Monday, April 22, 2013

The Third Tour...

Over the past few years Battlefront has conducted three tours of Vietnam, each time getting a little deeper into the jungles so to speak and covering more and more of this conflict. Like the other guys in the office I was quite excited but as with any project I had to temper my enthusiasm with the cold hard reality that it was difficult to fit it into my painting schedule.

Like most people I also wanted to make sure it was not a one off project before diving in. The second tour (Tropic Lightning) introduced US tanks and infantry to the game, rekindling my enthusiasm (of course mine ended up painted in desert colours for 1967/1973 Arab-Israeli wars) and I even picked up a couple of choppers.

Once again though, timings and other projects took priority and they remained unpainted. When work started on Tour Of Duty I decided that I would try to move my painting schedules around to fit something in, if for no other reason than it would be a nice change of pace.

I decided to keep heading down the path of the Air Cav (something about all of those helicopters I guess), but instead of painting them as the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) I picked the Air Troop of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment – the Blackhorse Cav. The reasons for this were simple, I could paint up lots of choppers, I could paint up a supporting ACAV platoon with M113s and Sheridans, and finally the Blackhorse Cav were on the front lines in the 1980s holding the Fulda Gap. If something had happened during the days of Reagan, Thatcher, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko these guys would have been up to their ears in Soviets, and as it happened fighting out these theoretical battles was how I cut my teeth with wargaming (along with Napoleonics and WW2).

In terms of what I wanted to paint I kept it simple going for a little bit of everything, that way I can field whatever I feel like within reason. So on the painting table is:
  • Aeroscout Platoon (4 Loaches)
  • Aerorifle Platoon (5 Slicks and 9 MG teams)
  • Aeroweapons Platoon (2 Hogs, 2 Cobras and 2 Gatling Cobras)
  • Aerial Rocket Artillery Battery (2 Heavy Hogs/Frogs and 2 Heavy Cobras)
  • C&C Helicopter (1 Slick)
  • Medevac Dustoff (1 Slick)
I am also using theses models as a test for some new techniques. A couple of months ago Evan was up in Auckland and showed me a few tricks using my airbrush, and the MiG range of oils and filters. I am definitely a novice with them but am pretty happy with how they are working so far.

Next week I’ll have some better WIP photos of the choppers. I don’t think I’ll finish them in time before I have to switch to painting some Warmachine figures for a coming tournament but I expect to get them dangerously close to being finished.

1 comment:

khairul said...

Wow, those helis are looking really nice. 19 helis in your list? That would look really cool when you're done!!