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Edinburgh

Hi all!



I've been running my site ChargeBlog for a while, focusing on looking at the options for Ultramodern Wargaming (i.e. anything past 2000). Every week I aim to produce a new article on the topic be it looking at figures, vehicles and terrain, talking tactics or battle reports. There are side projects that might stray out of the time period but nearly every week, a new moderns post. I only recently realised I haven't been positing to here and I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys think of what I get up to.

If you’re looking for some good starting point, here are a few of my best posts:

THE GREAT BIG MODERN WARGAMING RULES COMPARISON COMPLETE EDITION – A comparison of the various modern wargaming rules

DEMO GAME – OPERATION DRAGON’S HOARD – A project log of me creating a demo game for Skirmish Sangin. Yes, that is a crashed C130

PROJECT HUMVEE – INITIAL IMPRESSIONS – My first impression of the recently released Spectre Humvees

BATTLE REPORT – “CLIMB TO GLORY” – SKIRMISH SANGIN – A reccent battle report showing the US Army going up against Insurgents in Bazistan

The schedule for every week is:
Monday: Wargaming Week – My hobby update and Ultramodern Wargaming News
Wednesday: Side Project Day – any updates on side projects goes here. Won’t be every week but should be relatively frequent
Friday: Something for the Weekend – your weekly dose of Ultramodern Wargaming

Today's post will go up at 1200 UK time (as they always do unless word-press messes up) but here is a sneak preview





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This week's post is up! We're taking a look another vehicle for all you US Army fans, the Styker ICV and MGS from Empress.

"Playing as US force in Ultramodern tabletop wargaming is like being a kid with a box of toys. There are so many options that are available! On one side, you could be rolling around in technicals as SF advisers alongside local troops. Alternatively, you could break out the heavy metal and plonk the Bradleys and Abrams on the table. An interesting option is to roll out with a Stryker Brigade Combat Team and all the vehicles it includes."



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/03/impressions-empress-stryker-icv-and-mgs/

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Somerset uk

Nice to see some moderns on here, have actually dropped in on your blog quite a few times bud. Love me some spectre minis.

Am thinking of picking up some empress minis and vehicles. Keep up the good work.
   
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Nice stuff, have flitted around the edges of Modern gaming but never really got into it as finding the rules for what seemed like the best game (Skirmish Sangin) proved extremely hard, despite the fact that the writer lives twenty minutes drive away.

Make sure to update here mate, look forward to seeing what else you do.

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xKillGorex wrote:Nice to see some moderns on here, have actually dropped in on your blog quite a few times bud. Love me some spectre minis.

Am thinking of picking up some empress minis and vehicles. Keep up the good work.


Thanks! I'm currently on a kick of finishing all the Empress stuff sat in my lead pule partially finished.

ingtaer wrote:Nice stuff, have flitted around the edges of Modern gaming but never really got into it as finding the rules for what seemed like the best game (Skirmish Sangin) proved extremely hard, despite the fact that the writer lives twenty minutes drive away.

Make sure to update here mate, look forward to seeing what else you do.


I love Skirmish Sangin (so much I ended up co-writing a book for it). Heck if you're that close, you might end up being able to get a game of it with him :v

My plan is to update here for both the weekly posts (seeing as Monday's Wargaming Week includes the latest ultramodern news) so I'm sure you'll all be sick of me posting in a few weeks!

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Hell keep the updates coming bud, just put my hand on my unbuilt razor and ranger team from spec ops that need to be done. So many models too little time.
   
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Edinburgh

It's Monday so time for Wargaming Week. This is my weekly hobby update/news post which comes out every week. Expect lots of comments about "work slowing down". Also occasionally non-modern stuff sneaks in. This week, plenty of news!



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/06/wargaming-week-06-08-2018/

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I enjoyed reading your breakdown of modern games. Sadly, I have only played Force-on-Force/Tomorrow's War and I really enjoyed the rules. It is a great tool box to add the elements you want to focus and then layer on extras as you go. One of the best systems in Wargames IMHO

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Chargedog you appear to be French again...
Really looking forward to those quadbikes and well done on the Strykers.

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Must try some of the empress vehicles, want to pick up some of the usmc figs of theirs.
Also playing with the idea of painting up a few spectre guys and the two operator snipers as marsoc in a woodland scheme, i think the crye woodland just looks too cool not to do. Plus painting multi cam sucks lol.
   
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Easy E wrote:I enjoyed reading your breakdown of modern games. Sadly, I have only played Force-on-Force/Tomorrow's War and I really enjoyed the rules. It is a great tool box to add the elements you want to focus and then layer on extras as you go. One of the best systems in Wargames IMHO


Force on Force isn't my favourite game (I really like the smaller size stuff like Sangin) but I think it's an absolute classic that anyone playing moderns should try.

ingtaer wrote:Chargedog you appear to be French again...
Really looking forward to those quadbikes and well done on the Strykers.


hon hon hon. Pm'd an admin to fix the flag.

