Wargaming Week 28/10/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 21st through to the 27th of October.

NEWS

No news! Last week was a pretty major dump while this week is pretty much silent.

PURCHASES

After last week’s post, I grabbed some of Sarissa Precision’s compound walls – I’ve been looking to assemble these for a long time so being able to grab some pre-designed saves me a chunk of time. And honestly, walls help to really set the scene.

I also picked up a few more pieces for my Dark Eldar project – more details when they are ready, I’m looking forward to getting them built as I’ve loved them as a unit for a very long time.

HOBBY

Most of my hobby stuff this week has been behind the scenes, undercoating and basing. However, I did get two more Aeronautic Imperialis aircraft completed – ready to fly with their Thunderbolt wingmen, the pair of Maurdaer Destroyers are now online. Painting in this scale is a real change of pace from 28mm – four base colours, an ink wash and then a drybrush


The rest of my hobby time was eaten up by the arrival of the behemoth knows as Call of Duty Modern Warfare. It’s safe to say, I’m really enjoying it. Technical side, it looks wonderful and the crossplay means I can jump with my buddies on console while using a controller so I don’t get curb stomped.

But more interesting for this blog is the campaign which is packed full of interesting scenarios to borrow ideas from. The game is very definitely Modern warfare – there are several elements of the fictional nation that, if you squint, you will see exactly where they have come from. However, there are also some really interesting setups that you might see at some point on the tabletop – I won’t detail them here as the game has just come out but expect something on it soon.


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

Wargaming Week 21/10/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 14th through to the 20th of October.

NEWS

First up, Empress has released some Vietnam US Armoured crew, ideal for modifying all your vehicles for Indochina. As well as their use in Vietnam, I can see plenty of use in smaller third world nations in ultramodern, perfect to stand out from more modern US crew.

Delta Zero, an interesting looking tabletop game from the guys down under who do the Power Stance Gaming Podcast, is now on Kickstarter. I’m really interested in giving a go at the rules and see what it does (I’m expecting some similarities to Infinity due to the people involved) but I’m less interested in the figures. Some look really good (the SAS especially) but there are others that just don’t look quite so good.

Spectre has released the Hescos they have been teasing for weeks. Available in two sizes, these hescos are simple, ideal to be used in the construction of segments before being filled and surrounded with sand. It will be pretty cool to see what people come up with them – I’m definitely going to pick some up in the new year once I start assembling some firebase terrain.

Speaking of terrain, Footsore and Sarissa have finally released the the ambassador’s compound they have been developing together. The wall system seems really interested, a neat way of hooking the sections together to make them more stable. Available either as separate sections or in a bundle, this could be a neat way of quickly assembling compounds to fight over. I’m definitely looking at picking up multiple wall sections to go around the Knights of Dice stuff I have.

Finally, along with the Vietnam stuff, the WW2 British pack of officers is out. I am definitely going to pick a set up so my platoon is almost ready to be assembled.

PURCHASES

I’m actually working on a little side project, taking a break from the browns and greys of moderns to do some more sci-fi stuff. I’ve picked up a few units of Games Workshop’s Dark Eldar, planning to build a few small units for skirmish play. You’ll see more when they arrive.

HOBBY

This week’s hobby was painting more of my Eldar Outcast Bounty Hunter for Necromunda/Sci-fi skirmish stuff. It’s a lovely model from Artel-W and I’ve really enjoyed painting it, as well as trying out some new ideas. I’m taking a pause so I can get some more paints to get the palid face of an Eldar that has been stuck in the underhive for a long time. Fingers crossed, they should arrive this week so I can finish her off. I’ve had great fun with the GW technical paints, including the rusted metal I’ve used on the base.

And as a final touch before the end of the week, I finally painted this little guy. The Vistor from Spectre is a fun little model to paint up, and it was fun to do in just an evening. A few simple base colours and a wash or two and he’s ready to appear on the table… maybe mind-controlling a few operators.


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

Wargaming Week 14/10/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 7th through to the 13th of October.

NEWS

Arriving just too late for last week’s post, we have some brand new Empress WW2 Brits. These figures are just going to moulding and I have to say they look perfect – probably my favourite models in the range. These four are the command element, perfect for representing NCOs or officers in your force. I’m already parcelling out which one is going where in my Chain of Command Platoon – naturally, the old man in his greatcoat will be my Senior Leader. I am definitely going to pick these up ASAP – I really want to get these guys on the table, so a perfect kick in the ass to get going on that project.

