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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:



There's a very positive review this morning in the Grauniad - repeated elsewhere e.g. below:


of a new book on the Spanish Civil War that focuses on the International Brigades, being published on 15th October.

Amazon has it for 24.99 on Audible (or free with a free trial), and 16.80 on Kindle (but not yet in hard copy).

The Book Depository offers it hardback at a 10% discount for 26.85:



General discussion / PP Packaging
« on: September 26, 2020, 02:20:39 PM »
It's a bit quiet here today, so I thought I would kick things off with a vote of thanks to those hard-working folks at PP HQ, triggered by the package that awaited my return last night.

My order comprised both figures and a rulebook - not necessarily the easiest to pack together without one damaging the other. However, the judicious use of card, parcel tape and bubble wrap ensured safe passage of all contents, regardless of whatever the postal service could throw at it.

My orders, of various shapes and sizes over the years, have always arrived fully intact in appropriately-sized boxes. So, well done and thanks to the masters of the 3D packaging conundrum - another dimension of the fine service provided to us from the depths of Dorset.


Conquerors and Kings / Netflix in the Teutoburg Forest
« on: September 24, 2020, 03:03:12 PM »

Longships- Wrath of the Vikings / Final Uhtred tale - out next month
« on: September 20, 2020, 03:01:37 PM »
The final instalment (book 13) - entitled War Lord - of the Uhtred ("The Last Kingdom") series is being published on 15th October. I know that a number of us on this Forum have enjoyed the books to date.

If you're quick you can get a first print run in a special "gold foil designed case". I have no idea what this means (presumably better than a gold foil case that lacks design?), but it must surely be a Good Thing?



Western / Pony Wars - B Troop IS coming back!
« on: September 12, 2020, 09:28:24 AM »
Obviously not an RFCM ruleset, but it was written for 15mm figures, and PP already provides a wider (I believe) and nicer range than the original Tabletop figures: Pony Wars (which I've long regretted not buying when it was originally available) is being reprinted in a modern version by the 3 surviving original authors:


Baccus has long been rumoured to be planning a 6mm range to suit, but this could also be good for 15mm - probably as a group project rather than one person fielding the hundreds of figures required.

As I write, they're still 1,478 pre-orders shy of their 1,500 pre-production target, but it will be interesting to see how much enthusiasm this generates for all things Western.


Longships- Wrath of the Vikings / Shield transfers
« on: September 09, 2020, 11:06:16 AM »
To prepare for the day when I will paint my Vikings and Saxons, having been spurred on by Uhtred's latest adventures, I'm interested in hearing how people have finished the shields on their PP Dark Ages figures.

I think you used Little Big Man transfers for some of yours, Stewart (were these the mounted Vikings masquerading as Carolingians?). Would you mind reminding me of which version of these you went for (they're listed by manufacturer, but haven't yet seen the light and produced a PP list)?

What have other folk done?



PBI / 14th Army as Aussies
« on: August 30, 2020, 10:36:55 AM »
I'm interested to see that folk are using Peter Pig 14th Army figures as Aussies for the Crete game: Miles' work-in-progress figures are really starting to look the part.

This could be an opportunity to revive interest in the truly "Forgotten Army" of the rather nice but underused WW2 codes 363 to 375?


AK47 Republic / Popular with the TMP readership!
« on: August 28, 2020, 10:49:47 AM »
Good to see that AK47 tied for second place in a recent TMP poll on "Most Significant Modern Rulesets":


Using the Forum / Welcome to New Forum Members
« on: August 23, 2020, 10:02:40 AM »
This week we welcome:
 - Spartacus (who has already got a few posts to his credit)
 - Rich L
 - Grey Heron

Maybe you would like to say a few words about yourself (while we respect some members' desire for anonymity, it's nice to at least have a first name to refer to you by) and what led you to join our happy band?


Workbench and Suggestions / August mould 3
« on: August 15, 2020, 09:22:56 PM »
The audience waits with bated breath for what might emerge from the workshop this weekend...

General discussion / Interceptors & Intruders
« on: August 05, 2020, 12:55:11 PM »
I've only recently spotted the 1994 "Interceptors & Intruders" space fighter combat PDF on the PP rules section - available for free download.

Sci-fi's not normally my thing, but I found the rules have quite a "fun" feel to them, and I also liked the little sketches included here and there within the main body of the rules.

The principal thing that struck me was the use of movement templates: I'd thought that these were a "first" for Wings of War World War 1, but now realise that the RFCM rules came out a decade or so earlier...

An interesting blast from the past!


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