06/07/2016 at 19:48 #44629
Continuing my saga in 15mm skirmish gaming, I’ve really lost my mind and can’t seem to stop. I’ve been working on a big Vietnam project (coming along VERY slowly, US Marine Corps vs North Vietnamese Army in the Battle of Dai Do), and I needed a few terrain bits, so I popped over to the Flashpoint Minis website (which is where my USMC troops are from). I perused a bit and spotted some stuff I needed, then I gave another look back at the figures and saw Flashpoint had put out a new rifle platoon, one for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, commonly referred to as ARVN, or “Ahr-vinn.” I looked at the pics of the figs and I just couldn’t help myself, I had to have some! So I threw them in the cart and the rest is history.
Now, I have no project plans for these troops, I really was just tackled by a case of the ‘ooh, shiny.’ And so without having a project in mind, I didn’t really know how to paint them up. I’ve seen early war pics of ARVN in plain green with dark green helmets, I’ve seen pics of ARVN in ‘duck hunter’ camouflage, I’ve seen ARVN Rangers with their crazy-ass yellow, striped helmets with the black panther on the front, I’ve seen ARVN Marines in woodland camo and tigerstripe camo. The possibilities are almost endless; as my buddy Jimmi (proprietor of Flashpoint Minis) said, ARVN troops were spotted in “…a bewildering array of different uniforms.” I have sort of daydreamed about doing some ARVN stuff, usually Fall of Saigon, or the Laos incursion, or some Vietnamese Marine Corps during the Easter Offensive, and I figured, ‘why limit myself?’ So it might seem a little goofy, but I basically did all the above, painting the platoon up in a bewildering array of different uniforms. Hope you like’em, I do, I’m very happy with how they turned out.
The LT (right) waving to the crowds while Big Sarge (left) tells the guys to bring the Cadillac convertible around, and the RTO (center) complains to his buddies on the company net. To see pics of all the poses in the force, please check the blog at:
Please leave a comment somewhere to let me know what you think, and I’ll see if I can’t get them into action in the near future. I’ve got plenty of troops ready for The ‘Nam, but I’m still lacking some vehicles and haven’t got much further done on my terrain tiles…
And I spent all weekend painting these guys (and some others I’ll post soon) up, so I didn’t get any games in, though the boy and I did playtest Two-Hour Wargames’ “Hell Hath No Fury” rules. We really liked them, so we plan on playing a co-op campaign following a German tank platoon from the 13th Panzer Division from Barbarossa to Berlin; we’ll see how far we make it. I’ve recently become aware that I might have too many projects going on…
Jack07/07/2016 at 00:01 #44637kyoteblueParticipant
Wowzer Just Jack those look great….You need to work on 3 projects Vietnam , Guadalcanal and Sgt Rock…….Panzer’s can wait !!!07/07/2016 at 11:34 #44666Rod RobertsonParticipant
“I’ve recently become aware that I might have too many projects going on…”. Ya think? Och, ya daft butterfly! You’re like a coccaine-cranked octopus manically juggling a bewildering cloud of wargaming projects and blog posts while all the timing wondering how to do more! And we love you for it you manic gamer extraordinaire! Bravo sir!
The ARVN look great, by the way. I read your blog post but the heat addled my brain so much that I have almost no recollection of what I read last night. I’ll read it again when my cerebral cortex stops boiling.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.07/07/2016 at 14:22 #44672
John – Thanks man, and I’m doing what I can to keep all these going. But the Panzers shall not wait!
Rod – Heat addled brain? In Canada???
Jack07/07/2016 at 18:17 #44678Rod RobertsonParticipant
Yes, Jack, the great white north gets hot weather too and my Inuit neighbours despair as they watch their igloos melt away! It’s been hovering around 31-32 degrees C for days now which is pushing 90 degrees F. Montreal is an island so that means high humidity and thus really uncomfortable conditions. Yes it’s not the triple digits of the dry US Southwest but it’s hot enough and I’m too cheap to buy air-conditioning for just two or three months of the year. I freely admit that Texas is hotter and has bigger everything, but it’s F’n hot here!
Cheers and stay cool dude.
08/07/2016 at 01:21 #44697
- This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by Rod Robertson.
Yeah, almost 90 degrees, that must be terrible 😉
I actually know how you feel; I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for a bit, so I know how your body gets acclimatized.
Jack08/07/2016 at 01:30 #44698kyoteblueParticipant
96 with a heat index of 106…….but paint drys fast…….
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