Spectre Operations


Wargaming Week 17/06/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 10th through to the 16th of June. BLOG STUFF New post this week (only just) looking at the Drone systems from Spectre Miniatures. I think none of these are required to play ultramodern wargames but having them lets you expand out what you can get up, giving you more options on the table top when building you scenarios. NEWS It was E3 so lots of gaming news. However, ultramodern wargaming wise, things are pretty quiet… For now. PURCHASES No purchases for wargaming this week – I’ve been upgrading my PC and then getting ready for my 1:1 scale wargaming event next weekend and so needed to get ready to operate. More details on all of that stuff next week! HOBBY Painting! First of all, I finished off the two drone operators this week. First of all the Tier 1 operator – I love these guys, especially because the painting is always so easy with the single block colours. In addition, I really like the details on

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Wargaming Week 10/06/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 3rd through to the 9th of June. NEWS First up in news, Empress has continued its modern day releases by bringing out a set of brand new elements for the Ultramodern Russian range. As well as the mortar team to bring them to parity with the other nations, there is also a tactical drone team (similar to the British one) and a two pack of EOD and signaller. The final pack is perfect for giving your forces an AT/AA capability, adding a MANPAD system as well as the RPG-29, an AT system designed for knocking out the more heavily armoured weapon systems on the battlefield. Much like the releases last week, this set are bringing the Empress ranges kicking and screaming into a situation where they can be used for a larger scale of battle. Also released this week by Empress was a pair of head packs which was very much a case of “something old, something new”. The Germans have got their older pattern of helmet, the classic PASGAT style seen

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Wargaming Week 03/05/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering… a long time. BLOG STUFF A new post went up last week! The battle report I played before I disappeared away to the US was a rather fantastic little game of Spectre Operations that did not immediately start off with a raging firefight. On the other hand, it shouldn’t have taken me three weeks to get it written up – however, on checking my stats it has already done really well. In bigger news, I’m back! My three weeks in the States was incredibly exciting (I don’t travel very much so even just going there was a massive change) and between the sitting in air-conditioned offices for meetings, I did manage to get out and explore the local area. Something I was very keen to go and do (and fitting for this blog) was hit the gun range and try out a few weapons. I quite enjoyed shooting as an Air Cadet and going again confirmed that if I had the opportunity, I would have another hobby to make me incredibly poor. NEWS O

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Partizan -has my opinion of shows changed

Ive not been to a wargames show for a while and had no intention of going to any more until I purchased some bits off a wargames forum and the seller offered to post or meet at Partizan ,so I thought a visit to partizan might make a nice change .I had a look on the Partizan website forprice and times it turned out the stated price was wrong .  On arrival there seemed to be bit of a mess with parking and some heated comments were being made ,with my previous career of event management I know that if you want to organise parking you need to have traffic marshalls on site and there were none for the wargames show but there were some organising things for another show in a nearby  building . Entry was pretty quick and I recieved a free figure which is a nice female which will fit into  any victorian era game although she is actually a german revolutionary ..Once inside we move around the show fairly easily I stopped at the wargames illustrated stand with the intention to buy a couple of their figur

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Wargaming Week 06/05/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 29th of April through to the 5th of May. BLOG STUFF First up big news – I’m going quiet on the blog for the next three weeks. In fact, by the time you read this, I’m probably just taking off from Edinburgh Airport and heading out to the west coast of the USA for meetings. Sadly, I’m not planning on doing any hobby stuff while I’m there so this site would be pretty silent. I will be keeping an eye on the news coming out and putting it up on my Facebook page but you won’t get a Wargaming Week until I’m back in the UK. NEWS 4Ground have released a brand new kit that I’m actually quite interested in. Ideal for filling the roads of the Bazistan Oil Fields with prizes for the insurgents, I’m impressed with how this kit looks. Perhaps something to pick up when I get back. PURCHASES Nothing! HOBBY In preparation for this week’s game, I finished off the minivan from Spectre

