Salute 2020

IMG_9651 There will be no Salute 2020 report like you were used to for Salute 19, Salute 18, Salute 17etc. Because there is no Salute this year due to Covid 19 / Corona. So what else can I do? I will show you pictures of the last years Salutes instead . I know it is no real substitute, as there is no such thing as a substitute for the show the South London Warlords bring on for us each year.

Hopefully we will have a new Salute in 2021 and will be able to meet old and new friends again.

So here are a few pictures of last years Salute. You can find many more pictures here:

Salute 19, Salute 18Salute 16,

 

So missing the show, my friends and London in general this year…. Roll on 2021 hopefully without a pandemic like we have this year. Let us remember the friends and wargamers, figure collectors, painters, terrain modelers who we lost to COVID 19 may they rest in peace. We will never forget them!

The next NVA lot

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Here is the next NVA soldier . The first figure of the miniatures I bought at Crisis 19 in Antwerp. He is another Empress miniature. I painted him wearing a black pair of trousers ( you need new ones after a while on the Ho Chi Min trail) and a traditional blue and white Vietnamese scarf.

 

Who is calling in the Arty?

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of course a Prick 25 operator. This is a Empress miniatures US Marine figure sculpted by Paul Hicks. He is carrying a PRC 25, aVHF transceiver, on his back. I made the antenna out of a plastic broom “hair” as I am clumsy and fear to brake the included metal one when gaming.

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Here you see the PRC 25 with5 smoke grenades fixed to it. you can see that the metal frame , the PRC is affixed to goes down to the hip. Beneath the PRC is a role up rain poncho .

As always a treat to paint him.

“Do you see orange smoke? Over”

When you read about the Vietnam war or watch documentaries or movies about the conflict, you see or read about colored smoke for designating LZ or friendly lines to allow fast movers or gunships to work the enemy position. I wanted to have a marker like this for my games. Just to show that a FO ordered aircraft support.

I build a base and a skeleton out of plastic card like you can see here:

Then I painted the base like I paint all my terrain and painted the skeleton black. Sorry no pictures. After that i started gluing flocking material onto the skeleton with white glue or wood glue. You get something like this then:

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At the left hand bottom corner of the picture you see the little smoke grenade which produces the smoke. Little plastic rod painted accordingly . I produce my flocking material by myself to safe some money and get different colors. To see how I do this go here.

Here are some more pictures:

And on the gaming table:

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I think it works quite well. No to do some different colored ones.