Wargaming Week 18/03/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

This week, I finally got a new post up taking a look at Spectre’s latest vehicle release, the LTV. As you can see, I really enjoyed assembling and getting it painted, so I’m probably going to be adding a second one to my collection at Salute.

NEWS

Empress didn’t manage to get their new site up and running just yet (hopefully this week) so they sneaked out the releases on the current website.

First up, some female insurgents for the Ultramodern range. Inspired by female Kurdish fighters, these packs provide a variety of weapons making them ideal to scatter into your squads for some variety.

Next up, more Brits for the WW2. More riflemen, a pair of PIAT teams and some SMG gunners means you can start tweaking your squads and building up a full platoon for Chain of Command. These guys continue to be excellent sculpts from Paul Hicks, packed full of details to make them look like hard fighting Jocks.

Finally from the pile of Empress news we have the first packs from the new Vietnam range. Focusing on the US Marines in Hue City, these packs include some guys with M16s, M60s and M79s. As you can see, still being sculpted by Paul Hicks and they are looking great.

The date for these guys to be released is looking like early April, but they have been added to the store to let you pre-order some models. In addition, they should be available in time for Salute.

As much as I am interested in some Vietnam gaming, I’m going to have to try and resists. Until they make some SOG guys and suddenly I’m up to my elbows in the light green.

Finally, by the time you read this, I should have a copy of Spectre Operations V2 on my desk at work. Expect a lot more work on this when it arrives but based on the preview images it’s going to be good. Fingers crossed I’ll be having my first game of it after relase this week!

PURCHASES

As you might have guessed, I picked up a big pile of Empress stuff. The Female Insurgents will be a nice bit of variety while the new Brits get me one step closer to having a full platoon.

More importantly, I paid the annual blood tax to the train companies and London hotels and booked my Salute weekend away. I’ll be staying an extra day rather than just rushing up and down, giving me a little time to look around and catch up with a few extra people.

HOBBY

First up, my time off helped me to get the LTV finished and ready for the table. It’s all very similar to the previous vehicles I’ve done in terms of painting but with a lovely little bit of extra detail, mostly on the rear section. However, it’s really nice to get things done.

As part of getting things done, and needing some more cover for the next game, I finally decided to get my scatter terrain finished off. This has meant breaking out the filler and sand before getting ready to paint. One thing Spectre and most modern games need is some low cover to move between and it will really add the look and feel of the board.

Finally, I’ve started planning my next game at the club on Thursday. Thinking it might be time to break out the LTV and maybe even the return of an objective marker from the demo game…


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

Wargaming Week 11/03/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

The WW2 introduction post finally went up (and only three months late). Despite being packed full of unpainted models, I’m really looking forward to this project. Having spent most of the morning before writing this reading “With the Jocks”, I’m starting to understand why everyone is carry shovels and picks on the models.

NEWS

Tiny Terrain’s T62, a product I know a lot of people are excited about, is continuing to progress. We’ve now reached the point where the 3D print is being created, thanks to Alan Crookes of White Dragon Miniatures (who is a thoroughly nice chap). As I’ve said, it looks really good – I am excited to picking up a pair of them to give my SF chaps something a little more interesting to fight.

Finally, there is some rejoicing going on with the news that Empress is moving to a new website. Ideally, it should be up on the day this is post goes up so fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.

On the downside, it does mean having to wait to show off and pick up the new Modern and WW2 British releases but I expect them to be in the next Wargaming Week.

PURCHASES

Nothing still working through my pile of stuff.

HOBBY

So I woke up on Wednesday this week and lay in bed feeling just mentally awful. So because of that, and looking ahead, I took a little personal time to just get some relaxation in. And for the first time in a bit, I just sat down with True Dective on my media server and just painted.

As part of this, I’ve been moving on with the LTV. As you can see above, it’s really close but there are still a few tiny touches to do. I do like how quickly you can paint vehicles but it does also remind me I need to actually get on and use my airbrush.


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

Wargaming Week 04/03/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 25th of February through to the 3rd of March.

BLOG STUFF

Yeah I didn’t finish that WW2 post – I got too distracted assembling the models. But soon!

NEWS

Big news! Spectre V2 is finally announced and up for pre-order. I’m really excited about it, especially after seeing the new layout and diagrams. With all the photos shown off in the run up, I can see it being something that is great to just sit and read.

There is also the new limited edition figure which is just the exact style of operator I love. The baseball cap and headset look is ideal. In addition, he’s armed with a battle rifle giving you a nice punch on the battlefield.

As someone who helped test it, I’m really looking forward to my copy arriving. I’ll be writing lots about it, especially as intend to get a few games in !

Kind of some half news, Empress didn’t have time to show off their new releases for Hammerhead but have mentioned what they were. Come back next week for some photos of the new WW2 Brits and the female Insurgents (which after running around in Insurgency Sandstorm, I am every interested in).

Tiny Terrain’s T62 is getting closer and closer and I am really excited to see it in resin. Having got a Challenger 2, it’s just hunting for some targets. In addition, some less than modern MBTs would be ideal for adding to games to add an edge without being completely dominating.

Finally Full Battle Rattle have continued with details on the upcoming LAV-III. This time? Crew. Ideal for making your LAV-III’s look more lived in, I’m really excited to add these to my pre-order.

PURCHASES

No purchase this week!

HOBBY

WW2 project had some progress which I will be covering more in my upcoming post!


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

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!

Wargaming Week 28/01/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

Blog has been quiet again. Still slowly working my way through things.

NEWS

The M-ATV J-LTV is getting closer and this week it has appeared with the ridiculous 30mm cannon mount that was shown off last week. Having now seen on the vehicle, I can’t wait to see what my players do once it hits the wargames table.

For some more pictures of both the new Remote Weapon System and the JLTV, check out this album the Spectre team put up. https://www.facebook.com/groups/spectreopwargame/permalink/2939681766057616/?tn=-UC-R

Spectre have put up several Black Site Studio products on their website to pre-order. This looks like the best way for anyone in the UK to pick up these pre-paitned MDF buildings.

In addition, if you’re looking for a bank for your criminals to get involved in, Spectre are offering some neat additions to the pre-order.

The LAV-3 is slowly rolling towards us – Full Battle Rattle have got a fully assembled master. As you can see, it’s looking pretty good. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Finally, Project WW2 is ramping up as Empress has released the first three packs for their late war range. I am already looking at them and planning what I can do with them.

But wait, that’s not all! White Dragon Miniatures have shown off some of their upcoming Taliban releases, now painted and on a playing surface. I think you’ll agree they look pretty awesome and I can’t wait to see the rest of the range!

For more photos, take a look at https://www.facebook.com/groups/628206883900507/permalink/1990061027715079/

PURCHASES

I caved – I picked up three Black Site Studios buildings from the Spectre pre-order program.

I’m also planning the purchases for York Wargames show next week. At the moment, it’s looking like the WW2 project will suddenly take a step forward.

HOBBY

My hobby time was limited this week due to various real world activities but I did manage to start on a conversion to turn one of the ghillie suited snipers into a spotter for my Brits. After chopping away the head and rifle, I just added a few bits from the plastic Brit para sprue. Next step will be green stuffing the detail back on, filling in the gaps and building up a hood around his head.

Game prototyping has continued. It’s really fun, and I’ve even managed to do it in the pub as well!


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