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Grasshoppers and Elephants

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About the Project

This project is my way of trying to compile and complete my growing collection of models from Vietnams resistance war against America era miniatures, rather than having a box of dusty lead it will be rather cool to have a box of painted miniatures. This project has been ongoing on and off for a few years now. It started off as a collection of books on my Kindle about the vietnam war then i got into 15mm with battlefronts tour of duty that i first tried playing at a demo game at the grumpy gamers convention at wayland games. Then i started collecting 20 mm vietnam miniatures for use in FNG, force on force ambush valley and the lard's charlie don't surf rule set. i found the 20 mm miniatures by chance wandering round salute i came across the grubby tanks stall they have a huge range of us and NVA and VC in metal as well as a very swish resin firebase and resin huts, This project will cover mainly my 28mm collection and maybe dip into my 15mm and 20mm collections at some point. I plan to collect and paint as many of the Gringo 40s range of figures that i can for both the Vietnamese and Free world forces. Im going to use the painting guide from the flames of war tour of duty book as much as possible as i am colour blind and brown and green can be awkward to work out. This can lead two some interesting colour choices.

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Trying out some new paints first blood part 2

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Ooops got side tracked by my allegiance to the war master and shiny new heresy shenanigans.

I was not very happy with the pouches so I started them again this time mixing vallejo khaki with the Russian uniform as a base then highlighted with khaki and ak grey green flowed by ak grey green mixed with buff. I think this gives a better weather worn look.I was not very happy with the pouches so I started them again this time mixing vallejo khaki with the Russian uniform as a base then highlighted with khaki and ak grey green flowed by ak grey green mixed with buff. I think this gives a better weather worn look.
The next step was to paint the straps and helmet band with watered down ak dark green, these paints are full of pigment and water down nicely The next step was to paint the straps and helmet band with watered down ak dark green, these paints are full of pigment and water down nicely
Bam 💥  time for a dapper cammo hat. I always struggle with cammo due to oaf hands and being colour blind. I think I have found a way to paint cammo that I am pleased with. The helmet should have a base green then a darker green and brown splodges, I find painting at this scale it can look a bit messy so I made it easier by choosing 2 greens in this case ak dark green and ak grey green and made three blobs of each on the helmet. Once that was dry I mixed the dark green with green grey and highlited the darker blobs then highlighted the grey green blobs and rim of the helmet with a mix of grey green and white. Once that dried I used the dark green to add some fine lines off the darker blobs till I was happy with the cammo effect. Sorry that was so long I even bored myself reading it backBam 💥 time for a dapper cammo hat. I always struggle with cammo due to oaf hands and being colour blind. I think I have found a way to paint cammo that I am pleased with. The helmet should have a base green then a darker green and brown splodges, I find painting at this scale it can look a bit messy so I made it easier by choosing 2 greens in this case ak dark green and ak grey green and made three blobs of each on the helmet. Once that was dry I mixed the dark green with green grey and highlited the darker blobs then highlighted the grey green blobs and rim of the helmet with a mix of grey green and white. Once that dried I used the dark green to add some fine lines off the darker blobs till I was happy with the cammo effect. Sorry that was so long I even bored myself reading it back
Adding some finishing touches, highlited the boots and m16 with a bit of light grey mixed with German grey, did some highlites on the face and hands with some wraithbone mixed with the flesh tone and added some agrax earthshade into the folds of the fabric and between the pouches on the webbing.Adding some finishing touches, highlited the boots and m16 with a bit of light grey mixed with German grey, did some highlites on the face and hands with some wraithbone mixed with the flesh tone and added some agrax earthshade into the folds of the fabric and between the pouches on the webbing.
Trying out some new paints first blood part 2

Trying out some new paints

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Thought I would try out the new vietnam us paint set from AK in the 3g acrylic range.

Generally I use vallejo paints but wanted a different look to my  us army rifle  platoon from the us marines.

Plus the ak paints I have used in the past have been great.

