Wargaming Week 13/08/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

On a roll from the week before, last week’s post was taking a look the US Army range from Empress. This is a range that I’ve been building up as part of a platoon project, ready for larger games and complete with various support elements. It’s not 100% finished so you might be seeing a few more US Army guys being painted up.

NEWS

We have a new arrival this week in the news. Black Site Studio produce pre-painted MDF building kits and this week pre-orders have gone up for a small bank. This grabbed my attention, mainly due to the various materials used and the detail available. The layout should be familiar for those used to hearing about a broken down POS drill and I think this kit could be great for those whose modern gaming is more “small town USA” rather than the middle east.

The day is finally here! Tiny Terrain has released the figures from the first Chechnyan War kickstarter. Seven packs of Chechens and five packs of Russians gives you a selection of figures to pickup (although I have heard they can be a little RPG heavy) and all are in Igor’s great sculpting style. You can pick them up from the site at https://tinyterrainmodels.wordpress.com/ .

Spectre had another lapse in the OPSEC and have shown off a new preview of an upcoming range. Having already been glimpsed in the background of some previous preview images, they can now finally reveal that the upcoming figures are some updated Spetsnaz. These guys are based off more modern photos of the Russian SF in action abroard and are armed with various versions of the AK12 along with PKP MMGs. If you look closely you can see some really nice detail on the clothing and webbing kit. However, my favourite feature has to be the backpack ammo feed on one of the MMG users. I don’t know why but its just so dangerously sci-fi. Seeing as these guys are full sculpted (and in a reasonable number for a release) they will be coming pretty soon.

In unrelated news, guess who is rushing to finish the pile of Spectre Russians sat on his desk. Expect a range impressions in the next few weeks.

But that wasn’t all! This week also saw Spectre tease and then release a new Luxury SUV for their civilian vehicle range. This is a nice counterpart to the other SUVs that Spectre have sold, giving a different style that will make telling the good guys in SUVs apart from the bad guys in SUVs. I’m looking forward to picking one up the next time I order from them.

If you’re wanting your own, you can find it on the Spectre site.

Yep, it’s that time of year! The Great Wargaming Survey is back for 2018, letting WSS know just what the wargaming public want to play and be in the hobby doing. As always, you get a 15% discount from Karwansary once you finish the survey and you can also enter to possibly win some prizes. As you might expect, Ultramoderns is normally quite far down the chart so lets see if we can change that this year.

You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8SBKF8L

PURCHASES

Nothing wargames related – much more focused on getting my way through the lead pile!

HOBBY

The big thing this week was finishing off the US Army figures. As you can see from the collection above, I have two full squads, a command element and a few support teams (such as the EOD guys or the spare fireteam. I’m tempted to pick up another pack so I can have the total of three squads (while pulling the squad leader out of the EOD team).

The next step for making this almost platoon size will be picking up another set of Strkyers to carry the rest of the platoon.

If you’ve been following the blog you know I’ve been busy with work reccently. However, I took Thursday night off – this was both to have some relaxation during a busy time but also to remind the local wargames club I’m still alive and still like rolling the old dice. This time, I managed to jump into a game of Frostgrave. We played it in 15mm (ish) and I had a whale of a time. There were wizards controlling bears, there were henchmen being flung through portals and there was some classic multiplayer shenanigans. Overall it seemed like a great little game – so maybe I need to grab some more magicians for the dungeon delving project. 

So what’s now on the workbench? Well the Russians have moved up the list but I’m also wanting to clear some table space. I have a pile of things I haven’t got round to basing and undercoating yet so I did some utility tasks. I even broke out some greenstuff to tweak the Empress US Sniper in Crye gear.

I’m still deciding on the post for Friday but it might be time for another part in the Building A Force series.


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

Wargaming Week 06/08/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 30th of July through to the 5th of August.

BLOG STUFF

This week’s main post was taking a look at Empress’s Strykers, in both ICV and MGS versions. These guys have been sat undercoated on to-do list for over a year but I just hadn’t got round to doing the final touches to them. Overall I really like them and I’m already thinking about picking up a few more as I get ready for turning the US Army troops into a platoon sized force.

