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PBI / Italians vs. Japanese
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:36:07 PM »
I saw this posted on TMP the other day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlSi2Zr-h_Y

Could make a plausible excuse for a somewhat alternative PBI game / scenario?

Simon

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General discussion / PP website closed for business?
« on: July 25, 2020, 07:55:54 PM »
I've just read Dave's comment on the PBI board about the PP shopping cart being closed. It seems as though this is currently the case for everything, not just PDFs.

Is this intentional, or a technical gremlin?

Simon

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PBI / Painting the paras
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:13:21 AM »
What colours / paints are folk using / planning to use for their Early War German paras?

I'm using Vallejo 70924 Russian Uniform WWII for the tunic and green helmets (I've seen photos and models with grey helmets too...), but am struggling to get a suitable shade for the trousers (which are variously also green, or a grey colour, or most commonly a greenish-brown or maybe brownish-green, from the sources I've seen). I'm conscious too that colours change over time, and many of the "colour" photos have been hand-tinted.

There is a huge variation in colours that modellers have used for Crete campaign paras. Maybe it just doesn't matter too much, but I'd welcome any thoughts, please!

Simon

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General discussion / 35 litre Really Useful Boxes
« on: June 22, 2020, 11:56:04 AM »
I normally use the 4 litre and 9 litre Really Useful Boxes to store my figures and scenery pieces.

However, these are a little too small for hills and similar templates, and get quite expensive for their relatively small volumes.

I've therefore just bought my second set of 10 x 35 litre RUBs from Rapid Racking: these work out at £10 + VAT each: https://www.rapidracking.com/en/rra/pack-of-10-really-useful-boxes-35-litre [free shipping on orders over £100]

I'm finding these to be a good compromise between internal volume / ease of storage / ability to fit a couple in the car boot for games.

Simon

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Announcements and Shows / Tankfest - online
« on: June 19, 2020, 08:31:42 PM »
Bovington's Tankfest is obviously off this year, but there will instead be a free, 3-hour virtual event on Saturday 28th June.

More details here: https://tankmuseum.org/events/tankfest-online/?goal=0_9f8e541a11-af91ebb006-4937155&mc_cid=af91ebb006&mc_eid=bfc429bc6d

Simon

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PBI / FoW Packaging strategy helping PP sales?
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:07:51 AM »
I was interested to read the following thread on TMP:

http://theminiaturespage.com/news/talk/msg.mv?id=393762535

in which people like neither the new Flames of War plastic figures, nor the "not quite a full company in a company box" packaging strategy, with the note that more and more folk are "going the Peter Pig route".

I hope this is translating into suitably large orders!

Simon

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General discussion / Entoyment - open for shopping
« on: June 03, 2020, 04:40:19 PM »
It's good to see that Entoyment are now open again for both mail (order placed last night - turned around by early afternoon today) and post-free "click and collect".

And they have a very complete range of Vallejo paints (among others) in stock, as well as a bunch of other stuff that other retailers have seemingly run out of.

I was happy to be able to support a "proper" shop again as we ease out of lockdown, slowly.

Simon

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The Men of Company B / Small Unit Action in Vietnam, Summer 1966
« on: May 22, 2020, 09:30:17 AM »
Someone on TMP posted this link to an official history of small unit actions:

https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/Small%20Unit%20Action%20In%20Vietnam%20Summer%201966.pdf

I'm finding it a cracking read.

Simon

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I was interested to spot this on TMP today - a company that "decided to produce my own range of 28mm wargames figures, starting with German Fallschrimjägers. I felt that a lot of the white metal sculpts out there were very generic and I wanted to offer a premium product that is different to what is currently available."

https://fix-bayonets.com/

These look very good to me - light kit and presumably some very early "cut-down-coal skuttle" helmets before the "proper" para versions became available?

Obviously Martin's will be even nicer  ;)

Simon

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The Men of Company B / Riverine operations
« on: April 24, 2020, 05:15:14 PM »
I realise that MOCB doesn't deal with brown water actions, but as Peter Pig does make a very nice little PBR, folks might be interested in this publication:

"Combat at Close Quarters: Warfare on the Rivers and Canals of Vietnam". You can buy it in paperback or electronic format from Amazon, or you can download it for free from here (which I am hoping is legitimate):

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/publications/publication-508-pdf/978-0-945274-74-2.pdf

It's published by the Naval Historical Foundation and includes a wealth of detail and photos.

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General discussion / Wargaming supply chain in the current crisis
« on: March 28, 2020, 04:42:47 PM »
It's been sad to see so many wargaming companies temporarily shut down operations over the last week - whether main manufacturers such as Warlord, or resellers like Entoyment who can no longer get hold of goods from their main suppliers.

Aren't we all lucky that Peter Pig does so much in-house? But then I started wondering how long the lead and resin stocks will last... Given that we don't know how long the current situation will persist, I'm thinking that it may be prudent for us all to place our orders now!

Simon

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Bloody Barons / Slingshot issue 329
« on: March 15, 2020, 05:40:47 PM »
I'm no longer a member (could never find the time to read all the good stuff they publish...), but see that the next issue of the Society of Ancients' "Slingshot" magazine has a couple of articles on the Battle of Bosworth - one featuring the latest research, while the other focuses on the French contingent:

http://theminiaturespage.com/news/?id=2115415811

If anyone receives this journal, perhaps they could post a short review here in due course, please?

Simon

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General discussion / Who'll be first...?
« on: March 11, 2020, 08:18:07 AM »
I assume with a group like this, a number of us will get hit at some point by The Virus.

Who will be first? Will you (I?!) share any of the gory details here? Will there be an international outbreak of "virus shaming"?

Will we need to disinfect all of our toy soldiers (maybe that chap who gives his a shower each year isn't so nuts after all...)?

We live in interesting times...

Simon

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