Thanks for the comments! White Dragon's stuff is great, I just need to get round to painting it. And mental preparing to paint all that MTP.

xKillGorex wrote:Must try some of the empress vehicles, want to pick up some of the usmc figs of theirs.
Also playing with the idea of painting up a few spectre guys and the two operator snipers as marsoc in a woodland scheme, i think the crye woodland just looks too cool not to do. Plus painting multi cam sucks lol.


Painting multi-cam is the bane of my time playing ultra-moderns. I like the Spectre process (available from their site) and it gives a nice end result but it just takes time. Also Crye kit in woodland is a nice combo.

As for the USMC, it's all great until you realise that (unless you're using the very latest TOE) you need 13 man squads :|

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This week's post is now up! Rolling on from last week's Strykers, we're taking a look at the Empress US Infantry range.



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/10/range-impression-empress-us-army-infantry/

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Nice, love Empress stuff and your At4 is really good. Do you have any of their Brits?

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 ingtaer wrote:
Nice, love Empress stuff and your At4 is really good. Do you have any of their Brits?


Thanks!

I have a Platoon + supports of the Empress Brits - absolutely love them. However, I need to repaint them in a better style of MTP which is going to take a while. I did a quick look at them WAY back in 2015 which you can find at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2015/07/12/british-army-platoon-completed/ but there are a few additional things to add.

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Super cool man. I've always been curious about modern stuff,but counter-insurgency just never spoke to me as wargame.

I like your idea of a fictional "Stan" though. Seems a really good way to break out of the box of the real world and use the models you want.

I would definitely want an Abrams.
   
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 Strombones wrote:
Super cool man. I've always been curious about modern stuff,but counter-insurgency just never spoke to me as wargame.

I like your idea of a fictional "Stan" though. Seems a really good way to break out of the box of the real world and use the models you want.

I would definitely want an Abrams.


Thanks!

Setting up Bazistan was a really fun project and the whole point was being able to run what ever I wanted. It's also a little nebulous so I could run some nation on nation stuff one week and then cut to counter-insurgency the following game. At some point I need to nail down the details for it's African counterpart Zaiweibo (and then start painting up all the figures for it)

Also having got the strykers, its inevitable that I'll be grabbing an Abrams at some point :v. I'm tempted to get a pair and set one up for US use while the other ready for service with a local nation.

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It opens up some really cool opportunities for US vs. local militia and Russian "advisors" ect...

Or hell, just straight open hostilities between British SAS and Chinese infantry.

I went to both Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantry Marine, and I gotta say, the thought of gaming either of them bores me to tears. I'm really big into military history (as I'm sure most reading this are) , and I could care less about the history of either of those conflicts.

Is the Sagin ruleset complicated? I've always meant to give it a read.

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 Strombones wrote:
Is the Sagin ruleset complicated? I've always meant to give it a read.


It's maybe a little bit more complicated than other rulesets like Black Ops, but once you have an understanding of how the rules work and have the quick reference sheet to hand for the modifiers, it starts to flow really well. This is definitely one to play with a small scale patrol/mission first to get to know all the details

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Love your blog, we use Force on Force for our gaming but thankfully all your stuff is great no matter the ruleset
   
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Edinburgh

RazorMind wrote:
Love your blog, we use Force on Force for our gaming but thankfully all your stuff is great no matter the ruleset


Glad you like it! I do keep meaning to go back and play some more FoF so there might be some battle reports coming up (once I get back into actually wargaming rather than working all the time)

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It's Monday so time for a new update! News and hobby updates inside!



As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/13/wargaming-week-13-08-2018/

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New post is up! Part 4 of Building a Force. This week, we're looking at th support options an Irregular force can take to help even the odds.



As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/17/spectre-operations-building-a-force-irregular-support/

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It's Monday so time for an update. This Wargaming Week is on the shorter side - it's been a busy one IRL



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/20/wargaming-week-20-08-18/

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MN

I wouldn't mind seeing a game of Black Ops and talking about it compared to Skirmish Sangin or other games.

Do you like Free Wargames?
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I need to make me some of those irrigation ditches, guessing foam cuts, painted, and in sections
   
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Easy E wrote:I wouldn't mind seeing a game of Black Ops and talking about it compared to Skirmish Sangin or other games.


I'll look into getting a game sorted out - although it might be a while, haven't got round to wargaming for a while and I feel the need for Skirmish Sangin.

RazorMind wrote:I need to make me some of those irrigation ditches, guessing foam cuts, painted, and in sections


I'll check with the guy who made them at the wargames club next time I'm down, get you the details.

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Edinburgh

This week's post is now on the blog, taking a look at the currently released GRU Spetsnaz range from Spectre Miniatures



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/24/range-impression-spectre-gru-spetsnaz/

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Monday has come round again so it's time for a new wargaming week.



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/27/wargaming-week-27-08-18/

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Not strictly modern, but I look forward to your Boer War report for The Men Who Would Be Kings.

I also agree that those FSB look pretty fun for all sorts of games.

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The Boer War post is now up in the Pre-WW1 forum

This week's post is now up! Part 2 of Project Humvee where I actually break out the paints and get to work. Also, planning the next one!



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/31/project-humvee-stowage-and-painting/

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It's Monday so it's time for a new Wargaming Week. I may have bought some things...



As always, it's on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/03/wargaming-week-02-09-2018/

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