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Red358408 Mar 2019 3:54 p.m. PST

Finally my Paper Soldier Jacobite armies get a chance to face off at the battle of Falkirk Muir…


Winston Smith08 Mar 2019 4:40 p.m. PST

Easier than painting tartan, or the equally tedious Government lace and Grenadier miter caps. grin

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2019 4:49 p.m. PST

Very tempted by them. How difficult was it to get the armies to usable condition?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2019 5:31 p.m. PST

I was tempted to buy some AWI troops, but the thought of all that trimming put me off. I would also like to know how long it took you to get them ready for battle.

Red358409 Mar 2019 2:05 a.m. PST

It's surprisingly easy (and quite therapeutic) to put them together. Allowing for time for the glue to dry between stages I can easily out together a 36 man unit (3 bases) in less than an hour. I will often do them in batches and come back to do a bit more snipping when I have a spare 10 minutes.

English Thegn09 Mar 2019 10:36 a.m. PST

Alastair's paper armies do look really good in the flesh and it made me wonder what the other available periods would like like-I suspect any army with colourful uniforms, flags, banners etc would have real presence on the table.

The game itself was great fun and reminded me that although I don't generally use Black Powder it can give a flowing game with a definite conclusion without taking all night, and while I'm happy to have re-written history things could have gone quite differently in those first few moves…

von Schwartz09 Mar 2019 5:10 p.m. PST

Call me old fashioned but they lose a lot of their charm when they're printed on heavy card stock. Hand painted whether 3D or flats requires some degree of expertise, dedication, and the gamer needs to at least do some academic work researching the uniforms. May as well use paper counters.

BorisTheSpider10 Mar 2019 5:27 a.m. PST

I love it when someone tells me the "proper" way to play with toy soldiers

English Thegn10 Mar 2019 9:39 a.m. PST

+1 BorisTheSpider

Red358410 Mar 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

Von Schwartz…I'm sorry I've broken the rules of wargaming. I'll go and hang my head in shame!

von Schwartz10 Mar 2019 5:12 p.m. PST

Red3584, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, just as everyone is entitled to ignore said opinions. Those were only my opinions. If it floats your boat then rock on dude! or something to that effect.
Also my opinion is that broccoli is a vile weed, that may or may not be your opinion as well, either way, who gives a s*@#, as long as someone is having fun with it!

Now, having said that, I'll get my coat.

Red358411 Mar 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

Well I agree with you on the broccoli debate but otherwise I tend to abide by the principles of 'if you haven't anything nice to say, best say nothing' and Wheaton's Law…

von Schwartz11 Mar 2019 5:12 p.m. PST

Got to maintain my curmudgeons certification! What would my fellow "Grumpy Bastards" say if I started being nice? I do have a reputation to maintain after all.

Wheaton's Law? new one for me, please enlighten me?

Camlachie16 Apr 2019 3:17 a.m. PST

They look fantastic. I love that Peter stuck to true to the facts and never had the Scots as a medieval rabble in rags.

Marc at work16 Apr 2019 4:53 a.m. PST

Interesting – where would the internet be if no one with a contrary view ever posted. I think debate is a good thing, and opinions can be useful. We can all then choose how to respond to them – agree/disagree/ignore etc.

I have a soft spot for paper figures, but they will not replace my core periods. But Peter has put a lot of work into his ranges, and as a way to explore a non-core period I can see their appeal. As I can Risk figures, cardboard counters etc

Marc at work16 Apr 2019 4:54 a.m. PST

And having now read Red's blog, I can see he feels the same

"The Paper Soldiers themselves looked great en masse. I still have some more to make up and add some extras to existing units to build the armies up. It's been an interesting project…I've enjoyed making the paper soldiers but for other periods I'd probably stick with actual figures. The Jacobite period was one I'd always wanted to do and the Paper Soldier concept made it very do-able and has certainly let me scratch that itch. As a way of fairly quickly putting together armies it's been very cost effective and looks great"

AICUSV17 Apr 2019 11:11 p.m. PST

But I like broccoli.

von Schwartz19 Apr 2019 6:40 p.m. PST

Actually so do I, I just said that to make a point.

UshCha20 Apr 2019 12:02 a.m. PST

I think it is a shame on wargames that may hold the view of Von Schwaertz without such good humor or grace. Wargames never was about "decent figiures" but the game. I would give up dreadfull 12mm 3D circus freak rigures you have to paint in favour of 2D printed and lazer cut out figures, alas they are not yet available. T

his set is a happy compromise and a worthy cause, not the Scottish of course, as I am a Sassenach ;-).

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