Wargaming Week 11/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 4th through to the 10th of February.

BLOG STUFF

Writing and photos were taken of the LTV this week for the assembly stage. I’ll be moving it onto the paint desk soon.

NEWS

First of all, Empress and Paul Hicks have been very busy! As well as the WW2 range, Empress have released the first look at the Vietnam range. This US rifleman is all ready for Tet in 1968 and looks pretty great! I’m going to be keeping an eye on this range while trying to resist picking it up and starting YET another project.

Spectre Miniatures are also pushing forward with work on V2 of the rulebook. This means they have been hard at work with the camera and this week they dropped a sneak preview of some of the images they have taken. I really like the style Spectre has with these, and I really need to improve my own skills in this area to make the blog even better.

Managing to avoid last week’s wargaming week, Black Site has shown off and put up for pre-order for a brand new kit. And oh boy, if you’ve been wanting an MDF ship but hated the idea of painting it, this looks ideal. As someone who wrote a scenario about fighting on a ship, it’s great to see the number of these kits become available, giving people the ability to play more interesting scenarios.

PURCHASES

With this being the week after Vapa, my hand is staying well away from the buying things. Apart from another can of desert tan.

HOBBY

First up, I built the LTV I got from Vapa last weekend. This was a really satisfying kit to assemble – several big chunky pieces of resin to put together sensibly and even the wing mirrors are nice and solid. Having built my first, I’m really thinking about picking up more – these things look nice and chunky without being ridiculously sized like the M-ATV.

As well as the vehicles, I also started assembling the turrets I go with the vehicles. After finishing the Land Warfare RWS, apart from a bendy barrel, I realised I had a few other systems to look at. So expect a lot of updates coming to Project HMV soon!

There was also more prototyping – we had a lot of barbarians.


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

Wargaming Week 04/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 28th of January through to the 3rd of February.

BLOG STUFF

There is blog stuff coming. I have a pile of it on my desk

NEWS

Tiny Terrain has shown off some previews of their upcoming Russian Tank Crew. Designed to go with their upcoming T-60, these guys are great for Afghanistan or Chechnya as well as a whole host of nations that use that style of kit. I’m quite excited to see them with the vehicle so well worth keeping an eye on Tiny Terrain’s page.

After weeks of teasing, Spectre has finally released the LTV. And I don’t know about you but MAN does it look cool all painted up. I’m really a fan of the two-tone camo on one of the vehicles (especially after seeing it in person) and I think this will be a great addition to any motor pool, giving you more options when it comes to designing missions. It’s also designed to mesh well with the HMV range, with many of the turrets, stowage and add-on items able to fit onto the LTV. There will be more details when I post about mine.

At the same time Spectre have also released the Land Warfare RWS, the horrifying 30mm cannon, ATGM and M240 combo. This thing definitely means business and looks awe-inspiring when mounted on the LTV. Having thought about it more, this system is really ideal for scenarios between neer-peer forces – something else the LTV is designed for.

PURCHASES

First up, I finally selected some replacements for the shitty brushes I bought last year. After weeks of waiting for Broken Toad to get the selection of brushes I wanted, I ended up buckling and just getting this Army Painter set off of Amazon. And the next day, it arrived on my desk.

I haven’t yet got round to using them but they seem good and at a reasonable price. Even better, they come with a really good guide on how best to use them.

And then I went to Vapnartak. As you might have guessed, I picked up the LTV from Spectre as well as the Land Warfare RWS and an upgrade pack to add the jamming aerial. The Spectre team also threw in two items coming soon, resin versions of items previously in metal. More details soon!

I also put in a pre-order and picked up some of the new Empress British for my WW2 project. One pack of bren guns and two each of the two rifle packs gives me enough for two sections (assuming the section leader carries a rifle). However, this would duplicate the poses which is not great but can be worked with. I’m thinking of doing some head surgery and green stuffing (as well as reducing the number of shovels these chaps seem to have collected)

HOBBY

I spent my Sunday visiting Vapnartak at York! This is one of my favourite shows, not just because it’s a chance to meet up with my usual wargaming buddy/opponent Peeb’s Gaming Nonsense but also because it’s the first show of the year meaning plenty of opportunities to talk to Spectre and Empress and hear what’s coming up. This year I got there pretty late but it did mean I got to get in for free AND run round with less of a fuss. Luckily I pre-ordered my items meaning I came away with exactly what I wanted.

There was also some cool games! Arriving late means a lot was slowing down but anyone playing Indiana Jones just had to have a picture taken of it!

More prototyping was done. This time with beer and pizza as well as the dice rolling. We added some objectives so the game feels more like an actual game rather than just a scrap in a back alley.


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