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A Salute from France
« on: March 20, 2012, 03:51:54 PM »
Hello Might & Reason Players !

I write you from the Country of Marschall d'Estrée and Marquis de Montcalm. But I am not playing a French Army, I am preparing an Austrian Army ( I am really an admirer of Austria, its landscape, its culture, its history, its cuisine, and its Army which is a fascinating subject of study). I am also building a Prussian Army as, living in a Nowhereborough 50 miles south of Paris, it is very difficult to find partners, so with two opposing armies I am sure that I will always find at least one opponent : myself.

I am very happy to have discovered the HONOUR forum, as the French Might & Reason Forum is not very active - latest post dated March 8th !!! and its Members are not very reactive - I have posted several questions about rules and received only very few, and not always very relevant, answers. I will for sure seize the opportunitry of this forum to re-ask my questions, and I hope that this time I will have the information needed.

I came back to wargaming in September of 2011 after an interruption of almost 30 years (business, family, ...) and I intend to make up this lost time, now that I am on the retired list.

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 07:45:55 PM »
Welcome back to the hobby!  I had a long time away as well, over 15 years, just returning in 2008, and although a ways off from retirement, very glad to be back these last few years, and hope you enjoy your return, too.

Although I haven't picked up nor played Might and Reason yet, I have "Grande Armee", "LaSalle", Maurice "Light", looking forward to "Maurice" in full, and this site is a good place.

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 02:24:47 AM »
Hello PAB,

welcome back to the hobby  :)

We are living (only  ::) ) about 550km apart.
I stay in Karlsruhe (Germany).

I am working on Prussians and Austrians as well - in 6mm.
What is the scale you are using?

Two years ago I was in Paris and joined a DBMM-tournament there.
I am not sure, if they are going to repeat it, but if they do, this might be a chance to meet there.
So we should stay in touch - what do you think?

Isn't there a tabletop-community in Strassbourg!?

À bientôt !
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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012, 05:01:23 PM »
What is the scale you are using?
My Armies are 15 mm - Essex with some customization/transformation - Funny to make surgery on 15 mm figures !!!
6 mm is definitely too small for my old man's eyes ...
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So we should stay in touch - what do you think?
Natürlich ! Ich mag soviel die deutsche Sprache aber ich habe nur wenige Gelegenheiten, sie auszuüben !
Next time you go in the Paris area - or I go to Germany - we have to meet.
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Isn't there a tabletop-community in Strassbourg!?
I send you a PM with the references of the Club of Strasbourg.

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2012, 07:55:59 AM »
I do have 15mm as well (Old Gory) including the same problem as for the 6mm: Most of them still unpainted.
... just 2 Bataillions and 10 squadrons of Hussars (all Prussian) are painted.

wenn Du Deutsch magst, wie wäre es mit einem TableTop-Kurzurlaub in Deutschland  ;)
Wir haben immer wieder kleine Turniere über ein Wochenende.

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 05:37:31 AM »
wenn Du Deutsch magst, wie wäre es mit einem TableTop-Kurzurlaub in Deutschland  ;)
Sehr gerne. Jetzt bin ich etwas "über-beschäftigt", aber in einige Monate wird es ruhiger sein.

By the way, did you notice that we established the "German M&R Forum" ?
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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2012, 06:29:18 AM »
Sehr gerne. Jetzt bin ich etwas "über-beschäftigt", aber in einige Monate wird es ruhiger sein.
Same here - in two weeks time I will be off to Asia for three weeks - there's still soo much to do before I can fly.

By the way, did you notice that we established the "German M&R Forum" ?
Haben wir?  :o Du meinst hier im Forum ?
 ::) Wir sollten das Deutsch hier aber reduzieren, damit alle mitlesen können, was meinst Du?

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 04:12:59 AM »
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in two weeks time I will be off to Asia for three weeks
Really ? And where will you go ? I am been a number of times in Asia - China, Taïpeï, Japan, Korea, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines - nice countries and nice people - and good food. But in Manilla I have been - although I am quite open-minded - shocked by the behaviour of some "tourists" who were obviously not there for the landscape ...

