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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

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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! The post Wargaming Week 11/11

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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 prepa

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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 c

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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 surrou

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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 t

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Wargaming Week 07/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 30th of September through to the 6th of October. NEWS First up we have a new rules alert. Zone Alfa is an upcoming ruleset from Osprey covering post-apocalyptic skirmishing in Eastern Europe. If that description brought up images of STALKER to your mind, this is pretty much it. I’m interested in taking a look at the rules – it’s a neat way of reusing modern figures in a tweaked setting or an excuse to add some more to your collection. Empress dropped a pile of new releases before SELWG. As well as some interesting Vietnam releases such as stowage that might be useful on vehicles, two more packs of Afghan civilians have come out. There is a nice mix of poses and characters (I’m a big fan of the woman pouring tea and the man carrying the bundle of sticks). These would all be perfect for scattering around a tabletop set before the action kicks off – perhaps the man gathering firewood ends up stumbling over a Special

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Wargaming Week 30/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 23rd through to the 29th of September. NEWS No news! PURCHASES A few paints for some ongoing projects were picked up, including some of GW’s Contrast paints to try out. You’ll see what I was doing with them later on… HOBBY So this week was a lot of WIP. I’ve continued assembling the paras, done a few more things to paint… and this package from Artel W in Russia arrived! I really have to recommend then and I am very impressed with what I received. Among the things in the box was this lady. She is currently very WIP but I’m looking forward to finishing her off. I’m thinking she is going to end up on the table for Necromunda or something similar. Now to resist picking up some gangers for her to torment… Finally, I painted some planes! The pair of Thunderbolts are ready for the table. Have to admit, I am enjoying this style of painting and can’t wait to get the rest of the Impe

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Wargaming Week 23/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 16th through to the 22nd of September. BLOG STUFF New post went up, taking a look at the Gringo40’s NVA figures I prepared for some MENA shenanigans. I’m a pretty big fan of them and will probably look to add some more to my collection as more are released. I can definitely see these as the US-friendly fighters, seeing as they look better equipped than the Spectre militia. Perhaps it’s time for some militia vs militia fighting, SF advisors helping either side? Less blog news but more writing news, I’m in this month’s Wargames Illustrated! Back in December 2017 I was asked to write an article for them to act as an introduction to wargaming the Ultramodern period. I delivered it to them during the Christmas break and then… nothing. Despite being advertised in some issues in 2018, I honestly thought it would never see the light of day. But it’s finally here and I can’t wait to hear what people thi

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Wargaming Week 16/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 9th through to the 15th of September. BLOG STUFF New post on the Gringo 40’s guys coming tomorrow! Just need to do the finishing touches to it. NEWS View this post on Instagram Working on a gaming table for next weekends release! We will be covering the build during the week. #spectreminiatures #spectreoperations #tabletopgames #wargaming A post shared by Spectre (@spectreminiatures) on Sep 12, 2019 at 6:26am PDT This week is a week of Spectre news! First of all, a massive tease from them – it looks like we have a big Spectre release coming this weekend seeing as they are assembling a new board for it. Including a hanger and a new pattern drone, it’s quite an interesting tease – guesses for what the new release is on postcards! Spectre also put out some releases. First up, the Contraband pack is the last set of objectives that were first available back at Salute. A pile of money and a pile

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Wargaming Week 09/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 2nd through to the 8th of September. NEWS Empress has had a pretty busy week with a literal pile of releases! First up, the M113 ACAV is now available in 1/50 scale as part of the Vietnam range. Coming with the all the parts you need to cover it in machine guns and perfect for rolling around the hills and streets of Vietnam, this is a cool looking piece of kit. I can see plenty of use for it outside of Vietnam and in Ultramodern settings as well, especially if you take off a few machine guns. Following on from Spectre releasing some of their Kickstarter exclusives, it’s time for Empress to do the same! Unlike the frantic ebaying that happened for me to get mine, you can now just order your own NZ SAS figure from Empress from the limited quantities left. I really like the look of this guy – he’s perfect to add as a leader to other Empress SF figures. Get them while they are still in stock! Empress are also entering t

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Wargaming Week 09/09/19

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 2nd through to the 8th of September. NEWS Empress has had a pretty busy week with a literal pile of releases! First up, the M113 ACAV is now available in 1/50 scale as part of the Vietnam range. Coming with the all the parts you need to cover it in machine guns and perfect for rolling around the hills and streets of Vietnam, this is a cool looking piece of kit. I can see plenty of use for it outside of Vietnam and in Ultramodern settings as well, especially if you take off a few machine guns. Following on from Spectre releasing some of their Kickstarter exclusives, it’s time for Empress to do the same! Unlike the frantic ebaying that happened for me to get mine, you can now just order your own NZ SAS figure from Empress from the limited quantities left. I really like the look of this guy – he’s perfect to add as a leader to other Empress SF figures. Get them while they are still in stock! Empress are also entering t

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Wargaming Week 02/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 19th of August through to the 1st of September. NEWS New releases from Spectre! This selection of four High Value Targets lets you add a really great character to augment a scenario. Each takes a different role, ranging from the Salesman gesticulating to a possible buyer, the Adviser perfect to lead your militia fighters while still remaining hands off, the General huddling the cold in his classic Russian coat and the Dictator in military regalia and with his cane. What’s quite interesting is where each of these figures are actually from. The General is one I haven’t seen before but the other three have been glimpsed. The Dictator was in one of the packs in the original Spectre Kickstarter (alongside the African Militia Warlord, African Rebel Warlord and a Sapeur themed leader) while the Salesman was one of the Kickstarter stretch goals. It took me a while to realise that the adviser had appeared first all the way back in 2015, appearin

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Wargaming Week 19/08/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 12th through to the 18th of August. NEWS First up, news from Spectre. Price rises hit all of us, and it looks like it’s now time for Spectre’s metal figures to go up in price. You’ve got until the 1st of September to enjoy the current prices. Additionally, they are working to improve their resin production, mainly to keep their stuff at better stock levels for as long as possible. View this post on Instagram New HVTs on the way soon! (Product will be metal, these are samples!) #spectreminiatures #spectreoperations #tabletopgames #wargaming #modernminiatures #modernwargaming A post shared by Spectre (@spectreminiatures) on Aug 14, 2019 at 4:00am PDT Of course, as soon I mention them quietening down, Spectre drops off this little preview onto Instagram. Two new HVTs for your tabletop. The figure on the right is a reproduction of the African general from the original Kickstarter, so this re-release might ex

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Wargaming Week 12/08/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 5th through to the 11th of August. BLOG STUFF No blog posts, but the first Forces List for the Bazistan Project is now up on the Patreon. Seeing as I already had them mostly planned out, I started with the Aden Defence Force. Being based on the British Infantry arrangement with a few tweaks, I’m looking forward to actually getting these squads on the table For the moment, everything on the Patreon is going to be free – so if you want to take a look you’ll find it here. Donating will let you jump in and comment as well as showing your support. NEWS No news! Everything has gone a bit quiet. PURCHASES No purchases! HOBBY Not much in terms of painting and gaming (mostly too busy finishing the article for the Patreon) but my order from Knights of Dice did finally arrive! After sucking air through my teeth at the VAT bill, this collection of MDF landed on my desk with a crunch. The apartment buildings are going

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