This is a blog to show off my wargaming toys, projects, and to discuss anything that I have a whim for at that time.
I am currently going back and making my print format larger and trying to make the pictures bigger to make it easier on the eyes. But you can always click on the pictures to see a larger image of it.
2012 - And the 30th Anniversary of the South Atlantic War
Happy New Year, 2012 – The last year of Man! (Or at least to New Age Mayans.)But more importantly, this is the 30th Anniversary of the South Atlantic War over the Falklands / Malvinas Islands.I am hoping to be running some 20mm games for this conflict during this year.The only thing really holding me back is terrain of bunch of hills, but I am trying to fix that.
Anyway, I have finally given up on my search for trying to find a correct model of LVTP-7 for the Argentine Marines in 20mm.At first, all I could find were 1/72 Dragon kits, of which none were right.All of them have the Up Gunned Weapons Station (UGWS) turrets, which are not correct for the Argentine LVTP-7’s, all though one kit has the old turret which would work.Next problem is that all of the Dragon kits have the ramp / cattle guard looking thing on the front (I am not into studying the Marines, so I really have no clue what that thing is called or what is used for at all.)That would not be so bad, but I would have to cut down the “bumps” on the front from the cattle guards hinges to make the front smooth for the Argentine Marines LVTP-7s.Finally, the headlights are all wrong.The Argentine LVTP-7s had the three lights in each of two circle indentations, where the Dragon models have the current two sets of two rectangular lights on the front.But I recently find that Altaya released a 1/72nd collectible of an AAVP7A1.It still has the wrong headlights, but at least it has the right looking turret and no cattle guard.So, I order two of them to armor up my 20mm Argentine platoon.Now I need to order a 1/72nd Panhard 90mm from S&S Models to give my Argentine conscripts something to fight with my British Scimitar light tank.I also have on order from Liberation some figures that I am hoping to convert to work for Argentine .50 HMG and 107mm Recoilless Rifle teams, but I am still looking for some figures that would work for the M20 Super Bazooka teams without heavy conversions.Then I should be done with my Argentine forces in 20mm, except maybe for a helicopter or two for an air insertion scenario.
See the pictures below for the Argentine LVTP-7 and the kits.
Argentine LVTP-7s in Port Stanley
Dragon 1/72nd AAVP7
Altaya 1/72nd AAVP7
Also, I am putting up a picture of an Argentine TAM tank which I found will searching for pictures of the Altaya model of the AAVP7. They did not see action in the Falklands War as they were still under trials and final production. I am only including this picture as I really find the paint job pretty cool.
Finally,I am putting up a picture of one of rare photographs (possibly the only one also) of the Top Malo house before it was destroyed in 1982.It is from the 1930’s and I got it from Gordon Ramsey’s, “Falklands War Then and Now.”Excellent book if you are looking for photographs on the Falklands war.