Wargaming Week 23/09/2019

Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 16th through to the 22nd of September.


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 think about it.


Empress has been on a mad Vietnam vehicle release spree. First up is the M48, an ideal vehicle for the Cold War and maybe something for your third world nation to still be rolling around to suppress the locals. Like all Empress kits, it looks rather nice – I am a big fan of the two versions of the .50 cal, letting you mount it either on the coupla or on the simpler pintle mount.

The second release is another Vietnam classic still in operation around the world, the Cadillac Gage Commando. This armoured car is ideal for counter-insurgency operations and might end up on several battlefields in Bazistan.

Last weekend Spectre promised us a new release and this weekend we got… a limited edition model. Seeing as this weekend was the supposed raid on Area 51 by the internet, Spectre decided to have a little fun with it and released. The Visitor. This grey alien, complete with ray gun, is probably not something you want to let out of the vaults there. This is doubly important after you read his rules (available here).

Honestly, this is just a little bit of fun. The model is cool (although by the time you read this no longer on the store) but I think the rules should be interesting to reuse, especially as they remind me of a certain alien from the XCOM series. Good luck, commander.

As part of the board build, Spectre also showed off these Hescos. These seem to be coming soon, ideal for quick assembling a whole host of checkpoints and military bases. It’s cool to see these finally coming out from Spectre, as they are a neat way to get the baord lookign even better


Yeah, I picked up The Visitor. I’m not sure if I’ll actually use him on the field but he is a fun little model and my collector brain would be irritated if I didn’t.


I finished assembling all my tiny 40k planes for Aeronautica! These things are fun to build, the ork stuff especially. In fact, at this point, all of the jets are freshly undercoated and ready for the painting to begin! My plan is to get them all painted up before I even start looking at buying any additional aircraft.

The other thing I have done this week is actually assembling some plastic paras. I find assembly to be much more relaxing than painting, as well as being something I can do while watching stuff, so I ended up breaking out the box to make these lads. The kit is fun, although I do wish there were a few more bodies suitable for firing poses rather than doing the Para/commando charge.

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