Starting this new year I’ve been keeping a log of what I’ve got done. Having it written in down in black and white has made me more productive. So hopefully this will continue.
I ordered some more figures from Elheim. I got some assorted special ops types, both modern (GWOT), Vietnam (SOG) and fictional (based on the Predator film), a pack of the new cold war Brits. These will go well with the Falklands era Brits I posted earlier. Also some USMC (GWOT as well) these have a variety of weapons to add variety to the 6 fireteams worth I’ve already got.
Managed to get a few games in too. A SWAT raid as well as a convoy game design by my friend Evan. I took some pics so I’ll upload them in due course.
I’ve always like the weird and unusual and several years ago my attention was drawn to a C4 program on Ekranoplans aka Wing in ground effect vehicles. Basically they are chopped winged planes that only fly a few metres above the ground- or more usually sea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekranoplan The Soviet Union was the only big promoter of these vehicles. An experimental series was started resulting in the massive ‘Caspian Sea Monster’a massive 73m long.
I picked up a model of the Loon aka Project 903, a medium to large Ekranoplan armed with 6 SS-N-22 anti shipping missile, off ebay. The project never saw service and only one prototype was finished before the funds ran out towards the end of the cold war. The impact that a fleet of such craft zooming in at low level can be imagined… …which is where my game idea comes in. Have the 1/1250 Loon being hunted down by 1/600 RAF planes somewhere north of Scotland.
Given we’re in the year of its 30th anniversary I’ve decided to get a small collection of figures to re-fight the conflict- the main inspiration was in fact last year and a scenario in the Force on Force rule book. It was the first war I can remember- I distinctly remember the coverage on John Craven’s Newsround (I was only young in ’82). I’ve got a small selection of Argentine figures already- a mix of Stonewall/ Combat miniatures and Platoon 20s so I looked around for some suitable opponents. CP models/ TDQ have released 2 really nice packs so I decided to add them to my collection, I’m a big fan of their ranges. http://www.cpmodelsminiatures.co.uk/index.htm
I bought 3 packs, each of 6 figures: 1 pack of SAS with mixed weapons, 2 packs of Squaddies with SLRs, 7.62 Bren and Sterling. THe figures come with a choice of heads and optional backpacks/ Bergens. So I did the SAS with wool hats and the Squaddies all in helmets but one group with Bergens. I gave them a quick paint job- the closeup photos of them are a bit unforgiving and my rendition of DPM could do with a bit more green but I’m happy with them on mass.