Wargaming Week 21/05/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 14th through to the 21st of May.

BLOG STUFF

Last week’s post was kicking off a new project! B-Town is going to be packed full of me finally getting my MDF finished off and ready for the tabletop as well as lots of opportunities to try out new things. I talk about it a bit more in the hobby section but this is something I’m really looking forward to. Even better, it’s a project that I get to show off without any preset deadlines… for now.

Speaking of blog stuff, a post went up yesterday about GDPR changes as well as a whole bunch of tweaks to how the site (and my other web stuff) works. For most people, nothing will change, except maybe the page loads a little faster.

NEWS

First up, Sally 4th have been showing off their new boat!  Their tramp steamer, made of MDF and with plenty of access to the interior. If you’re looking for a small commercial vessel to sit in your 3rd world port and possibly be assaulted by frogmen, this one would be great! It’s available on their site for pre-order, will be shipping in early June.

Next, SASM have a new range of figures. This time, they are being CAD designed and the pack includes 10 US Special Operators. The link also includes some WIP photos of the physical figures being painted up. I’ll admit, I’m not rushing to buy these guys but it’s exciting to see everything SASM is trying out. They are currently available to pre-order, details in the link.

Finally, Alan from White Dragon Miniatures dropped this teaser on the Modern Miniature Warfare page. If you don’t recognise it, that is some brass etched bar armour (designed to beat RPGs) and, based on chatting to him at shows and the size/shape of it, it’s for a Mastiff. I’ve been looking forward to one of these for a while and the idea its coming complete with bar armour makes me pretty excited. I’ll be keeping an eye open for when the rest of vehicle arrives.

GAMING

No gaming – I’m beginning to forget the rattle of dice or how to use a tape measure.

PURCHASES

Bit of a strange one – I picked up the ebook version of Outremer: Fatith and Blood, the latest ruleset from Osprey. I really like these small scale skirmish/gang games and after reading some of the designer notes in the last issue of Wargames Illustrated, I just had to take a look. It’s a really interesting little system, with plenty of cool features including a great progression system that I could see being a lot of fun.

HOBBY

In case you hadn’t noticed from the purchases section over the last few months, I really like picking up rule sets to read and maybe play someday down the line once I finish painting up most of what I have. My day job is related to games design, so getting the chance to dissect rules is great fun. Of course, this also means that, like many wargamers cursed with the joy of tinkering, I like to write my own wargames stuff. I’ve started playing with some ideas for a squad vs squad wargames with a big focus on characters and some aspects not normally seen in wargames inspired by talking to some people. No idea what I plan to do with them (probably just subject my friends in Edinburgh and York to them) but it’s a fun side project that I can do when I don’t feel like picking up a paint brush.

Of course based on this week’s article the big thing was getting the first building painted up. It really was a trial piece and I think there are a few things I’ll change in the future. Of course, having painted up the first building there is now going to be a delay until building two while I grab all the supplies I need. As well as the various paints I’ll need, there is also wires, styrene and detailing bits I’ll pick up to add all the extra features needed to make them look like a modern urban area. I also need to source some more photos on top of the coca cola advert I already have.

The other bit of painting time was done on the subjects for this week’s post. I FINALLY finished off the SPG-9 and ZPU and so I’m ready to talk about them on Friday. It felt a bit strange going back to painting stuff for technicals after already having so much done, but it’s quite nice painting something that isn’t on a tan base!


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

Wargaming Week 07/05/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

Last week was a two post week – Wednesday was taking pictures of Hammerhead 2018 while Friday was the last post for Operation Dragon’s Hoard. As I say in the post, it’s been real fun to run the game at all the shows but sadly, I don’t have time to run it for the rest of the year. On the other hand, I’m already thinking of what to run next.

A bit of forwarning – I’m looking at some site downtime in the next few weeks while I do some maintenance on my WordPress install. I actually run three sites off the some hosting and at the moment they are installed across three databases (two of which are not technically owned by me). It’s going to be an interesting process to fix so might end up taking the site offline for a bit

NEWS

Well looks like this week was a news week!

