Wargaming Week 16/10/2017

Let’s start, covering the 9th of October through to the 15th of October.

BLOG STUFF

My article on Tiny Terrain’s recent releases is now out. Nice figures, but not exactly the style I like. However, I’m still excited to see what comes out from them next – I’m keeping a close eye on the current kickstarter.

Speaking of upcoming posts, I think I’ve worked out what I’m doing for the Modern Wargames comparison post. Looking at the rulesets left available to me, I’m going to split this into two parts. Part Two is looking at modern day focused rules while Part 3 will look at rulesets that have been converted to modern action or could be.

Part Two is going to cover:

  • Fireteam Modern
  • FUBAR
  • No End In Sight
  • Wars of Insurgency
  • Winter of ’79

Part Three will look at:

  • Flying Lead conversion
  • Bolt Action Modern (in its various versions)
  • Combat Patrol for modern day
  • Chain of Command

The goal is to have Part Two up in December (probably being the last piece of content before I have a christmas break) while Part Three should be up in the new year, probably before Salute.

GAMING

Been busy with work and finishing writing a few articles so no time for gaming. Should be back to it soon though.

PURCHASES

Three more buildings from Knights of Dice – I really want to do a proper in depth impressions of their Tabula Rasa range (as an extended version of the posts I wrote about Adobe options) and seeing as the range is about to expand I feel I should get the first generation covered. I also want a few more buildings in a ready state for future games and the Tabula Rasa ones are really fun to build.

I’m also looking at another project. There will be a bigger post on it once it properly starts, but lets just say I’ll be reusing the Project Little Bird category. I’ve got three airframes lined up, I now just need to do some tweaks to them.

HOBBY

Back on the painting train, and I have at least two groups to get done ASAP. The first is the figures for next week’s post looking at the September releases from Spectre. I’m part of the way through them with two figures finishing, six waiting for camo work and one, the Russian AT figure, still in the early stages. With the Russian figure, I’m tempted to do a batch job with a few of the other Russian figures I’ve had waiting to be painted. But it depends on how much painting time I get this week.

The second is for the Halloween game. Most of which I’m not concerned about but there are three guys who have a style of texture on them I haven’t painted before.

 


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 09/10/2017

Let’s start, covering the 2nd of October through to the 8th of October.

BLOG STUFF

Last week’s post was looking into Spectre’s unreleased stuff. It was a fun piece to write and has lead me to write a companion piece looking at rare items Spectre has released over the years. It also meant I got to write some posts that didn’t need painted figures for.

GAMING

Nothing.

PURCHASES

Nope, nothing here. I am looking at a few scatter items to liven up the demo board.

HOBBY

Sadly most of my hobby time this week was split between finishing off some scenario writing, playing XCOM 2 and tidying up flat. Turns out, spending tons of time on project work and then not tidying it up along the way was a bad idea. On the plus side, moving some stuff around has opened up space on my desk so bigger painting area!


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 02/10/2017

Let’s start, covering the 25th of September through to the 1st of October.

BLOG STUFF

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Last weeks post was on the AAR for 100 Years of War! It was a really fun time and incredible fulfilling to get the game out and for people to play. But, there are still things to work before its first showing at Fiasco.

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GAMING

No gaming this week, I was too busy doing some writing and finishing work before a weekend away airsofting.

PURCHASES

Nothing purchased this week, although I am starting to eye up the rulebooks I’ll be looking at for part 2 of modern rules. I’m also starting to look at some known future purchases to plan out upcoming posts.

HOBBY

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A few more things have been in the early stages of prep (including a few things for Halloween) but the main thing is getting the book past the final post and off to printers.

It’s been a great experience writing it but there is still much more planned. There is stuff we couldn’t fit in the book and even entire book ideas I’ve been working on. So watch this space for more!


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 25/09/2017

Let’s start, covering the 18th through to the 24th.

BLOG STUFF

This week’s post was looking at how my demo board is going! The last time I posted about it was back in May where the boards were still mostly wood and the plane was in the box. Now the boards have been played on, the model kits has been assembled and then brutally cut to pieces, and the people have actually enjoyed themselves while playing it!

