ChargeBlog https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog Adventures in Wargaming Mon, 01 Jun 2020 01:03:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 7543359 Wargaming Week 01/06/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/06/01/wargaming-week-01-06-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/06/01/wargaming-week-01-06-2020/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12781 June? Hard to believe honestly. Especially with the news in the world around us. I’m not going to preach from the soapbox, especially as a lot of people are using hobbies as a way of escaping the madness of the real world and I am but one blog writer on the internet, but now is … Continue reading Wargaming Week 01/06/2020

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June? Hard to believe honestly. Especially with the news in the world around us. I’m not going to preach from the soapbox, especially as a lot of people are using hobbies as a way of escaping the madness of the real world and I am but one blog writer on the internet, but now is an important time to have some empathy. Listen to those in need, to those who are hurting and have had enough, try to help if you can.

As for a personal update, the new season of Call of Duty starts this week (so expect some updates on the inspiration) and I’ve actually been slowly getting ready to play a game. More details below.

As I said last week, you’ll be seeing lots of small posts during the week. Now the Bazi Royal Guard are done, expect an impressions piece soon.

NEWS

Remember the Knights of Dice Compounds from last week? Well Viv works fast and we already have two designs finished. Definitely a good looking setup, I’m very interested in seeing what they are like (and maybe fighting over them).

On top of that, Knights of Dice have also been working on some door! Now their Tabula Rasa range (of which I have too much) has been designed as basic shells, minus doors, windows and other details. I have slowly been preparing to assemble them although with that slight worry about how much I have to do. However, having some doors available (and they do look pretty good) would be very handy.

UPDATES

So you may have noticed that despite finishing the Bazi Royal Guard, I am missing a figure. The infamous knife man. I’ve decided that his equipment and head are really off putting. So rather than simply having a strange knife man running around, I’m instead going to do some conversion work, making him into a vehicle commander for Gage Commando. As you can see, I’ve already chopped him in half. The next stage is going to be adjusting his arms and replacing the head with para head from the Warlord Games sprue. I’ll also add a green stuff tweak to add a headset. It’s probably a lot of work, but I think it’s a perfect add-on to make such a force up.

Speaking of conversion work, I’ve started assembling my Necromunda gang. As said before, I’m making an enforcer gang, but rather than going with the usual clean look, I’m instead going for a little bit more of a rougher, “Mercs in Space” look. For this, I’m going to be going mad with the extra bits, while also using Anvil Industry’s heads for a rougher/tougher look. I’m going to do a full SITREP on them soon, but here are the first two!

Finally, I’m starting to get a game together. After picking up Battlespace, and doing a read through, I’m really excited to try it out. The card based system, the core mechanics, all of it sounds like a good setup. It also doesn’t require a massive table which is a nice addition.

I also think it might be a cool thing to run on a stream. The only downside is that I need to setup a camera system (and run the streaming software) all of which currently require my PC (which is in a separate room). I might be able to bring my current gaming table into that room to play but I’ll need to experiment. Watch this space.


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

I’m planning to stream on Wednesday. Not 100% what I’ll be working on but it will be interesting!

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SITREP – Bazi Royal Guard (Part 3) https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/31/sitrep-bazi-royal-guard-part-3/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/31/sitrep-bazi-royal-guard-part-3/#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 23:53:17 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12776 The final two figures from the Bazi Royal Guard – The RPG gunner and Hussein bin Said al-Bazi, one of the Bazi family and a senior leader in the Bazi Royal Guard. He is important enough to have the gold on his shoulder, but not too important that he doesn’t get involved on the ground. … Continue reading SITREP – Bazi Royal Guard (Part 3)

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The final two figures from the Bazi Royal Guard – The RPG gunner and Hussein bin Said al-Bazi, one of the Bazi family and a senior leader in the Bazi Royal Guard. He is important enough to have the gold on his shoulder, but not too important that he doesn’t get involved on the ground.

You may notice the RPG gunner has been modified. The RPG 7 has a quite distinctive shape to it, with the deflector cone at the back. The basic figure didn’t include it (looking a little more like an RPG-2) however, going into the bits box gave me a quick donor. It’s not perfect but I much prefer the look.

So it’s finally time – lets talk paints. Unless mentioned otherwise, all paints are Vallejo:

  • Undercoat – Black
  • Base – Tan Earth
  • Clothing – Three Colour Desert
    • Base: Iraqi Sand
    • Blobs: German Camo Beige
    • Lines – Mahogany Brown
  • Leather boots and belts – Red Leather
  • Pouches – English Uniform
  • RPG warhead, Grenades – Russian Uniform
  • Berets – GW Khorne Red
  • Weapon Wood – Cavalry Brown
  • Weapon Metal – Gunmetal Grey

Then for final effects:

  • Drybrush anything black or metallic with Basalt Grey
  • Cover in GW Agrax Earthshade

So that’s the Bazi Royal Guard done. I’m going to write up a full impression of them soon but before I do, quick explain. I am not painting up the knife wielding figure. He’s just awful. Instead, I’m going to use him as the basis for another conversion – a commander for the Gage Commando. Watch this space.

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SITREP – Bazi Royal Guard (part 2) https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/28/sitrep-bazi-royal-guard-part-2/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/28/sitrep-bazi-royal-guard-part-2/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 23:32:29 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12770 Part 2 of the Bazi Royal Guard I painted up on my Wednesday night twitch stream. Three more riflemen and an officer with pistol (ideal for shouting at angry civilians) to join the initial four. Again, super easy to paint, the Militia Miniatures models having lots of contours to catch the wash in. US 3 … Continue reading SITREP – Bazi Royal Guard (part 2)

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Part 2 of the Bazi Royal Guard I painted up on my Wednesday night twitch stream. Three more riflemen and an officer with pistol (ideal for shouting at angry civilians) to join the initial four.

Again, super easy to paint, the Militia Miniatures models having lots of contours to catch the wash in. US 3 Colour desert camo, leather boots and belts, wooden AK stocks and finished off with an Agrax wash. Once I do the last set, I’ll get a paint list up.


Next on the block? Well, the knife-wielding mad man needs some more work so he’s going on the backburner. This leaves me the squad RPG gunner and the senior leader to a paint up in the normal style. Not sure they need a whole evening though so I might finish them off on the weekend before the next stream.

However, while thinking it through, perhaps something else on my desk could be added to give me a full unit ready for some battles. The Gage Commando from Empress is ideal for a less well equipped internal security force, providing cover on the street if the main group is involved in an assault. I think it might be time to finish it off and get it looking a little less pure white.

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Wargaming Week 25/05/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/25/wargaming-week-25-05-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/25/wargaming-week-25-05-2020/#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 11:35:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12763 Well, we’re still in lockdown and I’m still mostly stuck in my house, playing Call of Duty and occasionally painting some models (when I’m not working). Big new thing I’m trying out – going to be starting to do more short-form articles than waiting to make giant ones. Mostly because I’m bored of seeing just … Continue reading Wargaming Week 25/05/2020

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Well, we’re still in lockdown and I’m still mostly stuck in my house, playing Call of Duty and occasionally painting some models (when I’m not working).

Big new thing I’m trying out – going to be starting to do more short-form articles than waiting to make giant ones. Mostly because I’m bored of seeing just “Wargaming Week” pop up in the “Recent Posts” tab and also because I want to write more for this place. So going forward, you’re going to see less in the update section and more up here, where I’ll embed the last week’s posts to show off what I’ve been working on.

NEWS

Battlespace, a solo ultramodern game from Table Salt Gaming Designs is now out! Seeing as it looks right up my alley, I decided to pick it and give it a go. It’s pretty reasonably priced, the rules seem pretty interesting and I love the concept behind it. The book’s forces are insurgents vs US Army, and I’m looking forward to seeing just what it’s like… once I print off this pile of cards needed for it.

