Wednesday, January 18, 2017

15mm Khurasan Private Military Contractors

All,

In my ongoing quest for cool-ass modern/ultra-modern forces, I recently picked up some Khurasan Private Military Contractors in 15mm.  Only ten men in the pack, but reasonably priced and great sculpts.  Which means I shouldn't, but I'll probably buy some more.  Oh, and you'll see eight of the guys have backpacks on; those didn't come with the pack.  They actually came from the Khurasan DEVGRU pack (bought one of those, too, will post soon), so I robbed Peter to pay Paul.  Need to ask Khurasan's proprietor if I can just buy some packs.

I'm going to be using these guys for my upcoming "Unit 101" series of fights.  If you recall the debacle that was "Operation Pay-Off," these guys will be Cuba's sword of retribution, chasing bad guys all over the world in "Operation Pay-Back."  So, for that I had to add some more troops to make a full-sized SOF platoon of sixteen men: I added two Battlefront SEALs (from the Vietnam range), a Eureka sniper and spotter, and a Eureka M-240 machine gun team (the Eureka stuff previously seen in my "15mm Private Military Contractors" post, and in the Operation Pay-Off batreps).

Ten guys, fantastic poses, pretty good proportions, great weapons.  With the packs from the DEVGRU code, I'll say great gear.  I'm very happy with these troops, can't wait to get them on the table.

First two poses, both with M-16s and EOTech sights, vests, pistols on their thighs.  My painting and photo skills aren't really up to snuff, but most of the guys are wearing sunglasses and have facial hair.  For those of you that used to watch the TV series, "The Unit," tell me the guy on the left doesn't look like Jonas.

Side view to show proportions and the pack.

Rear view.  Sorry, there's some glare on them...

Two more operators with M-16s.  Could be M-4s, I suppose.

Reverse.

An operator at left, and a machine gunner with Mk48 at right, which I thought was pretty damn cool.  No SAWs in the pack though.

Reverse.

Two more operators.  Look at that beard on the left, and aren't those great poses and well-cast weapons?

Reverse.

Two more operators, guy on right is the other dude without a pack.

Reverse.

The two Battlefront SEALs, painted up to match.

Reverse.  Great figures; you saw some of them (painted up in US Woodland camo) in the earlier "Operation Cro-Wings."

Well, that's the next force, more batreps to come (Unit 101 and my foray into WWII in the Philippines; if you missed it, on my new blog with my new teddy-bear fur mat, here's a link: http://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2017/01/another-new-blog-plan.html), so stay tuned.

V/R,
Jack

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What I Did This Week

All,

In honor of TMP's new board (gotta love new boards, right?), I bring you this post.  Actually, it just sort of matched up with what I had going on.  I've been working on various units for 15mm WWII and modern skirmish forces.  I'm nowhere near done, but I had a bunch that were painted but waiting on basing, so I decided to sit down and finally put the finishing touches on them.  Quite a few of these forces are not new, but are simply an expansion of previously completed forces.  For example, a couple months ago I bought, painted, based, and posted a QRF Modern French force.  But then I decided it wasn't big enough, so I went and got another dozen or so troops and had to take them from start to finish to complete the platoon.  Quite a bit of what I finished up was that sort of thing, though there were also a few new forces which, as is my custom, will get their own blog post.

Here's my big box of skirmish platoons, with the new forces and the previously finished forces that I added to.

Again.

Added about 15 guys to my Early-WWII US Marines (Eureka).

Added 14 guys to my WWII Japanese (Eureka).

Added four Reconnaissance and Surveillance (Peter Pig) guys, and eight Direct Action shooters (Khurasan) to my Modern Arctic force.

Added a dozen guys to my Modern Desert Marines (Peter Pig).

And my Modern Temperate Marines (Peter Pig).

This is a new force: 21 Somalis from Flashpoint Minis.

Added a dozen guys to my Modern Temperate French force (QRF, w/a couple Peter Pig mixed in).

And did up a whole new platoon, Modern Desert French (QRF w/a couple Peter Pig mixed in).

Added a dozen guys to my Modern Australian force (Eureka).

Added a dozen guys to my Modern Russian force (Eureka), and added a new flavor: eight Spetznaz troops (also Eureka).

Added about 24 guys to my Modern Middle East force (Peter Pig).

Added a new Special Operations unit, ten guys from Khurasan with two from Battlefront.

And then, for something totally different, I went 3mm.  I have Ben Lacy's "Operation Jupiter" scenario book, a fantastic collection of about 30 tabletop scenarios pitting Brits vs Germans near Caen in 1944.  My son and I have been playing these, having completed eight fights to date in 10mm and 15mm.  For some reason I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to give it a go in 3mm.  I absolutely love these things, so quick to get ready; it took me maybe four hours to clean, prime, paint, wash, and base these guys.

