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Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Good morning everyone.
I am happy to be a new member of Soldatini.
I live in Australia & was wondering about the wargaming scene in Italy.
Gaming (apart from GW, of course) isn't huge in Australia but it seems to be a bigger deal in Italy.
If anyone would like to post their impressions of Italian wargaming, I would be interested.
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Welcome on board Dave,
we hope the Internet can help us to feel nearer
We have a great Jet Lag, so it's a bit like sending a message in the bottle... but at least we're sure you'll receive it!

We have a strong community here, with several wargaming groups and a great magazine that helps us to keep in touch: Dadi&Piombo.
They also have a forum (www.dadiepiombo.com) with an international section.
Here we talk more about toy soldiers for collection and dioramas even if the wargame section is growing (see in the Articles page)
You can also read (well... if you know italian a least ) a preview of the magazine in the Article-->Books/Magazines pages; this is the link to the last issue: www.soldatinionline.it/english/Articles/...DadiPiombo-n.31.html
The magazine is bilingual

I cohoperate with the magazine as the leading graphic artist (and also with WSS: www.soldatinionline.it/english/Articles/...s-Strategy-n.20.html)

Every year on November Dadi&Piombo organizes the most important italian wargame convention (and also one of the greatest in Europe). Then in March/April there is another big convention near Florence. During the year a lot of small gaming contest are held all around the country (mainly in northern Italy), so italian gamers may meet almost every week-end (distances are not so huge like in Australia!)

Do you collect toy soldiers mainly for wargame? We'd like to see some picture of your soldiers: our gallery is easy to manage if yo'd like to try...

Ciao!
 
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
G'day mate!!

Welcome aboard!!
I'm not a wargamer but give a look to the galleries, the works there are indeed an inspiration !!

Have fun with us!

cheers
Alex
 
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Thank you for your welcome, gentlemen.
I can struggle through something written in Italian. My wife is originally from Pescara & my daughter, born here in Australia, learns Italian & speaks it very properly so I have two translaters who can help. Though they regard my hobby with ...amusement (particularly the teenager).
My chief interest is Napoleonics but I have Punic War & World War Two collections as well.
The wargaming & collecting scene here is relatively small, especially compared to Britain.
I've wondered about this & think it may be connected to weather: We have very little what you'd call winter. So people live a very outdoor life & are not inclined to sit inside & paint & game.
However, Italy's weather does contradict this beautiful theory.
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Welcome mate!

Intersting point the weather and seasonal rithm of production, it's actualy a curious attitude so much modeling in such warm place as Italy. In part probably is related to the big presence of art in our society, modeling afterall is a "minor" Art too, and it includes somehow many forms of other "superior" traditional arts.

Now while I'm writing it's raining, more or less continously from a couple of days. Despite the mild climate we have often the snow too. So the winter is a rich season for hobbies, in spring comes the harvest and usualy we see a lot of good works coming out in that period.
But the works still goes on in full summer, just a little slowlyer,
having a long hot season it doesn't seem a big shame to sacrifie some sunny days to our hobby instead to go out.

Leo
 
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Leo,
during the height of our summer, it can get too hot to paint.
After a really hot day (say 40C) even the night is a bit too steamy to lift a brush.
And the paint dries a little too fast in these extremes too.
As you can imagine, the beach is a very popular place to be on summer weekends. I do most of my painting in Autumn, summer & Spring (autunno, inverno e primavera)
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Yep, Donald.....beautiful down under !!!

I've been in your country and i can testify that it can get really hard to do anything but laying on the beach during the peak summer season .

Here in Switzerland we have a very short summer so it does not "impact" the paintings.

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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
I know well how's like when the paint dryes too quickly while we are dripping off by sweating, we can reach temperatures over 40C here too, not every year, the last really terrible summer was 2003.

Luckly now I live in a place around 500 meters over the sea, so at least inside the house the temperature is always tollerable, and for our mania this and more!

For me the worst can be now in the winter, when there's the risk to get stack by snow and ice... in that case even a lot of modeling is not enough to appreciate the cold season.

To slow down the drying of pain I use a "delayer" (or is it called retardant?), sometimes is usefull also in winter when the heating is on.

Leo
 
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
Good tip, Leo. I just use turpentine or water but I will seek this product out & give it a go.
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Re:Wargaming in Italy 11 Years, 10 Months ago  
The product I have is called "acrilic retarder" of this "Talens" (or "royal Talens&quot trademark from Holland...

My mother suggested and gave it to me (she paint on canvas), and I don't know if there are better products properly for modeling, I must think so.
If there is perhaps works better, this one if use too much has the inconvenient of reducing the grip of the paint on the models, so is good only for dioramas and static modeling, for wargaming I suppose isn't so good because probably the paint would tend to come off from the parts subjected to the touch.

Another difference using it, further to slow the drying, the acrilic works more similarly to the enamels or even like oil colors, well somehow, and this can be usefull or not depending by the technique used.

Finaly when the drying is so slowed is necessary a painting method that allow to avoid to touch the miniature, that is not always necessary normaly.

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