A few weeks back Empress Miniatures released their Vietnam civilian range and a corresponding VC range. So you never know in your games if it is just someone from the next village or a VC… This makes it much easier to stage a guerrilla war on the tabletop. So here is the first set:
This concept is really nice I think and you can enhance it by painting the figures alike.
I thought I would need some targets for the SEALs and MACV SOG troops. So I got myself a few of the russian trucks from Rubicon, as these were used by the NVA, too. You can build the truck either as GAZ-AA or GAZ-AAA version. I build the GAZ-AA version. There is a driver for the cab included. So he had to be turned into a more Vietnamese looking type.
I used one of the Empress Miniatures Vietnamese heads on the Rubicon figure. The size fits quite well. So there are hopes that the Rubicon models for the Vietnam war, which should be available at the end of the year, should be compatible with the Empress ones.
Here is the completed truck:
But is this really just a truck transporting Rice or Ammo down the Ho Chi Min trail? Or is there something more dangerous on the flatbed ? More dangerous for gunships, FACs or fast movers? If you get rid of the tarp….
You get something like an early technical. I am not sure if this is really historical correct, but it looks good and anyway it is my game!
The AA gun and female crew is by Empress miniatures sculpted by Paul Hicks. I mounted the gun on a flatbed base to be able to place it in the truck:
And a few more pictures on my gaming table:
I have another two of these trucks which I will finish as another GAZ-AA and a GAZ-AAA with different loads.
Over a year ago I printed a Huey with my 3d resin printer. You can read more about this here. Alas I didn’t have any door gunners. Now I got a few door gunners from Empress miniatures, sculpted by Paul Hicks.
And both in the 1/50 printed Huey. I think they work really nice in an 1/50 ship but also in a 1/48 one. Have a look here
Yesterday evening I finished the last missing digger for my first rifle section. Above and below you see pictures of the completed section.
I now have 3 rifle groups a MG group and a medic finished. Below is the last missing soldier. It is the same sculpt I painted the day before , so there are two identical figures in the last group. I probably switch that around .