I went through the rest of the scenarios and determined all the gear I needed to play, and that's what you're looking at:
A Command Element for each side.
Six rifle squads for the Brits, four for the Germans.
An MG for each side, two mortars for the Brits, one for the Germans, two PIATs for the Brits, and one Panzerschreck for the Germans.
A 17-pdr and 6-pdr ATG for the Brits, a PaK-43 and a PaK-40 for the Germans.
A Typhoon fighter-bomber for the Brits (only one scenario, but I wanted it).
Five Universal Carriers for the Brits and three Sdkfz 251 halftracks for the Germans.
The Brits have four Churchills, four Sherman Vs, one Firefly, and four Achilles (M10 w/17-pdr).
The Germans have four Tigers, a Panther, three Pz IVHs, 2 Stug IIIs, and a Sdkfz 251 (halftrack with 75mm ATG mounted).

So, that's what I got done last weekend.  As I mentioned, all new forces shown above will have a separate blog entry to showcase the force with closeups of everything.  Meanwhile, the boy and I are set to embark upon a new campaign, I think you're gonna like it!

V/R,
Jack

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Flashpoint Vietnam 15mm Sampans, Village, and Jungle Terrain

All,

I have been remiss!  Slacking in my blogging duties!  For quite some time now I've been working on Vietnam stuff in 15mm.  I've painted up and posted US Marines, US Army, ARVN, Australians, North Vietnamese Army, Vietcong, helicopters, tanks, amtracs.  I've even posted three battle reports:
1: http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2016/09/south-leon-dmz-prelude-i.html
2: http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2016/09/south-leon-dmz-prelude-ii.html
3: http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2016/09/south-leon-dmz-prelude-iii.html

But what I haven't posted is all my wonderful terrain!  So first, understand that I've had quite a few trees of various types for quite some time, so I'm not showing those here.  But I picked up more trees, as well as a bunch of village stuff, and that's what I want to show you here.  Most everything is from Jimmi at Flashpoint Minis, though there are some banana trees from Pegasus and a few odds and ends from Flytrap Minis.

Here's all the stuff, with the intent being to make my table look better and more authentic.  I think it works ;)

First up we've got a palm tree, some bamboo shoots, and a Buddhist shrine, all from Flashpoint.  My wife, who is Thai, likes the palm tree, but got into me about the bamboo.  Yes, I know bamboo is green, but I wanted it to stand out.  Then I didn't know how to paint the shrine; being Buddhist, I asked the wife and did as she instructed.  I've been to Vietnam but don't recall what the shrines looked like; I can say this looks like many of the shrines you'll see in Thailand ;)

Another look.  I just glued all the stuff to a strip of styrene, spray painted everything, then detail painted it and put some grass on it.

The back side.

A close-up.

More brilliance from Flashpoint: a well (probably the wrong color, but I wanted it to stand out), some trees, some 55-gallon drums, and some village crockery and rice.

Other side.

A smaller version, without well.

Again.

Another one.  I really DO NOT enjoy messing around with terrain, but I want my stuff to look good and this was a good investment in time and money, and didn't actually take all that long.

Again.

Then I took all the rest of the trees and put them on styrene strips.  I spraypainted everything green, then went back and did the trunks brown and put grass on the bases.

There are various Flashpoint plastic trees, and the Pegasus banana trees are mixed in (the smooth-leaved trees).

More.

Even more.  I love how the trees have fronds that jut out at all angles, unlike most plastic palm/coconut trees which just hang down (that's how my other ones, bought on Ebay, are).

Then I bought me some hootches.  Most are thatch, but the one at far right is supposed to be corrugated tin (not sure how well my paintjob does for that) and the one at top right is wood.

Again.

Great detail, very easy to paint up.  My only complaint (sorry Jimmi!) is that they're not hollow and the roofs don't come off.  I want to put guys inside!

Again.

Then we've got three sampans, each with a lady working inside.

Again.

Fuzzy closeup...

Again.  Very easy to put together and paint up.

Where's my PBR?  We've got work to do ;)

More village accouterments: at top are two stake retaining walls, bottom right is a fish farming pond, bottom center is a foot bridge, and bottom left is an animal holding pin.  They all look great, no assembly required, and painted up easy.  Really helps to make a village look like a village.

Again.

Another angle.

And one more.  Oh, and all these are from Flashpoint Minis.

Next up we have some singlet palm trees from Flashpoint.

These are metal and come in three pieces: a base, a trunk, and the fronds.

Went together easy and look cool.  They're taller than the rest and so help to break up the outline.

And then we get to some caches.  If I'm not mistaken, all these come from Flytrap Minis, except the recoiless rifle at bottom right, which came from the US Marine HQ (or Mule?) pack from Flashpoint Minis.  The top and right are both a bunch of different types of weapons and stores, the left is food.

Again.

A closeup.  All kinds of cool stuff in here: a claymore, some packs, a satchel charge, some land mines, and a Jerry Can.

Pots and sacks of rice.

More packs, mines, a satchel charge, and some 55-gallon drums (from Flytrap HMMWVs).  All the mines and packs are from Flytrap's North Vietnamese.

Well, that's a look at all the new terrain stuff for Vietnam.  I did up the first three fights, and I'm working on the next set, which is based on Operation Starlite.  Not sure what else I'll do, but I've also still got Dai Do waiting on me, all of which I'll play as part of the 'Fall of South Leon.'  Stay tuned.

V/R,
Jack