Wargaming Week 16/07/2018

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

Blog Stuff

This week’s post was another Range Impression, taking a look at the Empress SAS in Afghanistan. Despite this being some of the oldest sculpts I own, you can tell I really like them. Expect to keep seeing them in battle reports for as long as I need some scrappy contractors.

So I’m coming off a short break away, lets talk about how the blog is going – think of this as a mid year catch up.

First up, things have slowed down a bit as you may have noticed. I like to keep blaming this on work but it’s not entirely the reason. I think I’ve been a bit bogged down in trying to get big chunks of my collection painted and so the motivation has just dried up. This hasn’t been helped by the fact I haven’t been down to the club to play for a while so the cycle of “painting to be ready to play a scenario” has been broken some what. It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.

Second, I’m thinking of diversifying a little bit. Remember back when I’d post stuff on Wednesdays? Well, I think I’m going to return to the occasional post as part of running some side projects . I can already think of three little projects that will let me vary up what games I play (and figures I get to paint and assemble) in addition to the moderns that dominate the blog.

  • Fantasy Mercenary Bands (using Open Combat): I like my fantasy on the more realistic side, dirty peasants fighting horrible monsters with the occasional magical lunatic when things go horribly wrong. Open Combat is also a ruleset I’ve been really interested in playing, especially after talking to the writer at Chillcon. I’m also looking for a wargame that I can put together and [lay in a lunchbreak. Combing these elements together and I think it’s time for some dungeon crawling. There may even be some written material coming out of this
  • British Airborne at Arnhem (for Chain of Command): My holiday read has been Anthony Beevor’s Arnhem book. Aside from getting massively annoyed with the blunders of high command, it re-awakened my desire to get a platoon of Red Devils in my collection. I’m also thinking of using this as an excuse to improve my green stuffing and conversion work – the plan is to make a few of the troops look a bit more battleworn while also assembling patrol markers and jumping off points. My target is to get this ready by September 2019, in time for the 75th Anniversary
  • Deathwatch Kill Team: KILL TEAM IS COMING BACK. As someone who blames the original KIll team for my love of small scale tactics games, the idea of new version fills me with joy. I’ve wanted to pick up some of the new Primaris Marines for a while and a game that only needs a few is perfect. This will probably be the shortest project, as I’ll be picking up a single box and rulebook to get ready for it

Don’t worry! This blog is still going to focus on Modern Wargaming – it remains my main love for wargaming and so the Monday and Friday posts will remain the same. The change is that every once in a while you’ll get something a little bit different.

News

So the news! I may have been away enjoying some time off in Yorkshire venturing outside, but this didn’t stop exciting things happening in the modern wargaming world.

Phalanx Consortium and Radio Dishdash have been showing off some more shots of their figures for their upcoming Kickstarter! I’m really liking the look of these guys – I’ve had some misgivings about the Day of the Rangers figures but these look improved.

Spectre have also been showing off some upcoming terrain detailing products. These are some air conditioning units and TV aerials, a good shorthand for making many terrain items suitable for the modern day. EDIT: These are now out and available on the Spectre site!

I’m going to be buying a lot of them for my Bazi City project.

Also OPSEC at Spectre HQ seems to have dropped, those greens look pretty exciting.

Under Fire Miniatures have some brand new releases. As well as 20mm sets, the first of the RhSAS are now out. Pack one includes two RPDs, an AK and a FAL. The pack also comes with small packs and bergens, letting you set these guys up for either long range patrolling or close in fire fights. I’m looking forward to seeing what other figures are coming soon.

In a follow up to last week’s post, White Dragon Miniatures have shown off the detailed version of their Hesco combinations. As you can see, they’ve added some sand to make these look used and ready for combat. I love the single Hescos and these walls should help make some really cool battlefields.

I’ll be keeping an eye on these, and maybe I’ll be building that FOB sooner than I originally planned.

Purchases

As part of diversifying, I picked up the Frostgrave Soldiers box for my Open Combat project. I’ve kept my eye on this since I first started investigating the idea of wargaming something other than moderns. Expect a post coming soon looking at the box and describing my plans for the project. It’s gonna feature sewers.

