Continuing my saga in 15mm skirmish gaming, I've really lost my mind and can't seem to stop. I've been working on a big Vietnam project (coming along VERY slowly, US Marine Corps vs North Vietnamese Army in the Battle of Dai Do), and I needed a few terrain bits, so I popped over to the Flashpoint Minis website (which is where my USMC troops are from). I perused a bit and spotted some stuff I needed, then I gave another look back at the figures and saw Flashpoint had put out a new rifle platoon, one for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, commonly referred to as ARVN, or "Ahr-vinn." I looked at the pics of the figs and I just couldn't help myself, I had to have some! So I threw them in the cart and the rest is history.
Now, I have no project plans for these troops, I really was just tackled by a case of the 'ooh, shiny.' And so without having a project in mind, I didn't really know how to paint them up. I've seen early war pics of ARVN in plain green with dark green helmets, I've seen pics of ARVN in 'duck hunter' camouflage, I've seen ARVN Rangers with their crazy-ass yellow, striped helmets with the black panther on the front, I've seen ARVN Marines in woodland camo and tigerstripe camo. The possibilities are almost endless; as my buddy Jimmi (proprietor of Flashpoint Minis) said, ARVN troops were spotted in "...a bewildering array of different uniforms." I have sort of daydreamed about doing some ARVN stuff, usually Fall of Saigon, or the Laos incursion, or some Vietnamese Marine Corps during the Easter Offensive, and I figured, 'why limit myself?' So it might seem a little goofy, but I basically did all the above, painting the platoon up in a bewildering array of different uniforms. Hope you like'em, I do, I'm very happy with how they turned out.
A few words about the figures themselves: first, the sculpting is fantastic. Very good proportions, though a few of them look a little too well fed for your average Vietnamese ;) But the weapons look great, with only one in the whole pack that is not immediately identifiable (you can tell the type, just not the model), and the gear all looks fantastic. But there are two things that are fantastic; 1) the sheer amount of different poses available (out of 48 troops, there is one pose with five guys, four with four guys, one with three poses, and the rest of the poses are ones and twos); and 2) there are quite a few poses which which I would guess were taken straight from photographs of real life ARVN troops in the action. I always think that is great; I mean, I'm looking at the guy and I'm thinking "I've actually seen that photograph, and it looks just like that."
But enough yakking, let's get to the photos.
And now some action shots, just to show the guys off a bit more.
Well, that's the whole force. Please leave a comment somewhere to let me know what you think, and I'll see if I can't get them into action in the near future. I've got plenty of troops ready for The 'Nam, but I'm still lacking some vehicles and haven't got much further done on my terrain tiles...
And I spent all weekend painting these guys (and some others I'll post soon) up, so I didn't get any games in, though the boy and I did playtest Two-Hour Wargames' "Hell Hath No Fury" rules. We really liked them, so we plan on playing a co-op campaign following a German tank platoon from the 13th Panzer Division from Barbarossa to Berlin; we'll see how far we make it. I've recently become aware that I might have too many projects going on...