GAMING

Nothing at SESWC (I was too busy having a break from drybrushing) but on Sunday I woke up at 8am, got in the car and drove over to Falkirk to run some test games of my demo scenario. It went really well – everyone seemed to enjoy playing it, the terrain didn’t fall to pieces with seconds and I’m super happy with how it looks all setup. Friday’s post will cover more about it, including what I think worked well and what I think needs adjustment. Also it’s going to include two small battle reports

PURCHASES

Photo from Spectre Miniatures

So while I was busy getting running wargames, Spectre brought out a new set of releases! It was the stuff they had shown at Colours (female operators, Russian with LAW and an insurgent with a stinger) plus a squad of highly trained insurgents in a kill team. We had seen a greens preview of them at Cardiff but painted up they look awesome.

I’m really excited about these guys – as well as giving an edge to the insurgents, the right paint job would set them up for a whole host of roles. My plan? Desert 3 colour and desert MARPAT so these guys are ready to be some SF in Bazistan. Maybe they are Bazi, maybe they are working for the Iranians. Who can say! Either way, I’m really looking forward to getting them painted. Impressions coming soon!

HOBBY

Most of my hobby progress was getting the demo board ready for 100 Years of War. In particular, this week say lots of drybrushing and lots of spray painting.

At the same time, I did manage to do some prep work – now almost at a point where all my figures are at least undercoated. I also got the Tiny Terrain figures assembled, all ready for painting next week. I’ll admit, I have thoughts on them already.


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 18/09/2017

Let’s start, covering the 11th through to the 17th.

BLOG STUFF

My post on REDvector’s buildings went up! I was a little ashamed of how long it took me to review these buildings seeing as I liked them a lot but it was just finding the time to write the post up.

This week’s post will be an update on the demo board. It should be mostly done by Friday morning but there might be a few WIP pieces. After all, it’s not a deadline until you work right up to it!

GAMING

No gaming still busy building demo board.

PURCHASES

Apart from some more filler and sand, nothing of great interest. I have my eye on Spectre’s upcoming releases but that’s it. Also the “To be painted” pile is a lot bigger than it really should be.

HOBBY

Not much to talk about other than terrain building and prep for the demo game. Lots of details about that coming in Friday’s post.

However, what I can talk about is the cool character sheets I picked up for use in my demo game. Tiny Terrain inspired me to do this style. I tweaked the layout a little bit and then had to go borrow a camera off a friend to be able to take the snaps. The plan eventually is to document all of my troops with pre-rolled stats to make running games even easier.


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 04/09/2017

Let’s start, covering the 28th of August through to the 3rd of September.

BLOG STUFF

Two actual posts this week – a look at Empress’s releases and a battle report from Thursday’s game. Both posts were great fun to work on – the rush to speed paint figures in time for a deadline and then the fun retelling of a game.

As a head’s up, we’re approaching the run in to my first demo game. As such, I’m going to be writing shorter posts for the next month or two. The timetable will be kept but there will be less battle reports as I spend all my time frantically getting stuff finished.

GAMING

Thursday’s game was a load of fun. I was really glad with the end result – a proper ambush rather than just a minor speed bump for the BLUFOR guys. One of the things I’m enjoying about building my forces up is just how visually impressive everything is getting. We had multiple people walking over to admire the board. I guess a big part of it was down to Jack’s simple but effective buildings but the technicals also draw the eye.

PURCHASES

Nothing ready to show but I’m starting work on a few projects. One is secret for now but it should be out sometime close to the end of October. It’s a little spooky but still relating to modern gaming.

The other is some new rulesets to take a look at before November as part of the second installment of the Modern Wargaming Comparison. The first one to arrive is the Winter of 79 rules. From a  quick flick through it seems to have some really cool ideas due to it’s focus on this specific period. Other rulesets are coming soon!

There are also a few more things coming for the demo board. More details in the next game update.

