Wargaming Week 25/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 18th through to the 24th of February.

BLOG STUFF

I am just putting the finishing touches on a blog post covering my plans for the WW2 project. This will just be covering the intro, as well as a few things I’m aiming for with it. From there, I can start writing post about the individual bits, like the churchill I assembled last week.

Although as a bit of a throwback, Spectre has started talking more about V2. Which reminded me about one of the few playtest games I actually wrote about, Big Bird Down. With the news of the full release coming Soon(tm) I’m really looking forward to playing a few more with all the improvements that the team at Spectre have been working on for the past year.

NEWS

One piece of news this week – Spectre have brought back the Covert Package item to the webstore. This was something I was a fan of back when I was starting, letting you possibly try out new ranges without picking up a whole pack. I do have my concerns about all these blind box arrangements (people buying tons in the hope of getting a specific model is always a worry) but they are also pretty handy if you just need to push your order into the free postage category.

PURCHASES

No real purchases this week other than a Warlord base pack for my WW2 project. This should give me all the bases I need for my project (infantry, prone bases, Jumping off Points and Patrol Markers).

HOBBY

So hobby. Honestly, it’s that time of the cycle where I’ve been distracted by real life. I’ve recently had a positive change in my life that makes me incredibly happy but does require a little rebalancing of time between job, hobby and freetime. However, thanks to the antics of my wargaming buddies back in Yorkshire (Peeb’s Gaming Nonsense and GetWhimsical) I’m starting to get excited again!

That said, I did manage to break out the spray paint and get the LTV and Humvee IV undercoated and in tan. They only need a few extra tweaks and then they should be good to go on the battlefield (and in a blog post).

Also more prototyping! Managed to spend an evening making sure the concepts make sense and then a weekend playing around with it. The other person involved in it is wanting to have it playable for an event in March so we’re working to make sure it’s something that is fun to play right now!


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

Wargaming Week 18/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 11th through to the 17th of February.

NEWS

Spectre have continued to show off more of their photos from V2. This latest batch includes some really cool combinations of figures, ideal for inspiring your next game.

In addition to more photos, Spectre has also been talking about some of the rule changes, beginning with Suppression. This was something I found a bit of bugbear as I played and when I got to test V2 the changes basically dragged me back into the game. I’m planning an indepth look at the changes once V2 is released so keep an eye on the blog!

PURCHASES

No purchases, been busy with other things so haven’t had time to crack on with what I’ve been wanting to do.

HOBBY

Project WW2 rumble on as I finally assembled the Churchill I got as a present for Christmas. Building plastic kits are really fun, a nice change from the resin. And now having made it, I’m really tempted to get two more to build a full squadron. More photos coming in a project intro post that I’m working on for this week.

If you’ve read my Spectre Rare Model post, you may recognise this figure as the first dog handler released on the Spectre store just after it’s initial launch. This, for a very long time, was my white whale figure. I didn’t pick him up when he was available (I didn’t need any more dogs) and then regretted it ever since.

However, thanks to a very kind fellow hobbyist, I finally have him in my hand. I’m really looking forward to getting him painted up and adding him to the collection of operators ready for the table.


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

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!