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Wargaming Week 29/04/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 22nd through to the 28th of April. NEWS View this post on Instagram Some work in progress shots of a new team on it’s way soon! #spectreminiatures #spectreoperations #modernminiatures #modernwargaming #tabletopgames #miniaturesculpture A post shared by Spectre (@spectreminiatures) on Apr 26, 2019 at 3:07am PDT First up, we have some new greens from Spectre. These guys look like some high tech operators, armed with a mix of modern weapons like the X95 Tavor, CZ Scorpion Evo and the Vector, all equipped with a mixture of attachments. Their kit also looks very modern. I honestly can’t wait for these guys – they really remind me of some of the contractors from the original Kickstarter which is a very useful style as they can be used for a whole host of different roles. Tiny Terrain are almost at the finish line with their T62, as the casting process has begun. They are looking for a May release date and I have

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Wargaming Week 22/04/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 15th through to the 22nd of April. NEWS It’s the post Salute lull so news is basically nothing as everyone rebuilds stock and recovers from standing in the Excel centre. The only exception is Empress who keep drip feeding previews for their ongoing Vietnam range. As always, it’s some fantastic work from Paul Hicks. PURCHASES Nothing! I’m working through the pile I have while getting ready for some time away. That said, having somehow lost some of my scatter, I might be rebuying the rubbish bags from Spectre. HOBBY First up, I finally managed to get the pile of UAVs from Spectre finished off and mounted on the flight stands. I’m going to do a writeup on them along with the MAARS robot and the Operators once I get them all finished. As for these guys, they were super simple – paint white, black ink wash to pick out the details. I was a little slapdash when spraying so some of the flight stand was coloured

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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, sho

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Spectre Operations v2 -preparation for 1st game

The second Edition of Spectre Operations arrived last week which spurred me into getting stuff ready for a few scenarios and possibly a campaign , the 2nd edition is much better laid out than the 1st and appears to be a great game ,we will find out at the club on wednesday . To help with scenarios and such I have done a bit of background fluff based on 3 of my favourite Africa in Flames type movies ,the wild geese ,Guns at Batasi and Dark of the Sun all great films with great characters .The FluffThe African country of Zembala is a ally of Great Britain since being a British Protectorate up until the mid 60;s when independence tore the country apart , a mercenary group rescued President Limbani and contary to news reports at the time he wasnt killed but was put back into power by the British , popular leader but internal unrest still exsists with a anti government militia led by General Ndofa ,these are sometimes backed by a group of religious Insurgents led by an ex military leader captain Abraham . The Brit

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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 – Careful

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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 A

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Streets of Bazistan. Ulice Bazistanu.

Last Thursday we had first try with Spectre Operations v.2. That allowed us to put us back to the fictitious country of Bazistan. However we were facing the NATO intervention. Some of the mercenaries taking care about their own gratification for their hard job, before they would be expelled by new government or whatsoever. In normal words, they just going to steal some money...W ostatni czwartek mieliśmy okazję na nasze pierwsze spotkanie z zasadami Spectre Operations v.2. To pozwoliło nam wrócić do fikcyjnego państwa Bazistan. Jednakże tym razem musieliśmy sprostać interwencji sił NATO. Część najemników postanowiła zadbać o swoje własne wynagrodzenie za ciężką pracę, zanim zostaną wycofani przez nowy rząd lub cokolwiek innego. Mówiąc normalnym językiem, postanowili ukraść trochę złota dla siebie...SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Michael ChargeUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Michael ChargeSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Michael ChargeFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Michael Charge1. Forces. Siły.MERCEN

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Battle Report – Operation Monte Carlo – Spectre Operations

Well it’s finally time. Spectre Operations V2 has finally arrived on my desk and it pushed me to go get a game of it together down at the wargames club. And having just watched Triple Frontier, the idea of contractors doing bad things for gold was sat on my mind. And then I found the gold marker from my demo game and an idea was formed. Background Due to the announcement of ISAF-AP’s intention to reduce the number of troops currently involved in direct ground operations in Bazistan, the recently formed democratic government of The Bazi Republic has decided to contract the Argo Corporation to run and assist it’s internal counter-insurgency programs. Using a core of trained contractors, (veterans of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan), accompanied with locally hired fighters (many former insurgents or ex-regime military), Project Final Hand has been a strategic success, clearing several areas of rebel activity entirely as well as making strides in others. Their success has been a key featu

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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

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