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Grasshoppers and Elephants

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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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.

 

20mm NVA sniper team

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20mm NVA sniper team

These dudes are a sniper and his spotter from britania miniatures.

 

20mm sappers

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Group of NVA sappers from britania miniaturesGroup of NVA sappers from britania miniatures

This is a unit of sappers in 20mm from britania miniatures, they armed with a mix of assault rifles, RPG’s and satchel charges.

the sculpts on these models are very dynamic and full of detail.

 

Gringo 40s marines

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Just finished painting up these dudes. The details on the models are nice and crisp as they always are with the gringos sculpts. I especialy like the marine firing the tommy gun rather than the usual m16. The marines iniforms are painted with vallejo russian uniform for the green and khaki for the webbing.

the models come on metal bases so i smoothed them onto the plastic bases with milliput before adding some sand then painting with a mix of burnt uber acrylic from the works mixed with gws martion iron earth to give it a slight red dusty tinge.

Once that was dry i gave them a final drybrush with vallejo buff then added some random tufts.

 

Empress miniatures marine medic and wounded soldiers

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This is a cool and very detailed  set of minis from the empress miniatures vietnam range.

It is made up of a medic advancing loaded up with his first aid packs, and the medic helping a wounded marine to the aid station or med evac.

the final model is a medic giving first aid to a wounded marine.

More reinforcements for the marines

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These rather swish chaps are from empress miniatures and gringo40s.

the gringo40s figures are a bit larger than the empress miniatures, this does not bother me as both companies produce superb miniatures that are full of character and detail and look great mixed together on the table.

the empress miniatures are a medic advancing, a medic helping a wounded soldier to move to an aid station and a medic putting a drip in to a wounded soldier.

the gringo m40s figures are a luitenant shouting orders with his m16 slung over his shoulder and a sergeant firing a thompson.

 

ARVN Rangers

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These models were great fun to paint.

the uniforms are vallejo kahki with gw mornfang brown and vallejo brown violate blobs.

the webbing is vallejo russian uniform highlighted with a bit of vallejo buff added to the base colours.

ARVN Rangers

ARVN uniform choices.

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These are some pictures of helmet designs i would like to recreate that i found on Facebook and some cammo designs from the book men at arms 458 armys of the republic of vietnam.

Duck hunter / frog skin cammo found on Wikipedia Duck hunter / frog skin cammo found on Wikipedia

ARVN

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My next project is to paint some ARVN from gringo40s My next project is to paint some ARVN from gringo40s

The ARVN were the army of the republic of Vietnam. I have been looking forward to painting these models as you have quite a few options how to paint them, from plain us field drab to intricate cammo patterned uniforms.

I think i am going to paint them as ARVN rangers so i get to try out painting some camouflage uniforms, and cool yellow and black helmets.

these models are cool they are slightly smaller than thd US models in the range.

they are armed with a mixture of weapons.

the riflemen have m1 carbines with a BAR and blooper for support.

 

More US marines from the gringo40s range

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More US marines from the gringo40s range

These models were a lot of fun to paint, they are great models and full of character wheather they are aiming down their rifle if rushing for cover holding their helmet on. I also like the fact that they have  extra bags and packs to carry ammo and other supplys giving them the feel of a unit that has seen some action.

the marines uniforms are painted vallejo russian uniform over a grey seer base coat.

the m16 and boots are vallejo german grey.

the webbing is a mix of kahki, russian uniform and us field drab.

the skin was painted various flesh tones.

the models thdn had a wash of 50/50 nuln oil and lahmian medium.

once that was dry the base colours were highlighted with the base colour mived with vallejo buff.

The helmet cammo is blobs of green and chocolate brown.

the last thing i dud to them was a layer of nuln oil over the rifle and boots, and some devlin mud in the creases of the flack jacket and trousers.

They will get some tufts on the bases when they arrive in the post.

 

Marine sniper team

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These models are the marine sniper team from the superb gringo40s vietnam range.

the models were great fun to paint and full of detail.

the base was fun to work on, the bushy areas are made from a chopped up door mat with clumpfoliage and grass tufts added to it.

Some more marines to paint up from gringo40s great us marine range

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Some more marines to paint up from gringo40s great us marine range

The infantry platoon is growing

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The infantry platoon is growing

This is the start of the infantry platoon.

from what i can work out the platoon would be made up of three rifle squads of nine men each, each squad would have an rpg and lmg, i will have to sorce some more rpg and lmg figures when the shows like salute start up again.

the rifle squads would be supported by  a weapon platoon armed with morters recoiles rifles and hmgs, which are luckily in my tray of next things to paint.

 

20mm PAVN command unit and medic

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This unit is made up of the platoon commander, radio operator and a dude with a bugal.

there is also a medic.

once again the models were from brittania miniatures.

these models will be used as the command section for my NVA infantry unit.

 

20mm VC from brittania miniatures

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This is a unit of 9 VC miniatures.

The models are great and full of detail for the size. Most of the unit are armed with bolt action rifles appart from the unit leader which has an smg and a very pointy hand which as we all know automaticaly makes him in charge.

there is also one miniature armed with the b40/41 RPG.

 

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