I bought some bases. I still hadn’t got round to basing many of the figures I bought at Salute (those donkeys need ). They are MDF bases. There is nothing exciting about them.

EDIT: With Spectre releasing their terrain items yesterday, I picked up multiples of the Air Con and Satellite Dishes to get to work on my Sarissa North Africa Buildings. I also, after checking through my collection, realised I was actually missing two of the Russian Breachers with half height shields and so added them to my order, all ready for when I get round to covering the Spetsnaz range.

 


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

Wargaming Week 09/07/2018

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

This is going to be a short one as I’m actually on holiday, enjoying the UK’s current heatwave. As such, last week was pretty barren in terms of hobby (as I rushed to finish my tasks and then pack) and this week is going to be similarly quiet. However, there are a few things going on:

Last week’s post was the first part of a series called Range Impressions. The idea here is to look back at some ranges that have been out for a bit (mainly so I’ve had a chance to get them painted up), cover what’s available and then talk about how they can be used on the tabletop. Part 1 was looking at the Spectre Task Force Nomad range.

This week, 4Ground have released some damaged containers, perfect for decorating the slums or warzone you might find your team fighting over. These containers match up with some models originally released by 4Ground, letting you easily create container cities to fight through. There are three variations available with a different number of containers and accessories included to add details. As with all 4Ground stuff, such as the pylon I constructed, it comes pre-painted and ready to game with.

Spectre Miniatures have continued talking about their HMV range, including showing off some vehicles constructed using some pieces outside of the normal range. Vehicle 1 is a designed as an SOF mothership, carrying tons of kit, fuel and extra ammo boxes for the turret mounted minigun. It’s cool to see how well the technical bits work with only a few alterations.

Vehicle 2 is based on some of the bizarre constructs coming out of the Middle East. This HMV has been upgunned just a bit, with a ZPU in the turret and a quad ZPU at the back.Not quite sure I fancy being near it when it starts to rock and roll but it’s certainly a cool way for an insurgent force to use the HMV.

Of course, these images also have some other interesting elements in the background if you break out the magnifying glass that are previewing some future releases. Based on a bit of detective work, I’m quite excited for what’s coming up!

Finally, the Lazy Forger has been busy. After showing off some single hescos, he has now got to work assembling those starting points into a few terrain pieces. This will make it easier when building your emplacement and saves you assembling the singe ones to have to explain the piles of earth around each stacked hesco. As I’ve been re-reading Red Platoon again, I’m going to be jumping on these once they are released so I can build up my own FOB.

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(Disclaimer: I have done writing for Radio Dishdash in the past (such as the Plausible Deniability book, still available from the Radio Dishdash store)

Wait hold up, not finally. Coming just before my usual deadline of 10pm Sunday for writing this post (I blame those crazy New Zealanders), Radio Dishdash have shown off some test casts for their upcoming Ultramodern US and Russian kickstarter they have planned. I have had mixed feelings about some of the figures from their Day of the Rangers kickstarter (which are 3D sculpted rather the excellent eBob sculpts for the earlier RDD figures) but these guys look pretty promising. After going back and checking for more new on the kickstarter, it looks like we’ll be getting the US and Russian infantry and a wheeled combat vehicle for each nation (the Stryker 30mm variant and the Russian Boomerang IFV). I also missed some generic Western SF guys which were preview back in April and they look like they could be used almost anywhere. Expect some news posts once the kickstarter goes up.

LATE BREAKING NEWS DOESN’T GET A PHOTO

EDIT: Oh look someone else who decided to share news literally as I was shutting down for the night. Jerwood Miniatures have put up the first four packs from the Venexia ranges they reccently purchased. So far you have two packs of French (fireteam either in beret or helmet) and two packs of Italian (standard infantry or bersalgeri) with assault rifles. There is also a pretty decent sale currently running on all these figures. I’ve never seen the Venexia stuff but its alright from the few pictures I have found. Looking forward to seeing what else comes from these ranges.


