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Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby c0cky30 » Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:11 pm

Great stuff.
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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby Just Jack » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:36 pm

Thanks man, I appreciate it, and I'm loving your games! That teddy bear fur is something I've gotta try, it looks amazing.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby Just Jack » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:45 pm

All,

Next up in my Vietnam stuff is some Peter Pig NVA and VC. Now, please recall I've already shown you pics of a bunch of Peter Pig VC rifles, RPGs, and RPDs I'd finished awhile back. But I decided I had too many VC, so I took some VC I had lying around, and some VC I'd already finished, and painted them up as North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars. Then I took some NVA heavy weapons crews I had lying around and painted them too, splitting them between NVA and VC.

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The whole gang: there are 28 NVA infantry, six NVA heavy weapons crew, six VC heavy weapons crew, sixteen VC casualty figures (which I'll also use for NVA), and an unmanned 14.5mm machine gun and an unmanned 7.62mm machine gun (the two reddish brown bases). Unfortunately I forgot to take closeups of those two.

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A look at one of the NVA riflemen. To see a bunch more pics, please check the blog at:
http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2016/0 ... -with.html

Well, there's my bad guys, and I love the figs, just solid, well cast poses. We'll be seeing these soon; we have to, because they'll face off against whomever I go with from the good guys, be they Marines, Army, or Special Forces of some type. More to follow.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby Just Jack » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:40 pm

All,

I absolutely hate going to Jimmi's webpage (Flashpoint Miniatures, from Down Under)! Whenever I'm there I start looking around, and I don't really need anything, but I skip from page to page, pic to pic, thinking 'wow, that would be really cool on the table!' And that's how I ended up with some Flashpoint Minis' 15mm US Tank Riders for the Vietnam War (amongst other things, but that's in a different post).

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The whole group, 28 troops. They come as individuals, I glued them to popsicle sticks. I'm leaving them on the sticks so I can place and remove the troops from vehicles. It looks like it will actually work. There is a good mix of M-16s, M-60s, and M-79s, though no M-14s. I gave them a quick olive drab paintjob and wash, and I'm pretty happy with them.

To see a bunch more photos, please check the blog at:
http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2016/0 ... mm-us.html

Pretty cool, eh? I really like them. I suppose I need to buy some M-113s, and these guys can serve as Doggies, or even ARVN. We are coming up on a long weekend, and I've got all kinds of plans for games, so stand by.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby jimmi » Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:56 pm

Lovin this Jack ! ,
I really like your painting style and colour choices .. the greens on your NVA work really well .

I like the PP NVA and VC figures ! ... there's not so many poses , so when based two or three on 3x3 stands they look very no-nonsense/professional.

Because they are physically smaller than the Flashpoint VC (I now have a lot of) ...I'm thinking of redeploying(repainting) mine as Pathet Lao or adding to act as Montagnard guides (Commies had them too) .

My painting skills have improved somewhat since I painted my PP VC / NVA . I originally based on 3x3cm stands for the "Men of Company B" game by PP.
Am keen to see what the next incarnation of these rules will bring.

long weekend coming ? get some rest ! . stock up on coffee, pizza coupons , beer , good karma/merits for the missus etc.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby whoa Mohamed » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:15 pm

I game in 6mm and i cant recommend enough From the Delta to the DMZ for company sized and larger games perfect for any of the Magnificent bastards scenarios......Mikey
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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby Just Jack » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:22 am

Jimmi - thanks man, and I like how the PP are a bit smaller than your Marines, makes them look like Vietnamese! I got three and a half games in this weekend.

Miley - hey, I remember you from the old Ambush Alley forums. You were the guy playing in 6mm, I was the guy playing 10mm ;)

And I agree, I think I'm set on doing Dai Do in 6mm.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby Just Jack » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:39 pm

All,

Continuing on my descent into Vietnam wargaming madness, I picked up some more minis from Flashpoint Miniatures 15mm range, the pack is called "ANZAC Task Force." I have nothing against our Australian and New Zealand allies, but they're just not something I'm interested in wargaming, at least right now. But I what I am interested in doing is some Vietnam special forces-type gaming, and so I wanted troops in bush hats, with light weapons, that could serve a multitude of roles, such as LRRPs, Rangers, Green Berets, SEALs, Marine Recon, MACV-SOG, covert Agency-types, Nungs, and Mike Force guys. So, looking at Jimmi's web catalog, I spotted these guys and they looked right up my alley.

