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Title: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 11 January 2020, 09:32:50 PM
Welcome to a new decade!  After a virus at Pendraken HQ wiped out the past 3 weeks we're back on track and looking ahead again! 

We've got some big plans for the next few years so 2020 is going to be the 'Year of Getting Stuff Done!', getting the decks cleared a little so that we can push on into the open water beyond.  Let's have a look and see what's going to be happening at Pendraken HQ:

Greeks/Persians
Our first release of this year will be the Ancient Greek and Persian revamp.  All of the Greeks have been moulded and are ready to go, while the Persians just need production moulding.  The plan is to get that done over the next fortnight and have these ready for release before the York show (and before the price increase...!)

Price Increase
There's a small price increase coming on February 1st, more details on that here: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,19346.0.html

Revamped Samurai
Following on from the Ancients will be our revamped Japanese range, which was previewed here: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,18880.0.html  This new comprehensive range will be a huge improvement on the existing figures, and once we've got the Castle Arts buildings back into production alongside them, we should have the best Feudal Japanese offering in the 10mm market.  We might even have a look at some rules for the period as well...

TB Line
The gift that keeps on giving, we'll be trying to get the last two TB Middle Ages ranges back into production, with the Islamics and Mongols still outstanding.  Those should be completed by the summer, all being well.  The remaining ranges are all Ancients and are a slightly older sculpting style to the later figures.  These will probably benefit from some work to the sculpts themselves, making them a bit more detailed and better proportioned, so we'll be getting that done before moving to new master and production moulds.

Not-Kickstarter
We'll be running another Not-Kickstarter project around March/April time, to produce comprehensive Napoleonic Peninsular ranges covering the British, Spanish and Portuguese.  We're working on the range lists for this at the moment and we'll have more news once we're closer to launch.  Sculpting on these will take 3 or 4 months so we'd be looking to get them into production in time for Christmas.

Other Ranges
Looking forward to new ranges to be sculpted...
Crimean revamp - This will be our first range after / at the same time as the Peninsular stuff.  We were hoping to have started this already but the illness has scuppered our research time.
Napoleonic French Guard - These have been hanging around for far too long now so we'll definitely get them sorted out and released.  Timescales should be sometime after Salute, while the sculptor is working on the Peninsular project.
Post-1950 MBT's and trucks - Martin has been working on these over the past few months and we should start to see them soon.
Korean artillery - We're a bit behind on our plans here so we'll have a chat with the sculptor and see where we are with timescales.  We want to get these finished off so that we can move on to the WWII Italian artillery.
Fantasy - We've got a lot of Fantasy work coming over the second half of 2020 probably, adding some new Amazon and Ratmen ranges, while also expanding some of the other races and monsters.

SCW Supplement
This will be our first BKC supplement to cover the Spanish Civil War.  We'll have 20-30 army lists for the different factions, as well as some historically based scenarios as well.  We're getting closer to having this complete so we should be able to release it before Salute.

Korean War Supplement
Once the above is done, we'll be moving on to a Korean War supplement as well.  Both this and the above will be released as pdfs through Wargame Vault for a small fee.  Hard copies are not planned at this stage, but we can look at a print-on-demand service if there's enough interest in it.

BKC Online Army Builder
We've got a brand new army builder currently under construction, with a view to release around Salute time.  This new software will completely replace the old BKC Battlegroups software and provide more features for a lower one-off cost.  You'll be able to save, print and share your army lists, as well as convert them to a buying list for the Pendraken website Basket.  There may also be an option to store your current armies/units and then the software will be able to calculate which new items you need to complete a new army list. 

For the longer term, this new software will be able to host multiple rulesets and lists so all of our future rules will be run through this same software.  We'll have more info on this as we get closer to launch.

Cold War Commander II
With BKC-IV complete and out there, Mark Fry has turned his attention to CWC-II.  The initial draft of the rules has been put together so we'll be checking that over before putting it out to a group of players for the first round of feedback.  A small group of people have been working through the army lists as well to expand the attack values into Anti-tank and Anti-personnel stats.  The plan for this rulebook will be to print the rules and scenarios into a hardcopy, while the army lists will be available as free pdf downloads through the Forum here.  This will allow us to update the army lists whenever we need to, without the need for additional errata lists or reprints.

Dungeon World
Another job that's been pending for far too long now, we'll finally get the Dungeon World rules revamped and get the Dungeon Sets back on sale.  We need to do some remoulding work on the monsters and furniture, as well as putting together some nice Hero groups, so this will all be a 2nd half of 2020 timescale.

Forum
Sadly the chap who looks after our Forum has been extremely busy with his day job for a long time now and hasn't been able to do the maintenance and upgrade work needed here.  Things like the apostrophe bug, new member registration, the order of the boards on the homepage being all scattered about, the newsletter function being broken, etc.  We need to transfer the Forum over to our own hosting account and then we can find a new webguy to take on the Admin of the site.  This is something I want done asap but our hands are tied until the existing webguy can transfer the domain/files.

Website Photos
With 1375 photos to be added to the website, we've still got a chunk of work ahead of us.  There is good news though as we've got several ranges away with pro-painters at the moment:
- The French-Indian Wars range is over with Kev Rouse in Hungary and should be back with us in the next few months.
- All of our WWII vehicles are with JAD Designs and he'll be sending them back up to us in batches.  The first to arrive was all of the Sdkfz 251's, which I'll be photo'ing later this month.
- The WWI British range is over with a new chap in Spain and will be coming back to us after Salute I'd expect.  We'll then be sending the Germans and French over for the same treatment.
- While that's going on, I've got all of the Dark Ages ranges blackwashed and ready to be photo'd later this month.  The Late Romans and ECW ranges will follow that, and then the GNW codes.

Minibits
On the Minibits side of things, there's not a lot planned at the moment.  We were due to do another 28mm modern Kickstarter but we lost our sculptor to the evil empire (!) and need to find a new one.  I've put that on the backburner for now and we'll start looking about in the summer I think.

We've got some new stuff coming from RedVectors though, including 28mm Wild West Wagons, 6mm Mono-rails, and then some WWII/VBCW buildings in both 20mm and 28mm options.


And that's about it I think!  There's no doubt a bit of optimism involved with a list of this size but with a larger team of people at Pendraken HQ now we should be able to move quickly through a lot of these jobs.  Let us know if there's any queries!


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mad lemmey on 11 January 2020, 10:01:10 PM
Good luck with it all.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mollinary on 11 January 2020, 10:22:10 PM
Wow! An ambitious plan - best of luck!   


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: paulr on 11 January 2020, 10:44:12 PM
A really impressive list of plans, it covers a wide range of periods and looks to fit together really well :-bd =D> :-bd =D>

I hope the majority survive contact with your customers and the other vagaries of life ;)

...
Greeks/Persians
Our first release of this year will be the Ancient Greek and Persian revamp.  All of the Greeks have been moulded and are ready to go, while the Persians just need production moulding.  The plan is to get that done over the next fortnight and have these ready for release before the York show (and before the price increase...!)
...

 <:-P <:-P <:-P <:-P <:-P
This will let me get my Punic Wars project underway :)
And save me a bit of money which I can use on my next project


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 12 January 2020, 07:34:48 AM
Well you are going to be busy this year, which is great to see :).


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: fsn on 12 January 2020, 08:21:36 AM
Lots to go for there ... the one I'm most excited about is the Amazons!

Surprises me too.

That is, of course assuming they're wearing armour ... or something anyway.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51gXO1UiNwL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Having said that ...the Greeks may need some investigating ... and the Korean war and post 1950 stuff, of course ... and Peninsula War has got to be of interest and I definitely need some more Italian artillery ... and I may just have to dip my toe into the water with the Samurai.

So ... everything apart from the Crimean War range then.

Dammit. I'm never going to be rich.


Oh, and far be it for me to disagree with the Obsidian Majesty of the Dark Lord, but it's the last year of a decade, not the first one.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 12 January 2020, 10:48:10 AM
Lots to go for there ... the one I'm most excited about is the Amazons!

That is, of course assuming they're wearing armour ... or something anyway.

Yes...They are, Nobby.

Not SO far different from the image you posted.......But they've mostly  got 'scale mail' rather than the 'one piece' breastplate.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 12 January 2020, 10:58:35 AM
Sarmatian head-hunting lassies?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 12 January 2020, 11:29:48 AM
. . . 6mm Mono-rails . . .

Mono-rail! Has Lyle Lanley been around with his smooth-talking patter and catchy tune?

This intrigues me, and I've no idea why? What on earth would I do with such a thing?