Empress is back up and beginning the new releases train – first up, the rest of the ANZAC Vietnam range. In addition to the SLR armed releases earlier in the year, these new packs add the required support options and command packs, such as figures with M16s, others with Owen guns (mostly for your scouts) and naturally the M60 for putting the fire down. Having just rewatched the film “Danger Close” (and the better documentary on Long Tan) I’m trying very hard to not start up a new theatre.

Big news for regular wargaming world, Warhammer 40k is getting a 9th edition. I’m including the CGI video above (because it does a pretty good job of getting people hype) but actually I’m quite excited to see how things are advancing in the world of Games Workshop. Although I’m not always a fan of the rules (I find the disconnect between lore and tabletop capabilities a little too wide) I do love the storylines they create and their model designers are top-notch. I actually have some 40k figures (thanks to some second-hand sales) so you might see an army being constructed, and maybe even some get some games in (depending on how the rules changes are)!

Finally, Knights of Dice (partially inspired by the release of Battlespace) are making new Tabula Rasa compound to be stormed. It’s a really nice looking setup but like all Tabula Rasa kits will need the extra details adding. No mention of a release date, but one to keep an eye on.

UPDATES

Speaking of Games Workshop, I’ve decided to enter the world of Necromunda. One of the group of friends back down in the north of England was just setting up for a Necromunda campaign when the lockdown begun. Seeing as I am now with reach of them, I thought I might join in once we’re able to meet in small groups. Of course, before that I’ll need a gang. And being the kind of person I am, it was time for some heavily armed enforcers to kick in the door. I’m not doing them as normal enforcers though – instead, I’m going to do them up as a private group of contract lawmen. So swap a few heads, add a few extra details and then get ready to beat up some low hive scum.

Speaking of arrival, my copy of Root and it’s expansions FINALLY turned up. I was a little worried as this was supposed to arrive before my move to Leeds but luckily my address change went through. I’m very excited to get a game of this in, but even if it takes a while, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the glorious little meeples in it.

Finally, my Modern Warfare addiction continues. And with a new skin released for my main Allegiance operator Bale, I think I have a camo scheme for my Russian SSO operators from Spectre. It’s really cool to see a new modern style Russian skin that isn’t just multicam.


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

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SITREP – Bazi Royal Guard (part 1) https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/20/sitrep-bazi-royal-guard-part-1/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/20/sitrep-bazi-royal-guard-part-1/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 22:31:37 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12749 Tonight’s work from the stream – the first four soldiers of the Bazi’s Royal Guard. Made using Militia Miniatures Republican Guard figures, these guys will be hitting the mean streets of Bazi city to fight back against possible Special Forces insertion against key elements of the regime. As you can see, these guys are a … Continue reading SITREP – Bazi Royal Guard (part 1)

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Tonight’s work from the stream – the first four soldiers of the Bazi’s Royal Guard. Made using Militia Miniatures Republican Guard figures, these guys will be hitting the mean streets of Bazi city to fight back against possible Special Forces insertion against key elements of the regime.

As you can see, these guys are a lot lighter armed and equipped than most of the other troops I have, so ideal for internal security/ beating up the locals who try to attack the regime. They were also super easy to paint up, with only a pair of pouches at most on these guys.


Next step is going to be painting up the rest of the Republican Guard models. These include a few extra riflemen, an RPG (that needs the deflector adding) and an officer with his pistol. One of them is also dressed up like an officer, so should be good fun to paint him up.

One figure I’m not painting up is knife boy. I’m really not impressed with him as a figure honestly – his head is out of proportion with his body and the pose is not great. I think I’m going to maybe do some surgery on him, either a head swap or something more invasive.

For anyone who might be wondering why this blog post just popped up, I’m thinking of breaking out my hobby updates into many smaller posts (SITREPS) rather than the one giant update every week. Monday will still be the news post, but this way I’ll actually post more than just once a week.

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Wargaming Week 20/05/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/20/wargaming-week-20-05-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/20/wargaming-week-20-05-2020/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12740 A little delayed this week, had some trouble finding the time to sit down and get this update written. And shockingly, there is actual news to cover! Before that though, tonight on Twitch I’ll be taking a look at the Militia Miniatures Republican Guard figures and getting them painted up as the Bazi Royal Guard, … Continue reading Wargaming Week 20/05/2020

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A little delayed this week, had some trouble finding the time to sit down and get this update written. And shockingly, there is actual news to cover!

Before that though, tonight on Twitch I’ll be taking a look at the Militia Miniatures Republican Guard figures and getting them painted up as the Bazi Royal Guard, perfect for stomping the little guys.

NEWS

First up, Empress are releasing a charity figure to add to the WW2 range. This female nurse figure is up on the store now as a pre-release, with proceeds from her going to the NHS charity here in the UK. As it’s a Paul Hicks sculpt, it looks pretty lovely so I will definitely be taking a look.

Table Salt Gaming Designs, who I think I have mentioned on here once before, are days away from releasing a rather interesting set of rules, based on the description. Solo and ultra-modern seems like the perfect thing to be released round about now, so expect me to take a look at it when it comes out.

In slightly sadder news, and as something that should shock no one, Historicon 2020 is not going ahead this year. The organisers have decided, based on the current worldwide situation that it would not be a good idea. Additionally, Gencon has also cancelled. I have to admit, at the way things are going, probably safe to assume there will be no major gatherings of wargamers this year. Perhaps Fiasco in October but even then I’m not sure on that…

However, in better news, the Mastiff is finally coming! White Dragon Miniatures took to the live stream last Thursday to show off the upcoming release. This massive MRAP is definitely one I’d love to add to my force (even if it’s technically in the wrong scale for my collection) and it’s safe to say that Alan at WDM has knocked it out the park with this one. Even down to daring to do the stand-off armour around the edges. Release should be soon and, although it’s going to be asking for a centre-piece price for it, I will definitely be getting one.

UPDATES

Well, I did some painting! The main reason for doing these twitch streams is finally coming into effect as I am getting a reasonable rate of having something finished each week. As in the last session, I managed to get my pair of adventurers from Hasslefree. I need to do a few little touches to them (cleaning up the Agrax from the base) but they were great fun to plan out and then paint with everyone.


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

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Wargaming Week 11/05/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/11/wargaming-week-11-05-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/11/wargaming-week-11-05-2020/#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12734 Welcome back, to a new Wargaming Week! NEWS New update from Empress – they are working on a version two of their two page ruleset “Danger Close” to add vehicles and aircraft. This will double the ruleset size up to four but should also make it more interesting for anyone slowly building up a collection … Continue reading Wargaming Week 11/05/2020

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Welcome back, to a new Wargaming Week!

NEWS

New update from Empress – they are working on a version two of their two page ruleset “Danger Close” to add vehicles and aircraft. This will double the ruleset size up to four but should also make it more interesting for anyone slowly building up a collection of Empress’s products. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, ready to update the comparison doc when it releases.

UPDATES

Lichen! As part of my terrain building efforts, I’ve been picking up elements I’ve previously not needed before. Trees came first, but now it’s more rough ground cover for scrub brush. Ideal for concealment, this should help to make some of my boards “pop” a little more.

Wednesday’s stream saw me finishing these guys off – five more USMC guys for the collection all ready to go. You can also see the effects of the light box I picked up, which should make all my painting look slightly more passable.

Friday night saw me sit down with a few beers on a zoom call and start painting some of my WW2 British, inspired perhaps a little bit by it being VE Day. I only managed to get the first two layers done (and a few pieces of flesh) but I’m already pretty excited to be working on them. Amazing what a few colours can do!


