Monday, March 16, 2009

A brief summary of the last month...plus

Well, it has been over a month since my last post…and I don’t have a lot to show for that time.

During this period of time, I have been slowly working on my 10mm US Vietnam project. I currently have 10 infantry stands, 6 machine gun stands, 4 headquarters, 2 recon stands, and 1 LRRP stand on my work bench. I hope to have them complete by the end of March. With this, I will have completed the bulk of my main US force for all of my Vietnam games. I will start working and finishing up the various support and armor stands next, re-doing my old infantry & command stands that have the uniforms looking brown instead of green and repaint them to the green uniform, and then begin all of my conversion items.

In the end, I will have a US Army infantry battalion (leg), where each stand represents a squad, a weapon system, or a vehicle. Along with this, I will have an Armored Cavalry platoon, artillery and air support, and various engineers and convoy units.

When I get completed, I will be taking a picture of each completed company and posting them up here.

As I start seeing the completion of the main force of this project, I am looking to what I am planning to do in the future. And the future looks very French!

I am already working on my French paratroopers for French Indochina. I got the flashing cleaned off, primed and mounted on the bases. I also got the base coat on for the uniforms. I had to stop myself as I really need to finish the Americans.

I have decided that I will also start on a Blitzkrieg Commander/IABSM French armor force for 1940, to be ready for the 70th anniversary of the Fall of France. I have ordered the toys and I am now a waiting for their arrival. They will mostly be miniatures from Pithead. What Pithead doesn’t have, will be filled by Minifigs miniatures.

On the travelling side, I visited Guilford Courthouse battlefield (American War of Independence). I have placed pictures of the battlefield here: http://picasaweb.google.com/joeantarctica/GuilfordCourthouseNationalMilitaryPark#

I also visited the Atlanta’s exhibit for the First Emperor of China’s Terracotta Army. But they would not allow photographs…so no picture of Qin Dynasty warriors…bummer.

Later this month, I am attending the Spring Recruits gaming convention in Kansas City, MO, http://recruits.mtswebsites.com/ on March 28 (we will only be there for the one day and not the whole convention.) Combatcolours and I will be running a modified “convention” version of Cold War Commander, so that it will accommodate 6 players, which will all be running the US forces in a 1967, Operation Cedar Falls, Vietnam game. It will be a similar one as the one that I posted earlier, but with some differences. Expect pictures from that.