HOBBY

This week was a mad rush to get the Empress figures done. Overall though it was a simple job but just required some time. In part this was due to the choice of 3 colour desert; It’s a really simple camo to paint and so I hammered through the squad of 8 very quickly. Additionally, I was very happy with my minor green stuff job on the reporter, with the nose now looking a bit more present.

As for the game on thursday it was a much quicker job. Rather than having to paint soldiers and vehicles, all I had to do was paint one VIP (ready to be the aide), fix a figure’s face and then paint the base of the remaining technical weapons.

The weekend’s hobby work was split between finishing off the SF technicals to be ready for their prime time showing on Friday and working more on my demo game. The board has now been drybrushed so the next step is to get all the scenery on top of it ready. Such as the giant plane.


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 28/08/2017

Let’s start, covering the 21st of August through to the 27th of August.

BLOG STUFF

Battle report week! It wasn’t quite the game I was planning when I wrote out the scenario but it still ended up being great fun. It was also an exercise in speed writing as I managed to have the report written and released in just over 12 hours after finishing playing it. Which I’ll be repeating again this week.

Coming up on Wednesday is a quick overview of the last set of Empress releases and on Friday is another battle report. I’ll talk more about that in the gaming section

As a bit of an update for the blog, this month’s view count broke the 3000 mark, giving me an average views per day of more than 100. I can think of several reasons why this month got so many views (the 5 articles that made up the Cardiff update, the extra post weeks and the popularity of battle reports) but I’m really happy that people are reading my stuff.

GAMING

Last week I finally managed to play a game. The original plan was to run a massive 7 person game complete with factions backstabbing each other but I forgot the important wargaming rule – everyone is busy in summer. I still want to run the giant version but the little scenario I threw together ended up being quite fun. My opponent setup the US Army as a security element (just as planned) while the SF did the hard work. There were lots of places where if things had gone wrong, the US would have been slaughtered by HMGs and weapons of the militia. Getting my technicals blocked into the compound and the mercs fleeing before getting stuck in sadly lost me the game.

This coming week is going to see another incident in Bazistan. Pioneer Painting is looking to get his christmas presents on the table and who am I to not throw another scenario together. It’s going to be another game of Spectre so we can get a lot of toys on the table. I also don’t think I have too much to paint to get ready for it. Although I can think of two armoured things it would be cool to put on the table for the Kiwi’s to be rolling around in. Especially as I have a literal pile of RPGs to use. After all, the Geordiestan Ambassador needs fireworks to welcome him to the country.

PURCHASES

Nothing this week. The Empress figures arrived but expect more information on them in this Wednesday’s post

HOBBY

As I was running a game, it basically meant the week was spent frantically painting things to be ready for it. The big thing was actually pushing me into finishing off the pile of SUVs and Civilian cars that I had bought from Spectre a while ago and never actually finished painting. Luckily big brushes, solid colours and a lunch break or two finished it off. Still not happy with how I paint vehicles, I’m thinking of doing a complete repaint after I get an airbrush (hopefully after Christmas).

Yeah I know, I need to get a ruler

Needing some technicals for this week’s game, and with a pile of new weapons to build for the SF guys, I decided to do a rebasing spree. My original technicals were mounted on quite thin plastic sheets and so were starting to buckle under the weight. A second delivery of plasticard had given me one slightly thicker sheet and so, one lazy sunday afternoon, I got to work cutting it up into the irregular I-shapes that form the basis of my hot-swappable weapons. From this, I rebased all of my militia weapons. More details on the exact layouts will be coming in my SF technical article.

Speaking of technicals, I also got the first of the SF vehicles done. It performed admirably for its first game, not even blowing up. As I say above, I really don’t like painting vehicles. This was originally going to be plain black until I decided to “desert it up”. More details will be in the article on building all of my SF vehicles.

