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Forlorn Hope

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  1. Hey everyone, I took a break from CAV when SGT Crunch moved away (how is with you, Crunch?), but I have recently found someone else who likes the game. I am supplying both sides for now, as I have just finished painting a Terran force, but it was a little bit thrown together from the bargain deal a friend got. I am also still figuring out how the army works (I am playing the Terrans, and my friend is playing the Forlorn Hope Mercenaries/Ritterlich). So I was hoping some of the Terrans on here would list some/one of their most useful models on the board along with some notes as to why. As far as Syram and Mitso-Ta, I find the Falcon has tons of bang for the buck, and am having a hard time not getting lots more. FH
  2. Hey everyone, long time no see! There is a gamer in my town interested in giving CAV a try (makes me a happy chappy), and so I will be sending him links this week and putting on a scenario next week (Ritterlich versus Terrans). I appreciate that Mad Pat and the folks at Milnet have 9-5ers that pay the bills, so I am not pushing here as much as wondering if there is any kind of ETA that I can pass along to this potential new player? Thanks, FH
  3. Always harder for me a couple of weeks in, but I am still finding walking every day doable, although now I have had to start walking to work to finish a project, and so I am not walking with my wife anymore. I have found that being a one-car family makes it easier to commit to alternate (and healthy) ways to get to work. I had to put on some MMA action on the TV last night to get motivated enough for my situps and pushups, but it worked, and I did the thing. My wife is not yet in awe at my musculature, but I think it is just around the corner. I have a loin cloth and big sword on order...
  4. That looks really nice. Well done. As a late comer to CAV, I only kind of know what you are talking about, but I like that Assassin!
  5. I see what you mean a bit - in WHF esp. dice and some of the rules can mean that tactics don't matter all that much. I haven't found WAB to be this way, though. There are other's on the list with more experience (Damon?), but it seems like the more or less standardized stat lines in WAB means that, if you get a flank, or if you bring healthy units in to fight fatigued/half-strength units, you will generally do well. As a side note, I think you will find all kinds of WAB players in Fort Worth. When I was trying to get something going in Bryan/College Station it seemed like there was a big community in Fort Worth. The Thursday Night Irregulars have seemed like the have good stuff going on, but they also have seemed, in the past, to be a bit prickly. I would give them a try, but you might also join some online WAB lists and see where and who people are. There are two plastic minis companies in the works, I think (see this thread). They both look great, and I plan on getting some at some point. I have personally been unhappy with Old Glory for many of their lines. They "will do," but when everything is said and done I would rather look for deals, take it slow, and end up with minis I really like rather than some that "will do." I do have some in some fo my armies, but I am most happy with my minis when I buy the ones I really want. Balck Tree designs has been having some good sales recently, but I don't know what they are doing now (and I don't think they have Japanese).
  6. I agree, but I do think that, with some knowledge of, or research into, the period, you can probably find an existing army list that will allow you to make just about any army that you would like. E.G. right off the top of my head my guess is that you would be able to field a pike, cavalry and some infantry army from WAB Chivalry book that could work for your period, and in that same book you could probably do the same with spearmen instead of pike (don't really know your period in Japan, so take your pick). I would, as Doug mentioned, see what games people around you are interested in. I would add, though, that I would see what scale people are interested in as well. I have almost never used my 15mm late Wars of the Roses armies, even though I have enough for 4-5 DBA armies. My 28mm stuff, however, has been used lots. This is not because people around me have had armies to go against me, but instead that they are used to the larger scale (and to Warhammer), and so when I have put up both sides for a WAB game, or when I have broken them into skirmishing units for Pig Wars or historical Mordheim or something the other players were much more into it. Their initial and enduring distaste for 3-4 minis on a stand to equal a unit really made a difference, and meant that the 15mm fellers never saw action.
  7. Ray Liotta uses Chinese food (lots of carbs and salt) to put on weight for roles, and this seems like it might fit your bill, no?
  8. Those are fun - we recently started in with a padded stick for blocking and striking practice, and have plans to buy some gear for full-out sparring. I would try to come up with some rules for longer fights with the boffer weapons, as each bout can be pretty quick if you are just going for a touch.
  9. Out of curiosity, what kind of swordfighting is this? In my attempts to exercise and get back in shape, I have started working out with some filipino stick fighting again -- what are you guys doing?
