Thursday, 30 April 2015

"What do I think about the U.S. involvement in the war? I think we should win it."

I decided I am going to do all my Flames of War: Vietnam titles in Vietnam movie quotes, guess the movie to win +1 internet points!

Next up is two squads of PAVN Infantry these come from the Infantry Company (VPABX07).
It was incredibly fun to paint these actually I did them probably over the course of two nights, I am much more used to very complex heavily detailed models so something so simple was rather delightful, just basecoat and a wash, didn't even go for highlights, I am much more fussy with the 15mm Germans, one of the nice things about something your less personally invested in I suppose! 

PAVN Infantry Company, AK47, B40 and 58 LMG teams.

You may have noticed the RPG teams are based in 3's not 4's like FOW recommends, this is simply for the sake of identification, when you are looking down on the table I was assuming that the sculpts would be hard to differentiate in the mixed platoons, 3 man per RPG really helps pick them out instantly.

They also blend in rather a bit too well with the basing, which is a bit of a no-no in miniature painting circles, and wasn't really my intention, that said it feels kind of appropriate for the North Vietnamese. 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Charlie Don't Surf...

But they do march! Starting a new project, the North Vietnamese Army or for Flames of War Vietnam, when Edwin Starr wrote War, I don't think he realised that it is excellent for games.

First off I painted a little sampler to get me started in the mood, a T-54 a MG and a Infantry base, I feel painting a entire model like this helps me set my target and provides reference for my future painting.

PAVN T-54 (K-2), DShK and AK-47 Squad

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Garrison Armbrustschütze der Reserve

Here is an update with some Crusader Miniature crossbowmen, some of them have been given Perry heads for variety. The trestle gun came with the Hussite artillery piece from Kingmaker miniatures, the crew are Assault Group miniatures Spaniards with Perry miniature heads and the luggage is from Mutineer miniatures.

Garrison Armbrustschütze der Reserve
These troops form part of the Reserve corps of the Black Mountain Garrison. These troops form a vital part of the military structure of Ost Averland. They serve as part time soldiers manning the garrison fortresses, most of their numbers coming from men between the ages of 16-40 in the small local towns and farms in the foothills of the Black Mountains. They are required to maintain their own equipment and undergo twice yearly training duties after their initial training period, as well as occasionally rotating to Garrison duty in the mountains. Although not as fully trained or well equipped as the line troops of the Garrison, they provide invaluable defensive duty, particularly from the walls of the Garrison fortresses, and also occasionally in the field.

Reserve Equipment
The Reserve troops are not as well equipped as the line troops of the Garrison. They can be seen wearing partial plate armour, leather and maille rather than the full plate of the line infantry. The crossbows used in the field are the claw cranked versions for a more rapid rate of fire. The trestle gun is being utilized in the field due to the initiative of it's crew rather then being part of Garrison protocol.