First up, Tiny Terrain has some good news about their War In Chechnya Kickstarter. All of the pledges from Kickstarter One has been sent out which means we should be seeing the figures released in the next few weeks (alongside a brand new site for them). Also exciting is that Tiny Terrain will be doing a second kickstarter to add to this range with 40 new figures split into Russians and Chechens. These look like even more great sculpts from Igor so it will definitly be something to keep an eye on

Speaking of Igor’s sculpts, SASM is also working with him on a range of figures for the Ukrainian Conflict. Covering the 2014 – 2015 period, there are 10 seperatists and 10 Ukrainians with a good mix of gear. From the other previews shown, these guys look nice and rugged (although there are prone figures) so I could see them being useful for post-apocalyptic games. SASM is running a Kickstarter esque process but I’m going to wait until they are actually released before possibly taking a look.

Lazy Forger continues to keep sculpting new stuff. His latest preview is simple but great, looking at some big chunky walls for building up your compounds.

Spectre continues the great Humvee preview this week with TWO previews of designs in the resin. The first up shows the core of the Humvee system Spectre has been working on. This is the common part all Humvee variants use before you add on the upgrade parts you want on top. It also includes the unarmoured doors, perfect for a second line or ill prepared vehicle.

Preview 2 is showing off two of those upgrade parts. Piece 1 is the open armoured rear section of the GMV version for SOF use. I’m actually quite excited about this piece – it might be able to be used on the M-ATV SF I’m building rather than having to start from scratch. On the Humvee, it will be great to act as the support vehicle for your teams, especially as many of these mount a second machine gun in the back. Piece 2 should be more familiar to everyone as it’s the standard sloped back used on the weapons carriers and other variants. Expect to buy a lot of these.

GAMING

No Gaming. I’m starting to get dice rolling withdrawal. I am starting to plan the next game, which might have a little bit of inspiration from the Medal of Honor released back in 2010.

PURCHASES

No Purchases – I’m just getting ready for the Humvees. Although I have been eyeing up the smaller Sarissa Colonial buildings for “test pieces” before I get to work on the large ones. That’s the excuse I’ll go with.

HOBBY

Unfortunately, not much. Thanks to work and then spending the weekend horizontal due to an illness, the only painting I managed to do was just a few more details on the MENA regulars.


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

Wargaming Week 30/04/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 22nd through to the 29th of April.

BLOG STUFF

This week I finally finished off my Spectre Barricades. These have been sat on my workbench for way too long. I’m planning to try and finish off the taller barricades as well so expect to see them soon!

In terms of blog updates, I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter that I’m going to stop doing the Wednesday posts. This is mainly as (based on how often I talked about work in these posts) things are starting to heat up at work so I’ve got a bit less time to work on stuff. Similarly, I’m going to be a bit less fussed about covering everything possible out there – as much as I love this blog, it’s still just a hobby blog rather than a job. I’m still going to keep the schedule (it’s great collating details on all the new stuff coming out) but the focus will be not quite as much only new stuff – I still have a lot of lead mountain to dig through and show off.

NEWS

They are finally coming. This week, Spectre have finally shown off some images of their upcoming range of Humvees. The first teaser shows an uparmoured GMV Humvee for SOF usage, with the open topped but armoured rear section, enclosed turret and armoured doors. From what Spectre have said, all these parts are modular and show only one of several variations. This is probably the next big release I’m excited for, both for the chance to build up a cool fleet of vehicles but also being able to get a column of Humvee variants on the board. Expect something similar to Project Technical once they come out.

The other news is some cool upcoming releases from Lazy Forger. He’s been sculpting up these hescos (it’s been fascinating to see him weaving metal wire together on his Facebook page) and they look really good. Based on the news post, these have been sent off to White Dragon Miniatures to cast and release them while Lazy Forger will be working on some larger wall sections, ready to make building FOBs and fortifications even easier. I’m really looking forward to putting these on the table.