And yet . . .


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 12 January 2020, 12:10:40 PM
Sarmatian head-hunting lassies?

I don't know. X_X.....They could be. =)....Probably...If I knew what those looked like. (Sigh)

I just get sent pretty pictures from various sauces (sic)  to 'artistically reinterpret.' and use as a 'base' :P

Cheers - Phil   ;)



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Shedman on 12 January 2020, 01:20:45 PM
This intrigues me, and I've no idea why? What on earth would I do with such a thing?

John Carpenter Ghosts of Mars

https://www.google.com/search?q=ghosts+of+mars+train&source=lmns&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBGB842GB842&hl=en-GB&ved=2ahUKEwie4oWvk_7mAhUK8xoKHfKDAqcQ_AUoAHoECAEQAA


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 12 January 2020, 05:02:41 PM
Oh, and far be it for me to disagree with the Obsidian Majesty of the Dark Lord, but it's the last year of a decade, not the first one. [/size]

 :P

If 2000 was the start of a new millenium then I'm going with 2020 being the start of the 20's!

Mono-rail!  This intrigues me, and I've no idea why? What on earth would I do with such a thing?

It's a 6mm Sci-Fi set, but I'm not sure if it was designed to go with a particular game though.  I'll have the check with Mick at RedVectors and find out.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Morty on 12 January 2020, 08:32:17 PM
Looking forward to your Crimean range


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Last Hussar on 13 January 2020, 02:18:14 AM
Will there be an "adventuring party" dungeon set, rather than having to buy multiples of each kind in a pack?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 13 January 2020, 03:29:18 AM
Will there be an "adventuring party" dungeon set, rather than having to buy multiples of each kind in a pack?

Yep, same as the Heroes pack we had previously.  The old one was made up of some figures that we don't sell anymore so we need to pick out a few replacements from the newer ranges.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 13 January 2020, 05:21:24 PM
If 2000 was the start of a new millenium then I'm going with 2020 being the start of the 20's!

Agreed, I believe that we are currently in the 1st year of the 3rd decade of the 21st century, as we measure dates.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 14 January 2020, 02:32:08 AM
That argument holds good if the putative date for the birth of Jesus is 0.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 14 January 2020, 08:05:44 AM
That's just the way we record time, from an arbitrary starting point.



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 14 January 2020, 08:08:11 AM
In relation to which, the rest is not at all arbitrary.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Ithoriel on 14 January 2020, 12:26:48 PM
Whatever the rights and wrongs I refuse to accept that the ??20's include ??30 but not ??20 ... does not compute!


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Westmarcher on 14 January 2020, 04:32:43 PM
Because there is no Year 0 in the Anno Domini system (1 A.D. being the year that immediately followed 1 B.C), this is why we have this issue. However, if 1 A.D. had been designated as the Year 0 A.D., we would still be in the last decade because it would now be 2019. Either way, arithmetically speaking, we still haven't entered a new decade.

Having said that, I’m all for ease and simplicity and so, if the third number of the year begins with a 2, I'm quite happy to designate 2020 as the start of the second third decade in this century. Oh, I give up!    ;D


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 14 January 2020, 04:47:32 PM
I think after all that I'll just put 'Welcome to a new decade!' at the start of our 2021 plans as well...!


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Glorfindel on 14 January 2020, 05:13:49 PM
You realise, of course, that the great Decadist Schism, spoken of in hushed tones
in centuries to come, will be traced back to this moment....

 :D


Phil
(Popular Front of Zero Starters)   

"Death to the People's Front for Singular Initiators !"


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Nick the Lemming on 14 January 2020, 05:27:11 PM
It's pretty simple, in the same way that we talk about the 1700s and the 18th century, we can talk about the 20s and the 3rd decade of the century (which runs from 2021 to 2030).


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 14 January 2020, 05:29:45 PM

Phil
(Popular Front of Zero Starters)   

"Death to the People's Front for Singular Initiators !"


"SPLITTER !!!"




Cheers - Phil. ;)



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 14 January 2020, 10:38:12 PM
Well as the Jesus was reputedly born approx. 1-2 BC we are either in 2021 or 2022. So if the decade stated at 2020 them the Dark Lord is either a year late if he was born in 2 BC or bang on time if its 1BC.

However King Herod is believed to have died around 4BC, and as the story says he had al babies under 2 put to death. This would imply the birth of Jesus to be between 4 and 6 BC. Putting us in somewhere between 2024 and 2026. This would also take into account that the "Star of Bethlehem" was actually a slow moving comet observed by Chinese astronomers in 5 BC and the wise men are supposed to have visited him sometime after the birth.

This would  make Leon incredibly late in declaring the Decade as we could be halfway through already  :D. 

It would be to the Dark lords advantage to claim it is actually 2026 as he could then implement his yearly price increased for 2020, 2021,2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 next month. Not only could he increase them by 35% (5% a year) but he could also claim to have had a price freeze for the past 6 years.  :).






 


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 15 January 2020, 07:35:21 AM
So..... :-\

Am I six years older than I thought I was, or six years younger ? 8-}.....and does it mean that Von's been done out of another six years of State Pension....I think we should be told. ;)

(Anyway...I thought time was just a way of stopping everything happening all at once.)

Cheers - Confused of Wales.



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mad lemmey on 15 January 2020, 07:41:43 AM
As the only one of us old enough to have been there when it happened, you should know...


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 15 January 2020, 07:43:05 AM
OI !!  ;D ;D ;D

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: fsn on 15 January 2020, 07:49:04 AM
One of the things I love about this forum, is how one relatively trivial comment can derail the whole thread in interesting ways.

The census was 6AD, meaning that it's only we're still slogging through the last decade.

Not only could he increase them by 35% (5% a year)
:-B Err Technically, if Leon increased his prices by 5% per year, because of the 5% increase on a price already increased by 5%, after 7 years the increase would be nearer 41% :-B


Anyway, I have a question that may re-rail the thread (he said, feeling slightly guilty for derailing in the first place, and with no real hope of re-railing), with the upcoming Greeks, and the promise of TB Line ancients on the horizon, could you comment on how compatible they are?





Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 15 January 2020, 07:54:23 AM
It's by no means an open-and-shut case that He ever actually existed. We may have to start re-dating ab urbe condita, as the Romans did - except that archaeologists have solidly demonstrated the City was at least two hundred years older than the Romans realised.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Last Hussar on 15 January 2020, 08:24:40 AM
More likely 6BC.

However his existence is now unrelated to our year counting.

The first year AD/CE was 1. Before that it was 1BC/BCE.

1st 10 years are 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.

Ergo all decades start on the x1 year.

Unless you can show me a decade with 9 years in.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Ithoriel on 15 January 2020, 09:06:56 AM
The first year AD/CE was 1. Before that it was 1BC/BCE.

Except it wasn't, in "1BC/1AD we were still counting the years Ab Urbe Condita, or the nth year of the reign of king so-and-so, or whatever.

Given that, as this thread shows, the "year of our lord" is a pretty random pick anyway, so far as I'm concerned and I seem to be far from alone in this, the 2020's will run from 2020 until 2029 ... because the 2020's being 2021 to 2030 is not just random it's bloody silly too.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Westmarcher on 15 January 2020, 09:58:35 AM
Isn't it appropriate that this discussion revolves around the number, TEN?  :)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 15 January 2020, 10:52:32 AM
More likely 6BC.

However his existence is now unrelated to our year counting.

The first year AD/CE was 1. Before that it was 1BC/BCE.

1st 10 years are 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.

Ergo all decades start on the x1 year.

Unless you can show me a decade with 9 years in.

A minutes has sixty seconds - 0 to 59.

An hour has sixty minutes - 0 to 59.

By the same logic, a decade has ten years in it - 0 to 9.

I'm counting 2020 as the 1st year of the 20's, I'm quite happy for others to do differently.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 15 January 2020, 11:15:15 AM
Iff there was a year 0, you're quite right. And maybe we can start gaming the 31YW and the 101YW and the 8YW....


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: fsn on 15 January 2020, 12:25:04 PM
Anyway, I have a question that may re-rail the thread (he said, feeling slightly guilty for derailing in the first place, and with no real hope of re-railing), with the upcoming Greeks, and the promise of TB Line ancients on the horizon, could you comment on how compatible they are?
For example, the Korean War range are rather slim compared to TB Line, and would look slightly odd together (and not just because of the difference in period.) The greens for the Greeks look rather chunkier (and I mean that in a good way.) Would they mix in one unit?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 15 January 2020, 03:46:01 PM
For example, the Korean War range are rather slim compared to TB Line, and would look slightly odd together (and not just because of the difference in period.) The greens for the Greeks look rather chunkier (and I mean that in a good way.) Would they mix in one unit?