  10. Yeah, I think she must be pissed about having to wear a G-string to fight in. I have not enjoyed that in the past
  11. Good for you -- that is awesome! Doesn't sound like "not much," sounds like a lot and a great first step. I have been continuing some pushups and situps and walking with my wife in the morning, and I think that making the first step is often the hardest. My wife is just finishing a Master's degree in Psych counseling, and she was telling me that, in many cases, daily excercize provides the same effects as daily anti-depressant medication. That seems like a good thing, even if one is not depressed, it demonstrates that a little bit of activity has more far reaching effects than just weight loss and energy.
  12. Yeah, I could see that for the light infantry, but mainly because it is ever so slightly funky when playing a skirmish game and some of the minis are on the larger base. Doesn't really bother me, but I could see a lot of people making that choice.
  13. No I'm not. I used to be on the WABlist and the WABlight list, and it is the hazy memory of those lists, along with the handful of WAB players I have encountered, that make me say that most people have seemed to use the std. 20mm basing. This very well might not be the case, though, and it sounds like you have more recent info than I do. Are there a lot of people running around using 15mm/20mm for their basing? P.S. I take it you are not from Italy (nor king of any cities?) - where are you from?
  14. Heya, I did not know that about Warrior - I will look that up. I see what you are saying about scale and battle size, and I agree that the 15mm battles tend to "seem" larger. The problems with WAB, though, really only emerge when I think of it as a small scale game. The clunkyness of heavy infantry moving really only makes sense when I imagine hundreds of men as opposed to the 25 that I actually have on the stand. I also have never met anyone who used anything other than 20mm for the heavies and 25mm for the lights. I know that there isn't a standard per se, but doesn't it all follow the model of WFB? Whenever I meet a fellow WAB player the basing inevitably seems the same to me. I see that 15mm basing would be better for using other wargames rules, but I don't even know how well 15mm bases would keep some of the minis standing up...
  15. walked 40+ minutes, up to 20 pushups and 25 situps/day (sometimes twice a day).
  16. OK-- here goes. I think the following should be read with a Mussolini-like enthusiasm... Ever notice how people react when you tell them about the tabletop gaming that you do? Basically it is too hard to describe for most chatty conversation, because it is a weird and intricate mix of art, strategy/tactics, and history/narrative. I usually call it "a strategy game using models for pieces," but this doesn't describe it one bit. What I should say is that "I am smart as hell, and as such, I am excited by hobbies that offer a an array of challenges and issues to think about and figure out at the same time: Should I move there? What are all of the benefits if I do/don't? How does my basing look? I like those colors together, but the others are too highly contrasted. How does moving there interact with the narrative background that I have written for the force, or the background that my reading of history has outlined for me? Do my forces represent something historical or something fantastic? Is there a difference in the end? Etc. I am not saying that we think all of these things when we play a game, but while playing and planning and painting I think we all go through most of these, and I'm sure a bunch of pretty weighty ideas and thoughts that I haven't mentioned. The neat thing about the tabletop games that we play is also that these thoughts don't occur in a vacuum - the games, and all of the preparation - including painting - are social activities, and so we are not just thinking about these ideas, we are entering into discourse about them - continually engaging in dialogues about everything that a game and painting can bring up. This is why I really like the hobby - this is why I am a _gamer_. Of course you can't really make this clear to someone you are chatting with at a party. In fact, the person at the party will automatically assume that "gaming" means playing video games. Video games, however, tend not to bring the same issues up, and as much as they can be social, I would imagine that the online economy of the things - the question of where you hunt/whome you kill and how much XPs you can get from them is the main topic of conversation. This is an important difference - video games are about consumption and ultimately rehearse all of the negative things about capitalism, and the painting and tabletop gaming that we do are largely not - they are creative, and are about personal ownership of artistic and literary production. The person at the party will probably assume that you are a video gamer because that is the standard, and because consumption is generally accepted to be "normal." Everyone plays video games, and there is nothing strange or unique about them. The monsters you kill online have been killed by thousands of people before, and will be again. Our vain attempts to define our own "unique" characters in an online game by min/maxing a handful of stereotypical stats and traits has invariably been done in exactly the same way by thousands. So - what kind of gamer are you? P.S. I think this is probably a bit over the top, but with only nine days left I thought unloading the strong rhetoric was appropriate...