I base coated the rifleman with grey seer then blobbed on nuln oil so I can see the details then I drybrushed with grey seer and left it to dry before adding the base coloursI base coated the rifleman with grey seer then blobbed on nuln oil so I can see the details then I drybrushed with grey seer and left it to dry before adding the base colours
The uniform is painted with ak light green, I was going to use the ak field drab for the pack and straps but went with a mix of vallejo khaki and russion uniform I like doing this as you can adjust the mix for weatherworn/newer gear which is nice to break the units up a bit rather than being the same green. The skin was which ever flesh tone was closest to hand and the m16 and boots were painted with vallejo German grey leaving the canvas strips on the side ak light gree The uniform is painted with ak light green, I was going to use the ak field drab for the pack and straps but went with a mix of vallejo khaki and russion uniform I like doing this as you can adjust the mix for weatherworn/newer gear which is nice to break the units up a bit rather than being the same green. The skin was which ever flesh tone was closest to hand and the m16 and boots were painted with vallejo German grey leaving the canvas strips on the side ak light gree
Once the base layers were dry I washed the boots and m16 with nuln oil, the pack and pouches with diluted agrax earthshade and the uniform with nuln oil mixed with a small amount of dark green contrast paintOnce the base layers were dry I washed the boots and m16 with nuln oil, the pack and pouches with diluted agrax earthshade and the uniform with nuln oil mixed with a small amount of dark green contrast paint
Once the washes were dried I highlited the folds in the uniform with the ak light green and then mixed in larger amounts of ak grey green. The pack and pouches were highlited by a mix of vallejo russian uniform and buff once again adjusting the amount of highlites over the packs to simulate wear and tear.Once the washes were dried I highlited the folds in the uniform with the ak light green and then mixed in larger amounts of ak grey green. The pack and pouches were highlited by a mix of vallejo russian uniform and buff once again adjusting the amount of highlites over the packs to simulate wear and tear.

Bam 💥 completed fire base of doom all set for a game

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Bam 💥 completed fire base of doom all set for a game

Mud Time

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I painted the whole thing brown with cheap burnt umber acrylic I painted the whole thing brown with cheap burnt umber acrylic
Then added some bits and bobs like steps from match sticks and a few more sand bags.Then added some bits and bobs like steps from match sticks and a few more sand bags.
Mud Time

To paint the fire base I used a cheap burnt umber acrylic over everything.

The next step was to mix red into the base colour to make a clay like colour then splashed that everywhere.

Once that was fully dry I gave the whole model a Drybrush of zandri dust.

Then using Martian iron earth I painted blobs around the bases and to create paths down the hill connecting the bunkers.

Finally I gave everything a second Drybrush of zandri dust really focusing on the sand bags followed by a light brush of wraith bone.

The wood areas were then dabbed in with brown speed paint and the barrels were painted with vallejo russian uniform.

Once all that was dry I mixed contrast medium with a terracotta earth weathering powder and I worked that into the bunkers and around the sandbags removing any excess with a damp cotton bud.

Last but not least I drilled some little holes to poke the barbed wire into.

 

Building a firebase

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I thought it was about time that I started working on some more scenery.

Thought it would be cool to build the corner of a fire base for my 20mm US infantry platoon to defend.

Using up  some resin bunkers and dug outs I already had from Brittania miniatures, I started working out how I was going to place the separate areas.

The bunkers will hopefully look like they have been dug into a hill side with a protective burm with sandbags on top protecting the fire base.

The hilly part is built onto an 8″ by 8″ Cork mat with two 8″ by 4″ defensive berm sections and one corner section on a 4″ by 4″ tile.

My plan is to use up bits and bobs I have laying around, the hillside is airdry clay covered in kitchen towel and pva glue sprinkled with sand.

The sandbags are milliput and greenstuff and the defensive berms are the tops of some vacume moulded trench lines I had laying about.

To get the levels of the bunkers I balanced them on odds and ends that were the height I wanted then back filled with clay.

Getting the levels right Getting the levels right
Building a firebase
Clay and kitchen towel timeClay and kitchen towel time
Perimeter defences being sanded, bird grit is great for thisPerimeter defences being sanded, bird grit is great for this

Bill kilgore

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I picked this dude up at the colours show a couple of years ago and has been sitting on the to paint pile for a while.I picked this dude up at the colours show a couple of years ago and has been sitting on the to paint pile for a while.

Bill kilgore

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I picked this dude up at the colours show a couple of years ago and has been sitting on the to paint pile for a while.I picked this dude up at the colours show a couple of years ago and has been sitting on the to paint pile for a while.

15 mm Viet Cong a mixture of Peter pig and battlefront

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Chieu Hoi Token bags

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I got a load of unissued Chieu Hoi bags at the war and peace show a couple of years ago.

They were made to go over ammo magazines keeping them waterproof.

They were part of the open arms program.

Once used they would be left on the floor and was supposed to  be used by a North Vietnamese fighter as a token of safe passage.

They also make superb token and dice holders.

An unused Chieu Hoi chitAn unused Chieu Hoi chit

Making tokens again

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Swish new tokensSwish new tokens

After watching a gerrycan about token making I thought I would give it a shot.

Ordered up a 1″ paper punch and some bottle top thingies and away I went to find my printer.

Switched it on to an array of flashing lites, so went into town to grab some ink.

Got home instaled the new ink and created more flashing lites and beeps so gave up and took the files I wanted printed to a shop in town.