Right, that’s me done for now. I’m gonna go back to reading Anthony Beevor’s Arnhem book in the sunshine and planning out a few things. They’ll be a range impression on Friday and then I’ll be back with a new Wargaming Week at the end of my holiday.

Wargaming Week 02/07/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 25th of June through to the 1st of July.

BLOG STUFF

This week’s post was part two of the Humvee project, taking a quick look at the Haynes guide for the vehicle. I really enjoyed reading the book and there are lots of photos that I’ll be working from when I get round to building up the rest of my fleet. The section on vehicle maintenance may not be the most useful but it does help to put my car issues in perspective!

NEWS

Oh boy this week’s news is lots of cool stuff

First up, Under Fire Miniatures hit us with a one-two punch of previews. The first was a step away from their current 28mm range to a brand new theatre – Rhodesia. Having already gone deep in this setting with their 20mm, I’m really excited to see their 28s. The first pack shown is Rhodesian SAS team of four guys armed with FAL, AK and two RPDs. Interesting to note they also have two style of packs in front, possibly hinting at some choice in how they are equipped – big packs for patrolling, small packs for assaulting. It hasn’t been stated if the packs will be moulded or separate but I’m looking forward to their release. Maybe it’s finally time to get some figures focused on Zaiweibo ready.

Part 2 was showing off the start of the Cold War American range, to go with the already existing Bundswher, Polizei, Volksarmee and Soviet troops. These guys are mid-cold war, combining the M16A2 with the cloth covered M1 helmets. Preview images show off what look like two rifleman packs and a command pack (complete with M60). In the comments, Under Fire have mentioned that guys in Fritz Helmets and body armour (perfect for the later years) are coming in a separate range. Of course, on this blog we’re more focused on the ultramodern. I could see these guys being used as Third World forces very easily.

The final news update for this week covers something big, green and rocking a 25mm cannon. Full Battle Rattle Miniatures have put up pre-orders for the 1/50 LAV III they have shown off recently. This pre-order campaign requires a certain number of units ordered (50) before it will be fulfilled. The final product is being developed with help from Trenchworx and will be a resin/metal kit. the LAV-III is obviously designed for Canadians but looking around it could be easily used with other nations like New Zealand (especially great if you have some of Radio Dishdash’s figures).

Now, this isn’t coming in cheap. A single vehicle is about £40 which is slightly more expensive than similar vehicles from other companies. If you are wanting to roll a group of them, there is a discount code which you can use if you pick up three of them for a slightly reduced price. I don’t forsee everyone jumping on this pre-order, and there is a chance it will fail to get the needed units, but chatting to Alex at Full Battle Rattle and the involvement of Trenchworx gives me some confidence. If you’re interested, this is the direct link to the LAV-III on the Full Battle Rattle’s site.

PURCHASES

Want to guess this week’s purchases? I’m going all in on the Canucks. I put my pre-order in for the LAV-III and tacked on the two packs of skirmishing infantry to roll around in it. This should give me a good force for Skirmish Sangin, with the possibility of adding them to another group (such as the US in their Strykers) for larger games. I’m planning to work on the Canadians differently to my previous forces, picking them up in smaller groups. I like the sculpting style of these guys so looking forward to getting them in hand and ready to paint.

I have a week off work coming soon meaning I’ve been looking at picking up some books to read for inspiration. Thanks to Anthony Beevor’s Arnhem being sat on my kindle, I’m having yearly desire to go pick up a box of Warlord Paras and start a new time period.

HOBBY

In a shocking turn of events, this wargamer actually did some painting! Rather then trying to re-motivate myself to finish off a few of the projects sat on my desk, I instead turned to the planned repainting of my Spectre Tier 1 Operators. My first attempt was a rush job back in x. Although they were okay, something about the colouring was off. This was compounded when I painted up the two later releases (female operator and breach). I resolved to start from scratch, so I stripped them, resprayed and now got to work on them. I’m going for a much more restrained colour pallet than last time, wanting to make them look a little more professional. Expect an article on them soon.


