Wargaming Week 15/04/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 8th through to the 14th of April.

BLOG STUFF

My Salute report went up! People always seem to like them (maybe because it means they get to see Salute without risking their wallet) and honestly, showing stuff off is one of the bits I find fun going to

A few people said they were quite impressed with the photos which I’m shocked at seeing as I was (in many cases) running and gunning with the Pixel 2XL. It does an incredible job no matter what you throw at it and I’m really hoping the Pixel 4 this year will keep the incredible camera.

NEWS

First up, Tiny Terrain last week showed off the DSHK coming to their Chechen war. Both sides will be receiving support weapons in the next wave. Also mentioned is the T62 coming soon with a tentative date set for May.

After receiving them at Salute, Empress has been drip feeding out new sculpts for the US Marines in Hue. There are plenty more on Empress’s Facebook page, showing off a few really nice variations. Keep your eyes open for the full release soon I guess.

As you saw in last week’s pile of shame, White Dragon Miniatures released a literal pile of new models at Salute. From the entire Taliban range (including bikes) to Foxhound and Quads, Courage In Contact is slowly expanding out into a full range. It’s a really good looking set of figures and I’m right in the middle of getting both my Brits and Taliban all together.

Spectre has started their recovery from Salute. As well as cranking their way through the last few pre-orders, and getting stock back into action, they have been starting work on the next set of releases.

The mask in the photo above is a Russian made respirator. Based on that, we’re probably looking at some more CBRN guys. The question is, whose getting them? Russians are the obvious choice but this style is pretty old. Possibly the Militia might be needing some protection if they are handling the nuclear devices from the objectives packs.

Finally, not wargaming related but definitely part of the inspiration. The writer of Terminal Lance and the White Donkey is writing a new book I can’t wait for. Set in Afghanistan rather than Iraq this time, the artwork alone (including this very Metal Gear Solid inspired front cover). I’m really excited about it, especially as you don’t see media of troops in the upland portions of Afghanistan very much – after all, it’s normally deserts that everyone thinks about.

PURCHASES

I point back to last week’s post and the haul from Salute, while explaining why I’m not buying more figures for a while. That said, I am looking at a second LTV but it may wait a little bit.

HOBBY

Main thing this week is assembling all my purchases from Salute. In other words, lots of basing, lots of resin, and lots of undercoating.

I’ve also been taking a look at my pile of unassembled models which meant I built a lot of drones this weekend. I’m going to try and get them done sooner rather than later.

The main thing from this week in the hobby has been finally getting all these Brits ready for painting up. For the first time, I’m using Stirland Mud which means I’m doing all my base texturing after the undercoat. However, the WW2 project is slowly rumbling on.


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

Wargaming Week 08/04/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 1st through to the 7th of April.

Ladies and gents, this is going to be a short one. And mostly about Salute.

BLOG STUFF

My Impressions of Spectre Operations Version 2 are up! As I say in it, this new book is a real evolution of the game, rebuilding what was needed to make the game even better while still maintaining the core that made version 1 such an interesting game. You’ll be seeing me playing this a fair amount – as much as I love Skirmish Sangin, writing scenarios and handouts for it can be a bit of a slog. I’m working on making a way of speeding this up but for when I just want to grab a rulebook and go, Spectre has returned to being my go to product.

NEWS

SALUTE HAPPENED – EVERYONE GOT READY FOR SALUTE AND THEN WENT

PURCHASES

So I may have been a little busy at Salute – lots of wobbly shelves throwing items into my bag. Let’s run through the damage.