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

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Wargaming Week 04/05/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/04/wargaming-week-04-05-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/05/04/wargaming-week-04-05-2020/#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12723 Bit of a short post this week – nothing much new to report. That said, a few places are reaching the point where they might come back online, so maybe we’ll see some more news and even releases soon? Personal news, going to be back streaming again this Wednesday! Plan is to take a look … Continue reading Wargaming Week 04/05/2020

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Bit of a short post this week – nothing much new to report. That said, a few places are reaching the point where they might come back online, so maybe we’ll see some more news and even releases soon?

Personal news, going to be back streaming again this Wednesday! Plan is to take a look at some USMC, either applying the final stages of camo on current set or beginning anew on the next fireteam. Same time as last week, starting at 8pm UK and going for two and a bit hours (or until we get bored).

NEWS

Not grabbing the news stories for this, seeing as they are short, but Games Workshop and Perry Miniatures are both back online and ready to ship out orders to people. As with other companies that have remained open, both are running a little slower than usual and may have limited stock. But it is a good sign to see people finding ways to safely continue business and keep running.

UPDATES

As everyone who joined in the stream saw, I finish off the Baba Yaga model from Spectre, in a slightly different colour scheme. I’m also seeing him as a different character – Alexios Jonhnovich, freelance intelligence agent and fixer down in Aden.

I had decided on the light tan suit when I first picked the model (wanting something different from the usual black suited John Wick) but it was chat that suggested the pink shirt to go with it. I really like the overall look and can’t wait to get him into a scenario.


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

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Wargaming Week 27/04/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/04/28/wargaming-week-27-04-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/04/28/wargaming-week-27-04-2020/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:33:53 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12699 The Isolation continues! I took the last few weeks off as my motivation and brain took a crash and really couldn’t focus on anything hobby related. Instead, I’ve been working and playing video games. But, I have decided to come back and try a new thing. Streaming Yep. Streaming. Having picked up a webcam and … Continue reading Wargaming Week 27/04/2020

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The Isolation continues! I took the last few weeks off as my motivation and brain took a crash and really couldn’t focus on anything hobby related. Instead, I’ve been working and playing video games. But, I have decided to come back and try a new thing.

Streaming

Yep. Streaming. Having picked up a webcam and kit for working from home, I’ve decided it might be a nice idea to set some time set aside for hobby. And what better way to do it than sharing with others!

The plan is to start at around 20:00 UK time and will be around 2 hours or so as I slowly paint the Baba Yaga model from Spectre and be around to chat/share in my awful taste in music. You can find me online at https://www.twitch.tv/chargedog2150 and I can’t wait to see how this experiment goes! I’ll also post something here when I start going, with it embedded so you can watch it here.

NEWS

Not much news but something cool from Spectre – Zombie rules! Perfect for playing solo or using your operators for something different than military operations. From my quick read through, I think these rules are a great addition – Spectre has shown it’s use as a toolbox for a selection of scenarios so, in addition to action heroes and aliens, zombies are a nice touch.

Additionally, Spectre are offering up gift vouchers on their store. With the whole COVID-19 causing havoc throughout the supply chain (and Spectre’s stock situation already not great), letting people pick up cash to spend once things are sorted out is great. On the other hand, they have also decided to shut down their store for now – with their caster not working due to isolation there is no more metal arriving for them to sell. Because of this, the site is looking pretty bare, with only the gift cards and book available. I’m going to admit, it’s not a great look, but fingers crossed it all works out.

They also had a little deal on over the Salute weekend (which has now expired) which was bringing back all the exclusive models from previous years. As someone who owned all these models, my wallet very much enjoyed not being taken for a ride (in fact it was mostly safe over that weekend). This was also a pre-order, with deliveries happening later in the year.

Also, the Miniature Building Authority is in process on a new Kickstarter, the second stage of their Shantytown. As well as some really impressive buildings, they are also working on some exclusive mats from Cigar Box. The wide winding river is some perfect setup, and I’ll admit I am getting some pretty severe terrain envy from that layout.

Empress has also revealed some crew for it’s upcoming PBR kit. These crew may seem familiar if you’ve spent 3 hours slowly watching someone on screen mirror your own descent into madness. I really like the look of them, seeing as I have a weak spot for troops dressed in non-regulation ways. Releases coming once we escape the lockdown.

UPDATES

So my paint storage solution is… messy. It’s a drawer full of paints, that I delve into whenever I go hunting for paint. Basically it’s crap. So I picked up a rack from Sarissa Precision. My plan is to use it as a “ready rack”, keeping paints I’m currently working on nicely stacked up, as well as stopping figures sprawling out over the tabletop. I really like the MDF kit, but left off the brush holders on the side as I use my wet pallette for that.

I also got Sarissa’s book with that order as well. This is written by March Attack, whose work on the Sarissa kits I’ve followed for a long time. Additionally, I also have a pile of kits, so getting some infomation and updates would be handy. I haven’t read it too deeply but there are already tactics and techniques I’m planning to use on my pile of MDF kits.

I also got the new fangled spray stick out and gave it a go. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it! Sure, it’s perhaps a little over-engineered, but if you want a stable stick to spray things on without the mess of blue-tack and wood, this is the way to go. It is definitely designed for the GW style of bases, meaning the rubber bands on smaller, penny style bases need to sit over the top rather than around. But, definitely worth using!

One of my projects I’ve been really looking forward to getting done is my late war Brits for Chain of Command. Well, with the final support element I was needing finally released (the Vickers teams), its time to actually focus on it. So I broke out the models I have already, the Platoon list for the British Infantry and got to working.

With my current collection, I have a full infantry platoon. Additionally, there is a second PIAT team, an additional Bren team, an additional senior leader, four sten gun troopers, a sniper and a piper (or adjutant). With an additional infantry team from the Warlord Games Winter British Infantry box as well, this definitely gives me a few options. All I’m really missing is some HMGs (because Brens can’t outshoot MG42s) and a 6 pounder AT gun. Seeing as Empress haven’t released the crew for that gun yet, picking up a pair of Vickers (as well as more riflemen to act as crew) was the next step.

And then they arrived! Along with a few other things. Thanks to the Outpost, I managed to get some additional Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade. I did realise my painting style pretty much depends on them, so starting a new project with no resupply seemed like a poor idea. I also managed to get a physical copy of Contact Front, thanks to Elhiem Figures, ready for it’s addition to my master post of modern wargaming rules. The box is really nicely done, and I was already interested in the rules since reading the original PDF I purchased. More details soon.

The other thing to arrive this week (after a rather long trip) is my Black Powder Red Earth hypernotes. This is sort of a lore book for the next group of BPRE comics, taking place in a North African state. It’s a nicely presented book, although I am a little disappointed with the reference section being of equal length to the narrative. But I guess that is the glorious art you come for. I’m going to write up a little something on it later I think, as well as maybe showing it off in the stream on Wednesday.

Finally trees. As I previously played at a wargames club, switching to having a home setup means I need to invest in a lot of things that previously just lived in a magical box. Trees and shrubs have been one thing. After grabbing some trees off ebay, this layout is already looking better. I’m going to add a few tweaks to them, mostly to stop them looking uniform and a bit more “desert highland” which is where they are being used for.


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

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Wargaming Week 07/04/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/04/07/wargaming-week-07-04-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/04/07/wargaming-week-07-04-2020/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:23:06 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12687 The sun might be coming out in the UK but isolation will continue. Despite being home, the hobby energy is still a little low – mostly because I’m playing a ton of Modern Warfare as this season of content comes to an end. I’m definitely going to write a post or two about that game … Continue reading Wargaming Week 07/04/2020

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The sun might be coming out in the UK but isolation will continue. Despite being home, the hobby energy is still a little low – mostly because I’m playing a ton of Modern Warfare as this season of content comes to an end. I’m definitely going to write a post or two about that game – there is plenty to steal for a possible wargamer.

But enough about that, lets talk about wargames.