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

Wargaming Week 25/06/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

This week was another Building A Force article, looking this time at the Irregular Forces. It’s been 5 months since the last part so I’m planning to speed up the rate of these posts – they are quite handy to write on a busy week.

I’ll admit, I’m torn on these tactics articles. They always do incredibly well and people seem to like them. At the same time, I’m never 100% how the article is going to end up. Unlike impressions which have a natural flow to them, tactics articles are not quite as free flowing to write. My tactical knowledge mostly comes from playing games, slinging plastic BBs at people in fake battles (which is of dubious use) and a lot of reading; I’m always cautious about preaching concepts that I’m not 100% on. That said, if this is something people like, it’s definitely something I’m going to work on, especially when I run out of time to paint all the figures I want to.

NEWS

Three new pieces of news this time

First up, Crooked Dice are bringing out another pack to add to their range of cops. These four cops are armed with shotguns, filling the hole that original releases included. Although they come with some heads designed for a certain long running series, the bodies would also work well with the Lawman heads. I’m looking forward to picking up a pack to extend out the Argo Security Guards I have.

Photo from Too Fat Lardies

Next up, an update on Fighting Season from Too Fat Lardies. This is a ruleset that I (and many other people) have been really looking forward to since it was originally announced. In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s based off Chain of Command but updated for Ultramodern conflicts (primarily Afghanistan). I love Chain of Command and the idea of a ruleset ready for me to put a platoon’s worth of Brits on the table really helped to get my interest in the period going.

It’s been quiet for a while, and after a question about it was asked on the Too Fat Lardies Yahoo group and Rich Clarke posted the above response, clarifying that the game is on hold for a bit longer. Another response also mentioned some significant issues and work need (such as campaign systems for each nation involved) before they would be ready for primetime.

This answer doesn’t make me as happy as one saying “I’m almost done with it”. But I’d much rather the work be done on it when the author wants to be writing for it rather than just wanting to get it out. Fingers crossed we’ll see this one com

Finally, Full Battle Rattle Miniatures has shown off a render of the long awaited Canadian LAV. This has been a project they have been looking at for a while. The render isn’t final and there is going to be a few tweaks before it’s show time. However its going to be great once it ready, giving the Canucks a unique vehicle. I’m looking forward to it; picking up a vehicle and a squad of Full Battle Rattle’s infantry will be a nice start to a Canadian force.

PURCHASES

Nothing this time.

HOBBY

Again, another mad week at work. I just haven’t had the time to put paintbrush to figure. It’s just been posing some figures for this week’s article and scrawling down some more rules ideas. Between that and the ongoing lack of dice rolling, I’m starting to get hobby withdrawal.


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

Wargaming Week 18/06/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, a weekly look at what I’ve got up to over the last 7 days in the hobby, covering the 11th through to the 17th of June.

BLOG STUFF

It’s Humvee time! The start of a new project needs a big post and this initial impressions piece certainly fit the bill (coming in at almost 3000 words). It was however quite fun to write!

NEWS

No news this week – come back next time to see what’s coming up.

PURCHASES

Nothing this week – I’ve still got tons of stuff to work on.

HOBBY

The main hobby this week was my Tuesday evening, spent assembling and taking photos of the recently arrived HMV kits. It was one of those great hobby occasions where a plan is in effect and there is a key task that needs doing. I just got to sit back, put some TV on and spent the time cutting, gluing and photographing. The only downside was having to rapidly put the rest of the article together due to how little time I had to get the writing side done due to work and travelling time.

Apart from that, I haven’t managed to do much else. My Friday and weekend were spent down in Leeds seeing family for the Father’s Day festivities so apart from assembling a rough plan of my next Humvee order there was not much hobby.


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

Wargaming Week 11/06/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

Last week’s post was looking at Empress characterful Mercs, getting them ready for the tabletop. Expect to see these guys backing up my other mercs when things get really hairy.

