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About DeRuyter

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    Military history in general but in particular the Napoleonic era and age of sail. Wargaming and painting military miniatures. Sailor and bicycle racer. F1 fan. Fan of "proper" football: Gunners and Philadelphia Union!

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  1. DeRuyter

    Christmas books list ?

    Just finished this one: Highly recommended. Also just started this one. Before NA timeline but hey it is about the "West Indies", boucaniers and sea battles: My wish list includes Mark Adkins "Trafalgar Companion" which I am ashamed to admit I do not own. 😔 I do have his Waterloo book though! @Hethwill the Red Duke I like George Daughan and would recommend the book below which he wrote about the strategic effects of New York and the Hudson river valley in the Revolutionary War. Lastly here is a book that covers the building and entire career of the USS Essex rather than the Pacific cruise:
  2. When does the closed beta start - sign me up! 😊 Of course one can hope for "Ultimate General: Napoleon" as well...….someday!
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    Improvement in Flags DLC in battle

    +1 Much better value for Flags DLC then. Even better if flags showed in OW but I understand there are technical issues with that.
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    Testing hardcore players devotion!

    The popularity of tanks in the arena has come to miniatures now too. I have a game called "What a Tanker" from a UK games company (Too Fat Lardies). All tanks no infantry or artillery, but it is meant for a fun beer and pretzels game. Of course unlike WoT all the tanks in the game have seen combat action. 😉
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    Testing hardcore players devotion!

    My first army was English HYW using 15mm Essex minis. Painted it for a bit earlier than Agincourt though - Edward III.
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    Testing hardcore players devotion!

    @Hethwill the Red Duke Oh man that brings back memories! I think I still have that game loaded on an old PC somewhere! Then again table top DBA was one of the first games I painted miniatures for! (1990s). Only thing for me I never made the Wargaming.net connection until you posted the screen shot! 😲
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    Naval Action asset (ship) viewer

    I would add stats - like a mini Wiki page.
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    Work in progress: Dreadnoughts

    I understand just a little joking on my part. I hope they are able to launch a complete game without the need for DLC. But yes if it can't be done that way then DLC like expansion for South American navies or something would be welcome.
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    Work in progress: Dreadnoughts

    Are you lobbying for a base game limited to the Royal Navy and the Kaiserliche Marine? 😉 The prior games didn't go down the DLC route and I hope this one wouldn't either.
  10. DeRuyter

    Real-Life Sailors, Muster!

    Must be a short season! ❄️
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    Work in progress: Dreadnoughts

    There should be plenty that used their ships in action during the time period: US, Spain, Russia, Japan and more.
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    Explosive shells for Mortar Brig

    All Bomb ships, the Mortar brig in game, fired explosive rounds. Put another way that is the ammo that mortars used - dropping exploding shells into the forts. What we don't have in the game are the graphic effects of these shells. As far as the HMS Terror there were several with the last built in 1813 and then lost on Franklin's Arctic expedition. An earlier Terror participated in the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen. Both ships were armed with 2 mortars a 13" and a 10". I believe we have the 13" in the game. They were larger than the brig in game but still only armed with a few 6 lb guns in addition to the mortars.
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    Oak and Iron kickstarter

    I watched this demoed at a games convention this past weekend. I was at the Firelock games booth buying the Dutch faction box for Blood & Plunder at the time! Sadly no time to play myself as I had my own games to run. I talked to Mike, the gent with the beard that has captivated everyone's attention. They are well read on the period - 17th century mostly prior to the NA time line and into the beginning, think Ingermanland and Wappen as the newest ships in the time line. They do have a tie in to B&P for a campaign type game as well. Unlike most KS they have set a realistic time frame to get the game out to backers which is welcome (next October). I am in on this one. They have a nice gameplay video on the Beasts of War channel. Of course all this painting miniatures and playing live does limit my NA time......
  14. Count me in! Love the Pre-dreadnought/dreadnought era. "You may fire when you are ready Gridley" Pics taken on a visit to the USS Olympia to help my application:
  15. Thanks for the heads up and detailed explanation. If the books are balanced so their effects are not OP (skill not gear), then new players aren't going to suffer as much and quit because they got sunk by a vet with all the right gear.