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Range Impressions: Eureka ANP

Posted on July 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s hard to wargame Afghanistan without involving any of the locals. There are many situations where missions should include elements of the local government, either being instructed by the coalition or providing assistance to make an operation seem less outsider focused. Among the variety of Afghan Security Forces, the Afghan National Police have been a consistent … Continue reading Range Impressions: Eureka ANP

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Wargaming Week 16/07/2018

Posted on July 16th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 … Continue reading Wargaming Week 16/07/2018

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Range Impressions: Empress SAS in Afghanistan

Posted on July 13th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Despite being a blog that plays around with new releases, it’s always important to look back at some of the older figures. Today’s range covers some models which are probably among the oldest sculpts in my collection but I still rank them among my favourites. We’re talking, of course, about Empress’s SAS in Afghanistan range. … Continue reading Range Impressions: Empress SAS in Afghanistan

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Wargaming Week 09/07/2018

Posted on July 9th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 2nd through to the 8th of July. This is going to be a short one as I’m actually on holiday, enjoying the UK’s current heatwave. As such, last week was pretty barren in terms of hobby (as I rushed to finish my tasks and then pack) and this … Continue reading Wargaming Week 09/07/2018

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Range Impressions: Spectre Task Force Nomad

Posted on July 6th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

In the past my impressions on this blog have been focused on the brand new, the recent arrivals, the purchases just made. However, there are plenty of figures that I have sat in various boxes that haven’t been written up on the blog (especially in this new format). So I think it’s time to break … Continue reading Range Impressions: Spectre Task Force Nomad

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Wargaming Week 02/07/2018

Posted on July 2nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 … Continue reading Wargaming Week 02/07/2018

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Impressions: AM General HUMVEE Enthusiasts’ Manual

Posted on June 29th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

In a complete reversal to my previous vehicle based project, I decided to pick up my reference material at the start of the project rather than just as it was coming to an end. Osprey does produce a New Vanguard on the Humvee series written by Steven J Zaloga (Amazon link: HMMWV Humvee 1980–2005: US … Continue reading Impressions: AM General HUMVEE Enthusiasts’ Manual

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Wargaming Week 25/06/2018

Posted on June 25th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 … Continue reading Wargaming Week 25/06/2018

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Spectre Operations: Building A Force – Irregular Forces

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

In the last two posts in this series, we took a look at the basics of building a force, with posts looking at both task specific teams for infantry and the basics of vehicle use. In this part, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the points relating to more irregular groups, … Continue reading Spectre Operations: Building A Force – Irregular Forces

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Wargaming Week 18/06/2018

Posted on June 18th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 … Continue reading Wargaming Week 18/06/2018

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Project Humvee – Initial Impressions

Posted on June 15th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

You know, after the 9 posts that was Project Technical, I think it’s safe to say that pickup trucks with guns mounted on them are pretty great. On the other hand, there is something to be said for a vehicle that is actually designed to carry a group of infantry over rough terrain while carrying … Continue reading Project Humvee – Initial Impressions

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Wargaming Week 11/06/2018

Posted on June 11th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 4th through to the 10th of June. BLOG STUFF Last week’s post was looking at Empress characterful Mercs, getting them ready for the tabletop. Expect to see these guys backing up my other mercs when things get really hairy. As you may have seen in Friday’s post, I’ve … Continue reading Wargaming Week 11/06/2018

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Empress Mercenaries Pack 1

Posted on June 8th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Although most modern wargamers take inspiration from current events, it’s fair to say it’s not the sole jumping off point. Games, TV, books and film all play a part in whetting the appetite for wargaming. Empress have noticed this and decided to give us a group of four mercenaries inspired by a certain group of … Continue reading Empress Mercenaries Pack 1

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Wargaming Week 04/06/2018

Posted on June 4th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 28th of May through to the 3rd of June. BLOG STUFF This week’s post was the last post in Project Technical, taking a look at the anti-aircraft options in the Technical range. It’s been a great time finishing all these vehicles and building up the collection. The next step is … Continue reading Wargaming Week 04/06/2018