  • Spectre Miniatures – Carefully pre-ordered on Wednesday as I knew they would be sold out by the time I got there otherwise.
    • Baba Yaga – This year’s special edition will be a great addition to the undercover or bodyguard range. A nice dynamic pose really helps to see the character it’s supposed to be portraying.
    • Minivan – FInally! Steve from Spectre will stop having to listen to me begging for this! I’ve been desperately wanting a Minivan for operators to pour out of after watching S.E.A.L. Team do it in the very first episode. Civilian vehicles really expand the possibility space so get more on the table is always good
    • Objectives – I’m always looking for things to spark new scenario ideas and oh boy do the new objectives cover that in spades. I’m already looking at a few ideas, especially with that warhead.
  • Hasslefree
    • Modern Archaeologists – Okay, I love the games that inspired these two figures. More importantly, for all the things the remake of The Mummy with Tom Cruise did badly, it did interest me in the concept of some scenarios featuring archaeologists or treasure hunters working in an ongoing warzone. Keep your eyes open for these two popping up in a future game.
  • Militia Miniatures
    • Republican Guard – I’ll admit, I had taken a glance at the kickstarter for these guys and not been entirely sold on them. However, Westbury Wargamers (available on twitter and at their blog) showed them off in the metal and they looked pretty interesting. To add to my ongoing focus on the Middle East, I pick up all three packs for the Republican Guard. This should give me a team of regime loyalists/Bazi Royal Guard, complete with a nice commander figure ideal for a Special Forces team to attempt to snatch and grab
  • White Dragon Miniatues
    • Taliban – So this is a big one. I have been keeping a very close eye on these as they went through development and were previewed earlier year. Having now seen them in person, I just had to pick up the entire range, in a varety of heads, and get them on the board. There are some very clever design decisions, including some weapon combinations you just haven’t seen in use in other ranges. I think the double barrel will be a nasty surprise for an operator trying to breach and clear a location.

HOBBY

Between work (including some good news that might be slowing my hobby WAY down in May) and going to Salute, I’ve had a really slow hobby week again. I did manage to get a few odds and sods done, getting stuff mounted on bases and continuing some paint jobs.


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

Wargaming Week 01/04/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 25th through to the 31st of March.

BLOG STUFF

I put up a new battle report last week! I know how much people love the games, especially when I get new kit out on the tabletop and this being the first go with Spectre V2 was especially special. Even if the scenario didn’t work, people still had a pretty good time. I also enjoyed taking a little longer to do the write-up, letting me really think back and analyse the game, as well as thinking about what I can change in future games. Also it means I actually get some sleep after running the game!

As I’m writing this, I’m also a good chunk of a way through writing up some thoughts on Spectre Operations Version 2, talking about the new book as well as quickly going over the rules tweaks and changes. I’m expecting to get it finished before Salute but there is a lot of stuff to cover in it. Overall though, I’m really enjoying the changes.

NEWS

This week was Adepticon and Spectre was there, sharing a stand with Black Site Studios and their wonderful terrain. As well as a great demo board, it’s also acting as a little preview for what’s going to be coming out at Salute next week. The scenario markers from last week’s instagram preview were available as well as a mini-van in resin (something I’ve been asking for since watching them use one on SEAL Team) but the biggest news has to be the exclusive figure. Your own hitman, back out of retirement and taking down the mob. I really like

If you weren’t there, Spectre have said that the exlcusive figure will be available at Salute and online for a limited time. I am already throwing Spectre an email with a list of things on and I can’t wait to see it all in the flesh on Saturday!

Speaking of Salute, Eureka has also shown off some new things they are beinging with them. For anyone interested in Cold War Russian forces or using them for other things, the brand new heavy weapons should be an ideal addition to your teams. The figures are all brand new sculpts from Kostas and presented in Eureka’s style. The weapons are also a good set of additions – the mortar, AGS and SPG 9 have been released with Afghan users in the past but the new NSV gives you a much more modern machine gun than the DSHK. If you use the rest of the range, these guys are heartily reccomended.

PURCHASES

Nothing – it’s almost like there is a giant monster waiting around the corner to take all of my money as well as pulling me into London for the weekend.

Although speaking of Salute I have a few plans of things I want to pick up. As well as the latest modern releases, I’m really looking for some stuff to add to the scenery collection. Adding the walls helped to bring the table in the last battle to life, so my next step is to add more scatter style terrain. More importantly, greenery – I need to really bring the board to life and not just make it a sea of brown and tan.

HOBBY

This week’s hobby time has been pretty limited by a whole host of real world things (both good and bad). So honestly, just had a little bit of a week off from it. Probably the most involved thing I’ve done is sit down and have a proper read through the Spectre V2 rulebook!


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

Wargaming Week 25/03/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

The battle report from last week’s game is almost done – I’m just adding the last few touches to it, including a section talking about the scenario design and analysing the result. This is something that always comes up in the forum threads afterwards so taking a few days to get the infomation together myself makes sense.

I’m also starting to write up some thoughts looking at Spectre V2 and comparing some of the changes. From my first play, the final product is the same great game we had in version 1 but with many of the sticking points removed. More details coming soon!

NEWS

First up, Sarissa are showing off some new bits of scenery and this caught my eye. I’ve been thinking about what my collection is missing and a big part of it is greenery. These vine trellises would be a really great thing to add to compounds for a MENA situation, adding some green while still creating something cool to fight through.

