Wargaming Week 02/12/2019

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

I’m writing this with a cold that’s making my head a bit fluffy so apologies for any mistakes.

NEWS

This week is Spectre news central. First up, a little hint of what’s coming soon and… it’s more John Wick. I’ll admit, not exactly what I’ve been expecting but they did list the first John Wick figure as part of a range. This guy is a lot more aggressive-looking than the first figure which should be interesting. However, exciting to see new figures on the way!

Spectre also has announced they will no longer be producing their resin products in house. Frankly, I think this is great – the resin work that Spectre has done recently is pretty good quality but there has definitely been a massive drop in release speed due to the team having to make each resin cast themselves. The team will be keeping their kit so it is possible we will see some limited releases using resin (such as con exclusives).

Finally for news from Vietnam, Paul Hicks is showing off some Recon Marines for the Empress range. I love the variety of kit and weapons on show here – it’s getting very hard to resist picking up just a few of them for fun.

PURCHASES

It was Black Friday this week! I picked up a few pieces of MDF from Sarissa I’ve been missing from my collection to finish out my urban middle east set. And while ebaying, I might have added a few more dark elves for my fantasy gaming. More details when they arrive.

HOBBY

I actually managed to get some hobby done this week! Mostly just assembling things but it still counts. First up, finally rebased my White Dragon Miniature figures onto some GW bases. I got these guys when the range first came out and then clipped the tabs off so they could go on my usual bases. However, the stabilty was terrible so I ended up pull them off those bases and… doing nothing with them.

Now however, after mounting the Taliban on their proper bases, I decided to get these onto something that matched and provided a little more support. Maybe now I can actually get around to painting them.

Speaking of painting, my bases from North Star arrived… along with a few extra metal models for fantasy work. I’ve started planning out the “story” that will go behind the quests these figures will end up going on, so now I’m excited to begin getting them all painted up. I will admit, I think the range of human fantasy figures that North Star stocks has to be some of the best.

Finally, I got around to getting my Empress Afghan Civilians on bases. These models are lovely, but I’m especially happy with some of the grouped sets, like the trio with the tea cups or the old man and his donkey. Once ready, I look forward to using these to add a bit more interaction between the players and the locals – perhaps gathering intelligence will become more of a part of the game?


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

Wargaming Week 25/11/2019

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

NEWS

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

PURCHASES

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

HOBBY

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


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

Wargaming Week 19/11/2019

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

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

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES

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

HOBBY

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


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

Wargaming Week 11/11/2019

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

NEWS

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

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

PURCHASES

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

HOBBY

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


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

Wargaming Week 04/11/2019

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

NEWS

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

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

PURCHASES

No purchases – got plenty of things to work on.

HOBBY

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

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


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

Wargaming Week 28/10/2019

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

NEWS

No news! Last week was a pretty major dump while this week is pretty much silent.

PURCHASES

After last week’s post, I grabbed some of Sarissa Precision’s compound walls – I’ve been looking to assemble these for a long time so being able to grab some pre-designed saves me a chunk of time. And honestly, walls help to really set the scene.

I also picked up a few more pieces for my Dark Eldar project – more details when they are ready, I’m looking forward to getting them built as I’ve loved them as a unit for a very long time.

HOBBY

Most of my hobby stuff this week has been behind the scenes, undercoating and basing. However, I did get two more Aeronautic Imperialis aircraft completed – ready to fly with their Thunderbolt wingmen, the pair of Maurdaer Destroyers are now online. Painting in this scale is a real change of pace from 28mm – four base colours, an ink wash and then a drybrush


The rest of my hobby time was eaten up by the arrival of the behemoth knows as Call of Duty Modern Warfare. It’s safe to say, I’m really enjoying it. Technical side, it looks wonderful and the crossplay means I can jump with my buddies on console while using a controller so I don’t get curb stomped.

But more interesting for this blog is the campaign which is packed full of interesting scenarios to borrow ideas from. The game is very definitely Modern warfare – there are several elements of the fictional nation that, if you squint, you will see exactly where they have come from. However, there are also some really interesting setups that you might see at some point on the tabletop – I won’t detail them here as the game has just come out but expect something on it soon.


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

Wargaming Week 21/10/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 14th through to the 20th of October.

NEWS

First up, Empress has released some Vietnam US Armoured crew, ideal for modifying all your vehicles for Indochina. As well as their use in Vietnam, I can see plenty of use in smaller third world nations in ultramodern, perfect to stand out from more modern US crew.

Delta Zero, an interesting looking tabletop game from the guys down under who do the Power Stance Gaming Podcast, is now on Kickstarter. I’m really interested in giving a go at the rules and see what it does (I’m expecting some similarities to Infinity due to the people involved) but I’m less interested in the figures. Some look really good (the SAS especially) but there are others that just don’t look quite so good.