As you may have seen in Friday’s post, I’ve done a little experiment with the images. I take my photos on my phone, with no fancy lenses or tweak-able settings. Most of the time I’ve used the raw photos straight from the camera which look okay but can also mean the main figures take up a tiny space. Instead, I’ve decided to try following advice and trimming the photos down to focus on the subject. On the one hand the photos are a bit more informative and show off the figures better. On the other hand, it does show off all the small mistakes I make while painting. I’ll freely admit, I don’t think of myself as a good painter – merely good enough for the tabletop. I’m still playing around with the best setup to get the best photos so expect some tweaks in quality over the next few posts.

NEWS

After spending a whole news post of Spectre Humvee and them not actually releasing, they are finally out! You can get to them on the site in the rather busy Vehicles collection page and I wouldn’t be too worried about the resin bits going out of stock. To be slightly down, a few of the weapon systems you might want are out of stock (minigun humvee will have to wait) and the crew figures are not here just yet and I really wish the bumpers were not bundled in with the rear sections. Apart from that though, just look at them! Fantastic detail and I can’t wait to get my grubby paws on them and get building.

There is also a 360 spin of the SOF vehicle available on the Spectre facebook page is you want to see the detail from all the angles.

PURCHASES

Well guess what this week’s purchases are – Humvees! I mentioned on Lead Adventure that I was splitting this impressions up (to make sure I stick within my hobby budget for the month) and building two vehicles this month and two in the next order. Order 1 is going to let me build two vehicles:

  • SOF Humvee (Upgrade Bravo and Charlie) with Door Armour Bravo and mounting a GPMG in the back (probably a single one from the twin GPMG pack) and a Bravo Turret with a SF M2 in it
  • Normal Humvee (Upgrade Alfa) with Door Armour Alfa and mounting Turret Alfa with a M2.

I’ll be able to take a look at the default variant covering all the basic construction options by just not gluing certain pieces in place while taking photos, meaning a small order can still cover all the important points.

Unrelated but seeing as I’m starting work on my Empress SF (both SEALs and US Army Special Forces in combat kit) as well as a few special figures that fit the range, I realised I was actually missing a model – US11, an American sniper in Crye precision gear. This is a figure I haven’t seen in the flesh and so grabbing some more pics would be great.

HOBBY

This week’s hobby was (shockingly) limited but I did manage to finish off the four mercs ready for last week’s post. I’ll freely admit they are not the best paint job I’ve done (not helped by the cropped photos) – a part of me was just sick and tired of seeing them sat on my workbench. That said, I’ve left them unvarnished so I can go back and do some touch up when I have some time. Apart from that though, usually great quality sculpts from Empress

In what ever other time I had, I started repainting the Empress SEALs and Sniper ready for redoing in the new method of multicam. As part of that, I did some tweaks to the standing version of the American Sniper. The example pictures show the rifle slung vertically. However, I am a cack handed fool and long vertically protruding elements do not last long. So, to prevent bent sniper barrels, I pulled the gun off his back and re-positioned it pointing down. Hopefully it doesn’t look too bad and means he may actually stay in once piece for longer. I’m looking forward to repainting these figures – they were some of the earliest I bought from Empress and it will be cool to see if I’ve improved.

With the rest of my hobby, I ran around a field most of this weekend dressed in my new Tigerstripe combat uniform and wielding my SR47 doing my best operator impression at the yearly Airsoft Club reunion. Haven’t been in ages, writing this while everything aches.


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

Wargaming Week 04/06/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

This week’s post was the last post in Project Technical, taking a look at the anti-aircraft options in the Technical range. It’s been a great time finishing all these vehicles and building up the collection. The next step is going to be writing (and running) some more scenarios to get them on the table.

