Wargaming Week 26/06/2017

Let’s start, covering the 19th of June through to the 25th.

BLOG STUFF

Impressions on Empress’s Vehicle Crew are now up!

This was fun to do although it was a bit of a rush to get it done. Focusing on getting figures done, including 4 in a brand new art style, was a neat challenge. I was really happy with painting all of the US guys in one evening, so it bodes well for getting all my US Infantry Platoon when finished.

GAMING

Nothing, still focused on writing stuff

PURCHASES

I managed to sell off some duplicate figures I have and reinvested in some more stuff

  • A second Foxhound so I can deploy an entire section by them. Also means we can run convoy missions more easily
  • The rest of the Empress SAS to finish off that force
  • A few missing Spectre models, including the undercover agents. I’ve been a little lukewarm on them but having seen some more examples of them painted up I’m coming round on them.

I’ve also paid for my hotel in Cardiff for the Spectre weekend. It ended up a lot cheaper than planned so I’m also eyeing up a few more buildings. I’ve also heard something cool might be coming out soon that will be a day 1 buy.

HOBBY

So, in the process of painting the British crew using the updated multicam pattern and also looking through for duplicates, I started to find more and more figures whose paint scheme just doesn’t look that great. Safe to say I’ve come on a long way since I first painted my models (mainly in precision) and so a refresh needs to happen. The main thing is replacing all my multicam guys with the style used on the vehicle crew above as well as making them a bit neater looking.

Of course, the biggest group of guys in the old style of Multicam is my British Army platoon. Seeing as I picked up some more support weapons, it means I can repaint the original guys to match the new style and also fix some of the poor posing I did when I first assembled them.Before i strip these, I need to pluck the static grass off them.

The first few figures have been stripped (using acetone) but I’m going to try something else – it seemed to lose effectiveness very quickly after only 9 figures.

As funny as this to be making more work for me to do (someone mentioned “Painting the Forth Bridge” when I told them about it), I think I’ll be much happier when everything is updated.


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

Wargaming Week 19/06/2017

Let’s start, covering the 12th of June through to the 18th of June.

BLOG STUFF

This weekend’s post is part 2 of the scatter terrain impressions. This time I’m looking at MDF parts from multiple manufacturers. There will be more parts coming (Spectre keep dropping things I like the look at) so keep an eye open for that.

A bit of bad news, I’m not going to be ready to run my demo board at Claymore in August. Between work, holidays, going to the Spectre weekend in July and wanting to have some free time I just won’t be able to get it done. Its a shame, but I’d rather the first showing be okay and not horribly rushed.

GAMING

No gameplay yet working on hobby stuff instead

PURCHASES

Still nothing but eyeing a few things up.

HOBBY

Week 2 of proper painting at work is going well. Three days spent painting (I had a day off and one busy lunch) and four figures done. The two boiler suited gentlemen were painted from undercoat up to finish in one lunch time which was a bit of a rush but pretty cool to get done.

The other two figures were Empress Insurgents. One was simply painting up the RPK gunner to match my other Russian Contractor but the sniper was something else. Now, based on the figure he may or may not be inspired by the antagonist in a film about crashed jet. However, cheap tracksuits are not very Bazistan and so I wanted to make him look a little different. This, of course, led to me grabbing some green stuff and trying not to make too much of a mess.

Now, I am not a great user of green stuff (there is a poor GW Arwen somewhere with a terrible cloak) but I’m pretty happy with the end result. Here are my steps:

1. Basic cloak covering back of torso.
2. Add the shape of a hood at the top, scoring a single line
3. Add layers of green stuff and then while still wet scoring vertical lines
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire back is finished
5. Add a few leftover scraps to wrap around the gun barrel for decoration

This might be the first step to me trying some more sculpting – the post on it prompted some useful tips. It would be an awesome skill to have so I might try and spend some time on it.


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

Wargaming Week 12/06/2017

Let’s start, covering the 5th of June through to the 11th of June.

