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  1. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tundraworks/tundraworks-miniatures-lace-wars


    This is a Canadian outfit that's been around for a couple of years and I've been watching their stuff.  It looks good, though I'm more 28mm than 18mm for my historicals.  This is their first kickstarter but they've been up and running for a bit.  A bit niche, but I'd consider them reliable for the fulfillment end.  

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  2. 3 hours ago, Heisler said:


    I suspect that Italeri just took their drawings for their existing 1/35th scale Puma kit, reduced them down to the appropriate size and then simplified somethings because of the size. Just guesses, but basically they too the simplest approach possible which left some weird design choices when it was done.


    No, that would still not explain it since Italeri previously made an all-new 1/72 scale Puma so by the time they got to this Warlord one they had already done a reduced-scale version.  And the 1/72 scale one actually would have been a better plan template, being that it has both simplified suspension but also fully intact wheels.  This is my original point, that it is weird for Italeri to choose to overcomplicate something that wasn't necessary to do and also oversimplify parts that did not need the simplification.  (Italeri also sells a 1/48 Puma, but I could not determine if this is one they worked up or a rebox from somebody else so I didn't count it).  In any case, all three sprue layouts in question are unique to their respective scale plastic kits so none is a copy of any other, they were all laid out from scratch.  And to add even more oddity to the whole thing, this peculiar choice is not one Italeri made for the M8/M20 kit they make for Warlord - which has completely intact wheels.  None of this is expecially relevant to anything, since by and large all of the detail in question is mostly difficult to see, it was only worth noting in passing that it's a somewhat peculiar deliberate design choice for them to make when they have prior experience both larger and smaller.  It would make more sense if the suspension was also simplified like the 1/72 scale kit, or it would make sense to have the suspension build more like the 1/35 if the wheels were commensurately intact - but it does not make any sense to hollow out the wheels and also make extra fiddly detail where it won't be seen and is therefore not needed.  Instead it's like they made the simple part complex and the part that might have used more detail (being the more visible of the two) too simple and it's just weird that they did it this way.  

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  3. 16 minutes ago, Heisler said:

    Because it’s a modeling company first and modelers like that kind of thing.


    That explains the extra detail for the suspension, but does not explain the hollow half wheels.  That's what's weird about it.  If it was extra detail and complete wheels it would not be weird.  Similarly, if it was hollow half wheels and reduced suspension detail it would not be weird.  It's the combination of both extra invisible suspension detail and incomplete wheels that makes it an odd choice.  

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  4. 20 hours ago, pcktlnt said:

    I bought Ryobi tools for $100 (new)


    I loved my Ryobi stuff, but I have to warn you not to overcharge the battery.  I don't know if Ryobi has since fixed the problem, but leaving the batteries on the charger had the nasty tendency to brick them.  I bricked two of mine that way and while trying to figure out what happened, discovered it was an alarmingly common issue.  This may or may not still be true, so being cautious won't hurt.  (My Ryobi stuff got written off in the fire)  I replaced my lost Ryobi with a Black & Decker set, mostly because it was on sale and handy moving back in, but I am quite lazy so I appreciate that the B&D battery packs are somewhat more robust when I leave them on charge for a day.  Week.  Month.  Ah hell, it's probably been two years now.  Maybe three,  I'm just gonna go unplug it while I think of it.  

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  5. My two Pumas (Pumae?) turned out okay, but I remain perplexed as to why Italeri made the suspension so fiddly but then also made the wheels hollow on the inner side.  If the wheels are hollow because you can't really see it, then the same holds true of the suspension.  If the suspension has fiddly detail then the wheels should not be hollow.  It's just such a weird combo.  



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  6. 2 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

    Yes, I like my job, but I like my time off, too


    You are much too nice to be a real wolf.  I think you're actually a Lab.  A Lab in wolf's clothing!  Think about it - you were in the navy.  Wolves don't like water, but Labs?  You can't keep a Lab out of the sea.  I'm on to you and your whole doghouse of lies, and the next time I'm near you in person I'm gonna throw a frisbee and blow your disguise.  



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  7. 13 hours ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

    Bur it isn't beer.

    It's a Cordial.



    Beer makes me pretty cordial.  Martinis make me very cordial.  Screech, on the other hand, amplifies my dialect and makes me incomprehensible to mainlanders.  This may still be very cordial, as it also compels me to fill everyone nearby with tea and jam jams.  (Should I be particularly fond of you, you will get lemon creams)

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  8. I will say that if you should happen to find yourself hankering for a StuG IIIG, and it's relatively easy for you to get it, the Rubicon StuG IIIG kit is almost infinitely better than the absolute dog that the Warlord kit is (I have both).  I've been more or less happy with most of the Warlord plastics (Panthers, PzIVH, Pumas, M3 halftrack, Tiger, many others) but that StuG is just miserable.  The Rubicon also has more options, which was a particular plus for me because I prefer the saukopf mantlet over the box type (Warlord only has the box mantlet).  If it's not feasible or worth it to go out of your way for the Rubicon one then you can certainly live with the Warlord one - but if you have any choice at all it's the Rubi kit all the way.