Spectre have started showing off a few things coming soon at Adepticon and Salute by putting up a few images of their new objective markers coming soon. I recommend clicking through to instagram and taking a look; there is a really nice combination of military hard cases full of guns alongside servers if you want something a little more urban. I’m already thinking of quite a few scenarios to use each of them.

Not too be outdone, Empress has finally given the German Infantry released last year something to roll around in. To match their near future look, the Puma IFV could have rolled out of a sci-fi film, totting a 30mm cannon and ATGM under that sleek armour. I’m really interested in one and I can see it being a great addition to the range. The Germans now have both an IFV and a MBT from Empress, letting you build up a reasonable force using them.

And of course, the sound of Fortunate Son blaring through the sky can only mean one thing – the first packs of the US Marines in Vietnam are here. Two packs of riflemen, a set of M60 gunners (including both a team and two individuals) and a pack of grenadiers.

I don’t need a new period, I don’t need a new period…

Finally, just squeezing in under the wire as I finish writing this post, Supreme Littleness Designs has shown off a new release that will be coming out at Salute – a Colonial Fort. I think this one looks pretty cool, especially after having built some of Mike’s other stuff. Although not designed for modern, it could be an interesting setpiece for anywhere in the MENA region that had a colonial touch. Maybe the local bad guys have found a useful place to dig in, taking advantage of the fortifications. Either way, I think I’ll be looking to pick one up.

PURCHASES

Nothing this week, although my eyes are starting to look towards London and planning Salute purchases.

HOBBY

My main hobby time this week was spent painting up some scatter walls to get ready for Thursday’s game. Expect more pictures when I finish them (I only just got them to a playable state) but I really like them. They are a great addition to the board, making it feel more realistic and lived in. Now I just have to find where the rest of my scatter terrain has gone…

In other hobby news, no pictures but I managed to progress on the Sarissa Colonial buildings – they are all now undercoated and ready for me to start my process of washing and getting ready for the tabletop. Once these are done, it’s going to lead to some far more interesting street fights. I’m also hoping I can bring some extra colour to the game with them, not just tan.


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

Wargaming Week 18/03/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

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

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES

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

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

HOBBY

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

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

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


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

Wargaming Week 11/03/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

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

NEWS

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

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

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

PURCHASES

Nothing still working through my pile of stuff.

HOBBY

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

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


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

Wargaming Week 04/03/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

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

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

PURCHASES

No purchase this week!

HOBBY

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


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

Wargaming Week 25/02/2019

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

BLOG STUFF

I am just putting the finishing touches on a blog post covering my plans for the WW2 project. This will just be covering the intro, as well as a few things I’m aiming for with it. From there, I can start writing post about the individual bits, like the churchill I assembled last week.

Although as a bit of a throwback, Spectre has started talking more about V2. Which reminded me about one of the few playtest games I actually wrote about, Big Bird Down. With the news of the full release coming Soon(tm) I’m really looking forward to playing a few more with all the improvements that the team at Spectre have been working on for the past year.

NEWS

One piece of news this week – Spectre have brought back the Covert Package item to the webstore. This was something I was a fan of back when I was starting, letting you possibly try out new ranges without picking up a whole pack. I do have my concerns about all these blind box arrangements (people buying tons in the hope of getting a specific model is always a worry) but they are also pretty handy if you just need to push your order into the free postage category.

PURCHASES

No real purchases this week other than a Warlord base pack for my WW2 project. This should give me all the bases I need for my project (infantry, prone bases, Jumping off Points and Patrol Markers).

HOBBY

So hobby. Honestly, it’s that time of the cycle where I’ve been distracted by real life. I’ve recently had a positive change in my life that makes me incredibly happy but does require a little rebalancing of time between job, hobby and freetime. However, thanks to the antics of my wargaming buddies back in Yorkshire (Peeb’s Gaming Nonsense and GetWhimsical) I’m starting to get excited again!

That said, I did manage to break out the spray paint and get the LTV and Humvee IV undercoated and in tan. They only need a few extra tweaks and then they should be good to go on the battlefield (and in a blog post).

Also more prototyping! Managed to spend an evening making sure the concepts make sense and then a weekend playing around with it. The other person involved in it is wanting to have it playable for an event in March so we’re working to make sure it’s something that is fun to play right now!


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