GAMING

I played a ton of Skirmish Sangin while running Operation Dragon’s Hoard at Hammerhead. It was a really good time, and turns out I still really like playing Skirmish Sangin. More details (and pictures) in Friday’s post.

PURCHASES

Shockingly nothing. I did a walk around the usual suspects at Hammerhead but the mental image of the pile of livestock to be painted must have stalled my purchasing hand.

However, I did pick up the latest volume of Black Powder Red Earth Yemen and I’m looking forward to sitting down to read it this weekend.

HOBBY

The combination of Hammerhead prep, leaving Edinburgh on Thursday night for my weekend in Yorkshire and work meant I didn’t have a huge amount of time to do much hobby stuff this week. Apart from the walls, the only other painting I managed to do was the base colours on the MENA Regulars so all they need is the camo pattern.


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

Wargaming Week 23/04/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 16th through to the 22nd of April.

BLOG STUFF

Another two post week. Wednesday’s post was recapping Salute complete with the usual pile of pictures – as you might guess, it’s done pretty well in terms of views. Friday’s update then looked at Osprey’s latest book as part of Project Technical.

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Big news – this weekend is Hammerhead at Newark Showground. After being postponed in March due to the sudden arrival of snow, I should be running Operation Dragon’s Hoard in the Gamer’s Lounge. I’m not currently scheduled to run this game again so this will be the last time (for now) that downed C130 will be on the board. Full details can be found at the event page on Facebook.

NEWS

No news – everyone is too busy recovering from Salute.

GAMING

No gaming – starting to sound like a broken record but things have gotten busy so I haven’t had a chance to get down to the club.

PURCHASES

Nothing – I have plenty of stuff to be working on

HOBBY

With work being mad, I haven’t had a huge amount of time for painting. But I did get a few things done.

The biggest thing was that I got to work with my bits box out and tweaking up some more weapons for the Technical. I’m going to do another part in the Project Technical series in the next couple of weeks but as a preview, here are the three weapon system I’ll be looking at. A ZPU-1, a PKM with crew for the MENA Regulars and a tall mount for the SPG 9.

I also did some work on the Empress US Infantry model with the AT4. The base model’s launcher seemed incredibly stubby, so I cut off either end and replaced them with the bits from the Spectre Vehicle Stowage pack. I ended up lining the sections up based on the hand positions on the original model which I think worked okay. However, it does mean he’s folding it a lot further forward than it should be. On the other hand though, it does now match up in terms of size to all other AT4s in my collection.

I’ve also started work on the Spectre MENA Regulars which will be another job for solid colour armour and helmets with DCU camo uniform.

Finally, I got around to building the replacement Colonial Souk that Sarissa sent due to errors on the first one. Turns out my guess as to what was incorrect was wrong. Rather than the tabs being in the wrong place, the cut out on the end pieces was incorrectly placed.

Next step is going to get all this lot painted up and ready for a game!


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

Wargaming Week 16/04/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 9th through to the 15th of April.

BLOG STUFF

Last week’s post was looking at Warlord Games’s Project Z Spec Ops box. These guys had to be looked at as they are a unique set amongst the primarily metal and resin alternatives. Overall I wasn’t that impressed but I can see lots of use of other elements on the sprue. For anyone who was expecting some Bundeswher thoughts, I unfortunately found myself running rapidly out of time to do all that camo.

The plan for this week is to do my Salute writeup on Wednesday and then something else on Friday. I’m still deciding what so watch this space!

As a bit of forewarning, in the next few months I’m going to slow down posts/make my schedule less rigid. Work is going to get pretty busy in the second half of the year and as much as I would like to get everything in my collection looked at, I also don’t want to burn myself out. The plan is still to do the usual Monday/Friday posts with an occasional additional one slipped in whenever I have time.

