If this topic looks familiar, it should. You're right, I already have some Modern, 10mm French Foreign Legion, and they proved quite capable (and popular!) in the former French colonial possession of Perplakistan. But those FFL were multi-based (i.e., multiple figures on a base) for my "Insurgent Commander" rules (skirmish level, based on the popular Blitzkrieg Commander concept for command and control). Lately I've been yearning for some Modern FFL action with Ivan's "No End In Sight" rules, for which you should use individually based troops. And seeing as how I like campaigns, I figured I should have some in 'green' uniforms and some in desert uniforms, so I put in an order with Minifigs UK. Here are the results of that order.
This gives me two identical forces consisting of:
-1 Commanding Officer (for this I actually used a British officer figure in beret from the Pendraken Argentine range, which match nicely with Minifigs's troops)
-1 Executive Officer
-1 SAM operator
-1 81mm mortar with two man crew
-Six five-man infantry teams
-Two have ATGMs
-One has a Light AT weapon (looks to me like an AT-4, I'll use it as a SMAW/Charlie G-type weapon)
-Three have SAWs (what we designate the M-249, I believe they call it a Minimi)
Here's some photos:
In any case, the forces are ready to roll, I just to come up with an OOB and setting. I was reading about "Sous Groupment," which essentially translates as "mission oriented battalion task force," i.e., a base unit of infantry (two platoons) and a light tank platoon, with various other elements that can be added dependent upon mission requirements. I believe this is the OOB I will adopt, although minus the light tank platoon. The Panhards will be available on a mission requirement basis, but the base force will be the two rifle platoons comprised of the six 5-man teams. Then I can add the light tanks, IFVs, light armor (LAVs), HMMWVs, Land Rovers, the SAM, the mortar, and/or helos. That's my plan for the OOB.
For the setting, I think I don't need too elaborate a back story. This is the Legion, so they are available for worldwide deployment in service of France's foreign policy objectives. I think I'll stick with real-life countries, with real and imaginary incidents/conflicts. I'm looking at early/mid-90s, with lots of action in the Balkans and Eastern Europe following the break-up of the Soviet Union. I'll be looking a lot at former French colonies, so we'll also have plenty of Northern and Western Africa, maybe some Lebanon, Cambodia, and Laos, maybe some Caribbean, need to look into Central/South America, and the Pacific (terrorists in Tahiti/French Polynesia?).
Whaddaya think? If you've got ideas regarding OOB or campaign hotspots, hurry up with'em, I'd like to kick this off on Tuesday (Veteran's Day).