I'm not exactly sure to be honest.  The TB Ancients were the first ranges they did and they tend to be a bit chunkier and a bit taller I think.  The TB Middle Ages stuff matches in great with ours, but I think they'd moved to a different sculptor for those ranges. 

Unfortunately there aren't many Greeks in the TB ranges.  We'll have Republican Romans, Carthaginians, Gauls, Numidians, Iberians, Italics and then one code of Epirotes!


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Last Hussar on 15 January 2020, 04:14:19 PM
A minutes has sixty seconds - 0 to 59.

An hour has sixty minutes - 0 to 59.

By the same logic, a decade has ten years in it - 0 to 9.

I'm counting 2020 as the 1st year of the 20's, I'm quite happy for others to do differently.

That logic only works if there was a year 0.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: fsn on 15 January 2020, 05:06:11 PM
Unfortunately there aren't many Greeks in the TB ranges.  We'll have Republican Romans, Carthaginians, Gauls, Numidians, Iberians, Italics and then one code of Epirotes!

Thanks Leon.

I'm fancying the Italics and Epirotes agin the Greeks. I shall contain my excitement.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: O Dinas Powys on 15 January 2020, 06:22:21 PM
More likely 6BC.

However his existence is now unrelated to our year counting.

The first year AD/CE was 1. Before that it was 1BC/BCE.

1st 10 years are 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.

Ergo all decades start on the x1 year.

Unless you can show me a decade with 9 years in.

That would likely be the 1990s since “everyone” celebrated the millennium in 2000…  :-\ ^#(^


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 15 January 2020, 06:27:30 PM
I'm not exactly sure to be honest.  The TB Ancients were the first ranges they did and they tend to be a bit chunkier and a bit taller I think.  The TB Middle Ages stuff matches in great with ours, but I think they'd moved to a different sculptor for those ranges. 

Unfortunately there aren't many Greeks in the TB ranges.  We'll have Republican Romans, Carthaginians, Gauls, Numidians, Iberians, Italics and then one code of Epirotes!

You have Epirotes?

No, I always walk like this.  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 15 January 2020, 07:39:19 PM
So..... :-

Am I six years older than I thought I was, or six years younger ? 8-}.....



I think that six years in the Eons of your life are insignificant  :)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: MooseDontBounce on 15 January 2020, 09:41:35 PM
Loving the Napoleonic non-kickstarter.  Gives me some time to finish my French army before ordering British, Spanish & Portuguese.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mad lemmey on 15 January 2020, 10:46:50 PM
You know, I was waiting for Leon to add 'Take Milady on a lo g holiday' but it's obviously will be a spontaneous event...


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 15 January 2020, 11:25:20 PM
You know, I was waiting for Leon to add 'Take Milady on a lo g holiday' but it's obviously will be a spontaneous event...

No holiday plans this year!  We might try and get a couple of days in the Lakes to climb Helvellyn, but that's about it I think.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 16 January 2020, 08:44:44 AM
No holiday plans this year!  We might try and get a couple of days in the Lakes to climb Helvellyn, but that's about it I think.

But it only takes 3 hrs !


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 16 January 2020, 10:28:30 AM
That's only if you've got bionic implants, Ian.

I've often thought of taking part in one of the 'Iron man' challenges.  =O =O =O

My own version would be.....

The 2.4 mile swim.......(I could never swim without 'flippers'.....I have a natural tendency to sink.)
Got that sorted by getting in the bath.....That's close enough.

The cycle ride.....Nah...Not doing 112 miles......I might just manage the half a mile towards the village...before there's a hill.

The run ?.....26+ miles......Sod off !.....I reckon I could stagger 300 yards.

Cheers - Mr Fitness.  X_X


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 16 January 2020, 10:51:51 AM
Nay bad for a being of your decrepitude !


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 16 January 2020, 01:49:56 PM
Nay bad for a being of your decrepitude !

Don't.... X_X ;)

At the mo'...I've got Von flaked out, asleep, upstairs, with 'woman flu'....We had a call, early last night, from the care home, regarding her mother...."She's fallen over, and hurt herself....Can you come over and take her to the hospital ?

"No..she simply won't be able to get into our car."

"OK....We'll arrange an ambulance....But can you (Von) meet her at the hospital ?"

Von did......But I stayed awake until Von got back home....I need my beauty sleep, at my age.  ;D ;D

We're both somewhat knackered. =)

There was nothing wrong with her Mother apart from acting like a three year old and a slightly bruised arse.

Cheers - I'm Far Too Old for this Poop. :'(


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 16 January 2020, 01:53:50 PM
Is there a "Rust Man" contest?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 16 January 2020, 02:35:00 PM
The only 'contest' I'd have a chance with, would be the burnt (burned ?)  polystyrene, dipped in acetone event.

(I'd probably still only beat the lowest of the low....And that would be pushing it.)

Cheers - Phil.  ;)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 16 January 2020, 03:05:21 PM
But it only takes 3 hrs !

 ;D

It took us 4 hours to do Coniston...!


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 16 January 2020, 05:46:40 PM
It took us 4 hours to do Coniston...!

But, that's a lake . . .


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 16 January 2020, 07:20:37 PM
But, that's a lake . . .

I thought it was a bit damp...  :'(



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mollinary on 16 January 2020, 07:58:46 PM
I thought it was a bit damp...  :'(



And quite flat?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Ithoriel on 16 January 2020, 09:18:29 PM
There was nothing wrong with her Mother apart from acting like a three year old and a slightly bruised arse.

Cheers - I'm Far Too Old for this Poop. :'(

I can empathise.

Had similar on Tuesday.

Mum has dementia so keeps falling over because she can't remember that she keeps falling over if she doesn't use a stick or zimmer.

Got a call to say Mum had fallen and had been shipped off to hospital because she might have fractured her hip.

2 hours by bus there (and the same back) to find she had nothing worse than a small bruise on her forehead and was being helped into an ambulance to go back to the care home when I arrived.

She was fine, I was knackered!


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 16 January 2020, 10:44:42 PM
And quite flat?

If anything it was downhill to begin with, then it got quite hard to see much, or breathe...


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 17 January 2020, 08:25:12 AM
If anything it was downhill to begin with, then it got quite hard to see much, or breathe...

So, you can't actually walk on water? ;)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 17 January 2020, 09:36:30 AM
So, you can't actually walk on water? ;)

Its only a rumor !


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: O Dinas Powys on 17 January 2020, 10:17:58 AM
So, you can't actually walk on water? ;)

Can't or choses not to?  :-\


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 17 January 2020, 10:36:48 AM
choses

Welsh word?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 17 January 2020, 12:48:34 PM
No - it got vowls int


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 17 January 2020, 01:13:26 PM
You have a point there.  ;D


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 17 January 2020, 02:12:40 PM
No - it got vowls int

The village which is my 'postal addy', has a whole three vowels....in 12 letters.

I live halfway between that....and a far more useful village for shops etc....mind you, that one hasn't got a single vowel in seven letters.  ;D

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: O Dinas Powys on 17 January 2020, 03:16:20 PM
Welsh word?

Nope, perfectly good English word, just not the one that was supposed to be there so obviously a typo you dick  =)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 17 January 2020, 03:38:47 PM
Truth's a dog that must to kennel. He must be whipped out, when Lady the Brach may stand by th' fire and stink.

(I remember writing that somewhere....)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Ithoriel on 17 January 2020, 04:13:33 PM
“Truth is a pathless land.”



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on 29 March 2020, 05:46:09 AM
Hello

Have our current  'interesting times' had any appreciable 'spanner' effect on your timetable? I'm thinking specifically about TB line Mongols. You originally had them slotted in for Northern summer. I'm bored and looking through old posts (as if you can't tell) and on day 11 of 14 of personal lockdown  :(.

Cheers

GrumpyOldMan


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 29 March 2020, 07:55:07 AM
We are on day 5 of a projected 3 month lockdown :'( :'( :'(. Hopefully a food parcel will arrive this week which will help in minimising having to leave the house and risking 'social contact'.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 29 March 2020, 11:26:16 PM
Have our current  'interesting times' had any appreciable 'spanner' effect on your timetable? I'm thinking specifically about TB line Mongols. You originally had them slotted in for Northern summer. I'm bored and looking through old posts (as if you can't tell) and on day 11 of 14 of personal lockdown  :(.

