01/12/2017 at 18:38 #77556Just JackParticipant
As you may have noticed, I haven’t gotten much done with wargaming lately, but I did manage to get some more stuff from Flashpoint Minis (from my buddy Jimmi, who not only comes from, but lives, in The Land Down Under) finished up, photographed, and now posted! For the uninitiated, Flashpoint is my go-to for 15mm Vietnam-era stuff, which is where my US Marines (with M-14s, no less!), my ARVN, my Aussies, and my LRRPs/SEALs/Marine Recon/Rangers, NVA/VC heavy weapons, and most of my jungle terrain come from. Jimmi also has a little bit of modern stuff; Flashpoint is where my Somali bad guys come from, too. I’m trying to talk him into more modern stuff 😉
Jimmi and I were talking about a late 70s through late 80s-era irregular force; something to be used in Third World spots where Western factions, such as the CIA, might want to exert certain types of influence without leaving any footprints. So for awhile now Jimmi has been putting together unique packs of troops together that fit the bill. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
And now I’ve got a few more troops to add to the task force, as well as some scenic bits.
Here’s what I just finished. Yeah, I know it’s not a lot; like I said, I’ve been busy! 😉 In any case, there are two bunkers, two spider holes with guys firing, two cave/tunnel entrances, and eleven new guys. Let’s start with the new troops.
First up is “Bert,” and he’s a doozy. Bert is, or at least was, an extraordinary badass. Bert came up with the OSS during WWII, losing an eye on the way to becoming heavily decorated and rapidly promoted. Post-war he was assimilated into the CIA, which was cool for a bit; he served as a case officer and then moved into Direct Action Special Projects, serving all over Africa and Asia. But then his rapid promotions caught up to him, so he’s spent quite a few years now as a member of the Chairborne-Commandos. When the latest field project popped up he immediately volunteered and, to everyone’s surprise, Bert was selected by the Agency to run the mission. Sure he’s old as hell, overweight, and out of practice, but Bert knows he’s still a bad-ass. Only time will tell if Bert’s still got it.
To see a bunch more photos, please check the blog at:
So, there you go from now, a bunch more goodness from Flashpoint Minis. I hope you like the figures and terrain pieces, and I hope Jimmi is proud of them. I can’t wait to see them getting rolled out for some fights!
Jack01/12/2017 at 21:43 #77560Darkest Star GamesParticipant
Dude, love the guys! The hawaiian shirt cracks me up! And Lynrd from the backwoods of Alabama… ha! Sounds like you’ve got another great narrative in the works!
Jimmi has some great stuff. I’ve got loads of the same stuff as you (my M14 guys will be doing double duty as Marines and 173rd and 1str Div guys in Nam as they had them old rifles at the start), and did the LVT5P and How6 for him, as well as having some other stuff on the way for him.
Keep it up man!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."02/12/2017 at 04:59 #77566kyoteblueParticipant
Great paint jobs Jack!03/12/2017 at 19:19 #77726Ivan SorensenParticipant
This reminds me that I still have unused cover art for a “Dirty wars” game or supplement for…something.
Nordic Weasel Games
https://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/5701/Nordic-Weasel-Games?src=browse570103/12/2017 at 20:26 #77739Just JackParticipant
Darby – thanks buddy, I appreciate it, and I agree, he’s got great troops. On a side note, it sounds like you and I have plenty of Vietnam-era dudes, so I need you to help me pressure Jimmi into making modern guys 😉
Ivan – I’m not familiar, whatcha talkin’ about?
On a side note, the boy and I were knee-deep in some KG Klink IABSM again, but it’s so big we didn’t finish and I’ll have to post in two parts. I’m working on part 1, it has 233 pictures! We’ll have to finish the game next weekend.
Jack03/12/2017 at 20:33 #77740Ivan SorensenParticipant
“Dirty war” was the term given by the French to their fighting in Algeria (from what I understand) but I thought it’d make a great title for a game (or supplement or thing) focused on all those “Brush wars” in the cold war period you mention.
The idea would be a campaign game where you have to manage your troops, undermine enemy determination through striking at targets and so forth.
However, I haven’t nailed down exactly how to make it work yet.
It was originally intended to be a thing for No End in Sight.
Nordic Weasel Games
https://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/5701/Nordic-Weasel-Games?src=browse570103/12/2017 at 23:53 #77759kyoteblueParticipant
I look forward to your next AAR Jack.
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