Spectre Operations


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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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 t

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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 th

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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 hav

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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 p

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Wargaming Week 18/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 11th through to the 17th of February. NEWS Spectre have continued to show off more of their photos from V2. This latest batch includes some really cool combinations of figures, ideal for inspiring your next game. In addition to more photos, Spectre has also been talking about some of the rule changes, beginning with Suppression. This was something I found a bit of bugbear as I played and when I got to test V2 the changes basically dragged me back into the game. I’m planning an indepth look at the changes once V2 is released so keep an eye on the blog! PURCHASES No purchases, been busy with other things so haven’t had time to crack on with what I’ve been wanting to do. HOBBY Project WW2 rumble on as I finally assembled the Churchill I got as a present for Christmas. Building plastic kits are really fun, a nice change from the resin. And now having made it, I’m really tempted to get two more to build a fu

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Wargaming Week 11/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 4th through to the 10th of February. BLOG STUFF Writing and photos were taken of the LTV this week for the assembly stage. I’ll be moving it onto the paint desk soon. NEWS First of all, Empress and Paul Hicks have been very busy! As well as the WW2 range, Empress have released the first look at the Vietnam range. This US rifleman is all ready for Tet in 1968 and looks pretty great! I’m going to be keeping an eye on this range while trying to resist picking it up and starting YET another project. Spectre Miniatures are also pushing forward with work on V2 of the rulebook. This means they have been hard at work with the camera and this week they dropped a sneak preview of some of the images they have taken. I really like the style Spectre has with these, and I really need to improve my own skills in this area to make the blog even better. Managing to avoid last week’s wargaming week, Black Site has shown of

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Wargaming Week 04/02/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 28th of January through to the 3rd of February. BLOG STUFF There is blog stuff coming. I have a pile of it on my desk NEWS Tiny Terrain has shown off some previews of their upcoming Russian Tank Crew. Designed to go with their upcoming T-60, these guys are great for Afghanistan or Chechnya as well as a whole host of nations that use that style of kit. I’m quite excited to see them with the vehicle so well worth keeping an eye on Tiny Terrain’s page. After weeks of teasing, Spectre has finally released the LTV. And I don’t know about you but MAN does it look cool all painted up. I’m really a fan of the two-tone camo on one of the vehicles (especially after seeing it in person) and I think this will be a great addition to any motor pool, giving you more options when it comes to designing missions. It’s also designed to mesh well with the HMV range, with many of the turrets, stowage and add-on items able

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