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About the Project

For the past few years I've been running my wargames blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog, cranking out a post a week talking about Ultramodern Wargaming (post 2001ish). Topics vary, from looking at recent releases and older ranges to tactics to battle reports (when I can get a game in).

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WARGAMING WEEK 17/12/2018

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Wargaming Week returns!

And then I go on my Christmas break…..

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/12/17/wargaming-week-17-12-2018/

IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE MINIATURES EMBER TEAM

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And I’m back! Different day (expect this to always be different) but same time and with a brand new feature post! I’m taking a look at Spectre Miniature’s Ember team


As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/12/15/__trashed-2/ (no idea what’s going on with the permalink)

WARGAMING WEEK 10/12/2018

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Not much wargaming news in this Wargaming Week but I am changing how and when feature posts are coming out! For more details, check the post.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/12/10/wargaming-week-10-12-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 03/12/2018

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It’s Monday so Wargaming Week time. Also the gears are starting to grind, the blog working itself back into action. Maybe it’s time for new posts soon

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/12/03/wargaming-week-03-12-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 26/11/2018

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Anyway, after a day’s delay (I was mostly away from the keyboard with some family things for the last few days) here is this week’s update! Including these new guys

Photo from Spectre Miniatures

As always it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/11/26/wargaming-week-26-11-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 19/11/2018

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Starting to see some movement, maybe there will be more than just Wargaming Weeks going up on the blog soon. But for now, here is the latest update.

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/11/19/wargaming-week-19-11-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 12/11/2018

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New week, new wargames news time.

Photo from Spectre Miniatures

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/11/12/wargaming-week-12-11-2018

WARGAMING WEEK 05/11/2018

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It’s Monday again so it’s time for Wargaming Week!

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/11/05/wargaming-week-05-11-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 29/10/2018

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It’s monday so time for news! It’s Wargaming Week!

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/29/wargaming-week-29-10-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 22/10/2018

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Hey so big news in this Wargaming Week

I’m going to take the next few weeks off from writing the Friday features. More details in the post but basically i just want a break. And finally get round to painting these guys

The rest of the post is, as always, on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/22/wargaming-week-22-10-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 22/10/2018

RANGE IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE TIER 1 OPERATORS

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A frequent question people have when starting to collect Spectre figures is which range to get first. For those wanting their own tiny Special Forces team, the Task Force Operators range is obviously the first stop. However, for sheer versatility, I really have to recommend the Tier 1 Operators.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/19/range-impressions-spectre-tier-1-operators/

RANGE IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE TIER 1 OPERATORS

WARGAMING WEEK 15/10/2018

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It’s Monday so yada-yada Wargaming Week

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/15/wargaming-week-15-10-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 15/10/2018

IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE S.W.A.T.

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Today’s post is up and we’re looking at some more figures from Spectre

One thing that’s great about wargaming is just how broad you can be. From 54mm games where players control single figures, all the way down to tiny scales where you are basically playing with painted pins to represent your armies of soldiers, there is something for everyone. And even within relatively niche periods, such as Ultramodern wargaming, there can many different settings that let you play out the whole breadth of modern-day gunfighting.

One setting that Spectre provides for is the modern day cops and robbers, thanks to their range of both criminals and armed police. These are ideal for anyone interested in this setting and today, we’re going to take a look at their SWAT team.

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/12/impressions-spectre-swat/

IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE S.W.A.T.

WARGAMING WEEK 08/10/2018

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This week’s Wargaming Week update is now up!

It’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/08/wargaming-week-08-10-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 08/10/2018

RANGE IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE DENIABLE OPERATORS

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Although wargaming for most is focused more overt actions (complete with all the firepower you might want), for most of history covert action has played an important role. TV, films and games are filled with deeds of low profile agents fighting wars in other people’s countries where they are not supposed to go. The frequent refrain of “we’ll deny you even exist” is probably becoming a trope at this point. If you’re wanting to bring some low profile guys to your own tabletop, the Spectre Deniable Operators are perfect.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/05/range-impressions-spectre-deniable-operators/

RANGE IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE DENIABLE OPERATORS

WARGAMING WEEK 01/10/2018

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It’s Monday so time for a new wargaming week. Lots of news on Tiny Terrain’s upcoming Kickstarter as well as much more.

