26 February 2008
Armor In Closed Terrain - U. S. Army Experience In Vietnam
To establish the combat role of armor in close terrain operations by using U.S. Army experience in Vietnam.
In spite of the various spectacular victory achieved by armor inclosed terrain operations during Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War,the general military perception has been that the combat guidelines for armor mobility, firepower, protection and chock effect can only be exploited effectively in an ideal terrain of open, rolling country.
The valuable experience on armor operation in closed terrain during theSecond World War were shelved away and forgotten as soon as the war ended. Until 1966, the U.S. Army had no independent armored units deployed in Vietnam. The decision to deploy U.S. armored units to Vietnam was made only after a careful and exhaustive study done in 1966. Contrary to the impression of the U.S. Army planner, the study found that armored forces could operate effectively inVietnam. Soon after armored forces arrived in early 1967, they proved to the critics that their mobility, firepower, and protection could play an effectivecombat role in Vietnam. As a result armor played a pivotal role in Vietnam. In the final offensive mounted against South Vietnam, North Vietnamese Army has proved beyond doubts that armor was not out of place in close terrain.
The U.S. Army experience in Vietnam indicated that manymilitary professionals have over estimated the difficulties of closed terrain.Armor in Vietnam has proved beyond doubts that, with thorough planning and imaginative employment, armored forces can play a useful combat role in closeterrain.
The U.S. Army must acquire and expand a capability foroperating in close terrain. This capability could be acquired now by re-examining and analyzing tactics and techniques employed by armor in Vietnam. The equipment modifications and innovations that were achieved in Vietnam should befurther evaluated and documented. The lession learned should be transformed into relevant doctrines.
Read the full article here:
24 February 2008
Design & Development History:http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/m50.htm
Combat Footage of the Ontos in Action:
Good quality figures, dynamic poses but not as varied as the USMC figs I dont think, moderate levels of flash so some cleaning up required. Figs are quite detailed, but again not as much as the USMC figs (not that the NVA carried as much stuff). Generally very sound
What you get:
42 figs - and because I got them on sale, thats less than Aus 50cents each - cant argue with that!
All in classic Vietnamese sun helmets and armed with AK-47 unless otherwise specified:
1 Bugler, playing
1 Phone operator, kneeling
1 Kneeling scout
2 running, port arms
4 port arms with RPD LMG
2 standing with SKS rifle
2 walking riflemen
4 aiming RPG on shoulder
7 Running riflemen (2 poses)
4 Squad Leaders right arm raised
4 leaders with left arm raised
2 leaders, hand on hemlet
8 riflemen firing (2 poses)
One of the leader poses is poorly done and the 2 halves dont match well, requiring a bit of file work. Overall, the figs are good and the price certainly was right, but I dont think they are as good as the USMC figs....or maybe all the detail on the Marines just spoiled me. Either way, these guys will make good opponents and they certainly have a dynamic range of poses.
More WIP pics to follow.
22 February 2008
21 February 2008
18 February 2008
The effect is not as striking this time, but probably becasue its not the first M48 off the production line and I knew what to expect. I'm still very happy with it though.
And just to give Charlie a scare....Rolling Hot!
17 February 2008
15 February 2008
13 February 2008
My only complaint (and its a minor one) is that the model comes only with decals for US Army insignia and not USMC options. I'm sure that can be resolved in short order. I also got a pack of Peter Pig's Huey Crew pack - the crew will be used in the Cobra, the door gunners in my diecast Hueys and the seated grunts on a few vehicles. If my Cobra comes out as nicely as the one in the review I will be very happy indeed.
In other news my mate Lucky is picking up a stack of Vietnam style terrain we ordered from Miniature World Maker (he had a sale on recently and we aren't made of wood you know...) so they will be reviewed here shortly.
I've also started on my second M48 tank. I'm doing it in exactly the same fashion as the one I finished last week so I'll just post pics of the completed vehicle.
04 February 2008
I cant say I have any special tips or methods, but I found the following sites very useful while doing my M48:
15mm vehicle painting tutorial
Very detailed painting tutorial
And some tips from GW on environmebntal effects on vehicles:
02 February 2008
So thats it - 1 vehicle down, heaps to go!
Ladies and Gentlemen!
We will begin firstly with a very happy New Years to all of our friends, families and supporters...
Well 2007 has come and gone and what a year it was... a big one for all involved no doubt, and with 2008 in its infancy an even bigger one is looming this year.For Flashpoint Miniatures it has been a year of trial and error, growth and experience, trial and tribulation. We have all learnt a lot in the process and have tackled each challenge as it has presented itself. 2008 is going to be a big one for us.
In February 08 Flashpoint Miniatures will be leaving the shores of New Zealand to relocate in the warm sunny state of Western Australia. This decision was the culmination of many factors including business opportunity and growth as well as personal oppportunites for Anton and his family. No solid plans have been set in concrete for the anticipated duration of the excusion but it is expected that we will remain in WA for a minimum period of three to five years. It will be an exciting and challenging move into the future but one that will see Flashpoint Miniatures itself going into minor hiatus for approximately 6 months, during which we will still be further developing and consolidating our current ranges and continuing to work on the concepts and plans that we have in the pipeline for late 08 and 09.
Flashpoint Miniatures website and forum will remain active for some time yet but our online purchasing facility will be going offline at the end of January 08 as will our ability to continue to support our retail network. Effectively we will be temporarliy closing down our operation until suitable production premises have been obtained our current plant and machinery relocated and our new machines purchased and trialled (this includes our long awaited resin casting plant)
Flashpoint Reloaded Vietnam our second major release will herald our new opening once we are systems ready (this is at present anticipated in last quarter 08).
I would like to thank each and every one of you who have supported us through our development and look forward to rekindling the fires of Flashpoint Miniatures later this year...
Flashpoint Miniatures Ltd
I think it will be good news in the medium to long term, and in the meantime I have a chance to get ahead on painting the things I have already bought from him before I go into another shopping frenzy! Note also that the Flashpoint Miniatures website is now offline.
The textured base is from Battlefield Accessories range (same as the bases I used on my USMC figs) - pack Vehicle Bases 2. So far its sprayed black, drushbrushed with Tamiya Dark and Flat earth in succession and the rocks painted Slate Grey.