Spectre has released the Hescos they have been teasing for weeks. Available in two sizes, these hescos are simple, ideal to be used in the construction of segments before being filled and surrounded with sand. It will be pretty cool to see what people come up with them – I’m definitely going to pick some up in the new year once I start assembling some firebase terrain.

Speaking of terrain, Footsore and Sarissa have finally released the the ambassador’s compound they have been developing together. The wall system seems really interested, a neat way of hooking the sections together to make them more stable. Available either as separate sections or in a bundle, this could be a neat way of quickly assembling compounds to fight over. I’m definitely looking at picking up multiple wall sections to go around the Knights of Dice stuff I have.

Finally, along with the Vietnam stuff, the WW2 British pack of officers is out. I am definitely going to pick a set up so my platoon is almost ready to be assembled.

PURCHASES

I’m actually working on a little side project, taking a break from the browns and greys of moderns to do some more sci-fi stuff. I’ve picked up a few units of Games Workshop’s Dark Eldar, planning to build a few small units for skirmish play. You’ll see more when they arrive.

HOBBY

This week’s hobby was painting more of my Eldar Outcast Bounty Hunter for Necromunda/Sci-fi skirmish stuff. It’s a lovely model from Artel-W and I’ve really enjoyed painting it, as well as trying out some new ideas. I’m taking a pause so I can get some more paints to get the palid face of an Eldar that has been stuck in the underhive for a long time. Fingers crossed, they should arrive this week so I can finish her off. I’ve had great fun with the GW technical paints, including the rusted metal I’ve used on the base.

And as a final touch before the end of the week, I finally painted this little guy. The Vistor from Spectre is a fun little model to paint up, and it was fun to do in just an evening. A few simple base colours and a wash or two and he’s ready to appear on the table… maybe mind-controlling a few operators.


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

Wargaming Week 14/10/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 7th through to the 13th of October.

NEWS

Arriving just too late for last week’s post, we have some brand new Empress WW2 Brits. These figures are just going to moulding and I have to say they look perfect – probably my favourite models in the range. These four are the command element, perfect for representing NCOs or officers in your force. I’m already parcelling out which one is going where in my Chain of Command Platoon – naturally, the old man in his greatcoat will be my Senior Leader. I am definitely going to pick these up ASAP – I really want to get these guys on the table, so a perfect kick in the ass to get going on that project.

Also from Empress is more Vietnam War previews! Now I don’t normally report on them (because there are new previews literally every day) but I am keeping an eye on them. This one is definitely one of my favourite I’ve seen and, more importantly, could fit anywhere in the MENA theatre with a few minor tweaks. I love just how well equipped this guy looks – even down to the optic on his RPG-7.

Spectre also popped up this week with a new preview of new models. And oh my – looks like we’re going back to Africa. The oldest of the Spectre ranges is getting some new additions. It’s great to see that revolver militiaman (who I previewed in Spectre’s Unreleased Models in October 2017) is about to see the light of day, alongside another similar looking fighter with an M16 with M203.

What I’m interested in is the lower pair. Dressed in robes and turbans, these guys are much more Boko Haram than urban guerrilla. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this range is going to look like, especially as I can see plenty of uses for them elsewhere in the MENA theatre.

Next up, White Dragon Miniatures! They went on a bit of a preview bender this week, uploading the images to the Modern Miniatures group (and nowhere else). So I uploaded them to my page to share the good news.

The next set of releases are all about support. The first preview is a pair of British Sniper teams, combining a sniper with a .338 L115 with a spotter using a sniper support weapon version of the L129A1. These guys are a step above what is available in the standard platoon, and getting them in two poses just increases the ways they can be used and mixed with the existing figures.

Of course, White Dragon Miniatures opening up the weapons company means more toys are coming out – including this heavy machine gun for a more “wide-area approach” to fire support. I do like the loader with his ammo box.

Naturally, you can’t keep all the toys to BLUFOR – even the Taliban are getting some heavy weapons with this DSHK team. The rocks on the tripod are a nice touch, just to keep it in place – a sign these guys actually know what they are doing.

Sally 4th posted up some interesting ideas on a possible expansion to their terrain range. Having done some kits for building up some sci-fi buildings, Sally 4th is investigating bringing the idea to the modern-day, particularly aiming for larger multi-room buildings. I like the idea of this – Sally 4th makes good products and the multi-media aspect should make it more interesting to look at than pure MDF can be.

PURCHASES

Nothing!

HOBBY

Another hammer of a week at work so no more hobby news. However, I have a few more things to assemble and base. I’ve also got next weekend at home so fingers crossed stuff will be painted.


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