NEWS

It was Salute on the weekend which means new stuff. Probably the main news for Ultramodern gamers was Spectre’s releases at the show. The World Leaders pack definitely turned some heads, bringing some very special VIPs to the tabletop. Interesting for this style of figure, the focus has been to make them look realistic rather than caricaturing them. I’m not sure I’ll be using them very much as the real world people but all four of them would be perfect for more generic VIPs such as ambassadors, businessmen, former spies being brought in from the cold etc. This set was actually planned as a show exclusive but fortunately for those who couldn’t make it to the show,

More exciting for me was the release of some MENA Regulars. Wearing PASGATs and body armour, this first set are armed with Russian guns, giving you an 8 man squad with PKM and RPG support. I really like this type of figures as they can easily be used for both OPFOR or BLUFOR in games, either giving your SF some support or causing problems for them. Having talked to the team at Spectre, this range is one they are excited about extending and giving you more options based on the huge variety of countries that use this style of equipment. With my set in my hands, they have the same style and level of detail you’d expect from Spectre.

Beasts of War, who were running a live blog all day, also talked to both Spectre and Empress which are both well worth watching. Both mention upcoming releases, with Spectre naming a quite a few things. This includes their upcoming Humvee range I’ve been gathering reference material for.

GAMING

None – my Thursday night was spent frantically getting a bag packed to go down south. However, with the recent purchases, I’m really inspired to get to work on some more scenarios coming soon.

PURCHASES

Salute is always big for purchasing and this year was no different. To skip the preamble, lets look at what I picked up after a lazy Sunday spent gluing figures together.

Interestingly, this year’s purchases were entirely split between Spectre and Eureka (after pre-ordering figures to be brought from Down Under) thanks to Empress releasing Ultramodern stuff several weeks before hand. So let’s take a look:

Spectre

  • World Leaders: I’m looking forward to getting these guys painted and using them as more generic VIPs as I mentioned above.
  • MENA Regulars: I grabbed the squad pack, RPG gunner and two PKM gunners. This will give me enough for a full squad and another figure to go one of my hot-swappable technical mounts to give some backup. The pose with the machine gunner leaning forward would look perfect when resting a bipod on top of a vehicle.

Eureka

  • Chickens: Eureka always run a code-word at every Salute allowing you to receive a small set of models if you walk up to them and work up the courage to say it. This year’s granted you a sprue of Chickens ready to add to the table.
  • Taliban Type 63: As I’m almost ready to finish off Taliban collection, I just had to pick up this artillery piece to act as a possible objective. Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a base big enough for the carriage so I’ll need to order one. The set comes with a nice amount of stowage as well making a great objective marker/jumping off point.
  • Taliban DSHK ground mount: One of the new releases for the show, and something I’ve been looking forward to since the Eureka DSHK on AA mount first decided it wanted freedom and dove head first off the desk. I also like the fact the spotter comes with a Lee Enfield across his lap.
  • Taliban on bikes (AK, LMG, RPG, Dicker): The main new releases at the show, these bikes offer some
  • “Bringing Bazistan to Life” is actually one of my goals this year as I want to make my battles in that dusty imagi-nation to life. The Eureka Civilian packs are a great start but there are other things that provide distractions for troops operating there.
    • Afghan Civilians on bikes: Another new release, these bikes are going to really help make the streets come to life. They are also going to be pretty fun to paint.
    • Goat Herd: Since Dispatches 2, Skirmish Sangin has included an option for the Taliban which is to include a herd of goats to wander round the map nibbling at anything that looks vaguely tasty – like a well camouflaged soldier. As the book specifies the size of the herd, I’ve picked up 12 goats in total which also include two herders.
    • Donkey train: Ready to fill the roads or be spotted trekking down mountain passes, this pack of three mules (plus handlers) will either be making towns looked lived in or be an objective to be checked for smuggling. I also grabbed three donkeys for ambient reasons and will probably paint one white.
    • Donkey carts: Alongside the train, I picked up two donkey carts. One is loaded with boxes while the other is stacked high with barrels. These carts occupy a chunk of space and might be a pain for larger vehicle rolling round the town.
    • Goat cart: Less of blocker for larger vehicles, the goat cart and handler will help to bring my towns to life.

With such a large number of models to look at, you can expect a glut of posts coming soon.

