Wargaming Week 20/03/2017

Lets start, covering the 13th of March through to the 19th of March

Blog Posts

Two posts this week!

The first was a report on my first solo game of Skirmish Sangin. It was a pretty good game and lead to some action packed situations – the rebel rolling a frag grenade under the escape vehicle was particularly fun.

The second is looking at my Adobe buildings and comparing the different manufacturers of them. Each does a different role and I’m probably going to end up buying some more from each of them as the year rolls on.

Gaming

I got my first solo game in as I mentioned above. Go read the report for my full feedback but it was strangely nice to play solo, especially when trying out rules you’ve written. You miss out on a lot of the social side but it does mean you can play at your own pace. I was able to take notes of every action each time a character was activated which is something that would probably not happen if I was running a game with someone else.

Purchases

Nothing new but some stuff arrived and some stuff coming soon.

As you can tell from my articles, the Sarissa stuff arrived. I’m really a big fan of the sets I ordered. They are ridiculously high detail and will make for a good board to fight over. Now to finish building that factory…

As for upcoming stuff, Spectre have released a preview of some new stuff. I am a big fan of their existing vehicle and a more standard civilian vehicle will very easily find a place on my wargames table. Also I’m a sucker for jersey barriers.

Oh and I also got my ticket for Salute. Sadly my the original plan has fallen through so i’m now looking into turning up for the evening before and meeting up with a few people for drinks. This is causing me to cry looking at prices for trains and things.

Painting

I got a single model painted this week! I need another figure for the solo game to stand in for a medic character. The figure I ended up using was one form the US guys in light gear. He got painted up in the same style as the SAS figures, something I’ll probably do for the rest of the operators.

I’ve also been painting more bases when at work. It’s working out at about 12 models for 40 minutes of painting time which means I am chewing my way through all those models where I have only just done the basecoat.

I’m already planning the next weekend game and I’m going to have to get some of my gangster characters finished off.

 

Wargaming Week 13/03/17

Lets start, covering the 6th of March through to the 12th of March

Blog Posts

No posts this week. As an aside, the wargames comparison article is still doing really well. This week a Czech site linked to it. Always interesting to see where in the world it gets picked up.

Gaming

I really want to play more Skirmish Sangin (for multiple reasons) but I’m struggling to find the time between work and not wanting to force someone to play the same game every week at the club (I don’t want to be THAT guy).

Seeing as i’m building a board and buying terrain, I might as well put it to use. SOOOOO, what this means is we are going to have Weekend Warfare where I will be jumping in and playing something solo (or with players once I persuade them to), primarily to remind myself how the game actually works. It will be fought over mostly unfinished mdf (at least to begin with) and it may look like it’s a mess but damn it, I need to roll more dice.

Purchases

So this is a fun one. I’ve unfortunately had three packages go missing somewhere in the postal system. Two are basing stuff and not massively expensive but the last one is a decent sized order from Sarissa. Most of it is to fill the board for the demo but also a few extra things for fun. As much as this is a pain, I just hope it turns up this week.

I also grabbed some buildings from banksjohnedward on ebay this week after someone on the Spectre group linked to them. They are really cheap (£9 for 3) and are pretty basic but it’s a case of you get what you pay for. I had a little issue with one but the chap behind the buildings is fantastic to work with and is sending a replacement. If you want to fill a board for cheap, these are a pretty good way to go and I am interested in the rest of his range.

Research

I played a lot of Ghost Recon Wildlands. I don’t think it’s a great game but I’m having some fun roaming around the world. If anyone asks, it’s research for board design.

 

Wargaming Week 06/03/17

New idea I want to try –  a weekly update covering what I’ve been up to for the previous 7 days. It will ever contain short summaries o

So lets start, covering the 27th of Feb through to the 5th of March

Blog Posts

The only other posts this week was an update to my Technical article in order to cover the TOW and M40 weapons. Find the details here!

Wargames Shows

This Saturday was Hammerhead at Newark Showground. 1 hour and 10 minutes from my friend’s in York, the show was really good fun. A huge convention hall for most of the games (with a smaller lounge in a separate building) lead to a very impressive looking show. Some really cool games (the Mad Max table was a loud highlight) and an excellent set of stockists makes Hammerhead well worth a trip. Alas, no pictures as I was busy but WSS and Wargames Illustrated were snapping away.

As for purchases, see below.

Gaming

After Hammerhead, I went back to York for an afternoon of wargames. Two games were played and both were a really good time

The first was One Page Warhammer 40k or Grimdark Future. Now I’ve started playing Warhammer 40k proper with some work colleagues and, as fun as it is, it has some major issues. One page throws this all out of the way and focus down on a much simpler system. It’s more about throwing more dice rather than lots of different dice and counterproductive special rules. As for the game, the Imperial Fist Battle Brothers fought off the Orc Marauders thanks to the use of roof tops packed with dudes in power armour.

After that, I pulled out all the paperwork and we began a really fun (if a little slow) game of mercs vs bad guys. We played the scenario I wrote for Skirmish Afika and action was fantastic. As I as teaching the game to multiple people (and refreshing one person on it), we only got 6 phases in but the action included rounds spraying down the street, an operator empting the last of his ammo into a shipping container someone was hiding behind and some dramatic deaths.

The only problem was near the end, getting tired and flustered, I lost track of which turn it was. As some planning to demo the game, I need to play some more to get used to it. Alternatively a laminated copy of the turn track would help out.

So looks like I’ll just have to play some Skirmish Sangin then!

Purchases

Earlier in the week, I had two parcels arrive at work filled with hobby goodness. The first was from Evil Bear Wargames who sent me a miscast of their technical. It fits well alongside the Spectre vehicles (if a little small) but unfortunately I cocked up the assembly leading to a bit of a mess on the underside. The back of the vehicle will fit my HMGs once I’ve sanded down a bulge on it.

The other pack was Spectre’s new Cartel range. As it’s new and shiny, I just had to have it. I haven’t assembled them yet but I have found a few figures I’m a great fan of the. The Sicarios are very dramatic and will be pulling double duty as bank robbers and agents. As for El Quemador… he looks generic enough to be working for the Bazistan militia.

As part of my trip to Newark, I picked up a few things from Empress. In addition to some terrain items to pimp my MDF buildings, I grabbed to US Infantry packs. The SF guys in light kit will be joining the Empress SAS figures as Argo Corporation Contractors while the Assaulters will join my other US Special Forces

That’s all for this week, more catchup next week.