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FoW: Vietnam by Andre77

FoW: Vietnam by Andre77

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About the Project

This project started about 2013 with this: https://www.beastsofwar.com/historical-battles/goood-morning-nam-week/ In this year our gaming club was big in FoW: WWII. And we heard that Battlefront would start a vietnam range. We looked in our eyes and said: We will do this all together. So around 6 gamers picked an army. For me this was the PAVN. We had about two NLF, one ARVN, one Aussis and we had one US Army. I was slowly working through my first packs. About a year of really nice games and campaigns, we thought about going to the Hamburger Tactica (biggest historical tabletop convention in germany) with Flames of War: Vietnam. And we choosed the Battle of Ia Drang (anyone remember the movie "We were Heros") https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ia_Drang Bothi did a really nice table (which i will show later) and the scenario and i did painting PAVN like a beast ;)(i like deadlines). Finished all miniatures just in time. Pictures for this will follow too. Since then, i bought some NLF, a mobile cavalary, airmobile and a brown water navy. So much unpainted minis. And why this now? Some of you may heard that in february the new book Nam came out (mostly based on Team Yankee and full of fault, sorry i have to say). We still have to test this. But we are not unafraid to change this we don't like. And then there was this article series from Oriskany: https://www.beastsofwar.com/flames-of-war/50th-anniversary-tet-offensive-part-one/ So i hope you will enjoy this project in the upcoming months. Andre77

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Where do i stand

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At the moment i can watch on a fully painted PAVN infantry battalion, a special task company (sapper) and a ironclad battalion (pics will follow):

1x infantry battallion HQ (2 command bases, forward observer, 3x type 57 HMG, 3x HMG nest, 3x type 52 75mm recoilless gun, 3x type 53 82mm mortars)

6x infantry company platoons (2 for each company) including B40 and B41 teams and type 58 LMG teams

Weapons company including 6x type 52 75mm recoilless guns, 6x type 54 12.7mm AA-MGs, 6x type 53 82mm mortars.

Divisional fire support including observer teams, 6x B-10 82mm recoiless guns, 6x typ 53 120mm mortars, 6x ZPU-1 14.5mm AA-MGs

Sapper company (11 AK-47 teams and 2 flammethrower-teams).

Ironclad Company including 10x K-2 (T-54), 10x BTR-50K, 5x K-3 (P-74), 4x ZSU-57-2 and 5x (T-34/85)

Got 3 sniper-teams, 2x suicide bombers, 2 mine-fields and one MiG-21F (everyone needs one).

So these are all painted.

Next i will show the results.

After this pics about the work progress, our camapigns and the Hamburger Tactica. Then whats to come.

Infantry Battalion HQ

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The infantry Battalion HQ with company support:

HQ with flag and 2iC with the red bookHQ with flag and 2iC with the red book
Foward observer on the right and mission objective in backgroundFoward observer on the right and mission objective in background
3x type 57 HMG, 3x type 52 75mm recoilless gun and 3x type 53 82mm mortars3x type 57 HMG, 3x type 52 75mm recoilless gun and 3x type 53 82mm mortars
3x HMG nest and 2x minefields3x HMG nest and 2x minefields

6 infantry platoons forming 3 companies (blue, red and green)

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6 infantry platoons forming 3 companies (blue, red and green)
Blue companyBlue company
Red companyRed company
Green companyGreen company
To identify the platoons and weapons i use colour codes. To identify the platoons and weapons i use colour codes.

Left are the platoons markings, right the weapons. Yellow are the B41 teams, Yellow with red stripe are the B40 teams, red are the LMG teams and unmarked are the AK-47 teams.

So blue and unmarked means: blue platoon and AK-47-Team or red and red means red platoon and LMG-team.

Identify the teams just by weapons on the base is too hard in game. Same goes for weapons platoons and support platoon. This colour code makes it much easier to game with them.

backside view without flashbackside view without flash
backside view with flashbackside view with flash

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Next we have the weapons companies:

6x type 52 75mm recoilless guns6x type 52 75mm recoilless guns
6x type 54 12.7mm AA-MGs6x type 54 12.7mm AA-MGs
6x type 53 82mm mortars6x type 53 82mm mortars

Divisional fire support including observer teams

6x B-10 82mm recoiless guns6x B-10 82mm recoiless guns
6x ZPU-1 14.5mm AA-MGs6x ZPU-1 14.5mm AA-MGs
6x typ 53 120mm mortars6x typ 53 120mm mortars

Special task force or sapper company

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Special task force or sapper company

These miniatures are from Flashpoint Miniature and wear equipment for crossing minefields and barbed wire.

Additional flamethrower teamsAdditional flamethrower teams
Suicide bomber assault teamsSuicide bomber assault teams
Sniper teamsSniper teams

Ironclad battalion 1st part

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2nd try. BoW ate my first post. Well this is my last part in where do i stand. Next some battlereps and what paintings to come.

Here we have 10x K-2 T-54:

5x K-1 T34/85M:

Ironclad battalion 2nd part

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5x K-3 PT76

10x BTR-50K

Ironclad battalion 3rd part and further support

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4x ZSU-57-2

Ponton-BridgePonton-Bridge

MiG-21F

Upcoming NLF (National Liberation Front) local forces company aka Charlie

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So in july i planing my participation on the “malathon 2018” hard to translate. Actually it means “Mal Marathon” or in english paint marathon. So that is 42 miniatures in 31 days.

For me i will take on the (National Liberation Front) local forces company aka Charlie. Or better companies. because these are 2 companies with 6 platoons, with 2 LMG-teams and 2 light mortar teams + command teams. And to get the 42 i add the HQ teams and one platoon of medium mortars.