Combined this with the Empress Germans release (which falls in the same hobby budget month) and I think I pushed this month’s budget (and some of the Hobby Emergency funds) to the max. Because of this, and because I still want to keep up to date with modern releases, I going to start slowing down how many figures I buy from each release, looking to get a few small examples rather than buying into ranges I don’t technically need. I’ll be going in deep on the Spectre Humvee range (because literally everyone uses them) but the main focus of the site is going to be conserving funds and finishing off all the projects I already have.

HOBBY

Apart from finishing off the Warlord guys for the post, I’ve also been working through the pile of Germans. All the figures are base coloured except on the weapons so the next step is weapons painting and then camo which is going to take ages. I’m going to break them down into smaller batches than I was previously working at so I get a better sense of momentum on them. Apart from them, work has ramped up and will continue to slow down painting time.


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

Wargaming Week 09/04/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 2nd through to the 8th of April.

BLOG STUFF

Last week was a twofer, covering Evil Bear’s Combat Drones and Sarissa Precision’s Colonial buildings. I’m really excited about getting both of these products on the table so watch this space!

The plan for this week is to have some thoughts on the Empress Bundeswehr. However, that does depend on my actually finishing them by Thursday night (and then not stay up too late so I don’t miss my train to London on Friday).

NEWS

Honestly, no major news from the world of wargaming this week. Everyone is keep their stuff quiet for Salute.

Speaking of Salute, I’m going to be there this weekend! Expect to see me wandering around, taking photos and picking up more tiny figures for wargaming. If you’re wanting to catch up, just keep your eyes open for this bag and the person it’s attached to. I’ll also be around at the [email protected] the night before for a few drinks/planning what to purchase the following day.

GAMING

No wargaming

PURCHASES

No purchases either. Salute beckons…

HOBBY

Work is getting pretty mad so I haven’t had much time to really sit down and work on stuff. I did however manage to do a lot of utility stuff (like basing and painting). More importantly I also managed to finally clear both my coffee table and most of my desk of wargames projects so I now look less like a mad man. Thanks to this chest of drawers on wheels I picked up from home over Easter, I now have space to fit all of my vehicles, paints and material for wargaming into there so now I have a bit more space to fill with more stuff.

I have started work on the Bundeswehr this weekend. They are still in a pretty early state (I only got them in my hands on Saturday) but I can cover just a little bit of my plans for them. The paint scheme I’m working from is Eureka’s desert Flecktarn that is available on their site. However, I am a simple man with little skill for mixing paints in a consistent way. However, since I was also planing to use my standby Agrax Earthshade as the final wash, I think I’m going to tweak the colours slightly. Come back on Friday (hopefully) to see the final effect.


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

Wargaming Week 02/04/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 26th of March through to the 1st of April.

BLOG STUFF

Last week we took a look at Spectre’s Green Berets pack. This was a little delayed due to a broken barrel but luckily Spectre’s great support got me a replacement sent out ASAP. Overall they were a fun set to paint, lacking the usual body armour but still pretty well equipped.

This week is a double post week. I’m still working out the exact articles but come back on Wednesday and Friday for new content.

We’re also into a new month! In exciting news, I broke 5000 views in March! This is a pretty exciting milestone. The goal now is to keep up this level of interest in the blog for a few months and see where it goes from there. But thanks to everyone for reading my work!

NEWS

Only one news item this week but oh my it’s a big one! Empress has released a new nation for their Modern range. The Germans are here! Ready for operations in their new IdZ kit (the German Future Soldier program), these guys are bring a whole load of new kit to the table. The range is pretty extensive, bringing enough figures for two 6 man squads, a MMG team (with MG3 on tripod) and a Milan team for busting bunkers/tanks. Overall, this is a great looking range and bring out some figures for an army in kit not covered by many other manufacturers. There is even a Leopard 2 already in the store to give your squads some backup.