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The whole pack, thirty guys done up in Tiger Stripe camo and on temperate, grassy bases. There were actually 31 guys, but somehow I broke one of the troops (a grenadier) off at the ankles (my own carelessness I'm afraid)...

The troops are well proportioned, weapons look good, and there's an astounding number of different poses. I will also report there is some real size variation between figures; this may be a turnoff to some, but I don't mind as 1) real life troops aren't all the same size, and 2) it will help when I want to have US troops (I'll use the big'uns) and indigenous troops in the same unit (I'll use the smaller ones).

There's one guy who is a bit miscast, hand raised but missing, guess he got caught with a booby trap. Aside from that there were no issues, no real flash, lines are very clean and pronounced, making them very easy to paint up. I'm very happy to have these in my collection, they're perfect for some games I want to do, and I can't wait to get them on the table. Let's get to the poses.

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First two up are two leader type poses, officers or NCOs. Guy at left has binos in his left hand, right has no hat and the ubiquitous jungle towel around his neck. Here you can see the guy on left has an SLR; they may be cast just a shade short of real life, but this doesn't bother me as I wanted all M-16s anyway, and simply painted black I think they work pretty well.

To see closeups of all the poses, please check the blog at:
http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2016/0 ... force.html

Well, that's the new troops, whaddaya think? I really like them and can't wait to play some games with them, but I'm not sure where I'll squeeze them in with all the other projects I have going on right now. Not to mention I've got more troops I've finished and need to show you. I'll be posting them in the next few days.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby jimmi » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:51 pm

Jack !
Completely love the paintjobs ! , especially the three skintones you are using (very effective, and I will borrow this) , AND the fact that you're using these 'outta the square' .
..I can't wait for the opportunity to paint these up as African (or similar) mercenaries (..just add a few berets and AK47s to the mix ) .

This pack of aussies is an old pack (before my time at FPM) .. the M79 grenadier was dropped and replaced with two other sculpts (also carrying SLRs) as one of the very first 'new sculpts' projects I commissioned.
The short-barrelled SLRs, and 'stumpy' the grenade thrower (? maybe it went off in his hand) would never have got through my quality control...and it is this quality control that I wanted to bring to FPM to raise it a tier over my competition. (I once bought a pack of USA figures from a leading minis company and nearly a quarter of the figures were unusable for anything else but casualty figures :errm ..and I know/remember my own disappointment...lesson learned )

Before Battlefront/FOW minis got into Vietnam (circa 2009) , Flashpoint Minis (then run by my predecesors ; Siegeworks studios) sold a lot of product to various distributors, but the quality of sculpts was a bit (actually very) hit-and-miss , and "what's in a pack" was very poorly thought out . These guys 'cashed in' ..but the quality of FPM was sold out .
Shame , because the >450 sculpts in the FPM inventory when I bought it (much more now..stopped counting) were /are worth much better than this .. and it made it easy for Battlefront to claim a large share of the market with relatively average product , but a very slick , robust , bullish, 'everywhere-all-the-time' marketing approach. ...(They have improved on their first offerings ..to be fair)
I've actually stopped supplying distributors more than a year ago with the intention of not resuming supply until I see stocks of old stuff run down ( a brave strategic move for a little guy in a big ocean, but totally vindicated by now ) , I've invested a lot of time and $$$ improving the quality of sculpts and pack composition, expanded a heap (eg. terrain pieces and fortifications, boats coming soon) and way improved the behind the scenes production efficiency so one day soon this might even be relatively profitable undertaking as a commercial venture :lol :lol :lol :roflmao ...and not just a "hobby business" (in more literal ways than one) that I do because I completely love it :D , have been prompted/ forced to evolve further outta my comfort zone as a modeller , and am a unashamed Vietnam wargaming tragic. ... (oh yeah .. and I now get to write off my wargaming expenses as a tax deduction :yahoo )

I say all of this because I completely love see'in projects like this where someone has reinvented what these figures are capable of doing (compared to asking for specialist figures that will not return-on-investment anytime soon) , and I see one more pack of old stuff off the shelves.
But FWIW ... please don't think that these poorly QC'd sculpts and lazily composed pack-contents are an accurate indication of what I supply nowadays .

But Jack has the gift of making any 15mm figures look great ! ..if you're a 15mm gamer/painter you should checkout what else he does on his Blog.

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Re: Apparently I've Become a Vietnam War-Gamer

Postby Mishima » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:14 am

Great looking stuff. Sorry I haven't been about recently. @mikey thanks for the recommendation
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For 15mm Vietnam Riverine models.
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