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It’s also the start of a new month so time for a quick reminder. I run a Ko-Fi page where, if you like the stuff I write, you can throw me a few bucks. You can find it by clicking the button above or by going their directly at https://ko-fi.com/chargeblog

NEWS

Image from Spectre Miniatures

The main new this week is that it’s almost Humvee time! After a week of smaller teases of WIP and unpainted models, they finally showed off the full painted versions. As you can see above, there is a nice amount of variation between the vehicles, showing off some of the upgrade parts. I’m not 100% on the final release date but it’s going to be very close at this stage

Image from Spectre Miniatures

This photo from the Instagram shows off the SOF version accompanied by other vehicles like the Razor and a SF Technical. I must admit, I’m looking forward to running some mixed vehicle patrols, maybe even with the M-ATV. And speaking of M-ATV, I’m interested in seeing if the rear of the SOF vehicle could be used to speed up assembly of my M1245, saving on me having to detail all the panels at the rear. I’m not 100% on it but it will be work taking a look at.

PURCHASES

Currently none – just waiting to pick up a pile of Humvees.

HOBBY

The main hobby thing this week has been getting the three pedestal mounted AA guns finished. Honestly, the paint job is very simple but it was more just pushing to finish them.

Speaking of pushing to finish things, I finally started painting up the Empress Mercenaries I picked up before Salute. Having just watched the inspiration, I realised that I really didn’t want to paint a load of guys in just straight black. Instead, I looked at my Commando Global Solution figures (the SAS from Empress) and tried to work out some schemes that kind of match while still being distinct. So far, I’ve only finished this chap with an AA12 and a german sounding name but I’m working on the others soon.


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

Wargaming Week 28/05/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

Last week was a surprise double bill, looking at two areas of Technical weaponry. Wednesday saw a look at the Improvised weapons while Friday focused on weapons for the Bravo Technical. Project Technical has been fun to work on – the Spectre system is great to begin with so all I’ve had to do is tweak a few things to get them looking how I want them to.

I’m going to tweak a few things with the blog over the next few weeks – seeing as work is getting busy, my hobby/gaming time has really taken a hit. I still want to do a new feature every week but we’ll have to see depending on work load. I’m definitely keep writing Wargaming Week – it’s handy to keep track of what I’m up to and what going on with the modern wargaming world.

I’m also selling a few things off over on Lead Adventure. Time for a bit of a clean out. You can find the post at http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=109773.msg1372011#msg1372011

NEWS

First up we have Evil Bear Wargames. They have been a little quiet for the past few months but are now showing off some renders of their upcoming range. Comprised of ultramodern Brits in Virtus and some sneaky PMC types, these guys are designed for the setting of OSC, an alternative universe similar to our own but slightly off. So far they have shown troops with assault rifles, a pair of AT weapons and some characters from the OSC Rulebook. We’ll have to keep our eyes open as more of the range is showed off.

Meanwhile from Down Under, Knights of Dice have been showing off more of their upcoming Tabula Rasa releases. Most of the board is filled with the new ruins, perfect for wargaming any modern urban area that’s been a battlefield. They look really nicely done, with a useful varety of sizes and shapes. However, I’m more excited by the bulk of one of the new apartment buildings on the right hand side. Looking at it assembled, you get a much better sense of size. I am REALLY excited to getting my hands on it – after all, Bazi City does need some high density housing.

Speaking of terrain, Tiny Terrain Models has shown off some new low walls that are coming out soon. These have just been sent off to the resin casters and look like they could be perfect in a whole host of situations with the right paint job.

Finally, Full Battle Rattle Miniatures have released their new wave of Canadian troops. As previewed before, these guys help to expand the options available to anyone making a Canadian force giving you some specialists and heavier guns ready to round the squad out. There is an offer on the site you can find at the link if you pick up a few packs.

PURCHASES

I’m being a little careful with money at the moment so no purchases. There is also a small matter of the pile of lead that needs painting. At the moment, my only purchasing planned is to pick up a few Humvees when Spectre release them for project work and buying some detailing elements for Project B-Town.

HOBBY

Apart from finishing off the technical weapons, not much happened this week. Undercoated a few models, did some basing. Took a squad of Germans to work with me everyday this week but ended up not having time to sit and start the camo’ing work.

Perhaps more exciting is that I’m starting work on the final Spectre part to Project Technical (maybe?) – I’ve started assembling the base to AA guns including working out how to base them on the Technical Bravo.

I also managed to do some writing on the rules I’m playing around with, at some point I’ll need to get the concepts on the table


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