Sparker's Wargaming Blog:
BATREP's of our wargaming activities - big battles 'in the Grand Manner' is our aim...
Good listen, Thanks for recording!
Challenger 2 is better than Challenger 2000. 2000 was written after Bruce died from his notes and is a bit of a mess. Just recently started playing Challenger 2 again and having a lot of fun with them. Makes a nice change from modern "quick play" rules, which I find don't have enough detail for my liking. Also Cold war commander bogs down if a lot of units are involved. Good pod cast though.Cheers.
Yes Bruce's passing was a great loss to the community. Thanks for speaking up for Challenger rules, as I said I did have some great games with them.
Mein Gott my good Sparkler.You have been busy lately what with fighting tigers against the hordes, creating panthers, and playing WWII micro armour in the desert. And now you've produced just over an hour of podcastness. A true marvel of industriousness!I'm in luck as I plan a spot of painting tonight which is perfect for the listening. I'll be back.Salutevon Peter himself
Thanks your Vonship! Glad to hear you'll be daubing whilst listening - hope you enjoy!
Listened to the podcast twice(!!) over a couple of evenings. The beneficieries were some Calpe landwehr. They send their thanks!Enjoyable listening even if the period of the episode is not one that is on my radar - WWII is about as modern as I tend to get.So how much effort to get a podcast out? Multiple takes? Hours with some editing software?However long it takes keep up the efforts! 8O)Salutevon Peter himself
Landwehr hein? They seem to be the thing to paint whilst enduring my podcasts! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the positive feedback. Fear not about the subject matter - a Befreiungskrieg episode is bubbling away in the back of my mind! This one took 2 takes and about a pair of hours worth of editing, but hopefully I'll get better...
Just a couple of apologies and updates since going to air:1. QRF have now released some Cold War British Infantry with SLRs in Helmets, although no photos just yet. Also none carrying GPMGs in the Light Role, but they do have LMG armed helmeted troops.2. Its been pointed out to me that the Battlefront plastic Panther is actually a couple of mil longer than the PSC one - my bad! Subjectively, however, I still maintain they are compatible.Thanks for the feedback, please keep it coming!
Just heard your podcast....Had to stop painting as the tears were rolling down my cheeks. The tears started when you started your life history....child life in army camps in UK and BAOR......joined the Terries ( by now was close to falling off chair listening to that bit ) and after all that army life you went and joined the Navy ( Army life to hard ?? ) Joking aside...wiped away tears and have to tell you very nice podcast. Looking forward to the next one. BTW as a ex soldier from BAOR in the 70's-80's the thing that had me going about the Russians was their use of NBC warfare (Nuclear Biological and Chemical ). The nuke you could see or know they had gone off ( lack of radios and big bugger off mushrooms clouds in the distance ) Gas ( Chemical ) not so bad as the wind blows mainly from the west in W.Germany ( ok not all the time I know ) and gas disperses quickly also the weather plays a big part in Chemical warfare , it was the use of Bio weapons that got me....you don't know you have it until days later and by the time you find out, you are dieing !!!!!! Good job we had VERY good NBC suits and did a LOT of training with them.
Thanks Barry! Great to have feedback from one who was there! (Even if it was as a dropshort!) Yes the Brit Noddie suits and respirators were top notch compared to the crap the Russians had, poor buggers!
Really enjoyed your podcast, thanks for putting it out there. I appreciated your thoughtfulness and candor. Didn't paint anything while listening since I was on my lunchbreak at work, but right now I have 15mm NVA and Seleucids on my bench at home.I also have 1980s modern microarmour, which are great, but have not yet found a ruleset I like. CWC has an interesting and frictious command and control, but the combat system with accumulative then disappearing hits doesn't feel right. I have tried to adapt GWs SciFi mass combat Epic rules, which I think work okay. One other well known set you didn't mention (unless I missed it?) was Fistful of Tows, which is easy to play and has the most comprehensive list of formations and unit stats I have ever seen, but lacks an interesting command mechanic. So I am also very much looking forward to Team Yankee and the BF Cold War rules you mentioned.Cheers from Canada-Dave
Thanks so much Dave for your thoughtful response and kind words!Actually I shared the same thoughts as you about CWC's disappearing hits, but then I kind of got to thinking of the unit as a platoon or troop kind of jockeying and reorganising and shaking itself out again, which helped...but it is an issue.You are quite right of course, completely missed FFOTOW, but then again have never come across it - it sounds a combination of these and CWC command rules might be a winner!
nice mate,I have a large investment with moderns and only played a couple of games, now I have moved to Narellan I should be able to get along to Hall of heroes more often.cheersMatt
Be great to see you there mate!
Thanks very much for an interesting podcast. You have planned (or stumbled on!) quite a neat format for doing themed shows, easy to follow without being too rigid. I like the tone of the reviews too: forthright without being rude or pedantic.Whilst listening to this, I finished off some 6mm French Napoleonic Imperial Guard Horse Artillery, some 6mm Wars of the Roses stuff and a couple of bases of Republican Roman Cavalry. I have a couple of bits of 6mm WW2 lying around in various places, but that has basically eliminated my 6mm lead mountain. Thanks Sparker!
Thanks for the feedback mate. Great to hear about what you are painting and that in a small way I've helped to slim the mountain down. 6mil painting - not my idea of fun!
Great Podcast, don't know how I missed this. Looking forward to hearing more.Ben
Wow thanks Ben, coming from you and your lads that means a lot - have had so much pleasure listening to the Breakthrough Assault podcasts - can't wait for the Team Yankee one with Phil!