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Technicals – High Speed, High Calibre

Posted on June 1st, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

One of the more interesting systems you’ll see on technicals is the use of anti-aircraft guns. Requiring a bit more engineering work than a simple PKM or a HMG (unless you want to flip your vehicle) these AAA guns are pretty useful to an irregular force seeing as they are able to easily engage a … Continue reading Technicals – High Speed, High Calibre

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Wargaming Week 28/05/2018

Posted on May 28th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 21st through to the 27th of May. BLOG STUFF Last week was a surprise double bill, looking at two areas of Technical weaponry. Wednesday saw a look at the Improvised weapons while Friday focused on weapons for the Bravo Technical. Project Technical has been fun to work on – … Continue reading Wargaming Week 28/05/2018

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Technicals – Bravo Equipment

Posted on May 25th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Ah, time to go back to old faithful. It’s safe to say that writing about pickups with guns has been pretty successful so far. This time, I’m taking a look at three new pieces of gear designed for the more modern of the technical models offered by Spectre, Technical Bravo. The Bravo has a much … Continue reading Technicals – Bravo Equipment

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Technicals – Improvised Weapon Systems

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

While writing Friday’s post I realised, except for a brief mention, I haven’t actually talked about some of the wierder weapons available from Spectre and how I had assembled them ready for hot-swapping into the technicals. Seeing as they don’t fit into either of the themes of the next two posts, and as a midweek … Continue reading Technicals – Improvised Weapon Systems

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Wargaming Week 21/05/2018

Posted on May 21st, 2018 under , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 14th through to the 21st of May. BLOG STUFF Last week’s post was kicking off a new project! B-Town is going to be packed full of me finally getting my MDF finished off and ready for the tabletop as well as lots of opportunities to try out new things. … Continue reading Wargaming Week 21/05/2018

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GDPR and ChargeBlog

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

Yep, it’s one of those posts. Time for a bit of housekeeping. Part of my weekend has been spent doing some spring cleaning on the site, fixing up some of the crud left over from running the same wordpress install since 2009. The other part has been working on some tweaks needed to bring the … Continue reading GDPR and ChargeBlog

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Project: B-Town – Part 1: More Impressions and Project Begins

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

It’s time for a new project! With the completion of Operation Dragon’s Hoard, my scenery projects have run dry (and less full of downed planes and dust). However, that doesn’t mean my terrain collection is all good to go. Since I started wargaming, I’ve slowly been collecting more and more MDF, all ready for a … Continue reading Project: B-Town – Part 1: More Impressions and Project Begins

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Wargaming Week 14/05/2018

Posted on May 14th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 7th through to the 13th. BLOG STUFF This week’s post was taking a look at Spectre’s MENA Regulars. I always find this style of figure really useful when designing scenarios (especially when wanting a change from hordes of insurgents). I’m every excited to see what comes next in this … Continue reading Wargaming Week 14/05/2018

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Impressions: Spectre MENA Regulars

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

It’s safe to say that most ultramodern games will probably end up with high tech Western forces up against irregulars. However, sometimes you’ll need some more uniform looking MENA forces to either act as the OPFOR or to act the role of the locals being advised or assisted. At Salute, Spectre released their first wave … Continue reading Impressions: Spectre MENA Regulars

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Wargaming Week 07/05/2018

Posted on May 7th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 30th of April through to the 6th of May. BLOG STUFF Last week was a two post week – Wednesday was taking pictures of Hammerhead 2018 while Friday was the last post for Operation Dragon’s Hoard. As I say in the post, it’s been real fun to run the … Continue reading Wargaming Week 07/05/2018

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Operation Dragon’s Hoard: The Final Run and Post Mortem

Posted on May 4th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This post should have been appearing back in March. However, General Winter came a calling and the final run of Operation Dragon’s Hoard was delayed due to the show being cancelled after an unexpected amount of snow. In my last post on Operation Dragon’s Hoard, I covered some major tweaks I’d made to the plane … Continue reading Operation Dragon’s Hoard: The Final Run and Post Mortem

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