|It fills up my bed. Too much to go over in one caption let's break this down.|
|The S-Model kits and the Caesar Infantry. Getting two sets of Chinese and French infantry was actually an accident on my part.|
- 6x T-55s (2 x 3 kit sets from the Plastic Soldier company.)
- 5x BTR-60PBs (2x 1+1 S-Model kits and one in the ICM motorcade)
- 3x Urals in various configurations (Part of the ICM motorcade)
- 2x BMD-2s (one 1+1 S-Model kit)
- 2x Chinese infantry (from the combined French-Chinese Caesar set)
- 1x Vietnamese infantry (Italeri reissue of an Esci set)
- 1x Warsaw Pact Troops (same as the Vietnamese infantry, will explain more later)
- 1x T-72B (ModelCollect)
- 1x T-62 (Italeri, part of the Gulf War anniversary set)
- 1x Mi-25 Hind (same as above)
- 1x IS-4 (Trumpeter set)
- 1x IS-7 (same as above)
Now let's go over what these will be used for. Some of it is pretty self explanatory. The T-55s are going to form the mainstay of the PAPR armoured force, with rarer but superior tanks augmenting these forces. That's where the T-72B and T-62 come in and it is likely that others will be used in future. The BTR-60s and the Urals are similarly quite self explanitory.
The Vietnamese infantry will be used to represent the mainstay of the PAPR force, their dress being appropriate for the similar climate and mountainous jungle environment of the PAPR - Oronegro - Orotinian border region. This force will however, be largely untrained and not well equipped. Which will put them at a disadvantage. To complement this force the Warsaw Pact troops will represent different local and regional forces reflecting a coalition of people's within the overall PAPR. These forces will be highly variable with some being well trained and equipped with others being nothing more than hastily raised militia. The Chinese infantry will represent the most advanced special forces available to the PAPR. These troops will be uncommon, less common than the Spetsnaz I already painted, but will be equal to many of their rivals. Speaking of which the Spetsnaz will mostly be deployed by the Hind and the BMDs. I may get some BMPs in future however, given the terrain of the border the lighter BMD may be preferred.
Now some wild wards are the heavy tanks the IS-4 and IS-7. These will complement the IS-2T tanks I painted up before. Essentially acting as the command tank. They will likely also appear alongside the regional troops as surplus from the main tank force.
|So these are the the first post WW2 kits in 1/72 made by the Plastic Soldier company. Having had a look at the spures I am impressed. Really looking forward to more from them.|
- 1x Challenger 2 (Trumpeter)
- 1x Boxer Command Vehicle (Revell, Dutch variant)
- Modern US Soldiers in Action set 2 (Caesar, mortars and machine guns)
- American Special Forces (Italeri reissue of Esci set, Vietnam War era)
So the Challenger goes to reinforce the Oronegrean tank force, which will certainly need it given how many PAPR tanks they are likely to face. The Boxer has finally been accepted for services with the British Army which means that Oronegro, using British vehicles, can use it too. Now I don't know how strict I will be with the using British vehicles vs US infantry and that being distinct. It does give a good contrast to Gran Bolivia (see below) but I do think that overall it will be covered by the rule of cool. Talking of US infantry the Caesar miniatures complete my main force adding heavy weaponry to the collection. Meanwhile the Vietnam era US infantry can represent reservists, national guard or militia. They may even stand in for other nations, they are suitably generic
|So some very exciting kits form ModelCollect. However, the one from Revell was 48% off so a real score there. Then there's the ICM motorcade another one bought while on sale.|
- 1x Modern German Army (Caesar)
- 1x Leopard 1A5 (Revell from the Leopard 1A5 + Biber set, got that at 48% off! A bargain.)
- 1x Biber, bridge laying tank (Revell, from set above)
- 0.25x Cold War German Infantry (from the Italeri reissue of the Esci NATO infantry set)
So Orotinia has some of the basics already with them getting more of the essentials from this splurge. The bridge-layer opens up some very interesting possibilities for games, with one side trying to set up a crossing under fire. The Cold War infantry can serve as reservists. Meanwhile the Modern infantry will be combined with the set I painted already to form the standard infantry. Whether the Orotinian forces will remain so consistent is another matter. But we will see.
|So I am not sure what the "unicorn" horn on the boxer is for, I am guessing and aerial? More importantly these Italeri reissues of the old Esci cold war sets are something I have been really looking forwards to.|
- 1x M1A1 Abrams (Italeri from the Gulf War set)
- 1x AH-1W Super Cobra (same as above)
- 1x British Paratroopers (Revell reissue of the Matchbox Falklands War set)
- 1x British Infantry in the 1970s (A Call to Arms)
- 0.25x British Cold War Infantry (Italeri reissue of the Esci NATO infantry set)
|So here's the tank corner, including another combined box set. Got for a song too. Although that Armata, now that's exciting.|
|Over in the infantry corner we have a nice mix. Revell seems to be confused as the figures are in 1/72, at least mine are. Confusing.|
- 1x Armata (Zvezda, a really fine looking kit.)
- 2x Black Eagles T-80UM2s (Modelcollect, actually innacurate, the hull is just a standard T-80 hull when it should be longer and include another road wheel, the sets do include T-80A turrets so can be used for that too)
- 2x French Infantry (from the combined French-Chinese Caesar set)
- 1x Counter Terrorist Elite Forces (Caesar Miniatures)
- 0.5x NATO infantry (The set mentioned above but the French and Italian elements)
- 1x Warsaw Pact Troops (Mentioned above)
The real question is what to do with the French? Specific forces for one of the nations? replacements for UN Troops? A new faction? If a new Faction what to do? It a difficult one and I am not too sure. I could always paint them us as French infantry........ but that's boring so I can't do that. The Italians for the NATO set are going to be an interesting one to use. Same goes for the Warsaw Pact troops. Some will be good for the PAPR. However, the winter troops are less usable, although perhaps there's some high snow capped mountains? Might be more usable in the other setting which is temperate. The Caesar miniatures are suitably generic so will likely find themselves quite a range of uses.
|To took two photos of the infantry corner and couldn't be bothered deleting them so enjoy.|
That is all for the future though. I hope you have enjoyed this post and I look forward to reading your comments.
Until next time I wish you all a good day/night.