Also from Empress is more Vietnam War previews! Now I don’t normally report on them (because there are new previews literally every day) but I am keeping an eye on them. This one is definitely one of my favourite I’ve seen and, more importantly, could fit anywhere in the MENA theatre with a few minor tweaks. I love just how well equipped this guy looks – even down to the optic on his RPG-7.

Spectre also popped up this week with a new preview of new models. And oh my – looks like we’re going back to Africa. The oldest of the Spectre ranges is getting some new additions. It’s great to see that revolver militiaman (who I previewed in Spectre’s Unreleased Models in October 2017) is about to see the light of day, alongside another similar looking fighter with an M16 with M203.

What I’m interested in is the lower pair. Dressed in robes and turbans, these guys are much more Boko Haram than urban guerrilla. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this range is going to look like, especially as I can see plenty of uses for them elsewhere in the MENA theatre.

Next up, White Dragon Miniatures! They went on a bit of a preview bender this week, uploading the images to the Modern Miniatures group (and nowhere else). So I uploaded them to my page to share the good news.

The next set of releases are all about support. The first preview is a pair of British Sniper teams, combining a sniper with a .338 L115 with a spotter using a sniper support weapon version of the L129A1. These guys are a step above what is available in the standard platoon, and getting them in two poses just increases the ways they can be used and mixed with the existing figures.

Of course, White Dragon Miniatures opening up the weapons company means more toys are coming out – including this heavy machine gun for a more “wide-area approach” to fire support. I do like the loader with his ammo box.

Naturally, you can’t keep all the toys to BLUFOR – even the Taliban are getting some heavy weapons with this DSHK team. The rocks on the tripod are a nice touch, just to keep it in place – a sign these guys actually know what they are doing.

Sally 4th posted up some interesting ideas on a possible expansion to their terrain range. Having done some kits for building up some sci-fi buildings, Sally 4th is investigating bringing the idea to the modern-day, particularly aiming for larger multi-room buildings. I like the idea of this – Sally 4th makes good products and the multi-media aspect should make it more interesting to look at than pure MDF can be.

PURCHASES

Nothing!

HOBBY

Another hammer of a week at work so no more hobby news. However, I have a few more things to assemble and base. I’ve also got next weekend at home so fingers crossed stuff will be painted.


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

Wargaming Week 07/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 30th of September through to the 6th of October.

NEWS

First up we have a new rules alert. Zone Alfa is an upcoming ruleset from Osprey covering post-apocalyptic skirmishing in Eastern Europe. If that description brought up images of STALKER to your mind, this is pretty much it. I’m interested in taking a look at the rules – it’s a neat way of reusing modern figures in a tweaked setting or an excuse to add some more to your collection.

Empress dropped a pile of new releases before SELWG. As well as some interesting Vietnam releases such as stowage that might be useful on vehicles, two more packs of Afghan civilians have come out. There is a nice mix of poses and characters (I’m a big fan of the woman pouring tea and the man carrying the bundle of sticks). These would all be perfect for scattering around a tabletop set before the action kicks off – perhaps the man gathering firewood ends up stumbling over a Special Forces team setting up an OP.

PURCHASES

Back to Empress this week for two small orders. The first was to complete my late war WW2 Brits. More details on those in the hobby section.

The second was the new Afghan Civilians. I also grabbed the first two sets with them so I can add some more detail to my Bazistan battlefields – I’m very interested in seeing how these more characterful figures can be used alongside the Eureka ones. It should provide a challenge to the players with all this human terrain added to the table.

HOBBY

This week was a lot of assembly time, mainly because work is kicking my ass and I spent my Sunday running around fields playing ultramodern wargames in 1:1 scale (aka Airsoft). So the main thing was putting these WW2 brits on bases. The Support pack is all on 25mm bases to be used individually (although I’m not sure how much the piper will hit the table if I’m using him as an adjutant in Chain of Command). The two radio teams are going to be used as Jumping off points – effectively the troops being directed by NCOs taking orders from the radio squads. I’m not 100% sure of it but it should be dramatic on the tabletop.


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