Wargaming Week 25/11/2019

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

NEWS

Table Top Tactical Simulations has announced an upcoming project. It looks like we are finally getting some Russian soft-skins, with the arrival of some Ural trucks. As with all the TTTS stuff, it looks like some really great quality products – just a shame it’s in 1/56 so looks like a toy compared to my Spectre stuff.

PURCHASES

Well my order from North Star arrived… and then I realised I needed some bases for them. I might have also picked up a few other pieces as well to extend my heroes and villains for the fantasy project.

HOBBY

Not a massive amount of hobby got done but now it’s Fantasy project time! My box of zombies arrived and I spent a fun evening assembling my set of 9 zombies. I also assembled the hero figures that I picked up at the same time and I continue to loved the North Star fantasy range. I’m especially keen on the pair of swordsmen, perfect to get into some daring/dashing fights around chandeliers. The plan is to get a load of them painted up for Christmas time so fingers crossed!


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

Wargaming Week 19/11/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 11th through to the 19th of November.

(Yep, day later than planned things are pretty busy right now)

NEWS

Big news of the week – Contact Front is out! Available either in physical or digital formats, this new ruleset is focused on platoon level conflicts in ultramodern environments, with the first book focusing on actions in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2006. I’ve had a little read of it and I’m very excited to take a deeper look. Not 100% when I will get it on the table but my thoughts are coming soon.

As a good start to their digital plans, Gods Eye Games has also released a PDF to allow for use of the Australians (focusing on 2006-2014) in the game. You can find it on their site here!

Of course, if you are looking for figures to be playing these games in Afghanistan, then White Dragon Miniatures is showing off even more from their next set of releases. This latest pack is a Taliban IED team, featuring both the pair of blokes putting it in the ground and also the spotting team ready to set it off and record the aftermath. I’m always a fan of including the less conventional aspects in scenarios, as it makes players have to do more than just advance and engaging everything before them.

This set is also pretty good for making sneakier operations – one of my favourite from Skirmish Sangin is a team of Navy SEALs taking out a bomb maker in the middle of the night. This set would be perfect for that.

New news from the Spectre workbench – we’re finally seeing what those Russian gas masks were being used for. As you can see, they seem to be going on a figure wearing CBRN kit – the trousers wrapped over the boots make it look like coveralls, as well as the hood meeting the gas mask. I’m not 100% what the vest is – I’m guessing it is webbing gear but I’ll be interested in seeing it on the finished model.

As well as more masked figures, there is also another gentleman appearing to wear an ushanka and coat. I might be wrong, but the look does seem very Eastern European. I’ll be interesting to see what’s coming soon.

Empress is showing off some upcoming stuff and a brand new technique they are using to create new products. Digital sculpting for vehicles makes a lot of sense and it’s great to see them showing it off. More interesting for collectors is what’s being made – a Centurion all ready for Vietnam. As someone who watched a film around the Battle of Long Tan

Now, I have in the past not show off SASM figures (now Footsore North America). This was mostly down to not being a fan of their products, as well as some general unpleasentness. However, I do have a certain weakness for a certain style of operator figure and oh my do these SBS operators fit exactly what I like. Baseball caps and M4 variants really do open them up for a wide variety of roles, something I always like in my figures. I also think the new sculptor’s style more than the past, so I’ll be keeping an eye on them.

Am I going to buy them? Right now, probably not – the prices don’t quite match up. However, if the UK arm starts stocking them, I am tempted to potentially grab them.

PURCHASES

I’ve picked up a few things from Northstar after they announced they were selling off some plastic undead villagers for cheap due to damaged boxes – I’m actually splitting that box with a friend from work. There are also a few other figures in there, perfect for my fantasy project. More details once they arrive.

HOBBY

Another week with sadly no hobby due to work. Once this task is done, painting time should hopefully return.


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

Wargaming Week 11/11/2019

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

NEWS

White Dragon is showing off more of its upcoming support weapons, this time the UK forces and their Automatic Grenade Launcher. Perfect for long-range fire support, the sculpting on this weapon is up to White Dragon’s standard.

Contact Front is also en route, with a set of posts starting to take a look at it. The army list post is especially interesting – it sounds quite similar to Chain of Command and can’t wait to dig into it deeply.

PURCHASES

Nothing this week – I was tempted by the Black Site Studios releases but having just looked at all my MDF, I think I’m good for a while. However, I may get them once I clear some space.

HOBBY

I didn’t manage to get any hobby done this week – work again but also some tidying up meaning I’ve had to down tools.


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

Wargaming Week 04/11/2019

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

NEWS

First up, God’s Eye Games has announced that Contact Front is at the printers. I’m really excited about this set – it seems like a game truly focused on the setting, themeing its rules around the theme deeply. There is definitely a place for a generic set of rules, but seeing stuff go more in-depth can produce some very exciting rules that really fire the imagination. I’ll be keeping my eye open for when they release, and take a good look at them before reporting back.

Black Site Studios have announced a new set of releases to expand their Warzone Arabia range. These new releases are focused on the old town area of the city, giving you all these little details to really make the town look like an urban centre. I’m quite a big fan of the shanties set, some to really add some tactical challenges. Like with all Black Site Studios stuff, these buildings are prepainted MDF so ideal for getting them onto the board and good to go.

PURCHASES

No purchases – got plenty of things to work on.

HOBBY

Between work and being away, the only hobby I have managed to do is start assembling some pointy-eared assholes. The new Incubi from Games Workshop are a joy to assemble – nicely designed and still with plenty of options. I’m really impressed with the final product, and can’t wait to assemble the rest of the Dark Eldar I have on my desk.

The other thing that arrived this week is a stack of MDF for Sarissa. I’m very interested in getting these built so I can take a look at them, as well as getting them ready for the table. Stay tuned for some big pictures of them all laid out – the size will definitely be an interesting element to them.


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