And which airline will you fly with ? They have, in the region, pretty good companies (out of 5 "5 stars" airlines in the Skytrax ranking, 4 are from Asia). But try by all means to avoid companies with "N" registering [Note 1] , these "Grand Mom" airlines [Note 2] are horrible !

[1] a small riddle not to give any names in public ...
[2] a nickname given considering the age and condition of the flight attendants ... 


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Du meinst hier im Forum ?
Yes . But it was more or less a small joke

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Wir sollten das Deutsch hier aber reduzieren, damit alle mitlesen können, was meinst Du?
In meine Meinung, um artig zu bleiben können wir, von Zeit zu Zeit, eine persönliche Gedanke in Deutsch schreiben (und dies erlaubt alle (?) Humanisten, die es gern haben, die Sprache Goethes und Schillers zu reden) jedoch, wenn es dreht sich um Themas, die dem Forum interressieren, sollten wir natürlich die englische Sprache benützen.

I hope my German is not too bad - do not hesitate to show me where I make mistakes !!!

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2012, 01:54:02 PM »
Hello Patrice,

And where will you go ?
First my wife, my son and I will head to Taipeh.
We still haven't decided where we go first: It'll be either a Shabu Shabu, a Dim Sum or a good Sushi-restaurant.  :)
(It's all about eating in Taiwan  ;D)
Our son will stay with his grandma, when we fly to Japan a few days later.
We will visit Osaka, Himeji (where the oldest Samurai-castle in Japan is) and Kyoto.
(and will be eating Tempura, Teppanyaki, Udon noodles, ... and of course more sushi and sashimi. :D
Back in Taiwan we will be visting my wife's family, which will lead us all over the island.
(and we will be even more eat good chinese food ;D)
Have you ever been invited by Chinese or Taiwanese people?
If this is the case you know what I'm talking about and what's gonna happen :) :D ;D ;)

And which airline will you fly with?
China Airlines. The service is acceptable. The best Airline I flew with is Singapore Airlines, but they don't offer the route we will go.

I hope my German is not too bad - do not hesitate to show me where I make mistakes !!!
Dein Deutsch ist auf jeden Fall sehr viel besser als mein Französisch. Ich wäre sehr glücklich, wenn ich noch so viel Französisch könnte, wie Du Deutsch kannst ;). Eigentlich gilt es in Deutschland als unhöflich, einen Fremdsprachler zu korrigieren. Wegen meiner Frau - die darauf bestanden hat, um schnell Deutsch zu lernen - habe ich es mir angewöhnt. Wenn Du wirklich möchtest, dass ich Dich korrigiere, mache ich das gerne.

Dir ein schönes Wochenende
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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2012, 03:18:55 PM »
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a Shabu Shabu, a Dim Sum or a good Sushi-restaurant.
What you are doing is not fair. I love good food, and one knows how good asian food is, and now you have just made me jealous.

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and will be eating Tempura, Teppanyaki, Udon noodles, ... and of course more sushi and sashimi.
you relapse into provocation !!!

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and we will be even more eat good chinese food
and this is the quietus.

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Have you ever been invited by Chinese or Taiwanese people?
Yes but it was for business purposes, so quite formal - but already outstanding. We had once an "Imperial Dinner", but our guests explained that it was nothing compared to the real Imperial Dinner from the Time of the Emperors, where they had something like one hundred dishes !

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China Airlines
Never tried - they have no route to Paris. But they have a good reputation. When I went to Taiwan, first time I flew Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, then Dragonair to Kaoshiung. Second time I flew Eva Air direct to Taoyuan. Both Cathay and Eva are very good companies. But Eva Air has no route to Germany. In fact, many of the asian airlines are VERY GOOD. Dedicated attendants - and smiling - and not looking bored - and ready for service during all the flight (not disappearing in the rear galley after the meal, and reappearing just before descent, if you see what I mean ...)
 
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Wenn Du wirklich möchtest, dass ich Dich korrigiere, mache ich das gerne.
Sicherlich. Ich muß mein Deutsch verbessern !!!