BLOG STUFF

A new Weekend Warfare is up! We’re taking a side step from the adventures of CGS as I need some boards to play on what I have planned for Episode 3 and 4. It was a fun game and I’m thinking of doing some more vignettes as solo scenarios. I also attempted to video it but I’m not 100% on it. I need to find some better ways of doing it.

GAMING

With the election last week, my usual gaming session was move to Tuesday. Finally being able to get out and game thanks to work/book/stuff calming down, I was looking forward to rolling some dice. What I was not expecting was 1:50 scale American Civil War Ironclads. Welcome to the Battle of Yazoo Bend.

One of the club members is hard at work on a ruleset for Ironclad scraps and wanted to do some more testing. Now, normally the game is played with a more sensible scale but he had these wonderful multipart ships in his collection. As a stress test, we used the same rules (scales and distances) but just on a larger scale.

Now I don’t know much about the tactics of this time period but I get the feeling that we as the Confederates were being incredibly inept. Taking command of a Confederate ship (The Jackson), my plan was to steam up the flank, distract the Union monitors and allow our steam ship a chance to escape. My ship was the slowest and least nimble on the board, but it had a good mix of guns. However, it also had an exposed paddle wheel so it was just a little bit vulnerable. Also the captain was horribly inexperienced.

The plan started well but then the shots came in. Turns out the Monitors having turrets are incredibly powerful and the Rebs got hammered. The lead ship was eventually sunk, my ship ended up running aground after being set on fire, the rudder shattered and half the guns knocked out. The cargo ship we had to protect got surrounded and battered. Last we saw of the Reb sailors was them fleeing past the ineffective shore batteries, while the Union held the bay

If you want to see more other people’s reports on the battle, three other people have written up reports.

Bill (Rules author): http://blenheimtoberlin.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/28mm-acw-naval-action-on-yazoo-river.html

Angus: http://www.edinburghwargames.com/battle-of-the-yazoo-bend-1862/

Campbell: https://www.facebook.com/Seswc.co.uk/posts/1369308919773744

Overall, I had a real good time playing and rolling dice. The rules are something different to my usual taste but it was cool to play. I look forward to seeing more of it.

PURCHASES

Still nothing.

HOBBY

In the past few weeks I’ve been painting at work but so far it’s been limited to only bases. However, I’ve decided to escalate it and get more actual figure painting done. As part of this, I’ve started lugging some of my paint collection to work everyday. In the last week I managed to paint on 3 out of 5 days work, but on each day I’ve managed to finish off a figure. Now, so far it has required both the lunch break and about 30 minutes at home to do the final touch up and washes. Out of those three figures, two are Spectre Undercover Operators (ready to deploy to the field) and the last is an Empress Insurgent. I’ve done him up as a contractor ready to join CGS, perhaps to play the role of an ex-CGS member rejoining the team after a time away working for another country. Or maybe just to give CGS a bit of anti-tank firepower.

More advances on building the C130 so expect a post in a few weeks once I’ve finished on the baseboard. But things got clue together.


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

Wargaming Week 05/06/2016

Let’s start, covering the 30th of May through to the 4th of June.

BLOG STUFF

The impressions on the TTCombat depot are now up! It was pretty huge and one of the longest posts so far. So far, people seem to quite like it.

GAMING

I played a solo game on Sunday to test some stealth rules. It started out pretty stealthy but then went downhill and into a 2 way shooting range. Full battle report coming on the weekend.

PURCHASES

Still nothing.

HOBBY

So as well as building MDF things and continuing work on the plane, I also had the bi-weekly painting session. This time, I managed to get 8 figures and 5 crates.

Spectre’s Sicarrios. Black hoodies and balaclavas with variously coloured gear and trousers and armed with a mixture of SMGs and assault rifles. Having so much black on them meant my drybrushing style was used in much more of model which I have mixed feelings about. However, the actual models are super cool and I look forward to using them more on the tabletop.

