Archive for the ‘Modern Microarmor’ Category

Here are some shots of US forces of the Vietnam War. All of these are manufactured by GHQ, if I remember correctly. I really love the GHQ infantry figures, because they’ve got so much detail compared to other 6mm figures. They are a tad on the large size though, which is sometimes noticeable when you stand them next to a vehicle, but I guess that’s the trade-off.

Last fall, several of the guys in my game club talked about starting a campaign game set in Angola during the 1980s using CWC rules. For one reason or another, we never seemed to get the campaign off the ground, but I did paint up some units for it. Hopefully, we’ll take another stab at it, and when we do, my troops will be ready.

First up are a pair of BM-21 rocket launchers. I love rocket launchers in Cold War Commander, and try to get as many as I can in each battlegroup:

Next up are some T-72s. The bulk of my armored units are actually T-54/55s, but I did not get any photos of those:

Next are the command units. They are made up of BTR-152 (command version) and UAZ-469 jeeps:

Everyone knows an army doesn’t travel on its stomach. It uses trucks, and here are the Angolan army’s:

Next we have the infantry. First up are the militia troops. Not so well trained and not so well uniformed:

Finally, we come to the regular infantry. Purists will probably point out what’s wrong with the uniforms. The truth is, I really didn’t know what an Angolan infantry unit would look like in the field, so I totally winged it. But I wanted those red berets to make them easier to spot on the table. Besides, I like red berets.

Lately in my gaming club, Cold War Commander has been experiencing a renaissance in popularity after a year or two with very little activity. That’s great news for me because it’s been one of my favorite games for a long time, and I missed having opponents. There’s been some talk around the club of a campaign game set in Southwest Africa circa 1975-90, and this has sparked a mini arms race, with a number of guys (including me) building their armies as rapidly as possible.

A friend of mine has a much better camera than mine, and this past weekend, he took some photos of some of my tanks, so I wanted to post them.

First up, here are a few of my Angolan T-54/55s. I got the camo scheme by googling up pictures of Angolan tanks of that period, and came up with a scheme I liked:

Next up, same pose, different dress. These are my Egyptian tanks from my 1973 Mechanized force.

This next one is a Soviet-made BM-21 rocket launcher in plain green color scheme. This one will go into my Angolan army, and I’ve already got a couple for my Egyptians. If you play Cold War Commander, you really need to get a couple of these for your Soviet-style armies. They will bring to the table a barrage so intense it will call to mind the phrase, “hard of hearing”.

This next stand has appeared here before, but it looked so nice with my friend’s camera that I just had to post it again. It’s El Mero Mero, the CO of my Colombian Lancero force. You can really see the camo on the men this time.

These are from a game project I started a couple of years ago when a friend and I decided to game South American conflicts using Cold War Commander.

At the time, the Colombian army had had a series of spectacular successes against the local FARC guerrilla movement. In response, Venezuela, which had been backing the guerrillas, massed along the border. Venezuela has the most powerful army in the region and lots of tanks, but there was no way they were getting through that jungle, and so the incident eventually petered out. Nevertheless, my friend and I thought it would make a good “what-if” scenario. We researched the armies, found out that these were actually pretty good armies (particularly the Colombians), and so we made up some Cold War Commander army lists. We never really got it all off the ground, but I managed to finish the army recently, after a 12-18 month hiatus.

The Colombian army is primarily a counter-insurgency force, heavily trained and supplied by the US. The force I built represents a Lancero battalion, with some attached units. The Lanceros are a light airmobile force that have been compared to US Rangers in terms of training and equipment. They go into battle riding UH-60 Blackhawks and UH-1 Hueys, and depend on a lot of air support. Lancero units carry a number of hand-held anti-armor weapons, but since we were going to be playing them against Venezuela (which has a lot of armor), I figured they need some help, so I added regular infantry in APCs and a unit of armored cars.

All of the units are 6mm scale. Most of it is made by GHQ, but there are also some vehicles from Scotia Miniatures.

The Battalion CO with his staff. Figures are by GHQ and the two vehicles are Scotia.

The two stands on the left are regular infantry in plain uniforms. The three on the right are lanceros with black helmets and vests. All are GHQ.

Left to right are a UH-60 Arpia helicopter gunship, an OV-10 Bronco used in a ground attack role, and an OH-6 Cayuse where the Forward Air Controller rides.

EE-9 Cascavel armored cars, by Scotia

EE-11 Urutu APCs, also by Scotia

Blackhawk dropping off troops. Figures and aircraft by GHQ.