It's having an effect but I'm not sure how much just yet.  Currently it's the uncertainty that's causing the majority of the delays.  I'm working late night shifts in the unit but instead of the usual figure clean-up, blackwashing, photo editing, etc. I'm spending my time at a casting machine trying to get as many orders out as possible, just in case we get a full national lockdown.  If we thought that a lockdown wasn't likely then I could be back on new releases instead, but things are changing on a daily basis at the moment and we need to be ready to down tools and head home if needed.  To be honest I don't quite know what to do for the best right now.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 29 March 2020, 11:47:35 PM
It's having an effect but I'm not sure how much just yet.  Currently it's the uncertainty that's causing the majority of the delays.  I'm working late night shifts in the unit but instead of the usual figure clean-up, blackwashing, photo editing, etc. I'm spending my time at a casting machine trying to get as many orders out as possible, just in case we get a full national lockdown.  If we thought that a lockdown wasn't likely then I could be back on new releases instead, but things are changing on a daily basis at the moment and we need to be ready to down tools and head home if needed.  To be honest I don't quite know what to do for the best right now.

I think you should do what you all feel comfortable with. If you can keep going until he governments support package for self employed comes online. that's all well and good.  If you are all happier and feel safer by staying at home now then that is what you should do.

They currently say that up to 2 people may meet for the purposes of work. Could you reduce the occupancy of the unit at any one time to 2 people and possibly work shifts?  If that means delays to our orders then I don't think anyone on the forum would actually worry about a delay.

We are all primarily more concerned that all of you involved in Pendraken (Owners, Casters, Designers, Minions ) and your families remain safe and healthy.  A secondary concern is that as a company you manage to survive.

With that in mind it might be worth looking into the Gift voucher/Coupon idea suggested on the forum recently.  Perhaps a simple home printed  numbered voucher with the value and an original signature  (perhaps in a strange coloured ink) of you or Dave would suffice. You could record the details of who bought it , the value etc to mitigate against fraud ( I sincerely hope no one here would even think of that).

We could then buy them now even if your production is stopped. To claim back later when things are back to normal.  This could perhaps help with cash flow and paying yourselves etc.

You could even do what they do on Kickstarters with a low value "support" donation.



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 30 March 2020, 03:44:53 PM
They currently say that up to 2 people may meet for the purposes of work. Could you reduce the occupancy of the unit at any one time to 2 people and possibly work shifts?  If that means delays to our orders then I don't think anyone on the forum would actually worry about a delay.

We've already reduced down to 3-max in the unit, so we're OK on that front.  Today as an example, we had 1 x Caster / 1 x Laser / 1 x Packager from 8am-2pm, then the packager and laser person went home.  I came in at 3pm so it'll be me and the caster until 4pm when he leaves, and then I'll be on my own until midnight-ish.  That'll be the same or similar for the rest of the week.  We could potentially reduce down to 2-max if needed by putting one of the casters onto night shifts with me.

With that in mind it might be worth looking into the Gift voucher/Coupon idea suggested on the forum recently.  Perhaps a simple home printed  numbered voucher with the value and an original signature  (perhaps in a strange coloured ink) of you or Dave would suffice. You could record the details of who bought it , the value etc to mitigate against fraud ( I sincerely hope no one here would even think of that).

We could then buy them now even if your production is stopped. To claim back later when things are back to normal.  This could perhaps help with cash flow and paying yourselves etc.

I'm hoping to get something like this sorted out soon, mainly so that we can offer some kind of deal over what would have been the Salute weekend.

I think you should do what you all feel comfortable with. If you can keep going until he governments support package for self employed comes online. that's all well and good.  If you are all happier and feel safer by staying at home now then that is what you should do.

The government response so far has been excellent, more than I expected them to do.  The only trouble we've got there currently is this 'furloughed' label that they've put on things, which is a US legal term and doesn't have a legal definition in UK law.  Given the context it's being used in, we can assume that any businesses who have seen such a loss of sales/income that they were going to make people redundant could instead 'furlough' those staff members and the government will pick up 80% of their wages (upto £2500 per month).  We can also assume that any businesses forced to close by the government will also have their staff 'furloughed' and again, the government will cover those wages. 

However, currently the government have not forced manufacturing businesses to close, and they have actively encouraged online retailers to remain open during this period.  So we've not been officially closed by anyone.  If we choose to shut our doors voluntarily for the safety of our staff and their families, are the government still going to give us the same level of support or will they argue that we could have continued trading and therefore can't claim the employee support?

I've already told the staff that they'll be getting paid regardless of what happens, as our wages are the main source of income for 5 different households and I don't want them struggling through this.  I can afford to pay 1 month's worth of wages easily, and then a 2nd month with some juggling of the bills, but anything beyond that and we'd be in trouble. 

We've heard rumours of a full national shutdown on everything (and were expecting it on Friday night) but so far it hasn't happened.  So do we voluntarily closedown and hope that Boris orders a full shutdown in the next week or two, so that we're covered by the support?  Or is that leaving us potentially hanging in no-mans land and paying the staff for upto 12 weeks without any government support?

Apologies for the long reply there!  There's a lot of questions at the moment and we're keeping a close eye on things as they progress.  We've fully safeguarded the staff in the unit here and they're all happy to continue working currently.  We'll just have to keep going as best we can and see what happens I suppose.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 30 March 2020, 06:19:17 PM

 If we choose to shut our doors voluntarily for the safety of our staff and their families, are the government still going to give us the same level of support or will they argue that we could have continued trading and therefore can't claim the employee support?


No need to apologise for the long reply.

Since I wrote my missive I hvbe seen a video on the BBC website about a lady who was laid off literally hours before the government announced they would pay wages, and this means she is not eligible.

So I would make sure you stay open (on paper at least)  until you are told to shutdown


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: fred. on 30 March 2020, 06:57:58 PM
It's having an effect but I'm not sure how much just yet.  Currently it's the uncertainty that's causing the majority of the delays.  I'm working late night shifts in the unit but instead of the usual figure clean-up, blackwashing, photo editing, etc. I'm spending my time at a casting machine trying to get as many orders out as possible, just in case we get a full national lockdown.  If we thought that a lockdown wasn't likely then I could be back on new releases instead, but things are changing on a daily basis at the moment and we need to be ready to down tools and head home if needed.  To be honest I don't quite know what to do for the best right now.

Sounds like you are thinking all this through, and really thinking about your staff - which is great to hear (but hardly unexpected given your excellent track record on this.

I’d suggest moving as much of the figure prep, photo stuff home as you can - then you have an option to continue with that if we do go to more of a lockdown.

Though tonight’s news seem to indicate that the current level is working (though given the incubation period, I’m not sure)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 30 March 2020, 07:14:02 PM
Thanks for the replies guys, it's certainly an interesting time to navigate.  I think you're right fred, in that the chances of a full closedown aren't high at the moment so hopefully we're OK for this week at least.  I've got an 'apocalypse' box in the corner with all of my cleanup, blackwashing and photography kit, so I can grab that if we need to.

Since I wrote my missive I hvbe seen a video on the BBC website about a lady who was laid off literally hours before the government announced they would pay wages, and this means she is not eligible.

That's the worry and I'm sorry to hear that people are losing out like that.  There's going to be a lot of long-term impacts from all of this, and a lot of back and forth on claims/counter-claims for government support that will continue for years to come. 

One of our packagers had just taken on a unit to start being self-employed as a physiotherapist, complete with all of the equipment for it, and she suddenly can't operate and none of her clients can visit.  Her husband is a musician as well, so he's lost all of his gigs until September and has had to start delivering pizzas just to keep an income.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mollinary on 30 March 2020, 07:55:50 PM
Leon, I feel for you, and all others in a similar situation. The only bright side, which I hope all your team appreciate, is the obvious concern you have for all who make Pendraken what it is.  I am sure there are many on the forum, and outside it, who would be willing to do what they can to help. I personally think the gift voucher idea is a tremendous one, and would enjoy pledging in advance and then spending ‘lockdown time’ working out what I was going to buy with it!   SYW Russian army to help me in my search to adapt FK&P for the 18th century?    But what to do for flags?

