39:41 PM »
Am I right in guessing this isn't going to happen ..?

Piggy Days and Competitions / Re: PBI competition 2017
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:00:40 PM »
10th works for me

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