NEWS

News is running out as companies start to lockdown. Empress did, however, manage to get a limited release out. And it’s definitely one a lot of fans will have been looking for – the ANZAC Centurion tank. Perfect for crushing it’s way through the undergrowth to clear a path for your Diggers, it’s a lovely looking kit. I’m a big fan of just how much stowage they included. Seeing as everyone and their mothers used the Centurion, it can definitely be on other battlefields, perhaps with a little more sand. Sadly, if you’re wanting one and didn’t order you’re going to be waiting a little bit – the first run has sold out, and restock may not arrive until after lockdown finishes.

UPDATES

I finished doing some painting! Here we have the first fireteam of my USMC figures all painted up and ready to go. Now I’ll be the first to say, the camo is really designed to give the impression of MARPAT rather than being 1 to 1. However, I think it does a good enough job from 3ft away. It is also a pattern I can paint at a reasonable pace (if I put my mind to it) so expect me to keep on working on these guys. I currently have enough for a full squad of US Marines (using the old TOE with 13 marines) with a few additional supporting elements such as SMAW gunners so I have plenty to be getting on with.

Seeing as I’m going to have a little more time for painting, I decided to grab a few supplies to make it a little easier. Mainly, after having to keep swapping models between handles while doing the fireteam, I picked up two more normal handles (now in red) so I can do the full group of four figures on handles at the same time. On top of that, the large size handle is perfect for the larger based figures, such as the jumping off points for Chain of Command or, as above, the prone figures that Empress like to include in all its ranges.

Less cool but good for the long term – brush soap. Not much else to say about it, other than it definitely helps.

Finally, with my time at home, I’ve continued working on my own ruleset I’ve been playing around with. It’s not quite ready for showing off just yet, but the short form is it’s taking a few mechanics I’ve loved in other games, adding a few ideas I’ve had about making characters feel like individuals and then putting it into a package that should be relatively quick to pickup and get playing. More details coming when I finish writing it and start testing it further. Based on the current situation, you might even see some solo-play rules for it!


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

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Wargaming Week 30/03/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/03/29/wargaming-week-30-03-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/03/29/wargaming-week-30-03-2020/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 16:30:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12680 Well, everyone enjoying the isolation? NEWS Empress are still putting out new releases during this trying time. Including one I’ve been long awaiting, the Vickers MMG team for the Late War Brits! As someone whose Chain of Command games usually rely on taking the Vickers as a must-have support option, seeing a version now available … Continue reading Wargaming Week 30/03/2020

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Well, everyone enjoying the isolation?

NEWS

Empress are still putting out new releases during this trying time. Including one I’ve been long awaiting, the Vickers MMG team for the Late War Brits! As someone whose Chain of Command games usually rely on taking the Vickers as a must-have support option, seeing a version now available for my specific style of troops is definitely reducing the barriers in the way of assembling a chain of command force. As you can see, it’s in the same great style as the rest of the range. I will definitely be picking a pair of these up to really be able to lay down the fire on the Boche.

Empress has also released the first few packs of the Vietnam ANZAC range. Although originally intended to be part of a complete release at Salute, due to change in circumstances the first two releases are out now. Additionally, the post above includes other photos of the rest of the range, such as command packs and even a casualty set. Overall, the full range should be a great addition to anyone playing the period, so use this time to buy the first two packs and work out your paint schemes!

UPDATES

Despite being at home, I have to admit my hobby time hasn’t been much greater than usual – between getting used to the new routine and the collection of games that have been stealing my attention (thanks to more friends staying at home in the evenings), I’ve been a little distracted. On the other hand, I’m just starting to get on track, and having a pile of models next to me means it’s easy to do a little bit during my downtime.

At the moment, my project is getting my pile of US Marines painted. I’m still working through the test fireteam so it’s slow going but it does feel nice painting more.

Of course, painting is only half the journey. Despite the fact I haven’t got anyone to play with, I have been taking full advantage of the fact I can actually put up layouts and leave them in place by assembling towns to fight over. Today’s edition is using the Sarissa Colonial buildings, most of which are still only basecoated and missing the detail paintwork. I’m also using a blue tint on my light, giving it a little bit of night time feel.

Any feedback will be gratefully taken and maybe at some point I’ll actually play over it.

Despite being in lockdown, I actually received my orders from Spectre last week. Alongside the Babe Yaga, Insurgent MMG and the Aftermath team, I also have a pair of stickers that Spectre included. Expect to see the figures painted up at some point – I think the Baba Yaga could be a quite fun project, perhaps in a different colour suit.


That’s it for this update, expect more updates next week. Keep safe everyone!

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Wargaming Week 23/03/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/03/23/wargaming-week-23-03-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/03/23/wargaming-week-23-03-2020/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:26:47 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12675 Well things have gotten a little strange, haven’t they? Let’s start! News Well, the main news this week is that everything is cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Pretty much all the wargames shows for the spring (such as Salute and Adepticon) are definitely cancelled or postponed, while even those in Summer and Autumn … Continue reading Wargaming Week 23/03/2020

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Well things have gotten a little strange, haven’t they? Let’s start!

News

Well, the main news this week is that everything is cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Pretty much all the wargames shows for the spring (such as Salute and Adepticon) are definitely cancelled or postponed, while even those in Summer and Autumn seem to be considering carefully if they are planning to go ahead.

Empress are still keeping the releases going with their Vietnam vehicles range. As well the PT-76 shown above, they also announced an Otter amphib, both of which are perfect for crashing through the waterlogged battlefields of Vietnam. Additionally, the PT-76 could pop up in any number of battlefields around the world.

Similarly, Empress is plowing ahead adding another nation to the battlefield. Last week saw a pile of ANAZC previews, once again showing off the wonderful sculpting work on them. There are lots of great little touches to them.

Spectre also had a few extra updates. The first is a pretty simple one – the starter pack is changing from Task Force Operator vs Russians to DEVGRU vs Insurgent Kill Team. This is a little easier for Spectre to produce (as these items were already being sold together in packs) and still provide some pretty reasonable forces to assemble. The only downside is that the DEVGRU (despite having one operator replaced with a dog) might just have the edge in terms of raw firepower.

Their second release is might potentially help them out – planned as an Adepticon exclusive, this Insurgent with a bullpup PKM looks perfect to match the Insurgent Killteam, while the great big bushy beard is pretty impressive.

Updates

My Deep Cut Studios order arrived! The mat and road strip are both lovely, really nice weight to them. The mat colour is perfect colour if you intend to cover it in buildings and your own foliage (otherwise it might be a little too dry and dead). Additionally, I think the road will get a little bit of work done to it, such as some texture and dust.

Of course, one of the advantages of having this means I can actually start planning layouts and putting figures down and getting to leave them in place. Of course, it will be even better once

And to add to the setup, I managed to pick some IKEA smart bulbs to replace those that came with the house – of course, I saw the multi-colour ones and I couldn’t help but pick one up. These photos are done just with the light bulb in the room (no filters) and I quite like the effect. We’ll see how practical it actually is but it’s just a neat effect.

Work is continuing on my US Marines (slowly) – been a little distracted with work stuff that I just haven’t felt like sitting down at the same desk. I’m tempted to move my painting area away so I have a change of pace, but debating exactly where to put it.

Finally, as part of getting into the new house, my parents offered up a wonderful display case/sideboard to clean some space in their house. One side is filled with various memorabilia and gaming figures but the other side just had to be for some models. I still have another shelf (and plenty of space) but I am already loving the effect of having them on show rather than shoved into boxes.


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

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Wargaming Week 16/03/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/03/16/wargaming-week-16-03-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/03/16/wargaming-week-16-03-2020/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12640 Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the… Actually new plan – I’m going to scrap the previous layout. Frankly, it has started to feel a little formulaic, and it gets dull when I just write “no hobby lol”. Instead, I’m going to split the post in half – wargaming news at the top (which a … Continue reading Wargaming Week 16/03/2020

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the…

Actually new plan – I’m going to scrap the previous layout. Frankly, it has started to feel a little formulaic, and it gets dull when I just write “no hobby lol”. Instead, I’m going to split the post in half – wargaming news at the top (which a lot of people seem to like) and personal updates at the bottom. Let’s see how this works…

News

So some of this news is going to be out of date, but it makes sense to include them anyway, especially as I get to talk about them!

