Sunday, January 20, 2019

East Germans

Several weeks ago I took advantage of a sale at Plastic Soldier Company to pick up an infantry platoon of their 15mm Cold War East German figures, originally part of the Armies Army range.  The figures arrived several days later, but there was a bit of an issue...one of the light machine gunners was missing.  An email to PSC about the missing figure took a few days to get a response, but they eventually did, and I also eventually received the replacement figure.  Fairly decent service overall, with at least the willingness to make it right, even though it took a bi of time.

The platoon will be painted up with a winter scheme in mind, which is basically a white smock over the strictarn uniform as pictured.  I have some terrain I've been collecting, including a snow mat, and plan on finishing my Novus Design Studio Russian houses with snow on them.  Why Russian houses?  Why winter?  We'll just say that these East Germans got a little off course and wind up closer to the Arctic Circle than West Berlin.

The figures themselves are organized in eight man squads, and if one tries to obtain a true squad organization, well, just search for that on some of the gaming sites and see what happens.  Each squad has a squad leader, light machine gunner, an RPG gunner, one rifleman with underslung grenade launcher (which may or may not have been in use), and four other riflemen.  Apparently dismounted squads were of seven or eight men, and should have two light machine gunners, but I am not going to sweat that discrepancy.  I do need to decide on what sort of transport I want to give them, either BTR-60s (known in East German service as SPW-60) or BMPs.  I think I'll go for BTRs as they are just a cool looking throwback APC.
Picture from Armies Army blog

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

We Have a Little Bird Down

I say again, we have a Little Bird Down....

Taking advantage of the recent re-release of the old Cannon Fodder Miniatures range of 15mm by Slave 2 Gaming, sculpted by Greg Blake, I decided to get my Black Hawk Down project moving forward, but modified using a crashed MH-6 Little Bird instead of a Black Hawk,  (the former of which I conveniently have thanks to David Glenn, who created the terrain piece as part of a swap).  I've actually been thinking of using the Slave 2 Gaming rangers as part of a pseudo imaginary force, based on the Danish army.  Yeah, I know, I am goofy, but instead of going for a straight Black Hawk Down setting, why not?  While it appears that the Danes were not involved in many foreign operations beyond the Balkans during the 1990s, they have supported various UN and NATO missions since then, including in Africa.  Currently they use weapons that are the same or similar enough in 15mm to the Cannon Fodder U.S. Rangers, like the Canadian version of the M-16. 

The Cannon Fodder Africans are a mix of AK-47s, RPGs, and other light weapons.  I have shanties, North African buildings, the mosque and Olympic Hotel. 

We'll have to see what inspires me once the figures arrive...they are winging their way from Australia as I type!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Cannon Fodder Returns...

U.S. Rangers - picture from Salve 2 Gaming site
...well sort of....

Modern Africans - pic from Slave 2 Gaming site
Slave 2 Gaming, a newer gaming company, has picked up the old modern range first offered by Greg Blake at Cannon Fodder Miniatures.  This makes me very happy!  Why?  Because a few years ago when I wanted to do a 15mm Black Hawk Down project Greg had already closed his doors and the next company to grab the range only offered them for about five minutes.  Yes, there are other ranges one could use, but I have a bit of brand loyalty to Greg's figures...numerous years ago he sent me some of his 28mm Irish as a sample pack, gratis, which I thought was really grand of him.  He has also let me tinker with his
rules that he used for his Irish and 1920s China gaming, and I modified them and offer them free with his blessing (Yanks Up the Yangtze).  

The cost of the figures are a bit high, running about .85 cents each, and with shipping from Aussie land, I am paying around a buck per figure.  But, I want them, I have to have them, and I am sure the wife would understand.  

I ordered four packs, two of rangers and two of African militia.  I was tempted to order some Delta boys as well, but instead decided to do a Black Hawk Down lite sort of thing.  I've got the terrain well in hand for a small town setting, including a version of the Olympic Hotel and a large mosque.  

I am looking forward to receiving these figures and getting them on the table!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Weird Wars - Check Your 6!

A placeholder for some of the stranger conflicts to explore using Check Your 6!


El Salvador

F4U Corsair
P-51 Mustang/F-51 Cavalier

Honduras

F4U Corsair
T-33
T-28 Trojan

I have a couple of P-51s already, but would need to find some sort of scenario information.  Got this title on my wishlist as it might do the trick.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Off They Go!

Strange Encounter by Roy Grinnell
After some great communication with Kevin Hammond of Miscellaneous Miniatures, I have shipped to him my Raiden aircraft for both the Vietnam and 1948 Arab-Israeli projects, both are for Check Your 6!  The Vietnam project is based on the Crusaders Over 'Nam scenario book, and the 1948 planes are from the Wargames Illustrated 310 article "War of Catastrophe and Independence" written by Rob Wubbenhorst, along with an extra online scenario he created.  The aircraft I have will allow me to do three of the six available scenarios.  One day I'll have to order a few extra aircraft in order to game all six.  Regardless, I'll have some options for hosting events, particularly at the Check Your 6! Game Day held in Dayton every June.

Friday, November 30, 2018

New Decals From Miscellaneous Miniatures

VF-211 decals, from Miscellaneous Miniatures website
Just popped over to the Miscellaneous Miniatures website and what do I find?  Recently released 1/285th scale decals for Crusaders and Skyhawks, for units that are in some of the Crusaders Over 'Nam scenario book.  Talk about serendipity!  Time to get those lovely Raiden planes I received a few days ago sent off to be painted!
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