I spent my Saturday morning at CHILLCON near Sheffield. This show was pretty great – it had the feel of a local show while also bringing in some big names and a good mix of traders. One of the ones I was interested in talking to was White Dragon Miniatures, whose resin British Infantry are on my workbench. After talking to the owner, I’m really excited to see what’s coming next. The stall showed off a few upcoming releases. To go with the existing vehicle dismount release, there will be foot patrol figures coming soon. These share the same basic poses as as the dismounts with a few tweaks to add the rucksacks and other kit needed for a patrol (made easier by the CAD origin of the figures). Also coming is a few add-on packs such as the night time items (including NVGs and laser light modules) which are 3D printed items ready for adding those extra details. The Foxhound and crew is pretty great but I’m really excited about the quad bikes. Coming with a few options for riders, stowage options on the bike itself and three trailer variations, this set should be great for building up some logistic elements (or making some jumping off points for Fighting Season when it comes out).

Of course, there was also a few other releases planned for further in the future which are very exciting indeed. But I won’t spoil the surprises. However, it’s clear White Dragon is aiming to keep pushing Courage in Contact, with a decent roadmap and the intention to provide everything a player might need for their force. I will be keeping a close eye on them

GAMING

Sadly none. Rather than wargames club, my Thursday was spent driving south for Easter weekend in Leeds.

PURCHASES

Well I bought some Germans. Really excited to get these guys on the battlefield! In the same order, I also picked up some Jazz Age Afghans with Lee Enfields. My plan is to do some headswaps to give the Taliban a few guys with bolt action rifles.

HOBBY

I took some time off work for a long Easter weekend and managed to dig my teeth into the pile of Sarissa Colonial buildings I had waiting to be assembled. Apart from a miscut piece stopping completion of one (which Sarissa were quick to get replacement sorted out), I had a fantastic time building these impressive buildings. This range is one I’d been keeping an eye on since they were first announced for 20mm and now I’ve built them I’m really happy. Simple to build, great level of detail and should be easy to get looking good with only a few simple techniques. I’ll be putting up an initial impressions soon covering the basics while painted up versions will wait until I get round to “modernising” (making adobes and colonial buildings look more suitable for the modern day while adding some extra details) and painting the pile of MDF sat on the workbench.

I also had some free time to do some painting. As well as rushing to finish off the Green Berets, I got to finish off the Evil Bear Wargames Drones you can see above – expect an article on them later this week. I wish I could have done some more painting but taking some time off to see family and watch films was much appreciated.


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

Wargaming Week 26/03/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 19th through to the 25th of March.

BLOG STUFF

Last week was a two post week and felt like the M-ATV special. On Wednesday we took a look at vehicle itself (along with a few tweaks I did to it) before following it up with a new Skirmish Sangin battle report on the Friday. Honestly it’s a cool looking kit and was great fun to put on the board, although fatally doomed by this being its first game.

This week you only have one post to enjoy over the Easter weekend (a slightly delayed impression piece on the Spectre Green Berets) but I’m taking a few days off work to relax and get some paint on. So next week’s Wargaming Week will be packed full of things (fingers crossed)

Also hey! It’s been over a year of Wargaming Weeks! This thing has only missed out two weeks (over the Christmas break) and I think it’s a pretty core part of the blog right now. For me, it’s a place where I can keep track of how I’m doing in terms of both posts and hobby time as well as providing a laugh when I go back and check what I was doing a year ago. It also gives me a nice excuse to sit quietly on a Sunday evening and catch up with everything I’ve done during the week.

NEWS

Tabletop Tactical Simulations have started their Kickstarter campaign! If you want some modern trucks, these guys have multiple chassis and loadouts perfect for the modern military. If you want to jump in you can find the kickstarter here.

Now, I think in terms of options and quality, it looks pretty great. However, I think the scale is not the one I’d personally pick. Spectre and Empress are both focused on 1/50 scale while most of the plastic kits (such as the Airfix Land Rovers or aircraft) are 1/48. Compared to them, the 1/56 scale Rubicon truck I have bought just looks like a toy. People will argue that 1/56 is probably a more true scale but it seems that releases from some of the biggest forces in modern wargaming has shifted the scale people use. I’m looking forward to seeing them compared to other vehicles.