Big thing from the last month or so has been Sarissa Precision’s Alamo kickstarter. Now, I originally saw this and went for a gentle nap (due to my interest in Mexican-American wars being minimal, even those in the Modern era). However, Sarissa has been very clever, and showed off the buildings in other locations. Thanks to the design, and the easily configured setups, these structures could stand in for adobes in the highlands of Afghanistan. And, combined with the wall elements, makes assembling compound super easy.

As someone who already has a lot of MDF, I shouldn’t need more. However, all my MDF is very urban-based and some of the most iconic battles have taken place in more rural areas of the world. The baking sun, the green fields and (more on topic) small compounds that have existed for years are vital parts of the war experience of anyone in certain areas of Afghanistan. In my opinion, I think these packs are perfect for assembling them on the tabletop.

Going back to the news, the project hit its goals and went up several. I look forward to it releasing later this year.

Next up, Tiny Terrain has released two new battle mats. One is high desert, the other slightly greener and both look fantastic. As detailed below, I’m starting to look into battle mats and these seem pretty great – described as fleece, they should sit flat on surfaces while still letting you shape them with items underneath. More details once they arrive.

More news from Empress, and this time we have some Aussies inbound. A few previews of the upcoming Anzac troops and oh boy do I like them. I’ve been trying very hard to avoid picking up a very different region to collect but these do look very tempting. The style of the Vietnam (and World War 2) ranges are wonderful and should be good fun to paint.

And speaking of wonderful things, White Dragon is about to make a lot of people very happy. They are about to release a Mastiff MRAP suitable for 28mm, complete with bar armour and packed full of details. These vehicles are massive, big enough to carry 8 troops protected from IED strikes. And frankly, it looks perfect. My only downside is that it’s 1/56 scale rather than the 1/50 used by many other companies (and what I have a reasonable number of), but I think the sheer size and uniqueness of this vehicle make it a must buy.

Finally, as I return, so does Spectre. Back from their break, we see two new releases.

The first is something old – Baba Yaga is back! As a follow on from Spectre’s 2019 Salute Exclusive, we have a new Baba Yaga into a center axis relock pose with his pistol (rather than armed with an AR). This is a cool looking guy, perfect to add to the undercover operators range, and is not a time limited release, which is a good sign.

The second is perhaps perfectly timed for its release. As it’s been previewed for the last few months, we finally see the team of troops in Hazmat gear. And it’s revealed… they are slightly dodgy guys. From the off the shelf CBRN suits and masks to the selection of weapons, these guys seem perfect for playing the faceless bad guys. I quite like the range of kit they are armed with, such as the Galil rifles, the combination of AKSU and RPG for the grenadier and then the belt fed, bullpup PKM with rucksack ammo system. All in all, I am already thinking of several ideas on how to use them, but now I just need a few suspicious canisters…

Updates

As you can see, I’m back! There are still a few pieces of furniture to move into this place but the house warming has happened, the IKEA trips have been done and now I’m ready to start writing posts and painting minis again.

We’ll see how much my new location helps/hinders my wargaming, but being further south should mean you’ll see my Regular Opponent more often, as well getting to go to more shows. Also having more space means you will see some different setups for photos, including a table big enough to setup games on – also ideal for impressions photos!

Additionally, the website has a new home! After my previous web host decided to be genuinely unhelpful with dealing with an issue (such as responding to support emails in French despite my account being with their UK arm) and added to the rest of the dumb things I’ve had to deal with them, I decided to make a change. We’re now on a newer (and hopefully better) host who helped bring it over in less than a day with almost zero input.


So a big thing about having my own place with space is now I need to pick up a few extra things before I can run games. The first stage – something to play on. In the past, I made 5 textured boards for my wargame but they are a giant pain to use – heavy, fragile. So, seeing as I have two tables big enough to play on (once I sort a dining table out) I decided to invest in some battle mats. I’ve ordered a couple to try out, with the plan to sell the ones I’m not fond of. As well as the tiny terrain mats, I also ordered a Deep Cut Studios one (wasteland) along with a set of rollout roads to add to my terrain building. Expect some thoughts soon.

The second part – flora. A hole in my collection is just bits of green, that ground cover that helps to turn a board from “okay” to super fun. As I’m setting my games in a fictional version of Yemen, I’ve been taking a look at the types of flora you find there, before matching it up to what you can buy.

The final part? Getting all those buildings finished. As I’m wanting to make them really stand out, this includes detailing, texturing and then finally painting. I can see it all taking a while but I can’t wait to see the end result.


This weekend was Hammerhead and, being back in the area, I decided to take a trip. Turning up late in the day (with the shadow of coronavirus hanging over everyone) it definitely felt quiet. After speaking to a few people, I finally managed to meet up with Westbury Wargamers, a rather fine chap and reader of this blog (and someone who I have probably pushed down many a purchasing hole). That said, the game that he was running with a few others was a rather fun looking Mexican Cartel game, using the fistful of lead rules (fitting onto a single piece of A4) and looked like a whale of a time was being had by those playing.

As for my loot, I came away with a few things:

  • British CMP Truck – destined for my Chain of Command army, this truck will probably end up either as a JOP or being ripped to shreds when I try to use it as transport.
  • Last Valley bushes – as part of my flora, I picked up 5 bushes for £15 and got an extra one thrown in for free. Really nicely made, can’t wait for them on the table
  • Empress Cadillac Gage Commando – Released for their Vietnam range, I can really see it in the service of the Bazistan Police force. Not quite as nasty as a tank, but nothing to sneeze at
  • Two Giants in Miniature – Tiny Brienne of Tarth for fantasy and Tiny Agent Carter for my WW2 Brits. Both are fun looking figures and should be a challenge to paint.
  • A Games Workshop spray stick – Seeing as I now have space to spray properly, I need something to actually hold the models with, other than my cardboard box. It’s definitely something that could be done with blue tack and wood, but you pay for someone to make the design work so it’s easier for you.

Finally, in terms of my own painting, I’ve broken out some old toys and grabbed the US Marines from Empress to slowly get me back into it. I’ve wanted to get them finished for ages and, with a relatively simple scheme and fantastic models, they should be quick to finish off and get me back into the groove. I did take them into work to paint for a few days this week (before working from home was enforced) and that seems like it’s doable on my lunch break (to get my 15 minutes in everyday). Now I’m at home more, there may be more painting done once I peel myself away from the twin vices of Modern Warfare and Overwatch.


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

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Relocating Hobby HQ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/02/06/relocating-hobby-hq/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/02/06/relocating-hobby-hq/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12604 Big news time – I’m taking a break from writing stuff for this blog. If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that my day job is currently based in Edinburgh (more details there, trying not to cross the streams too hard). However, I’m originally from Leeds and with family and friends in the … Continue reading Relocating Hobby HQ

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Big news time – I’m taking a break from writing stuff for this blog.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that my day job is currently based in Edinburgh (more details there, trying not to cross the streams too hard). However, I’m originally from Leeds and with family and friends in the area, I do keep finding myself back there. Not to mention, the Usual Opponent is also close by, complete with his fiendish plotting. With a new year and a family situation change, I’ve decided to move back to Leeds and set up there. I’m very lucky that my work has decided to support this move and so, with only minimal interruptions, I’ll be starting work in the Leeds studio in a few weeks.

Of course, this means I have to move all my life (and more importantly my hobby materials) down to Leeds. Which means I need to organise a house down there. And, as you can see, I have an awful lot of stuff to get packed and ready to go. This meaning I will have exactly 0 time to paint or wargame and not much time to be spent updating this blog.

