31 July 2007

3rd Squad profiled

Here are the last closeups of the platoon - 3rd Squad. Once again, click for larger images.

For those interested in the bases, they are Battlefield Accessories Pacific pack (#BA48), containing 8 medium and 3 small resin bases, which I bought from Olympian games in Canberra.

30 July 2007

2nd Squad - Fall In!

As promised, here are some additional closeups of my Marine Platoon. This time, 2nd Squad takes post ready for the next patrol...
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28 July 2007

USMC Platoon Ready for Action!

After 2 months of preparatory training, my first USMC Rifle Patoon is ready for deployment to South Vietnam, Republic of.

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I'm very pleased with they way these figs turned out, actually and they are probably the best 15mm troops Ive done (No, I havent done many!). The Figures are all Flashpoint Miniatures, and the sculpted resin bases are by Battlefield Accessories (in FOW sizes). See my earlier posts on the clour used for painting the fgures. The Pacific themed bases pack has the nciely molded palm leaves, vines and rocks. I thought they were excellent, though the basing of the miniatures took longer than I had anticipated because of the extra spaces around the figure bases which had to be filed in.

The bases were spray undercoated black, drybrushed with Tamiya Dark and Flat Earth and detailed - rocks with Ral Partha Slate and the Palm leaves with GW Jungle green and a touch of Sunburst Yellow. Foliage is All Woodlands Scenics - Dark and Light course turf with some grass tufts added in using PVA glue. Actually, the grass tufts need some work still, I'm not really happy with most of them.

Heres the LT and the boys from 1st Squad (comprised of a Squad HQ of 2 men and 3 four man fireteams). Closeups of the other individual squad bases will follow shortly.

Now its into the boonies to find Mr Charles...

27 July 2007

15mm Nam Buildings

If you are after more bits for your Nam table, you may wish to check out these guys: http://www.frontlinewargaming.co.uk/
I havent seen any of these in the flesh (please let me know if you have), but they would be great if you are building a firebase





FOW Vietnam pics

Andy has posted some pics of his 15mm Vietnam forces - he has built a 7th Cav force using both Flashpoint and Peter Pig miniatures (and 14 diecast Hueys!). His group (the Cheltenham Warchiefs) have been gaming with a set of Vietnam mods to the popular Flames of War rules.

Here is a sample of his Airmobile force. You can see more pics of his US force and nice terrain here:

26 July 2007

Book: Australian Military Operations in Vietnam

Saw this cracking book today at a conference, a great read filled with good photos and graphics.


"From 1962 to 1972 Australia joined the United States in fighting a communist inspired insurgency war in the jungles of South Vietnam against infiltrators who sought to overthrow the local government. Over 50,000 Australians served in Vietnam, 519 lost their lives, and the conflict ended ignominiously in the insurgents' victory.

Over 30 years later, Australia again finds itself joined with the United States in a struggle against an insurgency, this time in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. Although now in the past, the Vietnam War resonates with lessons for the Australian Army as it strives to defeat not Communism but Terrorism. Australian Military Operations in Vietnam highlights some of the successes and failures of an earlier generation of officers for the benefit of today's leaders."

You can order it here:http://www.warbooks.com.au/IndividualBooks/InVietnam.html

25 July 2007

USMC Rifle Platoon nears completion

My first USMC rifle platoon is almost complete - Ooh-Rah!

The figs look quite good on the sculted Pacific Theme bases by Battlefield Accessories. I'll grab some extra foliage this weekend to finish them off and will post pictues then.

24 July 2007

New FPV BatRep posted

A new battle Report was posted last week, starring FPV author Anton. An NVA vs ANZAC scenario:

" Well we finally get a BATREP for a game played by two fire teams of Flashpoint Miniatures staff and helpers. Anton "Six Actual" Ducrot and Chris "Crunchie" Putan (2000 points NVA and VC including a MiG-17 for air interdiction) and Drew "Dragonfire" Birkmyre and Andrew "Foggy" Fogg (2000 points ANZAC's with a USMC Ready Reaction Force mounted in helo's), played a Free Fire Zone mission. Three allied VC cells held up the ANZAC left flank for several turns before finally being over run by the ANZAC's while the balance of the ANZAC's were face to face with two full strength NVA platoons. The NVA "popped" the recoiless rifles in an ambush on the unsuspecting ANZAC M113's on the ANZAC right flank leaving nothing but a pile of flaming wrecks. The ANZAC's never got a chance to call in the USMC as they could not get a clear LZ with all potential sites well covered by the NVA HMG's and AT-7 Saggers. It was a battle of attrition and a draw was called once resources, the beer, rum and pizza's, ran out. Kim "The Boss" Ducrot watched on in awe (yeah, right) supporting the communist forces while your intrepid reporter, Ken "TailEndCharlie" Cole, played scribe, photographer and waiter."
See some great photos of the action here:

21 July 2007

Paddy Field Modelling

I found some more neat terrain modelling tips and ideas at the War Factory website today.

Here you can find how to make paddy fields http://www.warfactory.co.uk/scenery/vpaddy2.php

or really flashy ones if you have perspex or glass available

And here is a great shot from the War factory site of a OV10 Bronco overflying some of their home made paddy fields

Brown Water Terrain Modelling

Shelldrake found this article at Eleven Bravo (formerly known as "Grunt!"), which details a great method for creating Delta like rivers for Brown Water Ops. Just the thing for that nice new PACV model... Check it out!

11 July 2007

ANZAC vs NVA BatRep posted

FP Miniatures has posted the frst BatRep on its FP-Reloaded section. Taken from a DFree Fire Zone scenario game played at Dragonfire Miniatures, you can see more of the action here: http://flashpointminiatures.com/batreps/fpr/vn/fpr_vn_batreps-0001.html

10 July 2007

PACV arrives in country

I ordered a model of a US Navy PACV in 15mm from Tim at Gomi designs last week and it arrived today. And a nice beast she is too!

This is what was advertised at TMP "The PACV (Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle) was used to patrol the Mekong Delta and Plain of Reeds. This resin kit with high quality metal parts is of the earlier SRN5 version. It measures around 4.5 inches long, 3 inches wide, and stands around 1.5 inches tall when assembled." These pics from TMP too.

The parts are very detailed and crisply cast. The main hull is resin and all the fittings are lead. No crew is available yet but they are coming in the near future. Cost: £8.99 plus £2.50 for postage to Australia.

I'll post pics of mine when she is sea worthy!

08 July 2007

I FINALLY got hold of some more Pacific theme sculpted bases so I can now finish off my USMC Platoon and the Company HQ...

06 July 2007

More ANZAC SAS pics posted

New ANZAC SAS pics posted to the Flashpoint website. I really like the basing on these - very nice indeed.

03 July 2007