Mollinary


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: paulr on 30 March 2020, 08:38:06 PM
Leon, you look to be making well thought out decisions that focus, as we have come to expect from you, on the people =D> =D> =D>

I'm sure we are all happy for you to keep us in the loop and we might even be able to offer the odd suggestion (although you seem to be a few steps ahead of most of us, e.g. the  'apocalypse' box)

You should get my order for the Hundred Years War project later this week, it will ship when it ships ;)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 30 March 2020, 09:34:32 PM
My old company is due to lay off 25% of the workforce tomorrow, despite the government promising to pay 80% of wages etc :(. Will wait and see what actually happens but not good.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 30 March 2020, 10:41:08 PM
Leon, I feel for you, and all others in a similar situation. The only bright side, which I hope all your team appreciate, is the obvious concern you have for all who make Pendraken what it is.  I am sure there are many on the forum, and outside it, who would be willing to do what they can to help. I personally think the gift voucher idea is a tremendous one, and would enjoy pledging in advance and then spending ‘lockdown time’ working out what I was going to buy with it!   SYW Russian army to help me in my search to adapt FK&P for the 18th century?    But what to do for flags?

Mollinary

There are a small selection on Warflag site


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 30 March 2020, 10:43:06 PM
As you all know I am a cynic.

I suspect that the likes of Mc Donald's/KFC thought "we are going to loose lots of money on running as a take away/delivery service lets lays staff off while the Government picks up the tab"


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 31 March 2020, 01:39:13 AM
Thanks again for the supportive messages, it means a lot at this end.  We'll all get through this together as we always do, it's just a bit of a worrying time for everyone.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when things return to normal as well, after we've seen such a surge of new jobs in supermarkets, warehousing, delivery, etc.  Once the panic buying and need for delivered foodstuffs has gone, all of those people are going to be laidoff in a new wave of job losses, and there may not be enough returning vacancies in the pubs, hotels and restaurants for them to switch to.  It's going to be a very dynamic marketplace for jobs for quite some time.

Another effect that I've been wondering about is how much long-term changes we'll see in workplace cultures.  All of those people who've been told for years that working from home isn't viable, but they've suddenly had to do it and it's been fine.  The initiative we've seen from various industries who've pivoted their businesses to new products or new ways of delivering their service to the customer, which they might find is a better avenue going forward.  I think there's going to be a lot of upheaval as a result of this and possibly some real benefits to people's work/life balance.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: pierre the shy on 31 March 2020, 02:45:32 AM
Thanks again for the supportive messages, it means a lot at this end.  We'll all get through this together as we always do, it's just a bit of a worrying time for everyone.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when things return to normal as well, after we've seen such a surge of new jobs in supermarkets, warehousing, delivery, etc.  Once the panic buying and need for delivered foodstuffs has gone, all of those people are going to be laidoff in a new wave of job losses, and there may not be enough returning vacancies in the pubs, hotels and restaurants for them to switch to.  It's going to be a very dynamic marketplace for jobs for quite some time.

Another effect that I've been wondering about is how much long-term changes we'll see in workplace cultures.  All of those people who've been told for years that working from home isn't viable, but they've suddenly had to do it and it's been fine.  The initiative we've seen from various industries who've pivoted their businesses to new products or new ways of delivering their service to the customer, which they might find is a better avenue going forward.  I think there's going to be a lot of upheaval as a result of this and possibly some real benefits to people's work/life balance.

Yes 100% correct on that last point I think Leon.

I work in the public service and its been flagged to us that going forward at least some of us will be working from home at least some days once the COVID 19 crisis as passed.

I am finding it quite different working at home every day, but as you say it does give real benefits to work/life balance.... the commute time is going down one flight of steps  :)



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 31 March 2020, 09:22:16 AM
So al this working from home now, and quite possibly significant increase in home working permanently - Why ae we spending so much on HS2.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: hammurabi70 on 31 March 2020, 11:39:11 AM
It'll be interesting to see what happens when things return to normal as well

I think there's going to be a lot of upheaval as a result of this and possibly some real benefits to people's work/life balance.

I do not think ‘normal’ will be as we have known it; as with the World Wars the global position will be quite different from what anybody might have envisioned.  How will Asian countries like India and Indonesia cope with this?  How will Africa?  These are not wealthy areas and will have even more extreme issues to resolve.  No doubt pockets of the virus will linger in corners of the world for years, which will dampen enthusiasm for travel.  The tourism and travel industries will be changed with slimmed down airlines that have lost economies of scale so ticket prices will be higher.  Internal travel might get a boost but is a third runway at Heathrow worthwhile now?

We can be sure health concerns will be critical for the future and I wonder how the American health industry will cope and adapt; we are going to need a more global response so will world government come a step closer?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mollinary on 31 March 2020, 12:11:35 PM
Cruise industry has to be worried for its future too. With a silver surfer demographic as its main customer base, and a spate of horror stories from this outbreak, surely the days of the 3-5 thousand passenger liners must be numbered?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 31 March 2020, 12:22:16 PM
With home working the company has a duty of care under the Health & Safety act to check where the employ is working, is it safe, does it comply with relevant regulations etc. You can imagine the nightmare of having to do this on each home in a large company.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 31 March 2020, 12:26:24 PM
I do not think ‘normal’ will be as we have known it; as with the World Wars the global position will be quite different from what anybody might have envisioned.

Totally agree, H....and with your thoughts as regards Asia and India....Just at this time, especially India. X_X

Once we've all got through this....I think the World will be quite a different place.

Of all the tragedies that are occurring, the ones that I find the most upsetting, are the number of 'health workers' losing their lives :(

Cheers - Phil

(By the way, I think we probably missed your promotion a few posts ago...Congrats on that. :))


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Sunray on 31 March 2020, 11:19:46 PM
Thanks again for the supportive messages, it means a lot at this end.  We'll all get through this together as we always do, it's just a bit of a worrying time for everyone.

It'll be interesting to see what happens when things return to normal as well, after we've seen such a surge of new jobs in supermarkets, warehousing, delivery, etc.  Once the panic buying and need for delivered foodstuffs has gone, all of those people are going to be laidoff in a new wave of job losses, and there may not be enough returning vacancies in the pubs, hotels and restaurants for them to switch to.  It's going to be a very dynamic marketplace for jobs for quite some time.

Another effect that I've been wondering about is how much long-term changes we'll see in workplace cultures.  All of those people who've been told for years that working from home isn't viable, but they've suddenly had to do it and it's been fine.  The initiative we've seen from various industries who've pivoted their businesses to new products or new ways of delivering their service to the customer, which they might find is a better avenue going forward.  I think there's going to be a lot of upheaval as a result of this and possibly some real benefits to people's work/life balance.


A very insightful post Leon.  I have read it several times.    It is regrettable that the British Gov declined to "test, trace, isolate" it  seems to
be working in Korea and Ireland.

There is be a frenzy come the late summer to reboot the economy.  To be first nation in Europe back to work.   A lot of industry will need a serious re-boot.   And yes, a very dynamic marketplace in terms of jobs and skills.

The survivors will be chastened.  After 9/11 there was a drop in  pornography.  There is be an element of survivor guilt.  Religion could well make a comeback "revival"?  With a lot of couples at home a baby boom is inevitable.   What corollaries will it have on Brexit and the future of the United Kingdom?

Could - like post war Britain we see a swing for social justice? An end to austerity measures?   Will the free nester/silver surfers still be a cash rich demographic ? 

By the end of the century, the history students will face exam questions on our life and times.   "The Anti CORVID 19 and Post CORVID 19 society and values - discuss"


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: jimduncanuk on 31 March 2020, 11:38:54 PM
I'm glad I am retired at this time of national stress.

I worked in IT management and support and my working style was to see the user face to face and sort out his computing needs while I was there. There was a move to remote system management where you sat at a desk 10 miles away and did everything online. I resisted that move until the day I retired.

If I had still been working I would have been forced into the remote style of working, perhaps from home and I wouldn't have liked it one little bit. Then again I could have been made surplus to requirements and discarded in some fashion.

I think the workplace for everyone will be under severe scrutiny once things return to 'normal' and many folks will not like what will happen.



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: sultanbev on 01 April 2020, 01:06:43 AM
As I've said on other forums, do we even want to "return to normal"? Austerity, socialism for the rich, privatisation for the poor, homelessness, , benefit sanctions, income inequality, a butchered NHS, more Disaster Capitalism, more ecological destruction, pointless mega-bridges when we can't even fill all the potholes, more murder of wildlife disguised as hunting and environmental management. More zero-hour contracts and gig economy? No thankyou!

I've been working from home for a decade, best move I ever did. If you think about it in terms of ecology, mental health, time and energy, the concept of a long commute to work is actually one of the worst inventions ever.

Hopefully the massive drop in oil burning, travelling, pointless holidays abroad and air travel will be permanent. The drop in pollution will save 7-8 million lives a year worldwide, 30-40,000 in the UK alone. If you want to see what a difference it makes, just go out the door in the dark and look up at the stars - usually it took 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to see not many - now I go out and can see loads immediately. Maybe more people will learn, and more importantly be given the opportunity to learn, to build a life you don't need a holiday from, which is my motto.