A bientôt

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 12:59:26 AM »
you relapse into provocation !!!
Moi :o?  C'est impossible  ;D

I do understand your affection for good food - after all, this is kind of a national charakteristic, n'est pas?
I was told, in Paris would be a very good China Town. But one would have to be able to read the chinese menu in order to get authentic food.

We had once an "Imperial Dinner", but our guests explained that it was nothing compared to the real Imperial Dinner from the Time of the Emperors, where they had something like one hundred dishes !
See - not only the French can spend hours and hours at the dining table ... My highlight so far was an inviation to Chinese new year.
My wife's grandfather had invited the whole family into his house. It was my first trip to Taiwan and I didn't know much about the "to do's" and "not to do's" ... So I emptied many plates ... and wondered why the brought even more food. A tough lesson ... ::)

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...When I went to Taiwan, first time I flew Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, then Dragonair to Kaoshiung.
. Aah - Kao-shiung the city of Love. Have you been by the Love-river? And they have a good night market as well. I recall these huge tiger prawns ... and the barbecued squid ... and ...

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In fact, many of the asian airlines are VERY GOOD. Dedicated attendants - and smiling - and not looking bored - and ready for service during all the flight (not disappearing in the rear galley after the meal, and reappearing just before descent, if you see what I mean ...)
True - though such a 'service' can happen even with China Airlines ... 
 
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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2012, 01:49:49 PM »
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I emptied many plates ... and wondered why the brought even more food. A tough lesson ...
It has been one of my first lessons in chineese savoir-vivre : Always leave something in your plate, because if you empty it, you are considered not to have got enough and you are given some more. When you know that in "classical" (old-time) french education you were supposed to leave nothing in your plate, it can become the never ending story ... Another thing which amazed me was the quantity of food available : I was also told that it was a sign of "prosperity" or "wealthiness", and that a meal that finishes with no remains would be very offending for the guest, meaning that he did not provide enough !!!

But I am a little bit the same : nobody has never left my house saying that he was still hungry ...

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the city of Love
I did not know it was Kaohsiung's nickname. But I saw the Love River, and there was a night market near my hotel (Howard Plaza) however the biggest Night Market was, if I remember, in the Harbour Area. But the most amazing was the number of scooters and mopeds. Parked in dense rows all along the sidewalks, racing down the streets, ... seems there were more two-wheeled machines than persons ... and the Lady at the Reception of the Hotel gave me my first survival lesson when I asked her for a plan of the city to "have a walk" : When you cross the street, keep the same pace, because two-wheels riders calculate their "trajectory" based on your walking speed. So, if you stop, or accelerate, or change your rythm, your perturb all the system and can cause an accident. So it was very impressive to cross the streets with these machines going all around, in front, behind, on the sides ... but the advice was good, as I survived !

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2012, 02:53:18 PM »
When you know that in "classical" (old-time) french education you were supposed to leave nothing in your plate, it can become the never ending story ...
(laughing) It's the same for my parents generation. You may put as much as you want on your plate as long as you eat it. My parents starved during the war and hated to waste food. I was raised in that sence and this is why I got in trouble in Taiwan.
Another thing which amazed me was the quantity of food available : I was also told that it was a sign of "prosperity" or "wealthiness", and that a meal that finishes with no remains would be very offending for the guest, meaning that he did not provide enough !!!
I heard the same and my wife confirmed that.

But I am a little bit the same : nobody has never left my house saying that he was still hungry ...
HaHa - reminds me on my mother. This morning we arrived at her house to spend the Easter weekend with her. It's 11:30pm now and I'm still soo full ... Her biggest fear seems to be that someone could feel hungry.

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But the most amazing was the number of scooters and mopeds.
Yes - they are everywhere. One wouldn't be surprised if some would appear even from above ... When I first met my wife she was still living in Tainan. There she had a scooter and we explored the city and the environment with it. Though I have been there in January/February it was already hot and humid. The airstream was most welcome when we whizzed through the streets. When I recall these days it always puts a smile on my face.