As usual, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/10/01/wargaming-week-01-10-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 01/10/2018

PROJECT HUMVEE – WEAPON OPTIONS

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This week’s post is now up – Project Humvee rolls on! This time, more guns!

Last time we looked at Project Humvee, we’d just finished adding another chassis to our convoy. In this post, we’re going to add some more weapon options. When running scenarios, it’s nice to be able to pick from a selection of gear, so the hot-swappable turret system is perfect.

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/28/project-humvee-weapon-options/

PROJECT HUMVEE – WEAPON OPTIONS

WARGAMING WEEK 24/09/18

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It’s monday so time for a new wargaming week!

  • Giant boat!
  • GIANT BOAT!
  • More Russians!
  • New insurgents

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/24/wargaming-week-24-09-18/

WARGAMING WEEK 24/09/18

FORCE PROTECTION – FINISHING THE FOXHOUNDS

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This week’s post is up – we’re taking a look at the Evil Bear Wargames Foxhounds

Wargamers like building themselves piles of lead. This is a known phenomenon. Of course, having a blog does like to remind you of these lead piles, especially when you start cleaning up your blog of old posts.

One of the first impressions pieces I wrote, way back in May 2017, was on the Evil Bear Foxhound. Now, over a year later, and after watching some Humvees being ripped to shreds by an explosive device, I’m finally inspired to get my act together and get these wonderful little vehicles painted up.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/21/force-protection-foxhounds-complete/

FORCE PROTECTION – FINISHING THE FOXHOUNDS

WARGAMING WEEK 17/09/18

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This time on Wargaming Week

  • I played some games
  • Spectre released some models
  • And then some more stuff
  • Seriously Spectre keep releasing stuff
  • I start painting some buildings and vehicles

As always its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/17/wargaming-week-17-09-18/

WARGAMING WEEK 17/09/18

BATTLE REPORT – “TRAINING DAY” – SKIRMISH SANGIN

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It’s been a while but it’s time for a new AAR. I managed to get in a game of Skirmish Sangin, seeing the Aden Defence Force go up against local militia forces in the highlands of Aden.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/14/battle-report-training-day-skirmish-sangin/

BATTLE REPORT – “TRAINING DAY” – SKIRMISH SANGIN

WARGAMING WEEK 10/09/2018

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It’s time for a new wargaming week!

This time:
It’s just humvees. The blog is basically humvees now.

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/10/wargaming-week-10-09-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 10/09/2018

PROJECT HUMVEE – VEHICLE 3

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This week’s post is now up – taking a look at Vehicle 3 in Project Humvee.

In the last Project Humvee post, I has a chunk planning out Vehicle 3 in the project. Well, this week I managed to get around to assembling and painting it in preparation for next week’s game.

First stage was assembly. This was exactly the same as mentioned in back in the first post of Project Humvee. Vehicle 3 is actually the exact same setup as the Vehicle 1 (using HMV Upgrade Alfa) except with the addition of two rear mounted aerials. One is from HMV Upgrade Charlie while the other is the FLIR setup from the Comms and Countermeasures pack included in the Version 2 of Spectre’s stowage.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/07/project-humvee-vehicle-3/

PROJECT HUMVEE – VEHICLE 3

IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE STOWAGE VERSION 2

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Surprise Wednesday post! We’re taking a look at the new stowage options from Spectre Miniatures

Way back when the Razor was released by Spectre, they also added a stowage kit to the range so you could add all sorts of boxes, bags and launchers to your vehicles and troops. I took a look at original pack back in July last year and since then have bought it four times, explaining why lots of my troops seem to have gained AT4s and LAW. The downside to the pack was that is was often out of stock, leading to people missing out on it when new stock came in.

Spectre has decided to do a new version of the stowage range. As well as swapping to resin rather than metal, the pack has also been split out into five separate packs. This has also allowed them to expand the range, adding several new items.

As always, it’s on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/09/05/impressions-spectre-stowage-version-2/

 

IMPRESSIONS: SPECTRE STOWAGE VERSION 2

WARGAMING WEEK 03/09/2018

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We’re back with a new Wargaming Week!

This time:

  • Russians!
  • Humvees!
  • Space Marines!
  • Cool new releases!

