Peninsular Napoleonics Not-Kickstarter!

Started by Leon, 01 May 2020, 01:11:47 AM

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11 votes in the 2022 Painting Competition (Double figures!)

Leon

Quote from: Orcs on 26 April 2022, 11:16:34 PMHow are the buildings going?

Quote from: Leon on 19 April 2022, 02:25:49 PM...I spoke to John earlier today and he's on target to for the end of the month as well.

Still on track, I spoke to John again today and we should have the first batch of castings by the end of next week.
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Sean Clark

Excellent news. I think I'll hamg on. I was going to get some 3D printed ones from eBay but I'll await these being released.
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Leon

The remaining pledges should mostly be posted out tomorrow (Mon) and then a few on Tues as well. 

One small fly in the ointment though, John was away at a show this weekend so the show prep got in the way of our buildings shipment.  I'll talk to him tomorrow again...  =)
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DecemDave

 <:-P  <:-P  <:-P

los españoles han llegado. 

 =D>  =D>

But Wellington's men aren't even painted yet...   :'(  :'(

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Steve J

Mine arrived last weekend IIRC and had a quick glance at them and they are lovely sculpts. Now I just have to find my notes as to what I planned to do with them force wise!
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The buildings I had way back when were lovely. I meant to get a pic but have utterly forgotten and packed them up...
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John Cook

Mine arrived this morning.  They look really good, especially the garrochistas. 

Postman found me in the back garden, which was good of him I thought - he didn't have to make the effort.

I suppose that should be 'postperson' in today's gender neutral madhouse (explain gender neutrality to the French and Germans). 

On reflection.  He was a bloke, so postman it is.

Steve J

Nores found which is good, so now I need to start sorting them into the units I had planned, then see what 'extras' I might need :D .
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Ithoriel

Quoteexplain gender neutrality to the French and Germans
There are many reasons English is the lingua franca of our age rather than French or German and I'm sure one of those reasons is the absurdity of having to work out the gender of inanimate objects. There are enough problems agreeing the descriptions of the various points on the sliding scale of human genders without having to consider whether the sideboard is male, female or gender fluid :)
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John Cook

Not sure about that.   I think the historical dominance of the British Empire and many countries that were former colonies where English the principal language, not to mention the rise of the United States as the pre-eminent global power, has much more to do with the use of English than its lack of gender sensitivity.  Gender in their respective languages does not seem to be much of an issue for little French, Spanish or German children and, coincidentally, Ewan Davis raised this the other day with a French journalist when discussing the appointment by Macron of a female prime minister.  The French journalist, clearly, thought his question was absurd.

FierceKitty

Quote from: Ithoriel on 20 May 2022, 02:56:36 PMThere are many reasons English is the lingua franca of our age rather than French or German and I'm sure one of those reasons is the absurdity of having to work out the gender of inanimate objects. There are enough problems agreeing the descriptions of the various points on the sliding scale of human genders without having to consider whether the sideboard is male, female or gender fluid :)


Some truth, but there are things in English that are really tangled and show the signs of how it just congealed, rather than being designed. For a test of how far you actually understand it, try to summarise the rules of where an adverb sounds right in an English sentence (succeed and you'll qualify for a Cambridge fellowship in linguistics). The things we grew up doing, and generally get more or less right without thinking, are a long delirium for students, and scare the sporrans off first-language speakers when they find they have to explain why it's "When the doctor arrived the patient had died", not "died" or "had been dying", or "was dying", or the difference between the ways we indicate the future. It all makes English a marvellously subtle and expressive language with an unmatched literature, but life would have been much easier if German had become the world language instead. 

Clive and Wolfe did it, in other words.
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John Cook

Quote from: FierceKitty on 21 May 2022, 01:41:47 AMIt all makes English a marvellously subtle and expressive language with an unmatched literature, but life would have been much easier if German had become the world language instead. 

I agree that English is a marvellously subtle and expressive language, the most expressive in the world, I would say.  It is also, certainly, a dynamic language, insofar as it adopts happily many foreign words and expressions, and it has changed significantly over time – read anything written even as recently as the 17th Century (Pepys for example).  But I object to unnecessary change.  We have few gender sensitive nouns in English, but what exist are what they are, and the attempt to de-gender the language in order to appease the obligatory sensitivities of the feminist lobby, is as absurd as it is gratuitous.  So, easier had German become the world language?  Four definite and three indefinite articles and case sensitivity - not so sure about that.  At least in French the endings of nouns give a clue to their gender, sometimes.  But, had it done so, I suspect we would get it more or less right without thinking, as do the Germans.