The last figure in this batch. Another Empress NVA painted up as a VC complete with red scarf!
Next up will be a couple of Bell UH-1C choppers for my Marines!
I know that the Vietnamese figures from Empress depict NVA and not VC. But i thought after weeks on the Ho Chi Min trail the original uniform might have been unserviceable and the soldiers would wear what ever they could find. So I painted the clothes in the black color of the VC fighters. After all they might have provided their brother NVA after there long trek south. So here he is a NVA soldier in the traditional VC black. Painted mainly in GW contrast colors.
As a break from painting miniatures and as I like building terrain as much as painting miniatures, I started to do some more terrain for my Vietnam gaming table. I decided that my jungle wasn’t dense enough so there have to be more jungle scatter pieces. There were only a few palm trees so there have to be done some more. But most important I wanted to do some bigger elephant grass patches and a landingzonye for my choppers.
So I started with some palm trees . I use the plastic stuff you can get from sign makers as offcuts. This is quite sturdy and takes glue and paint well. I hot glued the trees to this and put some filler and sand on them to define the base of the trees.
Some of the trees were just glued to a washer and a 25mm mdd base to have a smaller footprint on the table and fit between the other terrain pieces. The washer was used to make the base heavier and prevent the tree from falling over. Then I painted the bases and added plastic plants and flock like on my other jungle pieces.
here are the finished pieces:
The elephant grass test piece was done by glueing pieces of artificial grass to a plastic base , adding filler round the edges of the grass to blend it all in , adding sand and scatter and of course paint.
So this looks like a small path through the grass doesn’t it?
some more pictures:
Next up my LZ ( landing zone) done like the elephant grass with a wider central free space for the choppers to land in:
Some more pictures:
And all the pieces I have finished at the moment:
Next project will be a village in the jungle with rice paddies, hooches , and animal pens.
At least for the US Marines . One more NVA Soldier. Only 6 more and I finished all the figures I got during the first release of these figures in summer 19. I am a slow painter I know.
After these 6 I will do some more US Marines , the third squad of my platoon and then the NVA soldiers I got at Crisis 19. There will be the things like a Huey etc in between , oh, and of course more jungle!
Here is another NVA soldier. I am working on a platoon command group at the moment. Next up will be some RPGs then.
As you can see I added some elefantgrass to the base. These were offcuts of the artificial grass mat I used to do elegant grass with for my jungle terrain, more info here
More to come in the next days.
As xmas is gone I can show you pictures of a special xmas present for my son , without spoiling his surprise. He liked it very much when he unwrapped it at xmas eve.
He is a huge Night lords fan and therefore I thought it fitting to build him a Night lord display marine. As I got a resin 3d printer ( Anycubic Photon) and found STL files ,on thingiverse, for printing marines I thought about doing a bigger then life marine. The parts on thingiverse are 28mm ( heroic GW scale) so I resized the parts to something like 200% the normal size and started printing.
Here are the parts:
I then sanded the parts to get rid of the supports and build the marine:
I then added some more details like skulls, horns, a loincloth and a cloak and started painting:
here is the finished model in all its splendor:
And a size comparison with one of my Galactic Knights marines:
The miniature will find a fitting space in my sons flat!