  17. Of course I see the logic in this as well, and I will probably get the system at some point and try it (although right now no historicals players in town ). The thing is, I feel like there are plenty of systems that work pretty well for 15mm WRG basing, and I have a backlog of rules that I would like to try/play more in that scale and basing scheme (Might of Arms esp. but also some free online rules, Warmaster ancients with some modifications, Comitatus, Glutter of Ravens, IIRC). What seems to be lacking are rules for 25/28mm minis using the most common basing of that scale (basically 20mm individal, 25mm for lights, to be combined on a base). I was hoping that fields of glory would do this, and I am a little disappointed that it will be yet another game to try in that scale/basing. I think for most people DBx/WRG basing in 28mm just doesn't work - it looks goofy and conflicts with WAB, which seems to be the standard. Crusader released a game that kind of fit this role, but it didn't get much traction and had some funky issues with it.
  18. Hey everyone, After a bunch of talking about what models he liked best, I have just finished painting a preliminary Terran force for my son, which is about 3.5K, IIRC. I also got these models on closeout, so choice was somewhat limited. I was wondering if some of the Terran veterans on the list (or anyone, really) wouldn't mind recommending what to add to the list from here on in (maybe to make 5K or so). I know that I need many more models with FIST, but I wouldn't mind hearing Terran players' ideas on whether a bunch of cheap FIST models are better than fewer, more powerful Recon models. Here is the list as it stands: Armor section 1 (direct fire section for mopping up, I think) Falcon Cougar Naginata Naginata Armor Section 2 (Indirect/Direct) Ronin Katana Wraith Wraith Flight Section Kikyu Kikyu Flight Section Kikyu Kikyu Specialist Section (will be a Mech infantry section when I order some infantry on the first) Fenri Fenri
  19. Don't know if you are a WH player at all, but a while ago I did a conversion because I wanted an unarmored dwarf from a kind of Renaissance trading city (Marienberg, if you play the game - Arkat Fooger to be specific). I played around with some of the Empire plastic halberdiers, using the ones in static poses, and (aside from hand swaps so that my feller had the right weapon) cut his legs down and put his feet just under the knees. The static poses helped to avoid the "where's the knee" problem, and I think I might have paired down the arms both at the top and the bottom a little bit. The result was a lot less hyperbolically "Dwarf" than a lot of the GW stuff, but that suyited me fine, and in the end I had a fig that read as Dwarf (because chest and head were average human sized), but also seemed like he could be a bit agile.
  20. OK, so what we need, I think, is for Reaper to commit to making and selling a special mini of each of us at this time next year. Completeley representative of what we look like, but wearing just our underwear. That I would get in _good_ shape for.
  21. I wasn't at the Con, and because of a conflict with an academic conference that I go to I probably won't make it in the future, but recently my wife and I have started a "get back in shape move." One big thing for us was the lack of walking in our everyday lives. Both of us come originally from walking cities, and so living here in Texas, where walking is, at best, difficult, has had a big impact on how out shape we were. We have started to walk together in the morning before it gets too hot, and I have started to get back into some of the activities that I enjoy (hitting and getting his with sticks, mainly). For me, the idea of working out on a machine just happen as readily as doing an activity that I enjoy. We don't have a weight in mind or anything, but I am hoping to have a more active lifestyle and to maintain that somehow through next year at least.
  22. Awesome -- thanks. I am continually amazed at the extent to which people on this list know everything. Thanks again. FH
  23. Hey everyone, So I am almost done with a CAV force for my son, and I asked my daughter (9) what I might paint for her. She said that she wanted to write a tactical game with me (so proud) based on a series of books that she is reading called "Warriors." The premise is that there are clans of stray cats that are constantly involved with war, diplomacy, etc. with each other, so the game would involve a number of groups of cat miniatures. Anyone have any idea where I could find something like this? I am thinking that there is some kind of "animals in a tube" full of house cats, but I haven't found any. I think the std. cat of the familiar packs won't work because I will need at least a few different poses. FH
  24. Hold on -- I am a husband. How do I "get sent"?
  25. Adon-Fire and Fury Warfare Doctrine. For 60pts any Attack Cav can be used as a backup ECM/ESM vehicle. EDV1 is not bad when it can be doubled by the doctrine. So you get +1 DV in a 6" radius, so what? That's still not that great. Yeah - I'm not sure I am spending an action for that kind of bonus.
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