Upcoming NLF (National Liberation Front) local forces company aka Charlie

In the background you can see some more platoons. A MMG platoon, a recoiless gun platoon, 3 bunker, a AA-MG platoon and “civilians”. But these additional miniatures can be done later than july.

So expect some more pics on my progress.

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So lets start on the NLF. Here are pics i found for reference:

More can be found on the website:

 

NLF started

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These were assembled and black coated some time ago. Added 2 shades of grey dark grey and grey and did a thinned nuln oil over this. Not spectacular.

42 bases. 143 VCs.42 bases. 143 VCs.

After this comes the first real time consuming step. Paint the flesh. I’m unsure, if i should do the feets, because under the grass they will possible be not visisble. When these all parts are done i will add a agrax earthshade over everthing.

 

41 to go.41 to go.

First Steps NLF companies

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These steps take a seriously amount of time. This is the result of 2 tv-show seasons.

Flesh done. Grey green hats done.

 

corrected bases with sandals (so much effort, for a thing no to be seen with the static gras)corrected bases with sandals (so much effort, for a thing no to be seen with the static gras)
First Steps NLF companies

So my next step will be working on the sandals. With 42 bases i think this will take about the whole day.

Possible I will deviate a little bit with the straps, like i did with the greygreen hats.

Don’t be afraid that these look to lightly, with the dark wash they will be perfected.

2nd tour of duty

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It’s been a while since i posted something new in this project. 2020 has started and i want to continue on this project.

I want to finish my NLF and start the brown water navy. I bought a suitable mat some time ago and cutted some hardfoam:

2nd tour of duty

Cutted the sides and added sand on PVA. After this i painted the parts in a brown earth tone:

2nd tour of duty

At the moment i collect some green plastic plants to add some more green to the field.

On the other side i worked on some 15mm MDF huts from Sarrissa Precision:

2nd tour of duty
2nd tour of duty
2nd tour of duty
2nd tour of duty

And i started working on the NLF too. One season vikings and 2 games NFL later i am almost done the the straps. More details to come. Pictures will come later.

1st Local Force Company (Blue Company) 3 Platoons + Mortar Platoon

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Finished my first miniatures for this project in 2021.

Start of my Local Force Battalion (NLF) before we get over to the brown water navy. Bought some thin spring wire to add antennas to the boats.

1st Local Force Company (Blue Company) 3 Platoons + Mortar Platoon

Row, row your sanpan, gently down the mekong river...

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Row, row your sanpan, gently down the mekong river...

2nd Local Forces Company (Red Company)

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2nd batch of my NLF. Left are HQs, Support units and Civvies

2nd Local Forces Company (Red Company)

HQ and Support Local Forces Company

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HQsHQs
HMG PlatoonHMG Platoon
HMG BunkerHMG Bunker
Recoilless Gun PlatoonRecoilless Gun Platoon
Anti-Air PlatoonAnti-Air Platoon

Resistance Fighters or Civilians?

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With this part i finished the vietnamese side:

 

Resistance Fighters or Civilians?
Resistance Fighters or Civilians?
Resistance Fighters or Civilians?
Testing resin waterTesting resin water
Fail!Fail!
Ch-34 print for US MarinesCh-34 print for US Marines

Whats next?! And thank you.

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First a big thank you for the Golden Button. Expect more in the upcoming months. My next big step will be working on the Brown Water Navy. Yes, boats are incoming and more Free World:

 

Whats next?! And thank you.
Last weekend i finished this movement tray for the slick platoons (source: Dark Arts Miniatures)Last weekend i finished this movement tray for the slick platoons (source: Dark Arts Miniatures)
I tried some mods on the ASPBs from Battlefront. I added spring wire for antennas (sharp as needles), tried rubber bands as life saving rings and 10mm tires.I tried some mods on the ASPBs from Battlefront. I added spring wire for antennas (sharp as needles), tried rubber bands as life saving rings and 10mm tires.
Both are made from silikon, so i cant overpaint them, stupid, and the tires are too big. Both are made from silikon, so i cant overpaint them, stupid, and the tires are too big.
These will be replaced with rings and smaller tires, i designed and were printed locally. On the same way i received some replacement rotorwings. the first ones were not usable from the setting of the supportsThese will be replaced with rings and smaller tires, i designed and were printed locally. On the same way i received some replacement rotorwings. the first ones were not usable from the setting of the supports
Then i ordered some LVTPs from Butlers Printing. From the scale they suit well with the ones from Battlefront.Then i ordered some LVTPs from Butlers Printing. From the scale they suit well with the ones from Battlefront.
And i still experimenting on the resin water. 2nd batch. Better, but still not what i want as result.And i still experimenting on the resin water. 2nd batch. Better, but still not what i want as result.

Brown Water Navy: ASPBs

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So finished my first boats for the MRF.

ASPB – 91 – 1 to -3

Added the fender and life saving rings. Communication antennas and flag holder. And other small details:

Brown Water Navy: ASPBs
Base coat: US Dark Green (71.016 - 70.893). Canvas top: Cam. Olive Green (70.894). Then AK Interactive Panelliner Green Camo (AK.2071). Q-tips with White spirit (AK.047). Premium matte varnish from Vallejo.Base coat: US Dark Green (71.016 - 70.893). Canvas top: Cam. Olive Green (70.894). Then AK Interactive Panelliner Green Camo (AK.2071). Q-tips with White spirit (AK.047). Premium matte varnish from Vallejo.

Next i work on the H-34 and the Pibbers.

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