Parked in dense rows all along the sidewalks, racing down the streets, ... seems there were more two-wheeled machines than persons ...
Just from that description I can say: You've been there - definitely  ;)

... but the advice was good, as I survived !
During my first stay in Taiwan my wife (in these days still a friend) always took my hand, when we crossed a street ... it would be too dangerous for a Caucasian who is not used to the traffic.

This weekend will be a tough one as we are supposed to eat all the good food my mother got and will prepare. She's living very close to the French border and loves to go to France for groceries. Most fruits, salads, veggies and fish are of better quality as one can get it in most German cities. (Germans are better in Bier, Wurst und Brot - okay, okay Euer Baguette ist ganz gut  ::) ;)). Perhaps we all will go there tomorrow morning - fuel is still much cheaper there as in Germany and - as I said, it's very close.

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2012, 03:21:36 AM »
Hi Axel !

I like so much your new signature :

"Laßt schlafen mir den Alten,
Er hat in mancher Nacht
Für uns sich wach gehalten,
Der hat genug gewacht."-


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they are everywhere. One wouldn't be surprised if some would appear even from above ...
This is the best description I could imagine !!! Like swarms of bees !!! And in adition, when they wear their facial mask under the helmet, it gives them slick faces, so it looks like if the Pink Floyd "The Wall" Puppets have invaded Earth on Mopeds !!!

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Most fruits, salads, veggies and fish are of better quality as one can get it in most German cities.
It surprizes me. Is there so much difference ?

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(Germans are better in Bier, Wurst und Brot
About Deutscher Wurst : I had once a meeting in Bonn, and in the morning I had, as I usually do, a small walk in the city. I discovered a marvelous Sausages Shop - with hundreds of different wonderful sausages, from all known and unknown regions of Germany, and with all kinds of (known and unknown) ingedrients inside - if there is a paradize for sausages, it was The Place - something we do not have in France. As I did not have time to shop, I carefully noted the address, the closing time (4 pm on Saturdays) and decided to go back after my meeting which was supposed to finish at lunch time. But the meeting was far longer than expected and we finished at three and something pm. Just the time to change, go to the location, and I arrived to the Shop of my Dreams at quarter to four - enough time remaining. When I entered the shop, the ladies were already putting the Sausages away, and one told me (not very kindly) "Geschlossen ! ".  I tried to explain that, first, there were fifteen minutes left before closing time, that I came from far away, that I had no opportunity to come back, that I just wanted to buy and leave, that I would not stay after closing, that they were the nicest ladies I had ever seen (this one was absolutely not true, but The End Justifies The Means), but they kept putting their strings of sausages away, repeating "Geschlossen !". So I left the Shop, Bonn, Germany, without my Sausages. One of my worse travel experiences ... I have another story about sausages, this time in Denmark, I will tell you another time. ...

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Re: A Salute from France
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2012, 08:33:57 AM »
I like so much your new signature
Ah - I see you know Fontanes poem as well  :). Yes, I like it too.

This is the best description I could imagine !!! Like swarms of bees !!! And in adition, when they wear their facial mask under the helmet, it gives them slick faces, so it looks like if the Pink Floyd "The Wall" Puppets have invaded Earth on Mopeds !!!
  (laughing) Only people who experienced this can understand it, right?
Pink Floyd - I never had the chance to see them in concert ...

It surprizes me. Is there so much difference ?
Oh yes - sad but true. French people tend to spent more money on good food than Germans. Of course one can get good quality but usually not in average supermarkets.
Really good shops are rare - and more expensive than in France.


"Geschlossen !". So I left the Shop, Bonn, Germany, without my Sausages. One of my worse travel experiences ... I
I feel guilty about such rude behaviour. It always irritates and annoys me if Germans treat foreigners this way.
It is sad but true: Service in Germany is usually bad.
You can bet, if I had been in that shop as another customer you would have gotten your sausages.
I apologise for the unacceptable behaviour of these "ladies" and offer compensation if you should visit Germany again.
Perhaps we can meet for a couple of games of M&R ?

Mes meilleurs vœux !
Axel
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