Diggers in Vietnam

“The Vietnam War was the longest twentieth century conflict in which Australians participated; it involved some 60,000 personnel and grew from a limited initial commitment of 30 military advisers in 1962 to include a battalion in 1965 and finally, in 1966, a task force. Each of the three services was involved, but the dominant role was played by the Army. After the cessation of combat operations in 1972, a limited number of Australian personnel remained in Vietnam, and elements of the RAAF returned in 1975, carrying out evacuations and assisting refugees almost until the moment of South Vietnam’s surrender.” From the ANZAC Portal , you can read a lot more at ANZAC Portal.

Digger is a military slang term for soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. Evidence of its use has been found in those countries as early as the 1850s, but its current usage in a military context did not become prominent until World War I, when Australian and New Zealand troops began using it on the Western Front around 1916–17. Evolving out of its usage during the war, the term has been linked to the concept of the Anzac legend, but within a wider social context, it is linked to the concept of “egalitarianmateship” You can read more here.

This is the start of a complete new army for my Vietnam War project. It will include an infantry platoon and a few armored vehicles later on. Don’t fear I will come back to some more Vietnamese and Americans later on.

This is the first digger of my Australian infantry platoon. Figures are from Empress Miniatures sculpted by Paul Hicks. Painted with GW contrast colors.

I will do an article in the future about the colors I used.

Many more to come!

Another 60mm mortar on the move

Here are the two missing figures of the Empress Miniatures US Marine 60mm mortar. These are on the move carrying the mortar baseplate and other equipment:

Here is the Marine carrying the mortar and baseplate:

And his partner humping the ammo and rest of the equipment:

Next up a RTO for calling in that much needed fire support.

The complete Company Command squad

Here is the completed company command squad for my NVA army. A really nice pack of figures from Empress Miniatures full of character .

Above is the last missing figure, my company commander .

Next up A US Marine mortar section.

A Diesel engine for my train layout

I thought that a small train station for my Hue project would be nice. There is a complete Hue train station in the WOW Vietnam kickstarter but for me it is just too big. So I started with some tracks and a Diesel engine from another WOW kickstarter.

I wanted to try out the salt and hairspray method of rusting up the engine therefore I base coated the complete model in Vallejo orange brown, my base color for rust and a heavy coat of varnish to protect the base coat.

Then I fixed the salt with water to the parts I wanted to be rusty later on

When this was dry I sprayed the model with hairspray and let it all set over night. Then I airbrushed the main color over the complete model.

Then I took a coarse brush and brushed of the salt. And with a little water added streaks of rust by rubbing of the color and the hairspray to let the orange brown shine through. After adding details like windows lights etc you get this effect:

Here you can see the Engine and track in front of the next project. My train station:

The train station is a WOW 3D stl file too.

A “colonial style” building for my Hue project

Here is the next building for my Hue city project. Another 3D printed building from WOW buildings. It is from the world in ruins kickstarter set. It is intended for a “Saving Privat Rian” setting, but I think it works for Hue too.

Here are some pictures of a Marine Recon squad searching the building:

Will they find the NVA hiding in the building?

More Building to come….