Spectre Miniatures have also announced two things this week, which gave my wallet a fright until I saw they were just tweaks to the store. The first change is the addition of the Getting Started Collection, which includes some bundles for creating a force. I quite like most of these bundles, and the discount helps as well. This should make answering the “What figures should I start with” question even easier.

The second change is new faster shipping options for wargamers outside of the UK. I’m pretty lucky by being based in the UK – getting new wargames release can be only a couple of days between pushing the buy button and it arrive on my desk. For people elsewhere, where the standard delivery is a couple of weeks, I can see the appeal of paying a little extra to get figures in your hands in a reduced time. Also it’s tracked which is pretty good. This should appear as a new option when checking out.

GAMING

As you might have guessed, I ran a game last Thursday. You can read the battle report elsewhere on the blog but I had a great time preparing and running it. Having focused on special forces, it was really nice to have some BLUFOR guys that were not dropping the bad guys with single shots every time. Running games at the club is much more relaxed than at shows and it was nice getting back to this style of play. Next game is booked in for some time in April and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m possibly thinking the next few games will be around this one operation so maybe we’ll be seeing why the insurgent mortar teams were useless.

PURCHASES

This week, I didn’t actually buy anything specifically for moderns. I did order a set of new brushes to replace my slowly dying Games Workshop ones as well as the Open Combat Rules to read. Spending a Friday evening watching Guy Ritchie’s take on King Arthur may have inspired me a little. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be leaving the ultramodern era behind but they are an interesting ruleset.

With Salute less than 20 days away, it’s also the time that pre-orders beginning. I’ve already got my confirmation from Eureka (useful as it’s coming from Down Under) and now I need to start planning about what I’ll be picking up next. In addition to Eureka, I’ll also be picking up releases from Spectre (including their Salute exclusives) and Empress (who might have their new national range for the Modern era). In addition to that, who knows? Maybe it’s time to pick up some trees suitable for Bazistan.

HOBBY

As it was a impressions week, the big thing getting painted up was the M-ATV. Honestly I was still deciding what the Wednesday article was going to be this week on Monday night and this, sat sprayed tan and waiting for the final paint up, filled the role of “something I hadn’t written about” and “cool thing to show off in a scenario”. I’m pretty happy with this paint job but I think my brush was a little dirty while washing which led to more streaks than intended. I might take a look at neatening it up, but it will probably be once the SF vehicle is ready for painting.

Deciding to use the M-ATV and wanting to focus more on regular troops meant I’d need to get my US Army figures out. I had enough to run a single squad but I wanted to add a few more guys, as well some with more useful kit like the DMR or a MMG. I ended up painting these guys on Wednesday night, which worked out fine thanks to the delights of painting UCP which only needs three steps (base colour, sponge bone, wash black) rather than some more involved camo schemes. These guys were bought last year at Salute (so really need painting up). Some of these guys have different heads, pulling from the US Rangers set. I’m not sure the mixture of ACH and MICH helmets in the same unit is technically correct but I’m heavily inspired by the US Rangers from Modern Warfare 2. Overall, I’m really looking forward to getting the rest of my US guys finished (so I can buy more and have a full platoon of them good to go).

Something I finally got round to doing was getting the Warlord Spec Ops assembled so I can get around to writing about them. I will freely admit, the main reason I bought these was to give them some coverage and improve my knowledge about the options available to modern gamers rather than because I was necessarily interested in them. I have a fair number of opinions about them so keep your eyes open for the impressions piece.

Here’s what the working area looks like at the moment. Aside from being a mess, it’s also showing off the bases I’ve got painted up. I’ve also managed to get all of the Empress Taliban based and undercoated so I can get that collection ready to go. After getting the Spectre Green Berets finished (now I’ve received a replacement marksman), I’m going to spend some more of my days off to work through some of the other things that have been sat on the work bench for WAY too long including some vehicles that just need the detailing done.


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