My security guards got some backup with four lawmen equipped with M16s. These are more Crooked Dice figures and I’m still pretty happy with them. They have a nice level of detail to them and fit well with other figure ranges. In addition, I also had to work out which colours I had used several months ago on their pistol armed brethern

I’m also starting work on my buggy from Spectre. The crewmen are sadly cast in their seat – a sensible option but one that means my already completed buggy is going to be crewless. No matter, I’ll paint it up so it can be used to represent an infiltration point for my Task Force Operators.


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

Wargaming Week 29/05/2017

Let’s start, covering the 21st of May through to the 29th of May.

BLOG STUFF

Last weekend post was looking at all sorts of scatter terrain. Future compliation articles will actually be spread out during a week, looking at different manufacturers in each post and giving them the forefront. This is primarily to allow people to share them without advertising their competitors. A slight change with a massive implication in terms of who get to see what. On the plus side, more posts per week!

There is also another new post going up later today (at 1pm BST) to celebrate hitting 2.5k views in one month. It’s a massive growth compared to previous months and I’m really happy with it.

Also more plugging of the facebook page. Share it with your friends (as long as those friends enjoy wargaming)! The page is getting quite a lot of activity during the week as I’m posting a lot of the images (such as WIPs or finished models) there rather than on my personal profile.

GAMING

All writing and no play makes Charge a dull boy.

PURCHASES

Purchases are getting quiet. Too quiet.

HOBBY

Lots of hobby work this week! Time for high speed updates.

I built more of the plane.

It’s a really big plane

I built a truck

I started building something else. Wait for this weekend’s post!

 


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

Wargaming Week 22/05/2017

Let’s start, covering the 15th of May through to the 20th of May.

BLOG STUFF

This week’s post is up, looking at Sarissa’s industrial buildings. Little terrifying to notice that Sarissa actually reposted it on their Facebook page. Thanks to them, Saturday hit some record numbers for views though and I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the blog.

Speaking of posts, if you want to know the best time to check the site for new posts, it’s midday Monday (for wargaming week) and midday Saturday for the post of the week. I’m going to try to stick with this pattern although additional posts may pop up. For example, Weekend Warfare installments will probably go up pretty quick and outside the usual pattern.

Upcoming posts! I’ll be looking at some scatter terrain and smaller terrain elements over the next few weekends and TTCombat’s depot should be turning up. There will also be upcoming impressions on some figures as well, just need to decide who to look at first.

Also more plugging of the facebook page. Share it with your friends (as long as those friends enjoy wargaming)! The page is getting quite a lot of activity during the week as I’m posting a lot of the images (such as WIPs or finished models) there rather than on my personal profile.

GAMING

Still no gaming and I’m starting to have withdrawal. However, writing on the book is going really well – getting great feedback on the new rules and the scenarios are cracking along. I’m also still trying to work through the details of CGS Episode 3 for weekend warfare

PURCHASES

Nothing purchased (shocking I know). Too busy building and painting the stuff I have. Also I keep trying to avoid getting into Napoleonics.

HOBBY

Lots of hobby work this week! Despite being in the middle of crazy work time, I got a fair amount of stuff done.

In regards to the demo board I started building the C130. I knew it was big but dang, this thing is huge! The plan is to build it in subassemblies, apply a basic paint job, assembly fully, take a saw to it and then apply the final weathering. The cool thing with working in 1:48 is there are much fewer tiny pieces than back when I was making airsoft kits.

I also started and did some painting. A few friends that used to live in the frozen north have now moved to Edinburgh and wanted to start painting all their Dark Souls figures. We ended up hanging out for most of the day and did some painting which might turn into a biweekly thing. It’s cool to have some other people in the room while painting, it really helps to keep me focused. Thanks to this, I finished off these five Spectre Insurgents. They are some really cool figures, rolling Western guns rather the usual AKs and looking semi professional. My plan is to use them as a snatch squad for the militia, grabbing VIPs from the streets of Bazi City or turning up to militia fights as the ace in the hole.

