Weapons and Field Gear of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong

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Weapons and Field Gear of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong by Edward J. Emering is a book about field gear and inert weapons and ordnance, that have long been popular items with militaria collectors. The Vietnam War by its very nature offers an incredible range and variety of these items for the interested collector. The North Vietnamese and their puppet troops of the National Liberation Front (Viet Cong or VC) relied primarily on communist allies (Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba and various Eastern Bloc countries of the era) for their weapons and field gear. For this reason, Vietnam represents a microcosm of gear from all of this century’s wars, dating back to World War I,

It is a tome of knowledge for people who want to paint NVA and Viet Cong soldier miniatures like the ones offered by Empress miniatures or Gringo 40. It has a wealth of information and color pictures of equipment and uniforms as you can see here:

Very recommended for the miniature painter, sculptor and collector. You can get a copy here.

 

Elefant Grass

As you can see here  I started to do some jungle terrain for my Vietnam games. What I missed so far are areas of Elefant Grass. While searching the web for an idea to represent Elefant grass in 28mm I came across artificial grass for gardens. you can find this as test pieces in gardening shops or online. The sample I got is about 2cm high. I started out to do some test pieces on 25 mm round MDF bases I happened to have available.

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I cut of a 2cm wide strip of the grass and cut this up in lots of 2x2cm squares, then I glued

the grass squares to the mdd bases:

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I then put some DAS modeling putty round the edges to hide them:

The miniature is a US Marine by Empress for size comparison. I think the grass is high enough.

I then put my usual basing grit on the bases and painted it:

I think they look quite nice for just being test pieces. Here they are together with my other jungle terrain, can you find Charly?

A rather green NVA soldier

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I painted this NVA soldier in an overall green uniform as some people said that there were no Kaki NVA soldiers uniforms. To my knowledge that is not true. I read kaki descriptions of NVA uniforms in many different books. I personally think Kaki and green together looks best.

More to come.

A jungle for my Vietnam project

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Here are a few pictures of my started jungle terrain for my Vietnam war project. I know that the color of the soil in Vietnam is a lot more red than my soil color but I wanted to be able to use my other terrain tiles with this project so to let them be used together I had to use the color I used on my older stuff ,too.

I got inspiration and a how to from the terrain tutor over on youtube . Have a look here.

 

I will ad a lot more in the future . Paddy fields , other trees more palm trees , streets and buildings.