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

WARGAMING WEEK 03/09/2018

PROJECT HUMVEE – STOWAGE AND PAINTING

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This week’s post is now up! Part 2 of Project Humvee is now up, taking a look at Stowage and Painting.

Last time in Project Humvee, we took a look into the basics of the Spectre range and assembled the chassis for the first two vehicles. This time around, prompted by the need to get some vehicles ready for an upcoming game, we’re going to cover the next step for this project. Adding some details, getting the current vehicles painted and then sorting out the next set of chassis and turrets.

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

PROJECT HUMVEE – STOWAGE AND PAINTING

HOLDING THE FORD – THE SECOND BOER WAR

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Wait this isn’t modern wargaming

I got a chance to play some “The Men Who Would Be Kings” and had a great time. Some photos are now up on my blog, as well as a few thoughts on playing non-modern stuff.

As always, its on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/29/holding-the-ford-second-boer-war/

HOLDING THE FORD – THE SECOND BOER WAR

WARGAMING WEEK 27/08/18

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Lots of updates this week

  • New releases from Spectre
  • More previews of upcoming projects
  • The 40k keeps appearing
  • I finally get to roll some dice!

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

WARGAMING WEEK 27/08/18

RANGE IMPRESSION: SPECTRE GRU SPETSNAZ

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Today’s post is up looking at Spectre’s range of Russian Spetsnaz

When looking at most people’s collections, it’s safe to say that Western SOF units make up most of them. However, for players looking for something different to bring to the table, the Russian Spetsnaz provide an elite force with some changes that make them visually and doctrinaly distinct. Spectre currently have a large range of Russian Spetsnaz available, and with a new group coming soon, now seems a perfect opportunity to look over the current range.

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

RANGE IMPRESSION: SPECTRE GRU SPETSNAZ

WARGAMING WEEK 20/08/18

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Small update this week, been busy in the real world.

However, we have got some interesting news and lots of goats.

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

WARGAMING WEEK 20/08/18

SPECTRE OPERATIONS: BUILDING A FORCE – IRREGULAR SUPPORT

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This is part 4 of an ongoing series on my blog looking at force selection for ultramodern wargaming.

In the first two posts in this series, we took a look at the basics of building a force, with posts looking at both task specific teams for infantry and the basics of vehicle use. In this part, we’re going to continue the theme of irregular forces (that we looked in post 3). As with previous parts, this article is designed primarily for Spectre Operations but many of the tactics are valid in all modern skirmish games.

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

SPECTRE OPERATIONS: BUILDING A FORCE – IRREGULAR SUPPORT

WARGAMING WEEK 13/08/2018

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 6th through to the 12th of August.

This week:

  • Banks!
  • Kickstarter releases!
  • More previews!

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

WARGAMING WEEK 13/08/2018

RANGE IMPRESSION: EMPRESS US ARMY INFANTRY

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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.

“When going back to do my Range Impression on the Empress SAS, I found myself delving into the release history of Empress. Which of course reminded me of their second release set, the US Army Infantry. Having just finished the Strykers, now seemed the perfect time to get the last couple of figures finished and take a look at this range.”

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

RANGE IMPRESSION: EMPRESS US ARMY INFANTRY

WARGAMING WEEK 06/08/2018

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Let’s start this Wargaming Week, covering the 30th of July through to the 5th of August.

This week:

  • Painting Strykers!
  • New releases from Under Fire Miniatures!
  • MBA showing off a Hemmett!
  • Crooked Dice going apocalyptic on vehicles!
  • White Dragon Miniatures have some quads!
  • Spectre Miniatures are covering more vehicles in stowage!

For more details, check it out on the blog at https://hntdaab.co.uk/blog/2018/08/06/wargaming-week-06-08-2018/

WARGAMING WEEK 06/08/2018

IMPRESSIONS: EMPRESS STRYKER ICV AND MGS

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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/

IMPRESSIONS: EMPRESS STRYKER ICV AND MGS

Extended Introduction

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Hey! Just to extend the stuff written up top. I’m going to be posting snippets of my blog writing here and then linking back to my site.

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

Finally, here’s a sneak peek into what tomorrow’s post will be looking at. It’s a big green, 8-wheeled machine.

Extended Introduction

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