There will be a recession, short or long, and employment will change. Localism will be a key discussion point, such that regional bodies, whether it's a co-operative down the road of 5 houses, or an entire county council, should be empowered to be more resilient in meeting citizens' needs and meeting future threats. I recently read a scientific paper that shows there are another 10,000-600,000 of these diseases out there, just waiting to cross-attach as we encroach more and more into the last few wild places on the planet. If you think Covid-19 is sh#t, wait while the next one. Or the one after that.
Maybe we'll look at sourcing our energy, materials and foodstuffs more locally, whilst at the same accepting the realisation that has come to many now that we can all actually get by on a lot less stuff.

Other challenges exist, apart from our precarious "just-in-time" supply chains. Much of the Fylde coast for example, will have to be relocated in the next 30 years.

https://coastal.climatecentral.org/map/10/-2.9814/53.6471/?theme=sea_level_rise&map_type=coastal_dem_comparison&contiguous=true&elevation_model=best_available&forecast_year=2050&pathway=rcp45&percentile=p50&return_level=return_level_1&slr_model=kopp_2014
(Then scroll right and look at the east coast - Pendraken Towers will be able to load orders directly onto boats.....)

Hopefully, and something I'm actively involved in with the Incredible Edible Network, we'll see urban food growing increase exponentially. The crisis in the fruit industry makes this clear - they need 90,000 workers by mid-April, 10,000 applied already but most are too far from where the work is. Not everyone can upsticks and live in a caravan on a farm for 4 months whilst they work. So overall a radical relook at land use, both urban and rural, will have to be an outcome.

The crisis also reinforces the need for a UBI. All these complicated emergency 80%-of-wage-payment schemes and extended SSP could all be avoided with a guaranteed UBI of £200 a week. With appropriate rent controls so that unscrupuluous landlords can't put up rents by £199 a week. It can be managed through the existing tax rebate system for the vast majority of people. This would also reduce the number of civil servants and private companies required to administer our over-complicated and toxic benefit systems - if you don't know anything about Universal Credit and PIP tests, now is the time, like the 500,000 unfortunates that already have to, to learn how horrific they are.

But beware Disaster Capitalism - the likes of Trump and Cummings use crises like these to force through unpopular changes and take away basic rights (even more so than has already happened in the last decade), and even now the US are using it to give public money to already rich corporations. As a eugenicist Cummings has publically stated he thinks education is wasted on the poor, so expect an attempt to see the schools reopen later ths year as fee-paying ones.

This is a hot topic on various "left-of-centre" forums I frequent, that this crisis is an opportunity for a change for the better. if enough people do something about it. If not, we'll just get more of the same that we had after the 2008 crash, but on steroids. Either way, it can safely be predicted going "back to normal" just isn't going to happen.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 01 April 2020, 02:50:26 AM
Some good points there. But very few people on this planet will relate to most of it. The worst butcher's bill is clearly going to be presented to the landless. those doing jobs that need hands, not computers, and the poor bastards that most countries still regard as numbers, not human beings. Italy is the country I love best in the world, and I hate to think what it's suffered; but it's India that casts the darkest shadow in my mind right now.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 01 April 2020, 07:18:45 AM
; but it's India that casts the darkest shadow in my mind right now.

Ditto. :( X_X

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 01 April 2020, 07:30:13 AM
It could be as bad or worse in sub-Saharan Africa as it is in India. To be honest we will never be able to know due to the virtually non-existent government health care over there. They've put Lagos and Abuja on lockdown, but not other places such as Ibadan, Africa's biggest town but in reality as big as a city.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mad lemmey on 01 April 2020, 07:37:45 AM
Well, teaching a school of 3 and setting remote work for my other class has been interesting.

It might be the start of the end for the chalk face...


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 01 April 2020, 08:28:34 AM
It could be as bad or worse in sub-Saharan Africa as it is in India.

Good point, Steve !  :(

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 01 April 2020, 09:37:19 AM
It could be as bad or worse in sub-Saharan Africa as it is in India. To be honest we will never be able to know due to the virtually non-existent government health care over there. They've put Lagos and Abuja on lockdown, but not other places such as Ibadan, Africa's biggest town but in reality as big as a city.

Also true.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: sultanbev on 01 April 2020, 10:25:49 AM
"But very few people on this planet will relate to most of it."

True, but the reasoning behind XR for example was that you only need to reach a tipping point in awareness to get some kind of change. Will this crisis push us over that tipping point? Probably not Here it will depend on the mainstream media - if they continue to be sychophants to the embedded establishment, then I'm afraid not. If however the facade crumbles from within and MSM journalists start doing their job properely, and holding the establishment to account, then there is a chance. There was an example t'other day, when someone asked Gove did he now regret cutting all the NHS beds and services in the past decade - Gove and his assistant were unable to answer and were flumoxed when their narrative of the last 15 years had been exposed as garbage in one sentence.

"It could be as bad or worse in sub-Saharan Africa as it is in India...."
Yes, this is where the large numbers will come in. However the websites tracking the numbers will become more and more inaccurate, I suspect in a lot of these places, we will never know the exact numbers. I see in South Africa they were using rubber bullets to enforce social distancing  :o

"Well, teaching a school of 3 and setting remote work for my other class has been interesting."
Do you think this could be done nationally all the time? Other than teaching food growing and doing sports/exercise, is there an actual need to group lots of infectious children into warehouses to teach them? It might end the tryanny of school uniforms which some school heads use as a price gouging racket; playground bullying, and reduce peer pressure over branded clothing perhaps, and be a smack in the face for Cummings and his ilk, who on trying to enforce fee paying shcools, finds that the teachers and teached merely make their own arrangements.
It's this kind of thinking of how we might do things differently is very important. Just having the narrative is critical.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Techno on 01 April 2020, 11:07:59 AM
Hey..... congratulations on your promotion, SB. :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 01 April 2020, 11:21:37 AM
Some interesting points there Sultanbev. Some like bringing in fee paying schools I feel are an extreme view. Others I think will certainly swing the way you have suggested even if they do not go as quite as far, or become a permanent way of doing things.

There has always been and always will be income in-equality unless you go down the communism / animal farm route that has proved to be unsustainable. Yes there is a need to support those who for reasons beyond their control need additional income. But as someone who pays a significant sum in tax and NI I would like to see it directed more to those who need and deserve it, and less to those who "shout for more" while wasting what they have been given.  

The problem with a UBI of £200 is that those earning £18000 a year will effectively be only earning £2.50 an hour more than those sitting at home doing nothing.  Not much of an incentive for a cleaner at a hospital, or a day doing a tiring job at a factory.  And who is going to pay for this £200 a week?  If you tax the rich, they will move themselves and their assets elsewhere, and all revenue from them will stop.

I also agree that many landlords are charging an unfair rent. The ability to take "Buy to let" mortgages being the cause of this. However, to crack down to hard on this could well cause huge problems in the housing market by causing a vast drop in house prices. This is all well and good if you rent or you have not planned to use your house for you pension, as many self-employed have.

I suspect after this there will be a large boost to the NHS, although bear in mind it was Tony Blairs left of centre Government that caused many of the issues in today’s NHS.  I work with the NHS on a daily basis and see huge amounts of money going to waste.  A real example being two data circuits costing £70,000 odd a year EACH, being left connected to a derelict hospital for 5 years, loosing over £750K, when taking into account the charges for lost equipment. So there is definitely a need to address this even if more money is then needed

While I am against fox hunting, management of wildlife is necessary to protect the environment, granted the reason we have to do this is because of the vast amounts of land we have taken for building of all types, agriculture etc and even providing allotments, to say nothing of the loss of natural predators. eg Deer need culling because we no longer have wolves in this country.  

We have incredible countryside and beautiful scenery all around the UK, and  I agree that we will probably  see an upsurge in holidays in this country, at least initially until people remember why they went abroad in the first place, the weather. It is no fun being on holiday in this country with several children when you have torrential rain for most of your holiday. Particuarly when the cost is as much if not more than going somewhere the weather can be almost guaranteed to be nice.

What we paid for a week (Off Season) in a small two bedroom cabin in Cornwall last year, would have paid for a large 3 bed villa with a private pool in Florida for a fortnight. Had we wanted two weeks away it would have been cheaper to Fly to Florida than take the cabin for two weeks.  I expect the rental prices in Florida will fall significantly next year even if flights go up.  I would rather go abroad once every two years than have main holidays in the UK every year.  So British holiday companies will need to sort their pricing structure to combat this. The other reason of "pointless" foreign holidays is to see things vist places like the Pyramid, Colosseum , or see the unique beauty of New England in the Autumn (fall for our US Cousins) learn and enjoy the different cultures etc.