However, looking forward, moving to Leeds should improve my hobby output. For one, I’m going to have more space! Every property I’m looking at is a marked improvement over the two-room flat I have up here in Edinburgh, with enough space to separate living room and hobby room. I’ll also have a driveway/garage to use, meaning larger projects (such as the pile of buildings I have). Finally, having space to entertain means I should be able to run more games in my own home, something I’ve always wanted to do.

So the plan is to take off the whole of February, giving me time to move in somewhere and get settled before coming back sometime in March. Watch this space for more updates.

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Wargaming Week 03/02/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/02/03/wargaming-week-03-02-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/02/03/wargaming-week-03-02-2020/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12599 Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 27th of January through to the 3rd of February. NEWS New releases from Empress – they are extending their builders yard to now include a set of damaged apartment blocks, letting you easily build out a larger city using them. They do look like some big chunky resin, … Continue reading Wargaming Week 03/02/2020

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 27th of January through to the 3rd of February.

NEWS

New releases from Empress – they are extending their builders yard to now include a set of damaged apartment blocks, letting you easily build out a larger city using them. They do look like some big chunky resin, so I expect them to definitely have some heft.

I also had a quick chat with Empress at Vapnartak about their upcoming releases for Late War Brits. The long awaited Vickers team is almost here, as well as a 3inch mortar. Also on the cards are some troops for an engineering section, almost vital for a Chain of Command selection. FInally, Paul did mention that they will possibly be looking at making some troops without the camouflage jackets and scrim, instead focusing on the assault jerkins. Overall, these sound like some great additions and I am very excited

To extend my news, I’m going to start looking at a few other things that excite me. As you may have seen, I picked up the Aeronautica Imperialis set a few months back, in part because I love the look of these aircraft. However, my personal favourite (the Valkyrie) wasn’t released… until now. The next box will take us to the skies over Taros, pitting the Valks and Lightnings (sadly the newer design rather than the original pattern) against the Tau craft. I haven’t yet got a game in of the core sets, but I can see the Tau being long range, high power aircraft, lobbing missiles and railguns at incoming targets matching to the concept of them being more modern than the midrange/close range brawlers of the Imperial Navy/Orks.

PURCHASES

Despite going to Vapa, I managed to actually not spend anything on new figures. I’m actually very close to a major move so adding things to a lead pile doesn’t really make sense right now.

So instead, I picked up anther carry case and box from KR Cases. I decided to go for the wheeled one, both for the protective element but also the fact it takes cardboard cases (of which I have a few) letting me easily pack them away). I’m actually quite looking forward to being able to get everything packed up, complete with a little bit of extra space.

HOBBY

As I mentioned before, I went to Vapa in York on Sunday. I always enjoy starting my year off with the show, seeing friends and catching up with traders while admiring the game. This year seemed pretty busy and great, a good mix of sellers and demo games (such as the rather cool Entebbe game above). Overally, it’s a good start to the year, especially if you manage to escape without having spent a penny!

As for my own hobby time? Well it’s been a little quiet this week. I’m in the process of some life changes so I had very little time to sit and paint. What time I did spend was mostly on writing some rules I’m wanting to play around with (details soon). And the rest? Well I really like just assembling models, so with the aim of relaxing, I broke out some of the GW plastic kits I’ve had lying around. These Sylvaneth Tree-Revenants are a joy to build – although not super easy to vary poses the level of design on them, as well as various parts, lets you play around with them.


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

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Wargaming Week 27/01/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/27/wargaming-week-27-01-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/27/wargaming-week-27-01-2020/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12586 Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 20th through to the 26th of January. NEWS Surprisingly nothing – seems like everyone is busy getting ready for various shows or preparing for the delightful situation we’re going to be in at the end of the month. PURCHASES The one thing that arrived this week is Zona … Continue reading Wargaming Week 27/01/2020

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 20th through to the 26th of January.

NEWS

Surprisingly nothing – seems like everyone is busy getting ready for various shows or preparing for the delightful situation we’re going to be in at the end of the month.

PURCHASES

The one thing that arrived this week is Zona Alfa, the latest book from Osprey’s blue book series. As someone who has a super strong interest in STALKER, Metro, Escape from Tarkov and other similar stories, the idea of setting a game there has been at the forefront of my mind. From a quick read through, this game definitely sounds like my kind of thing. Of course, with my current collection, I might relocate it to the wastes of a semi-post-apocalyptic middle east when I play but it should be hitting a tabletop when I have a chance.

The other… Okay I bought some more stuff for fantasy. As I’ve started writing scenarios and lore, I’ve realised there are some characters I’ve been desperate to add. I had a little accident at Games Workshop, picking up a few packs from their fantasy range. The Darkoath Warqueen is a fun looking model and will be an exciting character to come up against. The Dark Elf Corsairs I’ve pictured above (including their captain) will be a vital part of the plot, seeing as the players will be working for the other side. Finally, I picked up another pack but I’m not quite ready to share. Both because I’m not sure I’ll be able to paint them properly but also I don’t want to give the game away too early for my players.

HOBBY

So this week has been a little bit of an odd one as (aside from assembling a few plastic kits) I’ve spent most of it focused on a single figure. This is because I’ve actually been focus on improving my skillset, as well as implementing an idea I’ve had for ages. I’m going to actually write a short post on the process of converting a Frostgrave wizard to look like Moira, a favourite character of mine from Overwatch, so I can pass on some of the stupidity that I came across as well as showing off a lot of WIP photos.

I also received my wet pallete. I’m already a fan of it, letting me keep paint going overnight. I think it will become very useful once I start painting my platoons up. More thoughts as I use it.


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

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Wargaming Week 20/01/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/20/wargaming-week-20-01-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/20/wargaming-week-20-01-2020/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12572 Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 13th through to the 19th of January. Blog Stuff I got back to my fantasy project! Really happy with the response to the first post -this has been a side project I’ve been working on during my downtime last year. I’m really excited about actually getting the figures … Continue reading Wargaming Week 20/01/2020

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 13th through to the 19th of January.

Blog Stuff

I got back to my fantasy project! Really happy with the response to the first post -this has been a side project I’ve been working on during my downtime last year. I’m really excited about actually getting the figures on the table – both for the gameplay but also just because they are some lovely models!

I’m also really excited as I’m playing around with a setting I’ve worked on with a really good friend of mine. She’s been cranking out maps of the various countries alongside our world building and I can’t wait to show them off!

NEWS

Speaking of fantasy, here is a nice upcoming release from my local MDF wizard, Supreme Littleness Designs. He’s making some modular Frozen City ruins, perfect for any skirmish game where you want some verticality. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on 4 Ground for when they are released.

Next up, Black Site Studios showing off a pile of scenery perfect of some fantasy skirmish gaming. I’m a big fan of their stuff, and this bundle seems perfect for making a board suitably dense for that style of game. Definitely something I’ll be thinking about soon.

And just to prove I haven’t been lost to swinging swords, Tabletop Tactical Simulations is back with another truck kickstarter! This time, they are bringing a range of Ural trucks to the tabletop, perfect for any number of theatres as long as you paint them right. I’m usually put off by the fact it’s 1/56 but I have to admit, I’m kind of tempted to give them a look and see how well it works.

PURCHASES

Nothing!

HOBBY

More painting, all thanks to my 15 minutes+ a day. It’s really good for just getting small stuff finished. For example, these two turrets – sat on my desk for literally months while getting the energy to paint the camo on the gunners. However, I managed to get them cleaned up and good to go. These are both for the Bazi forces, something to make their Humvee’s pop out among the legion of US vehicles. Additionally, I don’t fancy coming up against either of them in a dark alley!