To put the info on side b of the token I went old school with a stencil and a pen.

I’m pretty pleased with the results although I should have been more careful when stamping the tokens to get the star more central.

Punch and bottle cap thingiesPunch and bottle cap thingies

ARVN female officer from gringo40s

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ARVN female officer from gringo40s

ARVN ready for the table

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ARVN ready for the table

These minis were great fun to paint, the detail in them is superb.
some have hammocks rolled up tightly and wedged into the web gear and the selection of ammo pouches fits the weapons the figure is carrying.

Doh just realised i did not paint the neck scarfs will have to go back and do that.

“Huzzah” New toys from salute

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Salut was a grest day, i had a chat with Ged on the gringo40s stand and picked up some nee bits to add to the collection.

The resin tank is awesome and i cant wait to get started on it. I have a few ideas for some conversions that may involve me cracking my 3d printer out.

I also picked up some more of tye superb ARVN minis.

these include a rto, a female officer and a dude with a shotgun as well as a group of carbine armed infantry and a superb nco with a thompson machine gun. As always the sculpts are crisp and clean and full of character.

cant wait to finish work today so i can splash some paint on them.

15mm NVA

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15mm NVA from the flames of war and peterpig vietnam range15mm NVA from the flames of war and peterpig vietnam range

These little dudes have been painted the same way the larger NVA were but they looked very dark on the table top so i went back and re highlighted them with the base colour of vallejo russian uniform mixed with increasing amounts if vallejo ivory.

Building a magnetic game board

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Using cork tiles i worked out the basic size i would need.Using cork tiles i worked out the basic size i would need.
Then i covered it in a magnetic sheetThen i covered it in a magnetic sheet
This was then covered in pva glue and paper.This was then covered in pva glue and paper.
I made 4 of these magnetic sections and painted them brown and green before adding the squares with a black sharpie.I made 4 of these magnetic sections and painted them brown and green before adding the squares with a black sharpie.
The board  coming together, just need to paint the figures now.The board coming together, just need to paint the figures now.

More 15mm scenery

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These little bits of scenery were built up on magnetic bases.

the trees are some that i had left over from another project that i attatched to the bases with putty with some clumps of vegetation made from an old door mat.

the rocky outcrops are made from bits of rock milliputted together.

luckily working in aquatic retail i can always get cool small peices of rock that are in the bottom of the crates when the decorative rocks are delivered.

i also made some muddy rice paddys from some old bits of a non slip rug.

these were blended into the base with milliput that was then covered in sand and then painted brown and drybrushed.

Painting the huts

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Painting the huts
Painting the huts

The houses were undercoated in gw wraith bone, the bases and floors were then painted with a burnt umber acrylic paint.

once that was dry the cocktail sticks and walls were painted light brown.

the whole model was then covered in gw contrast skeleton horde.

once that was fully dry i gave them a drybrush of vallejo buff.

i then watered down some snakebite leather contrast and painted over the wooden parts and some of the lines on the roofs.

once everything was nice and dry i picked out some of the lines on the walls and roofs with a fine liner pen.

Living the dream

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This evening i was living the dream, clint eastwood movies on tv and bits of plasticard and cocktail sticks for building some 15mm scenery

I cut out some pannels for the walls from plasticard scrapsI cut out some pannels for the walls from plasticard scraps
I then arranged  them on the magnetic base. And chopped some cocktail  sticks up to make supportsI then arranged them on the magnetic base. And chopped some cocktail sticks up to make supports
The next step was to make a roof that can be removed easily The next step was to make a roof that can be removed easily
The last step is to cover the plain walls and roof in strips of paper, hopefully this will give a nice natural material effect once painted.The last step is to cover the plain walls and roof in strips of paper, hopefully this will give a nice natural material effect once painted.
Living the dream

Going down a scale

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Going down a scale

Looking through my flames of war vietnam miniatures last night i found a bag of unused figures.
So i thought rather than waste them i would base up some 15mm north Vietnamise and US marines.
I had a bag of mdf 15mm by 3mm bases from a sharpe practice project i finished recently.
So i drilled each one and fitted a small magnet and stuck the figures down on top. The plan is to build a small bord with metal sheet underneath it as im very clumsy and am always smooshing small figures with my hamfists.
Hopefully the magnets will help keep things in place.
I have to convert two of the us dudes so i can have a medic and radioman which may be interesting at this size.
Next im going to smooth the bases over with milliput, then i can splash some paint on.

Support weapons for the 20mm North Vietnamese platoon

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This is the weapon support for the infantry platoon.

it is made up of a recoiless rifle team, a light morter team, a heavy machine gun team and a Dshk Anti Aircraft gun.

once again the models are from the britania miniatures vietnam range from grubby tanks.

 

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