Now I just have to get the other pair of vehicle sat on my workbench finished off…

This week also saw the first post of Side Project 1, covering me building the fantasy soldiers that will be going into the dungeon. It’s been a really nice change building plastic model kits and I’m tempted to go back and build some more adventurers and bad guys once I have the first batch painted up. I also need to work out what I’m going to do for the bases as my usual method won’t look really suitable for dank caves underground.

Also hello to all the new people joining ChargeBlog for the first time! I’ve started increasing how many sites I publish to so more people can see what I’m working on. Hope you all enjoy the site, the Something for the Weekend category is full of feature posts.

NEWS

Miniature Building Authority, who ran the successful kickstarter earlier this year for LMTV and FMTV trucks, have shown off the first glimpse of their HEMMETT. These look pretty sizeable and will come with a good range of cargo types including gun truck. Plan is to release in September with pre-order soon. There isn’t a huge number of trucks available for 28mm wargaming so these are worth keeping an eye on.

Crooked Dice don’t appear on here all the time but when they do it’s normally in style. They have just done a massive release for their upcoming Apoclypse setting including lots of stuff for setting up your vehicles for the harsh wasteland. Most of it is a bit too wastelandy for most modern settings but the stowage packs look just perfect for creating your SF vehicles. I really like the Landy above so might take a look at picking some stuff up for less military forces in Bazistan.

After much teasing the Cold War US from Under Fire Miniatures are now out. Three of the five packs are avaliable right now with two more (ATGM team and platoon command) coming soon. These are Under Fire’s usual standard of sculpting and I’m frantically trying to work out how I can justify picking up a set. Maybe its time to work on Zaiweibo’s army? They are up on Under Fire’s site so go take a look.

White Dragon continue to keep teasing us with more new releases. This time, it’s the quad bikes! I saw the prototype for these back at Chillcon and I know a lot of people are very excited for them. The fact they are now in white resin means these are very close to release. Keep an eye on White Dragon Miniatures for future updates.


Spectre Miniatures are hard at work on some new stuff but they drop a photos of some really tooled up vehicles. We’ve seen a preview of one of these vehicles before (the Humvee mothership at the back) but it’s great to see the different chassis all modded up. Most of the items are recognisable from the current stowage pack but there are a few items we haven’t seen before like the Javelin tube and FLIR camera. Expect more news coming soon. If you want some more pictures, a few close ups have been released on the Spectre Facebook group.

PURCHASES

Nothing – seriously!

HOBBY

As you might expect, the main thing this week was finish the Strykers off. It took me a grand total of an evening’s work to finish them off from the undercoat of green, just painting up the black elements, adding metal detailing and then dust for the final effect.

I’ve been busy with work for most of this week (meaning also that I ended up missing my local show Claymore on Saturday) so the rest of my hobby time has been pretty limited. However, I did fit in a little bit of time to put another pair of Space Marines together and start work on finishing off the pile of US Army guys sat on my desk. These guys should be the subject of this week’s post thanks to the relatively simple paint scheme – expect another Range Impressions soon.


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

Wargaming Week 30/07/2018

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 23rd through to the 29th of July.

BLOG STUFF

July’s month of Range Impressions is over with one last post looking at the Bundswehr from Empress. Now technically this is an impressions piece but shush, it’s looking at plenty of figures so it counts. I am so glad I got these done – they have been sat on the workbench partially painted for a while but I just had to push myself to actually put some time aside to get ready to do the camo. Having my holiday week off really helped refresh my joy of painting.

It’s been a while since I last reminded everyone of various links to other ChargeBlog things. I’m relatively active on various platforms so often you’ll see WIP elsewhere that you might not see here.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChargeDog
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/chargeblog/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ChargeBlog/

Lead Adventure Threads:
Modern: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=97949.0
Fantasy: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=110960.0

NEWS

White Dragon Miniatures are now showing off their next set of releases – some Taliban OPFOR for your Brits to fight. I quite like the look of these – there is some nice variety in the figures in terms of headgear and clothing. I’m looking forward to seeing them come out.

Tiny Terrain also some news promising releases coming soon! It’s finally time for the figures that were part of the Chechen War kickstarter (sculpted by Igor) to be available to the general public. Keep an eye on their facebook page and website for when they go live.

Finally, by the time you read this the LAV-III pre-order from Full Battle Rattle will be over. Standby for final update soon.