Speaking of not fancy fighting them, the other two things finished this week was my second LTV and the monstrous Land Warfare RWS with its 30mm cannon, ATGM and coax medium machine gun. I really like this kit, and having two of them means I can deploy a full 8 man patrol under protective cover. Next stop, convoy.

Finally (inspired by my Christmas game of Chain of Command), I started playing around with a test figure for my own Empress British. I only managed to get the base colours on, but it looks the right tone. I’m looking forward to only having to do a single piece of camo gear, as opposed to a whole figure. Fingers crossed I’ll finish this guy off this week.


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

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Project Fantasy Skirmish – Update 1 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/16/project-fantasy-skirmish-update-1/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/16/project-fantasy-skirmish-update-1/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12530 So it’s been a while since I last talked about Fantasy Skirmishing. Mainly because, like a wargames butterfly, I was distracted by something shiny and disappeared off into doing non-wargaming things for a bit (as well as losing motivation). However, this didn’t stop me picking more models and continuing to think about adventures Name Change … Continue reading Project Fantasy Skirmish – Update 1

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So it’s been a while since I last talked about Fantasy Skirmishing. Mainly because, like a wargames butterfly, I was distracted by something shiny and disappeared off into doing non-wargaming things for a bit (as well as losing motivation). However, this didn’t stop me picking more models and continuing to think about adventures

Name Change

First of all, you may notice the name of this project has been changed. The reason is pretty simple – after finally settling on a story or setting, I realised dungeons would end up only being a little part of the games I’d want to play. Sure progressing through a maze of tunnels is fun, but so is ambushing carts on a forest road, brawling in the local tavern or even sneaking past the town guards through the streets of some fantasy town.

The other reason was the lack of chandeliers in most dungeons.

Setting

I mentioned setting above. Well, I’ve been talking with a friend, often about story ideas, and we came up with a fantasy setting to base some of them in. The world takes a lot of inspiration from other fantasy settings, along with a few twists of our own. Now, it’s still in development, so lots of things keep changing with it. You might see a few names change even between posts on this blog.

This is the continent of Eutanica, one of many on the Lonely Sphere. It is split between two rival kingdoms. In the North, the King of the Dark Elves rule – his navy crosses the seas to bring back slaves and plunder from other continents while worship of the twin Elven gods of War and Shadows powers his armies. In the South, the Queen of the Iron Kingdoms gives praise to the Morrigan, her nation a patchwork quilt of smaller kingdoms united under a common ruler. It advances ahead thanks to bottling lighting and using it to power a host of machines, from weapons of war to great Iron Ships. These two powers, once almost close to being united through friendship, were torn apart by a flashing blade and now exist in a state of semi-war.

And in between these two superpowers? The Marches.

Comprising of multiple smaller nations, The Marches are what have stopped these two greater powers from attempting to wipe each other out. None of these independent kingdoms has the might to challenge the Dark Elves or the Iron Kingdoms but neither would they be simple to overrun and subject. Instead, this separation has started a cold war, with both superpowers seeking to improve their influence over the buffer, gently pushing the balance of power. Both powers send their agents, such as the dreaded Dark Elf Shades and the Swordmasters of the Iron Kingdoms to assemble alliances, impress the locals and generally push their agenda forward.

And this is where the players come in.

The idea

I am a fan of narrative wargaming, to put it mildly. So my concept for this project is that each fantasy skirmish will be wired together to form miniature campaigns. Each “campaign” will represent a single quest, with the players picking small groups to represent their adventuring companies. And like every quest, each will begin with a meeting (sometimes in a tavern), progress through the mission’s various stages (with smaller battles) and usually end in some terrifying finale against a dangerous foe (ranging from rival agents to the undead to servants of the Elder Gods).

The actual battles will probably be fought using Open Combat, giving a versatile tool kit to build everything from a ratman with a knife up to Greater Demons of the Dark Prince (…maybe… if something goes very VERY wrong for the players). I’m only aiming for small battles so we don’t need to deal with things like ranked up groups. Open Combat is also relatively easy to bolt stuff onto, so weird effects like magic shouldn’t be too hard to stick on.

Painted Figures

Of course, all these games need figures. More importantly, my collection is full of unpainted fantasy figures that someone bought and the painting logbook is merciless. Let’s take a look at what I have done so far.

Iron Kingdoms Ruffian

Ruffians, rogues, scum of all kinds. A good recruiter will find them throughout the Marches, even if their quality does vary from soldier to soldier.

First model painted, this is a Ghost Archipelago crewman. The main thing here was getting used to contrast paint for the skin and painting things other than camo. There are going to be a chunk of these Ruffians assembled and painted. Mainly because these guys will form the core of most adventuring parties or (if not chosen) be causing havoc while working for rival employers.

Lacelle “Gordelan” O’Dicca, Swordmaster

Swordmasters are the Iron Kingdom’s main agents in the foreign lands. Trained in the ways of the blade and the wit, Swordmasters travel around to push their Queen’s agenda. Lacelle is one such Swordmaster. As fast with her tongue as she is with her blade, O’Dicca is notorious for causing havoc and mayhem wherever she goes.

One of North Star’s Swordmasters, this was one of those models I just had to have. Painting the puffy sleeves (in Iron Kingdoms red and white none the less) was especially fun. She may not be on the board very often, but I guarantee she will cause havoc.

Benfrey Jochman, Swordmaster

Perfectly paired, Benfrey is the yin to Lacelle’s yang. While she is fast talking and emotive, Benfrey is usually quieter, lurking in the corner of the tavern waiting to tell the poor saps she has hired exactly what they will be doing. In battle he works perfectly alongside the quick strikes of O’Dicca, often delivering crushing final blows.

The other Swordmaster, painted up to be contrasting with Lacelle. At the same time, the red and white cloth at his waist shows off his allegiances.

‘Mouse’, ThIEf

For many in Eutanica, poverty can often be a bad harvest away. Luckily, ‘Mouse’ has developed a very special set of skills to assist her in redistributing wealth in her advantage. And for a fee, she’ll join your adventuring group to use them for other purposes.

I really like this little figure. Small than the others in the range, she just looks the very model of a fantasy thief.

Syghilda, Dark Woods Wanderer

Between the lands of Siccarius and Ruskov lies The Dark Wood. Many leagues across, this dense forest is a place of superstition and danger. Some say that the Elder Gods themselves stalk between those trees, their servants living alongside humans who fled into there thousands of years ago. Occasionally, denizens of this forest venture out to live among the more civilised people of Eutanica. With pale skin covered in strange eldritch markings, they are worthy warriors, unnaturally tough and strong.

This was a fun model to paint. Lots of exposed flesh to cover in my attempt at tattoos and then a bright vibrant hair colour to draw the eye. She fits the Celtic barbarian idea that the Dark Wood’s inhabitants are supposed to evoke, even if she is a little bit more refined.

Ser Renault, Knight of Fransya

North of the Iron Kingdoms, Fransya is ruled by a monarch but the individual peasants owe the fealty to one of 12 Knightly Families, each with their own traditions. Blood matters little to these families – a knight must prove themselves worthy of the name, often by embarking on quests elsewhere in the Marches.

Honestly, super simple to paint but super evocative. I love everything about this model, from the posing to the mix of armour and cloth. I went for a simple tabard, as this questing knight hasn’t earned the right to wear his house’s full colours.

Zarqaa, Farisian Demon Hunter

Hailing from a land across the sea, the Farisian Demon Hunters travel the world to slay creatures of the Elder Gods wherever they may be found. Painting their skin in ash to hide their presence from the beasts, they have many tools to banish or trap their prey. The gold on their cloaks can attract wandering eyes, but the large sword is often warning enough.

Another evocative model, whose back story was written while painting. The mix of weapons and layers of clothing were fun to paint – a light coloured lower cloth is probably all she would need back home but the other layers hold back the chill. Plus, I’m excited to introduce this sort of character into quests.