I  am unable to build a life that I don't want or need a holiday from, or be given the ability to lerarn  as that is not possible in the job I do.  It can be very stressful and tiring, in our office,  but our office

As yet there is no real alternative to the internal combustion engine, They are currently not able to produce the batteries in the quantities needed to replace all the cars in the world In general the public are currently unable to afford them. To produce the necessary electricity we need to build several nuclear power stations, that our government could not afford before this crisis, let alone the problems of charging the vehicles and the infrastructure to do it.

 





Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 01 April 2020, 11:26:48 AM
I am sorry but I find your comment  "Maybe more people will learn, and more importantly be given the opportunity to learn, to build a life you don't need a holiday from"  to be very condescending.

I work in an office of around 200 people. It can be hard graft and very stressful - what do we do?

Run all the NHS data Network -  I was actually on duty when a patient on an operating table died due to a failure in the network. Fortunately I was not to blame, but you can imagine the investigation afterwards.

Run all the line for 999 calls.  Again you can imagine the stress of one of my colleagues when half of Scotland's Ambulance 999 centres went down, or the time no one could call the police in the whole of Greater Manchester?

On top of this we run all the secure networks for a large number of important clients that ensure the smooth running and safety of the country.

There is no way someone doing this on a daily basis can achieve what you have suggested. 



Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 01 April 2020, 01:15:04 PM
I do not think ‘normal’ will be as we have known it; as with the World Wars the global position will be quite different from what anybody might have envisioned.  How will Asian countries like India and Indonesia cope with this?  How will Africa?  These are not wealthy areas and will have even more extreme issues to resolve.  No doubt pockets of the virus will linger in corners of the world for years, which will dampen enthusiasm for travel.  The tourism and travel industries will be changed with slimmed down airlines that have lost economies of scale so ticket prices will be higher.  Internal travel might get a boost but is a third runway at Heathrow worthwhile now?

We can be sure health concerns will be critical for the future and I wonder how the American health industry will cope and adapt; we are going to need a more global response so will world government come a step closer?

I can't speak for the others, but Indonesia is looking grim.
The most populous island Java is the only one with reliable figures, and these reveal the 2nd highest mortality rate behind Italy.
Bear in mind that modern healthcare is really only for the wealthy residents of the largest cities.

Most will visit a local doctor for a syringe of generic antibiotics, or consult a village healer.

The particular power structure of he nation means the big cities and centres of trade and government will bear the brunt.
One densely populated Island - home to all central control and hundreds of usually loosely populated islands.
It's quite possible that subsistence fisherman on the Moluccas (or many other islands) could escape the pandemic entirely.

I fear their "return to normal" will not be smooth.
Hardships have generally been followed by civil disorder: murderous communal violence, or more recently religious inspired violence.

I hope I'm wrong, but I always remember that we have a government here making huge efforts to stem the disease.
We may not think they're doing a perfect job, but there can be no doubt that efforts and being made and resources mobilized.
That simply won't be the case for 75% of the world's population.




Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 01 April 2020, 01:28:21 PM
I'm already taking extra trouble to lock my doors. When people are short of cash, they're willing to break the rules. What should I do if my family were hungry?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 01 April 2020, 03:45:12 PM
https://coastal.climatecentral.org/map/10/-2.9814/53.6471/?theme=sea_level_rise&map_type=coastal_dem_comparison&contiguous=true&elevation_model=best_available&forecast_year=2050&pathway=rcp45&percentile=p50&return_level=return_level_1&slr_model=kopp_2014
(Then scroll right and look at the east coast - Pendraken Towers will be able to load orders directly onto boats.....)

That's an interesting link, I've always wanted a waterfront property...!  Looks like I'll have to swim to the football games as well.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Smoking gun on 01 April 2020, 07:25:32 PM
As yet there is no real alternative to the internal combustion engine, They are currently not able to produce the batteries in the quantities needed to replace all the cars in the world In general the public are currently unable to afford them. To produce the necessary electricity we need to build several nuclear power stations, that our government could not afford before this crisis, let alone the problems of charging the vehicles and the infrastructure to do it.

Hydrogen is a far better alternative to petrol or diesel power, refuelling time is about the same as filling a conventional car and range is around 300 to 400 moles.

Another problem with electric cars is that the batteries are hard wired into the car it would be much better if the batteries were interchangeable in a "cassette" so you could drive into a service station and have it swapped for a charged battery and resume your journey in a few minutes.

Regards,
Martin


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mad lemmey on 01 April 2020, 08:03:34 PM
Hydrogen is a far better alternative to petrol or diesel power, refuelling time is about the same as filling a conventional car and range is around 300 to 400 moles.

Martin,
If the average mole is 12cm, 3-400 moles would only be 36 to 48m!!  ;D


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 April 2020, 09:32:23 AM
Will - anorak (it';s too bad for a coat )


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 03 April 2020, 04:30:45 PM
Just to update on this, I've had an interesting chat with our legal bod on some of this today.  Essentially the government have been caught out by the uptake on the 'Furlough' scheme and were never expecting this kind of response.  They'd estimated 20% of UK businesses would need to use it but the interest they've seen so far is much higher, over 50% in many sectors.  This almost triples the original projected cost to the government.

As a result, there's going to be a lot of investigation after the fact and the word is that a lot of companies are going to be audited by the government to see whether their claim was genuine.  Businesses will need to show that their sales/income had dropped sufficiently to justify furloughing the staff.  If your sales have dropped by 20% but you furloughed 50% of your staff, then there'll be an audit conducted.  The same will happen if your sales have increased but you've still furloughed workers.

In our case, if a workplace were to shut down without needing to or being forced to, they could have to pay back all or some of the furlough grants that they would receive over this period.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Chad on 03 April 2020, 04:42:35 PM
Interesting. In my years in different types of industry I found that there is not necessarily a direct relationship between a drop in sales and a reduction in staffing. It can vary very much with the type of industry and the labour structure within the industry.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 03 April 2020, 05:09:39 PM
Interesting. In my years in different types of industry I found that there is not necessarily a direct relationship between a drop in sales and a reduction in staffing. It can vary very much with the type of industry and the labour structure within the industry.

Definitely, our sales bounce up and down and it doesn't have much correlation on staffing hours.  Mainly due to the third-party stuff we stock which isn't labour-intensive and can be grabbed off a shelf and posted out. 

I guess that's why the government will conduct the audits to see if the need to furlough was genuine or if those businesses were looking for a bit of a payout.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 03 April 2020, 05:23:31 PM
Interesting info Leon. My old company has furloughed most of the staff, with about 25% at risk of redundancy in a few months. In the design business most jobs have been put on hold or simply dried up, so they have no option, which is sad.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: mmcv on 03 April 2020, 06:39:15 PM
Yeah I'm surprised the government underestimated how many would take it up as every company is having to batten down the hatches and rethink how they operate. While some companies can absorb the losses, most can't, so it's no surprise so many are turning to this as a reasonable option. It's currently causing some anxiety in my own company as they've said it's likely to happen along with temporary wage reductions to those who remain.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: hammurabi70 on 03 April 2020, 07:51:49 PM
Just to update on this, I've had an interesting chat with our legal bod on some of this today.  Essentially the government have been caught out by the uptake on the 'Furlough' scheme and were never expecting this kind of response.  They'd estimated 20% of UK businesses would need to use it but the interest they've seen so far is much higher, over 50% in many sectors.  This almost triples the original projected cost to the government.


Yeah I'm surprised the government underestimated how many would take it up as every company is having to batten down the hatches and rethink how they operate. While some companies can absorb the losses, most can't, so it's no surprise so many are turning to this as a reasonable option. It's currently causing some anxiety in my own company as they've said it's likely to happen along with temporary wage reductions to those who remain.

I am not surprised.  The government / civil service has increasingly shown how it lives in its own Westminster bubble.  When I visited Bulgaria about 10 years ago our hosts showed us abandoned homes and villages with just some elderly residents.  Since accession to the European Union the country had lost 20% of its population to Western Europe. The government at Westminster thought that a few thousand might come to the UK after Bulgaria joined in 2007.  In the UK there are over 100,000 Bulgarians and there was only unrestricted movement from 2014.  What do you expect young people to do when faced with limited opportunities at home and low wages as against moving to another country for work where the pay is double and career development has many more options?

