First up, Happy Veteran's Day, and Happy (belated) Birthday to my beloved Corps. So, being a holiday, I was home and needed something to do, so I sat down at the painting table to work on some beautiful 20mm figures from Elhiem, then figured I'd go ahead and post the results. I'm pretty proud of these; they won't win any awards, but I'm getting better at this stuff, or at least I feel like I am ;)
Part of this has to do with the big question on my mind: what am I going to do next? Everyone knows I'm a sucker for campaigns, so where will my next one go? I've got so much to do, and so many more ideas I want to get to. I've had a bunch of 20mm figures lying around, unused and, until day, half of them unpainted. I want to get them into the fight, and I was perusing the "Crisis in Alcovia" blog (link here: http://alcovia.blogspot.com/ , and this post specifically:
http://alcovia.blogspot.com/2011/11/down-to-wire.html) and it got my gears to turning (albeit ever so slowly).
I finished my Cuba Libre "Liberation" campaign, i.e., a group of Cuban exiles invaded and overthrew the Castro regime in February 1990 (background, roster, and 32 batreps here:
http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/search/label/Cuba%20Libre), and now elections are being held and the Cuban Liberation Army (CLA) is being reorganized into a National Defense Force and an expeditionary force that will travel the world to kick ass. So, I've got a few ideas for that:
1. First, I need to put together an air force roster and play out some air-to air battles where the CLA is taking on Castro's Air Force. I've got some F-4s to square off against some MiG-21s in 1/600 for this.
2. I've got this idea where a Castro supporter leaves Cuba and sets up HQ in the fictional island nation of Parador, where he wants to take on the newly liberated Cuba. I want to do this in 15mm, and I'm getting figures and terrain ready, but I'm not ready yet. In my head I see this going on for a very long time, so it won't be a campaign I play straight through, rather some special ops folks from the expeditionary force will be deployed long term to topple the Paradoran government and take out the Castro supporters, and so I'll play a game or two here, play some other stuff, play another few games, play some other stuff, and so on, sort of duck in an out.
3. The Cuban expeditionary force's first big deployment is going to be to Kuwait for Desert Storm in Jan - Feb 91. I've already got a bunch of stuff for this (primarily 10mm Minifigs for ground combat and 3mm aircraft for air combat), working on getting it all ready to go.
4. This idea, and in the Cuba Libre campaign it would start prior to Desert Storm (as would the campaign to overthrow Parador), is the 'Crisis in Alcovia' idea. That is, a former Soviet state or Balkan state is experiencing a civil war with government forces, rebel forces, and militias on both sides. I need to make up a cassus belli, but Cuba is either asked for help by the government force or decides to go in on the side of the rebels, and deploys some special ops troops to take part.
So I need to come up with my background; I love the idea of using Alcovia, and the proprietary owner, Mr. Eli Arndt, is actually very helpful and lets other gamers use Alcovia as a gaming setting, but my problem is that the civil war in Alcovia doesn't start until 2010, and I need something to do in early 19990.
In any case, these 20mm troops are likely to see action soon in an place a lot like Alcovia, prior to Desert Storm kicking off.
SF08 US SEAL DEVGRU team with carbines", while the bottom row is "SF03 Generic SF or PMC unit in a mix of gear".
The Elhiem codes for these are "RUS01 Modern Russian fireteam 3x AK74M 1x PKM set A" and "RUS02 Modern Russian Army with 1x AK74M 1x AK74UGL and 1x SVD DrugnovA".
Now for the stuff I just finished.
SFP01 Polish Special Forces AGAT". Nice, clean, and crisp poses, all four have M4-type carbines with optics, bush hats, and pack (three large and one smaller, patrol-type pack).
Being SF guys, I've got them painted up all crazy, none wearing matching uniforms pieces, much less matched up with anyone else.
On to the militia.
TAL03n Local Afghan Insurgents with AK47s", "TAL23 Tier 1 Talib with AK47s standing skirmishing set B", and "TAL29 Tier 1 Talib Additional SVD, UGL and Person of interest". As previously mentioned, they can/will be used as both good and bad guys as the government and rebel factions will both have militia troops.
As you can see these are not professional fighters, so while they have plenty of military gear and some uniform items, they are really mixed in with different colors. The military uniform pieces were confined to some monochrome desert yellows, greens, and tans, while there are two types of camo: desert tri-color, and very faded out US woodland pattern.
Well, lots more 15mm stuff to post, coming up soon, but that's all my 20mm figures until I receive my latest order. Thanks for looking, please let me know what you think.