If you follow the Facebook page you might have seen a little melt down earlier this week regarding the Day of the Rangers models. I bought these guys in the kickstarter that ran last year but hadn’t got round to painting them. Deciding that I needed some guys for the pirates and Bazi Army, I decided to work on the Somalis and the US Rangers. On the positive side, the proportions on the models are fantastic – they look like tiny human beings. There is also a lot of fine detail in them, especially in the Somalis. But the more I worked on them, the more I got annoyed. Some of the posing is a little off, the guns are huge on them, there are giant (and very visible) mould lines including some across the face and the amount of flash that needed tidying up was ridiculous. However, I pushed on and got the Somalis painted. Thanks to them, I’ve found a recipe for painting African skin I’m a fan of and got to use some colours for a change. However, I was starting to get annoyed. I then started on the Rangers. Again, more flash to clean up. Then I applied the base colour for camo and noticed the rather terrible texture on many of the trousers. If one or two of the issues had been present, I’d have gritted my teeth and dealt without. With all of them, and experiencing the issue at 1am, I decided to cut my losses. The US Army replaced the Bazi in the game and the offending figures were put onto eBay. Someone will have a good time with them but I was so frustrated with them that I can’t keep them. The Bazi Army is going to be built from Empress’s Universal range (similar to the Bazi Police but in camo instead) and I’ll be going to either Spectre or Eureka for my African militia/pirate models. I’m sure many people would think these models are perfectly useable but they were just not for me.

Finally, I spent my saturday evening (in between blog writing) playing with green stuff. The main task was adding shemaghs to some of my Brits. The beret wearing squad needed to look a bit more ally and one or two specialists reccived some scrim. The biggest job is the gunner for the minigun. I want to be able to use him for some contracting shenanigans so I’m in the process of replacing the helmet with a baseball cap. It may not look great but I want to give it a go.


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!

Wargaming Week 21/08/2017

Let’s start, covering the 14th of August through to the 20th of August.

BLOG STUFF

Last week was the first of the two post weeks! It ended up working quite well, with Wednesday’s post covered the MENA releases and Friday’s post covered the new SF Technicals. I was wanting to paint the vehicles up but honestly I wouldn’t have got it finished in time. Instead there is going to be a long post looking at the finished technicals and their cargo. Looking ahead, I have quite a few upcoming posts planned out as well as leaving some gaps for impressions and battle reports which is a cool situation.

Oh, also my facebook page broke 150 likes. Welcome to all the newcomers!

GAMING

Thursday saw me finally return to the SESWC after several weeks away. I ended up joining one of Angus’s Seven Years war battles and so the Coalition of the Three Michaels (coming in MDF, German and English varieties) began their battle to hold the crossroads. I took control of the centre of the army, consisting of Infantry and Artillery and then begun the clever defensive tactic of hit them with artillery until the enemy got close enough to musket to death. My left flank did a similar thing (although mainly doing this while defending the shrubbery on the board edge) while on the right the two cavalry units engaged each other. Eventually (like in all Seven Years War games I’ve played) the gunlines clashed. As the game ended, the result was inconclusive – the French were struggling but had two units at the crossroads (although both of those units were mid scuffle).

If you want to see a full battle report, they can be found at German Michael’s site, Angus the Gamesmaster’s site and the SESWC’s Facebook page.

The other thing that happened on Thursday was that I have ended up running a multiplayer game next week that had to be pretty playable and slightly tongue in cheek. Really looking forward to it, just need to get a few things painted up. The plan is to have some factions all scrapping over a pirate warlord’s stronghold so it could be a mess. Expect a battle report on Friday.

PURCHASES

Empress on Friday released some new products for their ultramodern range, many of which fitted into the new universal category. These are all quite exciting and interesting, especially the new third world army figures. My order has gone in so expect an impressions piece once they arrive.

HOBBY

Big thing was the MENA guys. Read a whole article om them here!

On top of that, my desk is currently filled with 401 different projects. At the moment I am at various stages on:

  • SF Technicals – basing the weapons, adding the stowage and painting
  • Rebasing and repairing the technical weapon teams
  • Plucking some of my case to fit the technicals rather than just letting the bits bounce around inside a box
  • Painting up some Somalis to be pirates
  • Painting up my Spectre agents to be used in a future game

That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week!