The UN says Bulgaria is actually the world's fastest shrinking nation, with its current population of about 7 million people expected to dwindle to 5.4 million by 2050 and 3.9 million by the end of the century. 2 million expats and 7.2 million still in the home country.

With all but essential economic activity halted many businesses will be faced with critical funding issues within a few weeks.  People in Westminster seldom seem to understand the real issues people face.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Matt J on 04 April 2020, 12:13:34 AM
I furloughed staff last week and we are now going through the procedures and guidance to make sure our claim is watertight. Like Leon says HMRC are going to be going through this with a fine tooth comb and can still look at this in 7 years time. We've had most of our orders cancelled and had real issues getting stock from our global supply base, so for us it was a no brainer.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: John Cook on 04 April 2020, 02:34:51 AM

I worked in the MoD when I was a soldier and later, after a quarter of a century in uniform, for 18 years as a civil servant.  I never noticed a 'bubble', only hard working, ordinary, people trying to implement government policy under ever increasing constrains of budget and staff cuts.  


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: T13A on 04 April 2020, 11:22:20 AM
Hi

Quote
I worked in the MoD when I was a soldier and later, after a quarter of a century in uniform, for 18 years as a civil servant.  I never noticed a 'bubble', only hard working, ordinary, people trying to implement government policy under ever increasing constrains of budget and staff cuts. 

Hear, hear! Me to, 36 years soldier and MoD Civil servant.

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: DHautpol on 04 April 2020, 05:11:21 PM
Also speaking as a recently retired civil servant after nearly 44 years service, I can't say I was ever aware of a "bubble" mentality either.  It's a perception I feel is promoted by cheap journalism with stories such as the current round of "why isn't the Foreign Office doing more to get X, Y or Z group of British tourists back to UK".  Such articles conveniently forget that the FO is roughly only 2,000 strong to cover the whole globe and that, even if the airlines could be persuaded to fly to these countries, most countries have closed their airspaces and this doesn't even begin to address the question of what persuaded these people that it was a good idea to go half way around the globe to stroke lhamas, or whatever, in the current climate.   

The "furlough" arrangement will be a lifeline to many small companies but, as with any such scheme, there will likely be a cynical minority who will see it as a way of maintaining their bottom line by shrugging off costs on to the taxpayer.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 04 April 2020, 05:40:21 PM
On the news yesterday they were referring to 100.000 national still in Spain. Surely these are people who have decided for whatever reason to domicile in Spain as permanent residents. As such our Government should not be held responsible for bring them back to the UK. They don't live here. 


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Elliesdad on 04 April 2020, 06:25:30 PM
On the news yesterday they were referring to 100.000 national still in Spain. Surely these are people who have decided for whatever reason to domicile in Spain as permanent residents. As such our Government should not be held responsible for bring them back to the UK. They don't live here. 

There was some guy on BBC Breakfast TV a couple of weeks ago, griping about how he had lived in Spain for 20+ years but now he couldn’t get any help/advice from the U.K. Government.
I did yell back at the TV (OK, I know this doesn’t work and the person on the telly cannot hear me, but that fact still doesn’t stop me) that perhaps the U.K. Government are concentrating their efforts on helping the most/largest number of its citizens.
And that someone living in Spain for over two decades and presumably paying no U.K. tax is unlikely to be high on the government’s list of priorities.

G





Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 04 April 2020, 06:51:33 PM
There was some guy on BBC Breakfast TV a couple of weeks ago, griping about how he had lived in Spain for 20+ years but now he couldn’t get any help/advice from the U.K. Government.
I did yell back at the TV (OK, I know this doesn’t work and the person on the telly cannot hear me, but that fact still doesn’t stop me) that perhaps the U.K. Government are concentrating their efforts on helping the most/largest number of its citizens.
And that someone living in Spain for over two decades and presumably paying no U.K. tax is unlikely to be high on the government’s list of priorities.

G






 :-bd


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Steve J on 04 April 2020, 07:44:11 PM
Quote
I furloughed staff last week and we are now going through the procedures and guidance to make sure our claim is watertight. Like Leon says HMRC are going to be going through this with a fine tooth comb and can still look at this in 7 years time.

Our neighbour works for HMRC in the Fraud Investigation Service and very interesting to hear her talk about how they and the government will be checking companies claims for the 80% furlough money etc. There are going to be a lot of very, very surprised companies in the next few years and not in a good way.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Raider4 on 04 April 2020, 08:03:49 PM
Our neighbour works for HMRC in the Fraud Investigation Service and very interesting to hear her talk about how they and the government will be checking companies claims for the 80% furlough money etc. There are going to be a lot of very, very surprised companies in the next few years and not in a good way.

Well, hopefully they'll be going after the shysters and fraudsters who're trying it on, rather than the little guy who's made an honest mistake.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Ithoriel on 04 April 2020, 08:25:15 PM
Well, hopefully they'll be going after the shysters and fraudsters who're trying it on, rather than the little guy who's made an honest mistake.

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." - Cardinal Richelieu (attrib.)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 05 April 2020, 02:58:25 AM
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." - Cardinal Richelieu (attrib.)

"If you give me a six on this roll, my guards may beat d'Artagnan and his henchmen in this game for once!" - Cardinal Richelieu (attrib.)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Orcs on 05 April 2020, 11:56:02 AM
"If you give me a six on this roll, my guards may beat d'Artagnan and his henchmen in this game for once!" - Cardinal Richelieu (attrib.)

Not a chance if your playing Lee  ;D


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: John Cook on 06 April 2020, 01:05:13 AM
Hi

Hear, hear! Me to, 36 years soldier and MoD Civil servant.

Cheers Paul

The problem is that some people thought 'Yes Minister' was a documentary. :)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 06 April 2020, 07:43:58 AM
The problem is that some people thought 'Yes Minister' was a documentary. :)

You mean it wasn't, and is "Men form the Ministry" not one either ?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Sunray on 06 April 2020, 10:12:38 AM
"yes Minister" was very clever.  I used clips from the shows to educate American and Erasmus sophomore year students on UK and EEC  politics as it then was.

The exchange on the British national newspapers and who reads them is a classic.  :)


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: John Cook on 06 April 2020, 12:09:40 PM
You mean it wasn't, and is "Men form the Ministry" not one either ?

That must pre-date Yes Minister by a few years.  It's another British sitcom classic of satire and caricature, based largely on perceptions but quite far removed from reality like, for example, is Dad's Army.   


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: FierceKitty on 06 April 2020, 12:12:28 PM
I once used it with a couple of high-level Russian students who'd been sent to my school by the embassy for a bit of professional language upgrade, which they needed as much as I need lessons in cat appreciation. They were fascinated, however..."Nikolai, this Sir Humphrey is just the same in Ilya Ivanovich in the visa department, isn't he? I thought only Russians could be that kind of bureaucrat." "Mmm, I don't think Ilya Ivanovich ever says anything as plainly and honestly as Sir Humphrey."


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: ianrs54 on 06 April 2020, 12:29:46 PM
When I was signing on I used to tease the advisors in the job centre with Men from the Ministry


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: parkerm17 on 13 April 2020, 10:35:30 AM
I am just re-reading James Clavell's "Tai-Pan" and while I cannot think of any reason to wargame the Opium Wars, it did make me think about the Boxer Rebellion; lots of colourful figures for the Boxers, wide range of figures for the Allied Forces and a great film for inspiration: am I tempting you?   Perhaps this may be a period to consider when life returns to normal?


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: hammurabi70 on 13 April 2020, 12:35:01 PM
I am just re-reading James Clavell's "Tai-Pan" and while I cannot think of any reason to wargame the Opium Wars, it did make me think about the Boxer Rebellion; lots of colourful figures for the Boxers, wide range of figures for the Allied Forces and a great film for inspiration: am I tempting you?   Perhaps this may be a period to consider when life returns to normal?

No.  Personally I find all these wars uninteresting. However, the hobby is wide so you are welcome to look for support.  No doubt figure makers respond to demand, or perceived demand.  I think there are some product ranges specifically for the Boxer Rebellion but for the Opium Wars punters would need to use proxies from other ranges relating to the early Victorian era.


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: NogegoN on 03 May 2020, 07:34:49 PM
Any news on Cold War Commander II?

Regards
- NogegoN


Title: Re: Pendraken Plans for 2020!
Post by: Leon on 03 May 2020, 10:06:25 PM
Any news on Cold War Commander II?

Work continues at this end but I don't think we'll have anything ready until the end of the year.  With final formatting and printing, we'd be looking at early 2021 for release.