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TGBMWRC Appendix 1: Campaigns & Scenarios

This is the first appendix to The Great Big Modern Wargaming Rules Comparison article. It is designed to be read after the main article. I also repeat the disclaimer: I have done some writing for Skirmish Sangin and I am listed in the Spectre Operations book as a play tester.  First of all, I want …

Battle Report: Spectre Operations 01/12/2016

More photos and coverage of the game can be found at Pioneer Painting and SESWC This week’s wargaming took me back to Spectre, demoing the game for the first time to two members of the SESWC. I also wanted to put on a bit of a show and get lots of insurgents on the board. I had …

Lead Mountain II – Emergency Reinforcements

So my plan of working on the boiler suited criminals got tweaked last week after I arranged to run another Spectre Operations game. So rather than painting a load of redish brown boiler suits, I was instead rushing to get a few more insurgents painted up. The bulk of the figures are Empress Insurgents, painted …

The Great Big Modern Wargaming Rules Comparison

Part 2 is now available The Complete Edition is now available. In the new year, this post will redirect to the complete version   Before we start a disclaimer: I have done some writing for Skirmish Sangin and I am listed in the Spectre Operations book as a play tester. EDIT: Two appendices have been …

Lead Mountain II – MENA Civilians

First stage done – I have finished my MENA civilians from Spectre. The figures are perfect for civilians to dot the tabletop but their posing makes them easy to use as objectives or intelligence operatives (the guy in the baseball cap will probably be an undercover agent rushing for extraction). Painting wise, I tried to …

Lead Mountain II – The Bad Guys Strike Back!

If you have been following my blog, last year you would have seen The Lead Mountain – an attempt to paint all my figures. Well it went as well as you would expect the average wargamer’s attempt to paint up everything would go. I also drove myself mad and posted up repeated posts going “I …

Battle Report: Black Powder “The Battle of Newark 1776”

Up until now, I have only been writing reports for modern wargames battles.However, seeing as my fellow wargamers at SESWC report on all the games they play, I thought I should follow them and branch out a little to show the variety of games that are played down the club. This week – Black Powder! A …

Spectre Operations Starting Lists

As a fan of Spectre Operations, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Spectre Operations Wargaming Group. Due to this, I’ve seen a fair number of people looking to get into the game for the first time and seeking advice as to what they should be getting in terms of figures. True, you …

Battle Report: Spectre Operations 03/11/2016

If you haven’t realised based off previous posts, my wargaming opponents are split between friends down in York and SESWC up in Edinburgh. Having introduced Spectre to the guys in York, it was now time to try it out with the Edinburgh crowd. Here is how things went down After the SAS operation robbed them …

Battle Report: Spectre Operations 23/10/2016

I’m writing this just after two weeks of manic work and then a weekend away getting back to the airsofting/shootmans for the first time in a while. Airsoft was really good, great site and I got to rock and roll with my favourite airsoft gun that hasn’t been used in a year (thanks Timehop for …

Testing Report: Skirmish Sangin 08/09/2016

The last few reports I wrote were done in a narrative fashion. I’m not abandoning that format, but as this is a special game I’m going back to a more descriptive style. Rather than using a pre-made scenario, I instead decided to spring on them a brand new, beta version of a scenario I had …

Model Wishlist

Updated: Added The Squad from Special Forces One of the joys of ultramodern military wargaming is the absolutely massive amount of reference material. Reality is obviously a starting point but modern and near future can pull from a huge number of different media sources, from games to movies to tv shows. There is also a …