After having started them at the painting session, I finished off these three contractors as the weekend finished. These guys are Empress US SF in Light Kit and I’ve already finished one of their number for the first Weekend Warfare. Painting the rest was great fun, especially as I tried not painting them with the same hair colour as everyone else. The ginger was especially fun to paint and should be distinctive on the board. These guys will also be playing roles in the Weekend Warfare as other members of Commando Global Solutions.


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

Wargaming Week 15/05/2017

Let’s start, covering the 8th of May through to the 13th of May.

BLOG STUFF

Whole host of things! In terms of actual posts, I put up an impressions of the Foxhound. Its a lovely little kit and I’m really looking forward to getting it painted up.

In other news, you may have noticed I’ve setup a Facebook page where I’ll be sharing all the posts from this site. If you’re wanting to get everything I write straight to your newsfeed, I’d recommend liking or following it. I’ll also probably put up extra images on facebook as it’s an easier site for people to browse.

The reason for this page being set up, as well as the push on subscriptions and more views is I would like to expand what I’m doing. I’ve got some stuff coming along (like the demo board or going to events) that I really want to cover and make available for people to read. In addition, there is a gap in what people are reading – when I started to look around there is barely anyone providing impressions on modern wargaming figures except a once over when painted. The core of the blog will always be that of a personal wargaming story with a focus on the ultramodern but if I can provide some resources to the rest of the community, why not? The comparison article for the rules and the feedback I got for it really started to push me looking down this road. Who knows, I might even start recording video and creating the video content everyone seems desperate for.

Coming sooner though, I’ll be writing up an impressions piece on Sarissas industrial buildings, looking at the factory and factory office I own. Something I was missing when I bought it was a good solid review showing it in detail and that’s what I intend to produce. Sadly I don’t have many photos of the in process build but I can write for England on the process. After that, I’ll start working my through the rest of the collection.

GAMING

No gaming – works been hitting me super hard and I’m hitting a major milestone with the book I’m writing. I am getting really excited to show off what I’ve been spending all these hours on once its ready for prime time. And then you’ll be desperate for me to shut up.

PURCHASES

Image from TTCombat’s website

This week’s purchases have been a little spur of the moment. On Friday, TTCombat announced that this year’s giant building is now available for anyone who didn’t find it at Salute and it came with multiple extra bits. Every since watching Free Fire, I’ve been desperate to get a large warehouse space – an indoor area that still has plenty of space for obstacles where you can run an entire game in a warehouse. The Depot and it’s extension reminds me so much of airsoft sites I’ve played at and I’m really looking forward to getting it build and playing around with it.

HOBBY

Not much painting as my lunchtimes have been spent looking through new rules but I did manage to do some assembly. As well as the vehicles, I also build a few more of the US Infantry guys I bought at Salute. Having just rolled off another Modern Warfare 2 session, I decided to give some of the guys MICH and bump helmets. As well as looking cool, it will also help to avoid any duplicates that will turn up while making my US Army platoon.

Empress US Squad 03 with MICH and FAST helmets
Empress US Command Squad with MICH and FAST helmet. The radio guy’s head is part of the body and so some more work would be needed to swap it out.

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

 

Wargaming Week 08/05/2017

BLOG STUFF

One post, covering some generic scenarios I’ve had sat in my drafts box for a while.

A little thing relating to the blog I thought I should mention – I’ve added some adsense units to the sidebar and footer as well as a donate link in the sidebar. The idea behind this is to provide a little bit of income for all the stuff that appears here (and a way of offloading the costs of buying all the tiny men). I’m planning on ramping up content later this year and I’m always a fan of giving stuff away for free. So, if you’re reading this, please add the site to your adblocker’s whitelist so I can keep writing more things.

GAMING

No gaming – combination of hard week at work and into a tough patch of book writing.

PURCHASES

No purchases this week – too busy recovering from last week’s stuff.

PAINTING

More bases, more base colours of camo. Been a bit busy to do much else