The Old Lioness, Iron Kingdoms ADVENTURER

Not all heroes can settle into a quieter life. The Old Lioness is one restless soul, happier travelling the roads than settling down to live by a fireplace. Strangely, records of a woman resembling her have existed for centuries, leading some to question just how old she really is…

One of the Heritor models. I really like this set, and for her, I went with the old adventuer look. Drybrushing on the grey hair is fun, but also adding touches like armoured plate beneath her clothing to lure in the unaware

Death Knight

In ancient places, far from home,
In tattered skin and browning bone,
Metal rusts, fabric decays, all goes below,
But Evil is a hardier foe…

I don’t have to say much – this figure is one of those that got me out of my funk and back into painting. It reeks of evil and malice, standing taller than most other figures, thin but also worrying. This is an enemy that will appear in the finale, the corroded metal and exposed bone there to terrify the players…

Cultists of the Undead

The dead should say dead, say the Covenant of the Iron Kingdoms. However, dark magics exist in this world and some mortal men wish to put the dead to other purposes. These necromancers often form cults around their work, offering immortality in exchange for service.

These were fun models to paint. I think my gold was a little too thick (I’ve lost some of the detail on the masks) but it is a nice contrast to the black robes and corroded metal. Plus great weapons to smash apart those goodie two shoes wanting to interrupt their master’s work.

Skeleton Cultists

Although skeletons with rotting clothes may have a certain visceral horror to them, loyal acolytes are much better when dressed as they were in life. And returning them as the undead means they are much less likely to tell the local constables exactly what their master is up to when captured…

These guys. Skeletons in robes have a glorious comedy to them even while looking horrifying for the part. I had great fun painting the bone thanks to how easy washes and well-sculpted figures make it.


So that’s the new update done. Obviously, I have a lot of painting ahead of me, and a lot of games to plan. I’m in the progress of planning the first few adventures (which is mostly assembling generic scenarios and working out the right bad guys for them) but the main thing is going to be finishing off the figures I have while trying very hard to not buy any more. One of the advantages of fantasy is just how many ranges full of shiny things there are…

And what’s next?

Elves. Damn, dirty, scheming Dark Elves

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Wargaming Week 13/01/2020 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/13/wargaming-week-13-01-2020/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/13/wargaming-week-13-01-2020/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12533 Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 6th through to the 12th of January. NEWS View this post on Instagram And a bit more work on the previously shown models… #spectreminiatures #spectreoperations #modernwarfare #modernminiatures #ultramodern #tabletopgames A post shared by Spectre (@spectreminiatures) on Jan 9, 2020 at 5:07am PST Spectre has awoken from it’s Christmas … Continue reading Wargaming Week 13/01/2020

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 6th through to the 12th of January.

NEWS

Spectre has awoken from it’s Christmas break with a pile of new updates and releases. First up, previews looking forward. We’ve already seen these heads before but now we finally get to see them all armed up. It’s an interesting set of gear – the foreground figure is armed with a Galil assault rifle while one of those in the background seems to be using a short machine gun. I’m going to be interested in seeing what range these guys are part of, but they should be an interesting addition to the collection.

Ah, time for the return of an old friend. Technical Charlie was the first vehicle Spectre worked on, as you might have seen back in the original Kickstarter as the PMC Technical. Up until this week, the only way to get your hands on this chassis was to go hunting on eBay and pay silly prices. However, Spectre have decided to bring this vehicle back, giving you another pick-up truck to add to your forces. They are currently on pre-order and should be arriving late February.

The only thing missing from this release is the PMC gunner with PKM sat on the back. Fingers crossed we’ll see this guy return to action.

Finally, Spectre has also added a new starter set to the website, giving you a simple and easy way to get in Spectre Operations. The pack, as well as the Version 2 rulebook, includes two 7 man squads of Elite Operators (Russians and Task Force Operators). Now, the weapons given to them are… interesting? They definitely give you a nice mix of equipment choices (and would be great fun to paint) although maybe not exactly the pieces I would have chosen for a beginners pack. The pack is available for a limited time but fingers crossed the idea of a starter kit will be maintained.

PURCHASES

My Mum and Dad were planning on buying me a Citadel Painting handle as a surprise Christmas present. However, it went missing in the Christmas Post and so didn’t arrive in time. However, they instead decided to purchase another hobby tool I’ve wanted for a while – an Army Painter Wet Palette. This is mainly to stop me from wasting paint, as well as to replace the horrible piece of plastic I’ve been using. In addition, to bring up the order to get free postage, I added one of the TargetLock Laser Line devices. More details once they arrive.

HOBBY

My “15 minutes of painting a day” continued (only missing Sunday) and I managed to get a few more figures done. One more fantasy figure, two Spectre operators that have been on my to-do pile for ages and the Spectre Adviser figure. Painting every day has been fun and it’s nice to get stuff actually finished.

Unrelated, that photo above is awful but it is much as I have. Hopefully some lights I have ordered should improve it


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

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Wargaming Week – Christmas! https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/06/wargaming-week-christmas/ https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2020/01/06/wargaming-week-christmas/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/?p=12479 Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the Christmas Break! Blog Stuff In a shocking turn of events, I actually got two blog articles done! And posted! I guess most of you have read them. Before Christmas, I managed to get my impressions on the Sarissa Walled Compound finished. These kits have some great potential, and … Continue reading Wargaming Week – Christmas!

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the Christmas Break!

Blog Stuff

In a shocking turn of events, I actually got two blog articles done! And posted! I guess most of you have read them.

Before Christmas, I managed to get my impressions on the Sarissa Walled Compound finished. These kits have some great potential, and I can’t wait to get them onto the board.

I also managed to get up my battle report from Christmas’s game of Chain of Command. As always, I love playing it and this quick game has lit the fire under my backside to get around to painting up my own platoon.

and maybe a few tanks.

NEWS

Not much news as everyone was on their Christmas break, but Empress popped up out of nowhere with a release just around New Years. Their USMC Recon Pack is one I’ve been looking forward to since it was previewed – I love this style of figure, laden down with kit. This pack is full of wonderful details and weapon choices. I’m not currently playing Vietnam BUT this is definitely a pack that could be a great start for some long-range recce games in the light green.

PURCHASES/Presents

With it being Christmas, I got a few things hobby related things as presents. I usually end up buying myself models and paints when I need them (and but mostly when I want them) but reference books I go mad for them. This year, I was lucky to get two art books from games – Modern Warfare and Breakpoint. Although I think Breakpoint is a not particularly good game, the design work on it is packed full of possible inspiration. Modern Warfare, on the other hand, is a game I love and being able to see more about it – both artistic inspiration but also the development process. The final book, Leigh Neville’s Infantry Small Arms is just to keep me up to date with goings-on, as well as all the details.

In terms of purchases, I picked up a few things from Empress – the Middle Eastern Civilians and the new USMC Recce team. Both of these are sets of figures I’ve been excited about for a little bit, so I’ll be dropping some of my birthday money on them. I also grabbed some of the old Dark Elf Shades for my fantasy games. There will be more lore on how I’ll be using them soon, but they should be a fun set to paint up before springing them on unsuspecting players.

HOBBY

At the start of my break, I did nip back into work to pick up a few parcels, including some new arrivals from Spectre! As well as the new guys I picked up, I also got a lucky box! And first piece out was the cartel LAW figure that is as of yet unreleased. I also got a few other Kickstarter exclusives and some mainline figures (including the crouching Ranger).

But of course, the big thing over the holidays was beginning my 15 minutes of painting a day. This is my plan to keep on being productive with my painting pile this year but its also a great bit of relaxation. To begin with, I started taking a look at my fantasy project. Since December 23rd, I managed to get 12 figures finished. And frankly, I enjoyed getting everyone painted. When I have a few more ready, I’ll collate all my lore notes on them together and write up something for them.


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

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