PURCHASES

I bought something for side project 2. Kill Team fever is in full effect. I grabbed a box of Intercessors and the Deathwatch details pack to get my kit started. I also grabbed the digital version of the rules and spent Saturday morning in bed reading up on it.

HOBBY

Obviously the main thing this week was getting the Germans finished off. I actually covered most of the painting in the post itself so time to talk about other things.

Wait these aren’t modern guys. I got all of my Frostgrave soldiers built up and ready to talk about. If you look closely you can see I had a good time using bits from the Cultists and Barbarians frames on the soldier bodies. More details in a post on Side-Project Wednesday

No, hang on these aren’t modern either. On a roll from the plastic glue, I ended up assembling a chunk of the box of Intercessors. These marines are definitely a bit more involved than the old Space Marines but look so much better. Except a post coming soon about these guys and Kill Team.

I also got some paint onto the Strykers that have been sat on my desk for over a year. It would be nice to get these things ready soon so when I get back to wargaming I can get an armoured convoy out.


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

Wargaming Week 23/07/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

This week’s post was a Range Impression of Eureka’s excellent ANP sets. I’ve really liked using these guys on the field, both for their look but also for the different opportunities they provide for a BLUFOR player. Going back and looking at these older ranges is really making me want to break them back out and write a few scenarios for them, ready for when I get a chance to hit the gaming board again.

Now I just have to finish painting the subject of Friday’s post…

NEWS

 

The Spectre preview train is a-rolling and they are showing off some more scenery options. And in the case of these walls, finally! Those walls were previewed last year at the Spectre event and I’ve been quite looking forward to them – chest high cover is pretty much vital for most battlefields so having some pre-made stuff is great. As well as the walls there also appears to be some stacks of boxes and supplies that seem interesting. More news when these get released and then I can finally get round to decorating my Knights of Dice buildings by adding some extra cover.

Spectre also surprised us this week with another release! This time we’re looking at the extended version of the Razor, seating four “internally”(as much as you can be on this vehicle) while still leaving the rear cargo bay free for storing kit and munitions. The kit uses the same upgrades and crew as the original vehicle (which I looked at back in my impressions) but there will be some additional crew and stowage options coming soon to take advantage of the change in setup.

Finally we’ve got a small update on the LAV-III from Full Battle Rattle Miniatures. The pre-order program is going to be finishing off at the end of the month and they are not quite at the goal they need to guarantee production. The end goal is the 29th of July – if they have reached the target number of vehicles production will begin, if not refunds will be going out. I’m really hoping they get the numbers but if not, I’ll still be picking up some Canadians to take a look at. Fingers crossed they work something out.

PURCHASES

I may have bought some more stuff for Dungeon Crawling. We’ll take a look at that next week.

HOBBY

Bases! Finally all of my odd sized purchases from Salute are finally on MDF bases. It only took them three and a bit months but they are one step closer to being ready for the tabletop. I’m going to sit down at somepoint and get everything that is waiting to be undercoated done. I’m quite excited about getting the bikes and animals ready for the table top – it should hopefully make missions involving the local population a bit more interesting.

I also managed to order the wrong bases sizes so for the next 40 or so guys they are going to be on slightly bigger bases than everyone else. But no one is going to notice, right?

Look, fantasy figures! The Frostgrave Soldiers box arrived and I eagerly jumped in with plastic glue and clippers. So far I’ve built half the figures from the box but, after seeing how modular they are, decided to pick up a sprue for the barbarians and cultists and get to work doing some hybrids. As such, construction has stopped until they arrive. However my greater concern is seeing how many bits are left over on each sprue after using the bodies. I’m gonna need a bigger bits box.

Also the painting of Germans has continued. I’ve gone back over the first colours and made sure it’s neat before getting into the camo on all figures BUT I managed to sit down and finish off the first squad. I’ll be going over the paint job in the post but it’s definitely one I wasn’t happy with until the final stage. More details on Friday!


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

Wargaming Week 16/07/2018

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

Blog Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchases

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

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

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

 


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

Wargaming Week 02/07/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

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

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES

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

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

HOBBY

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


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

Wargaming Week 25/06/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

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

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

NEWS

Three new pieces of news this time

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

Photo from Too Fat Lardies

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES

Nothing this time.

HOBBY

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


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

Wargaming Week 18/06/2018

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

BLOG STUFF

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

NEWS

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

PURCHASES

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

HOBBY

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

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


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