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  9. 5 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

    Have I mentioned that I really like my job?


    I got to work this morning to find this on my desk:




    That's nice and all, but I'm really digging the retro early 2000s feel of your desk.  It's very comfy.  Also, it's deeply disturbing to me to consider early 2000s retro... but them Boston speakers don't lie.  (As I recall, my identical Bostons were very nice speakers)







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  10. 3 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

    I will probably get a bigger single base for when I permanently mount this unit after painting.


    I use Reaper round bases for my AT and Arty guns.  The 80mm round in particular is very handy for medium artillery bases.  I use a smaller one (50mm?  60mm?  I should remember these things) for my 57mm and 75mm AT guns.  But anyway, the Reaper rounds are great and usually have a litte space for a bit extra if you feel like it.  



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  11. 3 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

    The US may finally be doing away with daylight saving time!


    This is how it happens.  You just wake up one day and somebody has changed your time zone calculation difficulty from hard to very hard.  Now when I'm tryna figure out what time people are in I'll have to add the half hour and then adjust for the time zone, probably weigh a duck, dress in chicken entrails, and create a circle of salt and iron filings. 


    Some of those might not actually be required, I just needed an excuse for circles and chicken entrails.    Math, sorcery, all the same to me.



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  12. 1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:

    The meeting and the paperwork were 2 separate events, and no I didn't. 


    I may be good at it, but I hate paperwork; I'm not going to create more of it to deal with.


    You just need to have the right attitude.  Think of it as filling out a character sheet.  Just like when I had to do data entry so I pretended it was a text-based vidya game.  I like to imagine the entry about being eaten by grue still gets migrated because nobody who knows what it is has seen it yet.  

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  13. 22 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

    Ok, I've been at work for 2 and a half hours; I've been to a meeting  and resolved a paperwork SNAFU, that seems like enough effort for a Tuesday. Can I go home now?


    Well... I don't pay you, and I don't have to pay your bills, and honestly none of the consequences of giving you advice will affect me at all, so... yes.  Yes, you can go home.  

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  14. 9 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

    Well, we've made back topo Friday again. I hope you all enjoy your weekend.  I'm planning on maybe getting an early start on some spring cleaning. I'm also thinking about being a loaf on the couch and reading.

    Hopefully, I can achieve some balance.


    Clean off the couch so you can loaf on it.  I have the answers to all of life's difficult questions.  I'd start an advice column, but I just cleaned off my couch so I could loaf on it and am far too busy to do that today.

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  15. 2 hours ago, pcktlnt said:

    Not opposed to moving paint around. I just followed the names on the bottle at first. Some of those browns are colors such as brick red or something red.


    Luckily I have another paint rack I can assemble. However, I have run out of super glue. T__T 


    There are many ways to organize your paint rack, but in the end nearly everyone comes back to doing it by SKU.  Not me, I just throw them into a box which is why I only use the same ten paints for everything.  Orc skin?  Olive Drab.  Ranger cloak?  Olive drab.  Troll?  Olive Drab.  WW2 US Army Ranger?  Hot Pink, because they're gonna be looking for people dressed as army guys.  

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  16. 3 hours ago, Standifer said:

    Oooo I see a couple tiger 2s, a tiger some panthers, Shermans a 76mm Sherman, are those Cromwells and a KV-1 turret?


    Yes, there's a KV-2 in the shadows behind it.  Warlord rather thoughtfully made it so all you have to do is swap the turrets for either version.

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  17. 17 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

    And then I started on some troops with Panzerfaust. (You can have up to 4 panzerfaust in a squad.  They suggest you put a fig with one in your unit for each one.  Since they are one shot weapons, once you fire one off, replace the mini with a same equipped model with no panzerfaust.


    I couldn't be bothered making extra figs to swap out and in any case didn't have enough bodies to do it at the time anyway.  My solution was to clip the loose panzerfausts off (there should be one per sprue), paint em up, and just lay them on the bases between their feet.  Once fired, simply remove the piece.  You could do it with toothpicks if you were of a mind to, or needed a lot of them for a big army.  Something to consider if you don't really want to make and paint the extra figs.  Doing it this way also gave me the ability later to not only re-use them to give to late war soviets as captured equipment without having to source more bespoke panzerfaust, but also gave me the opportunity to make a house rule where dropped panzerfaust are capturable weapons.  I kept the points the same since doing that allows the rest of the squad to simply pick up the panzerfaust rather than lose it in the case of a catastrophic kill (which usually deletes any carried weapons), a reasonably significant bonus, but I figure this is balanced out because it means an enemy squad that destroys a panzerfaust-equipped squad can also loot and use them.   None of that is to suggest making bespoke extra figures isn't worth it, it's just some options worth noting are available if desired.  




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  18. For fantasy (well, in general really, but particularly for fantasy) Reaper is by far the bulk of my collection.  To such an extent that it has become much easier to count how many Reaper figures I have by cubic feet than individually.  Not only do I have no idea how many I have, I expect at this point it is impossible to ever know how many I have.  Somewhere between more than usual and (probably) less than the factory.  

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