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Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 3:35 p.m. PST

I've just posted a little piece on my plans for some 3mm armies with some discussion about base sizes and card/label/roster options.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

More and more I find a combinations roster/QRS is the best of both worlds. Put just the stats you need in each section of the QRS. SO move stats in the movement section, shoot stats in the shooting section, like this:

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Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 4:23 p.m. PST

That's a very good and clear QRS design which is essential for games today. Even better still are games like Peter Pig's Hammerin Iron where you can absorb the rules and factors easily enough to remember them.

Marc at work03 Aug 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

Some interesting thoughts there, which I have definitely struggled with I. WW2 – go big, go small, go individual, go mass. For some reason WW2 blows my mind getting it right – as you point out, 24 Napoleonic figures is "acceptable " but tanks seem destined to be seen as individual things. But hope you will continue to share your thoughts as they develop


Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

I find both WW2 and Napoleonics intimidating – the latter because of getting the uniforms right, and the former because of the myriad of different bits of kit.

My never-used 10mm WW2 armies were organised for Spearhead, but an expert told me he didn't like Spearhead's take on representation and that I had the wrong Sherman variant in one of the units…

I recently reviewed the armies and was reminded of all sorts of ancillary equipment which I'd rather not have to think about or cope with in a game – one of the reasons for my interest in a higher level like Rommel.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

Having the wrong Sherman variant is a pretty bad crime in my opinion Doc. I have seen some terrible crimes in my time, but the wrong Sherman variant has rather shown you as a sinner!

Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Mea culpa. But I only got that version because another expert had previously advised me it was the right one!

These experts have access to detailed OOBs which I've never been able to identify. They must keep them secret. It protects their expertise!

Who'd have thought it was only a game?

skinkmasterreturns03 Aug 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

Please lets be serious now-you KNOW your self worth is linked directly to the proper number of rivets!

Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Nobody has ever faulted my counters…

Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

I added some more thoughts (second thoughts?) on proposed basing…


Bindon Blood06 Aug 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

Surely a Sherman is a Sherman? Unless it is a Firefly. I understand those are the only two types of Sherman built during WWII… :)

And I bet that 'expert' would happily use Gallic warbands as Ancient German warriors. If it doesn't matter to you and it's your army, then it doesn't matter at all!

Russ Lockwood06 Aug 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

Seems to me, if you're at 3mm (I've picked up a couple PicoArmor sample packs just to see what they look like), you really don't have to worry about what type of Sherman model you use as long as its delineated on your base. They made an impressive number of variants, with various armor and weapon configurations (75mm, 76mm, 105mm), but the differences really apply only at lower, skirmish-level games. If each model is a platoon, any one of the types you want to represent should be OK.

Personal logo doctorphalanx Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2017 8:54 a.m. PST

Without looking it up, I think there were Shermans in British use at any rate which were longer. AFAICR some of these were used for Fireflys, while others were used as 'ordinary' Shermans with 76mm guns. Anyway, the models were 10mm, and I agree that 3mm models will be more difficult to fault.

I like to base armies on historical formations and to get the hardware right, but thereafter I'm happy to use them for near substitutes.

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