Usually I paint in groups of 5-10 guy - A fire team or squad – for modern stuff. For the Great War I’ll paint a unit at a time – 15 guys. For DBA/HOTT I paint a stand or two at a time, maybe three… which could be anywhere from 8 to 18… 24 at most (if I was doing three stands of 8…). This week I did something a little different – I painted an entire force of THIRTY!!
These figures are Syrians from Mongrel Miniatures, but I’ve tried to paint them up in a generic khaki – rather than a specific camouflage pattern – in hopes that I could pass them off as any sort of Middle East/Central Asian force armed with soviet equipment… Syrians… Egyptians… Iranians… Iraqis…. Pakistanis…? Maybe even regulars from Burkhaderkastan or Stanistan…? In a pinch I might even try to pass them off as Nicaraguans or Cubans in a “Red Dawn” scenario… (or the Peoples Revolutionary Army of Mexico – P.R.A.M.)
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):
The whole force
I have two command teams, maybe one could be a forward observation officer…?
One squad has berets and/or camo jackets. I kind of figured they could be a section of some “elite” formation – commandos, presidential guard, special police, etc.
I have enough for the rest to break down into three squads of about five, each with an RPG and a Machine-gun. A couple squads get a guy with a SVD rifle who may or may not be a designated marksman…
Support weapons from the company or battalion…
I have to say I’m not a huge fan of support weapon teams in “moving” poses… I do like them in firing position….
This force could further be supported by or ferried about by the BTR-60s and the T-72s, whenever I get them done…
Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:
A couple more moderns in a few minutes, then some Argentines, maybe tomorrow or Sunday… Then I should really get to work on some terrain!!