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2 hours ago, Balgin Stondraeg said:

 

Well there's a pretty difference between Ogham and Runes. One being very horizontal while the other is quite vertical.

I was referring to the the effects on more modern Irish pronunciation - and the irony of having a thorn in the word Bythonic - but left out a few sentences. (Including the proper term of Goidelic for the hard C celtic languages.)

 

The other thing to bear in mind is that Ogham only had a casual connection to the spoken language - a means of recording the bare bones. Possibly being a cipher, rather than a true written language - an alternate to another script.

 

There was also some morphing of the D in pronunciation - as an example, my Irish born Great Grandfather pronounced the name Dorothy as 'Doritty' while my American born grandfather adopted his Irish born mother's pronunciation of 'Torrity' - replacing the D with a T. (I never met my great grandmother - but my great grandfather was one of the scariest people that I have ever met.)

 

But both pronounced the thorn in Dorothy as a T.

 

Mind you, we have since had a full century - with modern communication smoothing out some of the more notable differences, regional pronunciations are slowly being worn away. A century of mass communication makes a difference.

 

Heck, just having dictionaries to nail down spellings makes a difference.

 

Meanwhile - drifting back on topic - the Kids of War games will be picking up after Christmas - and will be swapping off with Vanguard, in a narrative campaign - about twelve weeks, total. (Maybe more - if we include painting - some of the kids are getting warbands for Christmas.

 

I am hoping that one of them gets the new dwarfs - I want to see those minis in person. (I like that ugly female dwarf.)

 

Aiming at a game each week, for each kid, if we can manage it.

 

Week one will be Vanguard - with the results affecting the next week's KoW game.

 

The starting battles will be The Dead Spy and Light the Beacon.

 

Incidentally - the army lists are now up on Easy Army.

 

The Auld Grump

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Lots of new armies.

 

Jon

Julie

Dunc

Larry

Eric

Jenny

Jen

Greg

 

But Mum backed out. ::(:

 

I'm trying to talk Trang into it, she plays some MEAN orks.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:

Lots of new armies.

 

Jon

Julie

Dunc

Larry

Eric

Jenny

Jen

Greg

 

But Mum backed out. ::(:

 

I'm trying to talk Trang into it, she plays some MEAN orks.

 

 

Alas, I'm too many states away.

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It is not that expensive to get into, even just using the set warbands.

 

Fifty gets a starter and an expansion, but I think the base game is the best place to begin.

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32 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:

It is not that expensive to get into, even just using the set warbands.

 

Fifty gets a starter and an expansion, but I think the base game is the best place to begin.

It's mostly a matter of opponents.

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13 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

It's mostly a matter of opponents.

There is a critical size - once you get enough players, it is easier to find more.

 

Right now... it is a lot easier to find GW games, and harder for non-GW games. (The downside of GW getting their heads out of their never-you-minds.)

 

Locally, GW had almost managed to kill themselves off - and we lagged behind on the GW resurgence... but it did eventually happen. Fantasy still hasn't recovered - Age of Sigmar is scarce - but there is a lot of 40K and even 30K going on.

 

It's amazing how having a sane and competent CEO can turn things around, eh?

 

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If you have a local place to play on a regular basis, try setting up a campaign game - linked Vanguard and KoW - with a relatively small number of games for the season (I went with twelve - six Vanguard and six KoW - with the results of the Vanguard battle affecting the KoW battles.)

 

And create a sign up sheet describing the narrative.

 

Or, for a Vanguard only campaign, have a campaign where the players add to their forces, week by week, painting as they go. Start with 100 points, and building to 500 - with only 200 being on the table in any given battle past the first few. (More points adds flexibility, not necessarily more power.)

 

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Ran into a little speech by Ronnie where he was comparing Vanguard to other skirmish games - the main difference, narrative wise, is that Vanguard is not about treasure hunting - it is about black ops. You are an Intelligence force, not just mercs. (He reminded me a bit of accounts of Intelligence Officers during the Peninsular Campaign of the Napoleonic wars.)

 

Now, I can't find it again. It was not on a Mantic video - it was on one of the VLogs supporting the games.

 

The Auld Grump

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I'm thinking about getting a starter set even though we have one, the start of ANOTHER army, or maybe a birthday present for somebody AND terrain for dioramas.

 

I look at the signal beacon, and I see a hero's funeral pyre.

 

I look at the runestones and I see runestones and the start of a giant's camp.

 

I put the captive princess with a Bones dragon, and there is a diorama all set and ready!

 

I want a giant's camp for reasons. ::P:

 

And a second copy of the rules is not a bad thing.

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9 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

Looking at the images for the upcoming Terrain Crates... I... it... but... uh....

 

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The Auld Grump

That furniture release is a beauty. Seems familiar, certainly rings a belle but looks like it would be a beast to paint up.

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1 hour ago, Darsc Zacal said:

That furniture release is a beauty. Seems familiar, certainly rings a belle but looks like it would be a beast to paint up.

Oh, good!

 

I'm not the only one then. :lol:

 

The Auld Grump - three guesses what Megan's favorite movie of all time is.... ::D:

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10 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

Oh, good!

 

I'm not the only one then. :lol:

 

The Auld Grump - three guesses what Megan's favorite movie of all time is.... ::D:

 

Uhhh... Highlander 2: The Quickening?

 

Catwoman?

 

The Room, but not in a "so bad it's good" way?

 

Am I close?

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